Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino has used the "Feed The Studs" motto for a long time, noting in his first stint as the Cardinals' head coach if a player got hot he was going to keep giving him the ball.
At ACC Kickoff in late July, U of L sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson was posed the question about which player on this year's offense could be that 'stud' that Petrino gets a lot of touches.
"I don't know," Jackson said with a puzzled look on his face. "We have so many weapons."
Well, it didn't take long for Jackson's comment to come true. The Cardinals showed off a wide-array of weapons on the offensive side of the ball during Thursday's 70-14 blowout win over Charlotte.
Jackson completed 17 of 23 passes for 286 yards and six touchdowns, competing at least one pass to 10 different receivers. He only played in the first half and also ran 11 times for 119 yards and two scores.
"That's a quarterback's job, know every target and try to get everybody involved," Jackson said. "You don't want to have a lot of unhappy players. I just feel like everyone can make any play at any time."
Jackson ran for TDs of 1 and 36 yards and completed TD passes to Reggie Bonnafon, Jeremy Smith, Brandon Radcliff, L.J. Scott, James Quick and Cole Hikutini. U of L backup QB Kyle Bolin threw for 105 yards and had TD passes to Traveon Samuel and Seth Dawkins.
"The thing we have been really working with (Jackson) on is to read the defense, go through your progression and have confidence in all of your guys," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said. "We have a good group and a lot of depth and he just has to distribute the ball according to what the defense gives us. I think he did a nice job of that."
Jamari Staples, who didn't have a TD catch, led the Cardinals with four catches for 83 yards. Bonnafon, Jaylen Smith, Scott, Hikutini, Samuel, Javonte Bagley and Malin Jones all had two catches a piece.
U of L had a 17th player catch a pass but Keith Towbridge's 16-yard gain was negated by a penalty.
"I was just trying to get everybody the ball," Jackson said. "We have a lot of big-time players and I'm just trying to get them the ball."
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