Without question, University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has grabbed the national spotlight. While guiding the Cardinals to a 3-0 start, including a blistering of Florida State, the sophomore has gone from a decided long-shot in the Heisman Trophy race to its current overwhelming favorite in just three week.
Still yet to play an entire four quarters of a game this season, Jackson has established new school and ACC records during the early stages of the 2016 season. Due to his eye-popping numbers, Jackson is receiving the bulk of the headlines for the Cardinals three-week meteoric rise to No.3 in the current Associated Press top 25 poll, but he's not alone in having an excellent start to the season.
"A quarterback always plays a lot better when the 10 guys around him do their jobs and play real well and excel at what they do," said U of L head coach Bobby Petrino.
Senior running back Brandon Radcliff has posted back-to-back 100-yard games and is averaging a staggering 11.0 yards per carry.
The depth and production from the wide receivers group has improved significantly each week and the team is seventh nationally with a 17.3 yards per completion average.
After struggling to protect whatever quarterback was in the game last fall, the offensive line has transformed into one of the better groups in the nation. Having allowed just two sacks in three games, U of L is currently 12th nationally against the opposing pass rush. Additionally, the Cardinals ground game is also among the nation's elite.
The defense has also continued to be one of the best units in the nation, ranking among the nation's top 25 in total defense. The team's 13 sacks is the fourth highest total in the country with its 9.3 tackles for a loss per game average is No. 11 nationally.
From a statistical perspective, here's where the Cardinals rank among the top 25 nationally:
|Punt Return Avg||12||17.50|
|Tackles for Loss||11||9.3|
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Louisville will face Marshall at 8:00p.m. Saturday night at Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.V. The game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.