Burke, Froman emerge from the pack

With 14 practices in the books, Steve Kragthorpe has a pretty good handle on the competition to replace Hunter Cantwell at quarterback. Two quarterbacks have emerged from the pack this spring and will continue to battle for the starting job during Friday's Spring Game at PJCS.

When spring practice began last month, five players were in the running to replace Hunter Cantwell as Louisville's starting quarterback. There was junior Tyler Wolfe, the only quarterback on the Cardinals roster with game experience. There was NC State transfer Justin Burke, a highly regarded high school star from Lexington Catholic. Adam Froman transferred in from junior college to compete for the job. Redshirt freshman Zach Stoudt and walk-on Will Stein also were in the mix.

Now, as spring practice concludes Friday night, two quarterbacks have emerged from the pack and will take center stage under the PJCS lights. Thursday, Kragthorpe said that Burke and Froman will rotate series with the first team offense Friday night.

"Burke will probably take the first series with the one's," Kragthorpe said. "Froman will get some and then we'll decide if the others will get a chance."

Adam Froman

Kragthorpe said that Burke and Froman have separated themselves from the rest of the field this spring. While Burke boasts more Division 1 experience and probably possesses the more accurate arm of the two, Froman probably gets points for his ability to manufacture plays with his ability to run.

"Coming into practice 15 I think those two guys have separated a little bit from the rest of the crowd," said Kragthorpe. "But, certainly we haven't made any determination yet who is going to be the guy or what the depth chart will look like on the (September) fifth."

How Burke and Froman perform in tomorrow night's spring game will likely have a major impact on who ultimately wins the job. If neither distinguishes from the other Kragthorpe indicated he's not opposed to a two-quarterback, platoon system like Steve Spurrier used in the 1990's as the coach at Florida.

"Tomorrow night is a huge evaluation for me to see where these guys are at and to see if they can do it with a little more pressure on with a game-day atmosphere," Kragthorpe said. "I'm not opposed to playing two guys if we feel like there are two guys neck and neck and can operate the offense the way that we want them to."

Don't expect the defense to take it easy on either Burke or Froman. Both quarterbacks will be ‘live' targets, meaning the defense will be allowed to apply pressure and tackle the quarterback.

"I need to see those guys operate under a pressure situation," Kragthorpe said. "This will be the most intense pressure they have faced so far. It will be ‘live.' They have been ‘live' almost all of the practices. It gives them an opportunity to showcase their ability to make plays in the pocket."

Whoever makes the most plays Friday night might have a sizable advantage heading into the summer.

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