2010 PREVIEW: Louisville

RESER STADIUM'S FIRST home of the year features the Louisville Cardinal of the Big East Conference. Color the media uninspired as to Louisville's prospects in 2010 -- but could they be wrong? After all, the Cardinal have nine starters returning on offense, and more than half their starters on defense. It's a new coaching regime, and there's a new attitude that goes with it..

 The Word on the Cardinal

While there is no question Strong brings great passion to his new job, it will likely take some time to jumpstart the Louisville program... Orlando Sentinel

On one hand, the return of running back Victor Anderson from injury bolsters the offense. On the other, coaching alone won't cure the defensive woes, especially versus the run. The schedule remains a wild card, too—the Cards could lose to anybody in the league without raising eyebrows... The Sporting News

The Cardinals don't have the talent on campus to contend for the Big East title yet, nor do they have the depth to overcome injuries. Finishing in the middle of the pack and being bowl-eligible would be an excellent first season for Charlie Strong at the helm, but he'll need some players to step up into their new and expanded roles for that to happen.... FOX Sports

Louisville fans are ecstatic to have Charlie Strong take over a program that Steve Kragthorpe made irrelevant on the national scene. But they'll need to be patient. Extremely patient. Numbers are down. There's not a proven quarterback. The defense is undersized and lacking top-of-the-league talent... Athlon

This will be a rebuilding season for Louisville, even if the team won’t suffer any letdown in the win column. Strong has his work cut out for him. Unlike his predecessor, who had every advantage when taking over in 2007, Strong has inherited a mess. Give him time — as Louisville is sure to do — and better days are ahead. This year? Think no more than five wins, with no more than two in conference play... PreSnapRead.com

 

 Cardinals at a Glance
 Head Coach  Charlie Strong
 at Louisville  0-0 (1st Year)
 2009 Record  4-8 Overall, 1-6 Big East
 Home/Road/Neutral  4-2 / 0-6 / 0-0
 Off Starters Ret/Lost  9 / 2
 Def Starters Ret/Lost  6 / 5
 Lettermen Returning  44
 Off/Def/Spec  21 / 21 / 2
 Lettermen Lost  23
 
 2009 Team Statistics
 
Stat
NCAA
Big East
 Total Offense
334.1
91
6
 Rushing Offense
125.2
89
8
 Passing Offense
208.9
71
4
 Points/Game
18.1
111
8
 Total Defense
371.1
65
8
 Rushing Defense
165.1
84
8
 Passing Defense
206.0
42
3
 Pts Allowed/Game
26.2
65
7
 
 Returning Stat Leaders
Diondre Borel  #1 Adam Froman | 6-4 | 220 | Sr. | QB
 Passing: 111-185, 1354 Yds, 6 TDs, 5 INTs
Robert Turbin  #20 Vic Anderson | 5-9 | 184 | Jr. | RB
 Rushing: 89 Att, 473 Yds, 5.3 Avg, 5 TDs
Stanley Morrison  #27 Doug Beaumont | 5-9 | 187 | Sr. | WR
 Receiving: 38 Rec, 465 Yds, 12.2 Avg, 0 TDs
Bobby Wagner  #19 Johnny Patrick | 6-0 | 190 | Sr. | CB
 Tackles: 53 Total, 42 Solo, 4.0 TFL, 2 INT
Rajric Coleman  #5 Brandon Heath | 6-1 | 215 | Sr. | LB
 INTs: 2 for 25 Yds, 48 Tackles, 26 Solo, 5.5 TFL
Chris Randle  #61 William Savoy | 6-1 | 238 | Jr. | DE
 SACKS: 5.0 for 38, 23 Tackles, 13 Solo, 5.5 TFL
 
  Series History
 Games Played  1
 Series Record  0-1
 Last Meeting  Sept. 17, 2005 - at UL, 27-63, L
 First Meeting  Sept. 17, 2005
 Average Score  27-63
 
 More on the Cardinal
Home | Roster | Coaches | 2009 Stats | 2010 Schedule | Inside the Ville

 

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