Typically this is where we would do pre-game MVP projections. However, with the way Teddy Bridgewater and Calvin Pryor are playing…it’s almost too easy. With the wealth of talent on the Louisville roster these two have still managed to find a way to stand out from their peers in both the Kentucky and Missouri State games. So for a little side-step, we’re gonna give you a couple of surprise performers that could emerge from the match-up against the Tar Heels.
On the offensive side of the ball we’ll go with senior wide receiver Andrell Smith. With great spring and fall camps and solid two games to open the season, we believe it’s only a matter of time before Smith has a breakout performance. As it stands currently he is tied for 2nd on the team in receptions and has the biggest per game yardage average (47) of anyone with a catch in both of the first two games. Smith has at least a three inch height advantage over any cornerback listed on the tarheel depth chart.
For defense we are going to go with a guy who many expected to be one of the strongest on this side of the ball, but just hasn’t quite stood out. Preston Brown hasn’t really made many mistakes that come to mind, but you would’ve expected to see more than six total tackles in the first two games into the season. The Heels have shown success on the ground with or without their #1 back so far through this young season and I don’t expect today’s match-up to be any different. With the talent on North Carolina’s offensive line, the linebacking corp will be counted on to pursue any that get beyond that front line.