Cardinal Football

A Different Type Of Quarterback Debate

Chris Humphrey

There is no controversy regarding who should be Louisville’s starting quarterback for the upcoming season.

Micale Cunningham was quietly one of the more efficient quarterbacks in college football in 2019.

In the last decade, Cunningham is one of five college quarterbacks to throw for 20+ passing touchdowns, have five or fewer interceptions and average at least ten yards per pass. The other four are Bryce Petty, Marcus Mariota, Russell Wilson and Tua Tagovailoa.

Cunningham threw for 2,061 yards and 22 touchdowns while only tossing five picks, also rushing for 482 yards and six scores. Those numbers are even more impressive when you consider he was only Louisville’s full time starter for roughly half of the season.

Maybe what is most impressive is that Cunningham’s passer efficiency rating of 194.79 would have placed second in the nation has he qualified (min. 15 attempts per game, must in 75% of team’s games), behind only Heisman winner and Joe Burrow.

The only legitimate knock on Cunningham heading into the 2020 season is his ability to stay healthy. The Alabama native wasn’t ready to go in the season opener and threw just one pass in week two. Cunningham left at least three other games banged up.

With that said, if Cunningham goes down, who do you want to see step in? To me, it’s a no brainer…

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