When you have a 2-5 record and statistically rank as one of the worst power five teams in college football, it may be hard to find bright spots. With that said, one bright spot that cannot be denied is the young talent on display despite the losses.
Most of Louisville’s playmakers are either freshmen or sophomores.
On offense, freshman Tutu Atwell has been a dynamic play-maker leading the team in receiving touchdowns at two and yards per catch at 17.9.
Running back Hassan Hall is another freshman who shown flashes. The former track star from the state of Georgia has elite speed. Despite being one of the smaller ball carriers on the team, he’s shown a lot of toughness for a true freshman.
Hall is leading all running backs in rushing yards and only had seven carries going into the Florida State game. He has certainly made the most out of the increase in reps.
The impact from the youth on defense has also been paramount. Even though there has been moments where the defense has struggled, we’ve seen flashes of potential.
Even though sophomore Dorian Etheridge has missed two games, he is third on the team in tackles. The leader in TFL is a redshirt sophomore in Tabarius Peterson with four for 17 yards.
In addition, the leader in sacks on defense is Jarrett Jackson who is a true freshman. Both interceptions on defense have come from sophomores in C.J. Avery and Rodjay Burns. Louisville has forced three forced fumbles this year and they have come courteous of Nick Okeke, Tresean Smith, and Jackson who are underclassmen.
The overall talent level isn’t where you’d want it to be and this team is certainly lacking in depth at a few positions. With that said, regardless who is coaching the Cards next year, they’ll have some nice pieces to work with.<