It took a little longer than we hoped for, but on Wednesday afternoon we got our first look at an updated depth chart for Louisville football following fall camp.
–We learned earlier this week that Jawon Pass would be the staring quarterback in week one, but it sounded like he landed the gig mostly due to Malik Cunningham’s injury. Cunningham recently returned to practice, but isn’t at 100%.
–Multiple running backs have received praise throughout camp and Satterfield has made it clear they’ll use multiple ball carriers. With that said, seeing Javian Hawkins ahead of Hassan Hall is a little surprising.
–The offensive line has very little surprises. Becton, Chandler, Bell and Haycraft have believed to solidified starting nods at their position early in camp due to the overall lack of depth. Appears the staff is still undecided between junior Cole Bentley and Florida grad-transfer T.J. McCoy. Having three true freshmen within the two-deep of the depth chart is a sign of just how limited the Cards are on the offensive line.
–Zero surprises at receiver with Fitzpatrick, Atwell and Dawkins locking down starting spots. The Cards have some decent depth at the receiver position, but the three starters are clearly the most proven. The receiving corps could be the strength of this team if the offensive line and QB can do their part.
–At TE/HB Vandy grad-transfer Ean Pfiefer and former walk-on Marshon Ford locked in starting spots. Pfiefer might’ve earned that nod due to Jared Davis being out due to a two game suspension. Ford might be the player Scott Satterfield has spoken the most highly of throughout the offseason. The former Ballard Bruin could be an impact player under the new regime.
–The defensive line may be one of the units that the staff has the most confidence in when it comes to the two deep. Although Kinnaird, Robinson and Peterson earned starting spots, I believe the staff is comfortable playing Caban, Tyler and Goldwire.
-At linebacker I’d say the starting spots were somewhat expected, but similar to the defensive line I think there are reserves that will get plenty of reps. JUCO transfer Monty Montgomery isn’t a starter, but has received a lot of praise throughout fall camp. Colgate grad-transfer T.J. Holl is a former Patriot League defensive player of the year and will certainly help with depth.
–Safeties Khane Pass and Russ Yeast received high praise therefore it’s no shock they’ll be starters. At cornerback it appears there is some serious competition between Sturghill/Johnson and Jones/Mbanasor. For what it’s worth, all four have experience, but obviously they’ll need to be significantly improved from 2018.