New Coaching Staff, new Quarterback, new playbook, new defensive philosophy and a new conference. With all of the “new” around the University of Louisville Football Program, we’re still going to take a stab at the Offensive and Defensive MVP’s. Here are the predictions for the Cardinals vs the Hurricanes.
This time last year I took a gamble by going with a guy who some may have overlooked. Clearly the Ohio Bobcats did as James Burgess finished with a team high five tackles, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble to open the season.
I actually believe Burgess has the ability to lead this team in tackles this year, and the Canes could be his first victim. No chance I’m leaving him off the list to kick off this season.
Some may think this is a “no brainer” or a “gimmie”, but I look at more than just the guy lining up in the backfield for Head Coach Bobby Petrino who clearly loves to pound the rock. Dominique Brown is certainly capable, but doesn’t have a big history of catching the ball out of the backfield and turning it into big gains (averaged under two catches and 18 receiving yards per game last season).
Petrino’s offense however, may change that. During his lone season at WKU, Bobby Petrino’s lead running back Antonio Andrews finished second on the team in both receptions (41) and receiving yards (478). Look for Brown to develop another weapon to his arsenal and become a threat in the air to go along with his demonstrative ground game.