Louisville offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Dwayne Ledford’s hard work is not going unnoticed.
Ledford was recently named one of 41 nominees for the Broyles Award, which honors college football’s top assistant coaches.
The Louisville offensive line was a huge question mark for the Cards headed into the season and they’ve done a great job thus far.
In nine games Louisville is averaging 212.56 rushing yards per game, which ranks third in the ACC behind Boston College and Clemson. The Cards finished 13th out of 14 ACC teams in rushing yards per game in 2018.
The Louisville offensive line ranked dead last in sacks allowed last year giving up nearly four sacks per game. The Cards were 126 out of 130 FBS teams in sacks allowed last year. Protecting the quarterback has been one of the many improvements Louisville has made in 2019.
Behind a much improved offensive line freshman running back Javian Hawkins is on pace to be Louisville’s first running back to eclipse 1,000 yards since Bilal Powell. Hawkins is also on pace to break the program record for rushing yards by a freshman.
A 20-member selection committee of distinguished former head coaches, broadcasters, and a committee representing the FWAA will select 15 Broyles Award semi-finalists and five finalists from the list of nominees and an overall winner.
Those finalists will be invited to travel to Little Rock, Ark. where the 2019 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 10th at the Marriott Hotel.