Cardinal Football

Lamar Jackson Is Louisville’s Starting Quarterback Going Forward

Photo: Kevin Cox - Getty

Photo: Kevin Cox – Getty

Heading into the Louisville’s season opener against Auburn, the starting quarterback situation was a huge question mark. Even after week one, the same question still loomed…who will be QB-1 for Bobby Petrino’s offense?

Reggie Bonnafon appeared to be the front-runner all summer and got the starting nod on Saturday. However, he was pulled later in the second quarter and never returned. It was freshman Lamar Jackson who stole the show and helped pull the Cardinals back into the game.

During Monday’s press conference Petrino made it clear that the true freshman will now be the team’s starting quarterback going forward.

“You know he really gave us a lift,” Petrino said when asked about Jackson. “We had four series in the second half we had two touchdowns and a field goal. He made a lot of big plays, some of them with his legs and some of them with his arm. He showed great competitiveness and I liked what I saw on the sideline. Not just from him but the entire offense.

There was a lot of positive energy and a lot of positive talk on the sideline when you’re behind. Sometimes you don’t have that. That was encouraging. There was a lot of young guys out there making plays at receiver, offensive line. I was encouraged by their energy and competitiveness on the sideline. But we’ve got to do things right all the time.”

This week’s depth chart has Bonnafon listed second with Kyle Bolin at third string. Will Gardner is listed at fourth, but it sounds like he’s dealing with a rib injury. Petrino said that Gardner suffered the minor injury last week and wasn’t available to play on Saturday.

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