It’s hard to believe that Louisville native Reggie Bonnafon is entering his final season as a Cardinal. It seems like it was just yesterday Bonnafon was leading Louisville to a win over Notre Dame in South Bend.
Since that 2014 season, a lot has changed for Bonnafon. Heading into 2015, he wasn’t named the starter, but was expected to be the top QB on the depth chart. In the season opener against Auburn, Bonnafon got the starting nod, but was pulled at halftime and never started another game at QB during the 2015 season. He mostly played running back for the remainder of the season. Bonnafon was a full time wide receiver during his junior season and although he wasn’t a top target, he did reel in five touchdowns.
This spring Bobby Petrino said more than once that he didn’t utilize Bonnafon as well as he could have in 2016. Throughout spring ball Bonnafon spent the majority of his time at running back and by all accounts performed very well.
ESPN.com’s ACC Blog recently tabbed Bonnafon as one of the league’s breakout stars.
Reggie Bonnafon, Louisville
After two years at QB, Bonnafon tried his hand at receiver last season and — well, it was a mixed bag. His drop rate (12.5 percent) was the sixth-worst in the Power 5 (minimum 30 targets), as was his overall reception percentage (40.6). But keep in mind, it was his first real crack at the position, and while he showcased his flaws, he also showcased his strengths. Bonnafon had just 13 catches last season, but five went for touchdowns. He caught all six passes thrown his way in the red zone last season, with only Alabama’s O.J. Howard collecting more red-zone targets without a misfire among Power 5 players. Now add in that Bonnafon is a Bobby Petrino favorite and one of the hardest workers in the league, and it’s easy to see how his second season at receiver might be far better than the first.
Despite playing mostly running back in the spring, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bonnafon used in a variety of different ways in his senior season.