Cardinal Football

TuTu Atwell Tabbed As One Of The Top Receivers Returning To CFB

Chris Humphrey

There are plenty of reasons to be excited about Scott Satterfield’s second season leading the Louisville Cardinal football program.

Chatarius “TuTu” Atwell returning is one of the many reasons to be excited.

Atwell had a breakout sophomore season, breaking the program’s record for receiving yards in a season.


In 2019 TuTu finished with 70 catches for 1,276 yards and 12 touchdowns. He led the ACC in yards and finished second in touchdowns.

ESPN has tabbed Atwell as the 8th best receiver returning to college football in 2020.

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8. Tutu AtwellLouisville

Standing at 5-foot-9 and weighing in at just over 150 pounds, Louisville’s Atwell is one of college football’s most underrated receivers. He’s an absolute speedster who can ruin defenses after the catch. He was used extensively in the screen game, where he recorded the highest PFF receiving grade at 93.8 (the only receiver above 90.0) and an impressive 16.3 yards after the catch per reception. Most of those were jet motion plays, and on those specifically, Atwell averaged 13.2 yards per “reception” (if you even want to call it that, but still very impressive, regardless). Not all of his production has come on these types of plays, though — he can still separate downfield at a very high level. Atwell had 21 targets coming 10 or more yards downfield in which he was deemed open (more than a couple of steps of separation) — among the 20 most in college football.

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[ESPN-Ranking college football’s top 10 WRs for 2020]

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