Cardinal Football

UL VS. UK – Depth Chart Advantage


UL: Adam Froman 

UK: Mike Hartline

Advantage: UL – Froman is more a threat offensively. Hartline will manage the game and avoid throwing the ball as much as possible.

Running Back:

UL: Bilal Powell / Vic Anderson

UK: Derrick Locke

Advantage: UL – I think Locke is an underrated back, but if Vic is healthy like they say and Powell can perform at half the level Coach Strong is predicting, the edge will go to the Cards.

Wide Reciever:

UL: Doug Beaumont, Andrell Smith, Josh Belamy.

UK: Randall Cobb, Larod King, Chris Matthews.

Advantage: UK – Randall Cobb, will be the best player on the field Saturday and Larod King will be the biggest surprise of the UK Offense, in my opinion.

Tight End:

UL: Cameron Graham

UK: Jordan Aumiller

Advantage: UL -Graham is a far better talent. Aumiller, a red-shirt freshman, was a Linebacker last year for the Cats.

Offensive Line:

UL: Byron Stingily, Mark Wetterer, Mario Benavides, Conrad Thomas, Greg Tomczyk

UK: Stuart Hines, Chandler Burden, Larry Warford, Matt Smith, Brad Durham

Advantage: UL – Slight advantage to Louisville. The Cards have more experience. Hines is the only returning starter for UK.

Defensive Line:

UL: Greg Scruggs, William Savoy, Malcolm Tatum, Tim High.

UK: Quin Evans, Luke McDermott, Ricky Lumpkin, Collins Ukwu.

Advantage: UK – Quin Evans is a stud. Louisville is very suspect at the D-line.


UL: Brandon Heath, Preston Brown, Daniel Brown.

UK: Danny Trevathan, Ronnie Sneed, Jacob Dufrene.

Advantage: UL – Linebacker is the strongest area of the Louisville defense and is the only position that seems to have depth.

Defensive Secondary:

UL: Bobby Burns, Terrence Simien, Johnny Patrick, Mike Evans.

UK: Randall Burden, Mychal Bailey, Winston Guy, Martavius Neloms.

Advantage: UK – Not much experience returning for Louisville in the secondary.

Special Teams:


UL: Josh Bleser

UK: Ryan Tydlacka


UL: Chris Philpott

UK: Ryan Tydlacka

Return Game:

UL: Doug Beaumont, Josh Belamy.

UK: Randall Cobb, Derrick Locke.

Advantage: Push – UL has the edge at Kicker/Punter, while UK is more dangerous in the return game.

A lot of fans (mostly UK) are surprised that Louisville is only a 3 point dog in this game, but if you break down each position for both teams, this looks to be a pretty even match up. If you look at both programs over the last few years there is no reason to argue with UK being the favorite, but I really don’t see a whole lot of separation between these two programs.

In the last ten meetings between these two, the team with the most yards on the ground has won each game. I really don’t think there is any arguing that Louisville has the advantage at running back this year. Vic and Powell will likely get equal carries and if we can get 150+ yards between the two, I think it will really ware down the UK defense.

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