Lately the University of Louisville football team has been fueled by two local standouts. Doug Beaumont and Victor Anderson have been tearing up the stat sheets. Both were Courier Journal All State selections coming out of high school in 2006, and Beaumont was the 2006 Kentucky Mr. Football. Beaumont had 5,954 total rushing and receiving yards and 91 touchdowns in his career at Louisville Male High School. Anderson is the all time leading rusher and scorer at Louisville St. Xavier with 4,008 rushing yards and 75 touchdowns.
The two local boys started off their college careers in different ways. Beaumont wasn’t sure where he would be playing at entering his college career. Then it became apparent that Louisville was in need of receivers when Harry Douglas and Mario Urrutia became injured. Beaumont had 1 rush for -2 yards in his freshman season, and he saw the field mostly on special teams as the lead man down the field on kicking coverage.
Anderson was the victim of a supposedly deep backfield in 2007. Louisville thought they would be set with runners like Brock Bolen, George Stripling, Anthony Allen, and Sergio Spencer. Anderson used his inaugural season as Cardinal as a redshirt year. He spent a lot of time on the scout team, imitating opposing running backs such as West Virginia’s Steve Slaton. Not a bad college player to have to immolate in practice.
At the beginning of the year, Louisville was looking for players to stand out. Beaumont used that chance to crack the starting lineup and see a lot of playing time. Anderson was definitely going to be a part of the three back rotation with Bolen and Bilal Powell. We just didn’t know how much time he would see on the field. Both Anderson and Beaumont have made it clear they are going to see a lot of time on the field.
Beaumont caught 9 passes for 119 yards on Wednesday versus Kansas St., and he has 279 receiving yards this season. Anderson used the national stage of the Kansas St. game to have his coming out party. I’m not talking about his sexuality, it was more of his 176 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. That was his second straight 100 yard rushing performance. Anderson’s shortest touchdown runs was 27 yard sprint through Kansas St.’s defense. Three games into the season Louisville has found two go to guys that have plenty of time left as Cardinals.