Thursday, September 11, 2008

Time to Man Up

If you were looking for answers after the Tennessee Tech game you were given a sneak preview of what may be in the making. The only problem with sneak previews is that sometimes they’re better than the main feature. We saw Sophomore Douglas Beaumont makes some good catches, Freshman Victor Anderson make some shifty runs, but what we didn’t see was a dominant offensive line.

After two games Louisville’s offensive line has given up four sacks total. Some people might be satisfied with that but I’m left questioning their strength. UofL couldn’t establish the run against Kentucky’s big, athletic defensive line. They also gave up two sacks to a Tennessee Tech defense that features smaller, younger defensive lineman in passing situ

There are two new starters for the cardinals in Sophomores OG Mark Wetterer and OT Jeff Adams. The other starting OG is Abdul Kuyateh who only started a few games last year, after transferring in from Reedley (CA) C.C., before getting injured. Coincidentally, injuries could be the key statistic for the offensive line in the Cardinals upcoming games. Kuyateh left the Tennessee Tech game early, but so did all Big East performers OT George Bussey and C Eric Wood. For a team that has more to prove with its first string, it would be devastating to lose their top two performers on the line even for one game. Louisville fans have to hope the Louisville linemen use the extra few days before the Wednesday night Kansas State game to get some needed rest.

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