Monday, September 15, 2008

The Wildcats' Offense

Offensively Kansas State has looked efficient in their first two games with 952 yards. They are the third leading scoring offense in major college football with 57.0 points per game. Louisville fans shouldn’t despair though because there are a couple of weak spots in ground game. The Wildcats have rushed for 342 yards in two games against power programs North Texas and Montana St. No one has established themselves as the feature back in the Wildcats run game. Kansas St.’s leading rusher is Keithen Valentine with 104 yards and one touchdown; and the next two rushers have rushed for 63 yards apiece. One reason the run game has looked shoddy, is the inconsistency of the offensive line. The line is made up of all Juniors and Seniors but they have struggled to push around defenders in run blocking.

On the other hand, the passing game has looked pretty impressive. That’s mainly because of 6-6 250 lb. Jr. quarterback Josh Freeman (right). Freeman has the third highest passer rating in college football at 209.29. Freeman has also rushed for 58 yards and 4 touchdowns in his first two games. So far, Kansas St.’s two leading receivers are junior college transfers Jr.’s Brandon Banks and Aubrey Quarles. Banks has stood out so far averaging a little over 90 yards receiving a gam, and 3 total touchdowns so far.

It looks like it may be in the Cardinals’ best interests to play a lot of passing defensive sets this Wednesday. You might see all of Louisville’s main safeties Buchanan, Raglin, and Thomas in the game at the same time. The Cards have passed their pretests defensively so far, but this is the first exam for the group of the college season.

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