UofL FOOTBALL | Is NC State a must win for the Cards?

09/30/2015 08:30 PM

The University of Louisville football finally snagged their first win last weekend with a convincing victory over the Samford Bulldogs. The 45-3 pummeling taught us a lot about the Cards, and where the teams sits as they head into Saturday’s matchup with the unbeaten NC State Wolfpack.

We learned that freshman Lamar Jackson is one of the most athletic guys we will see on any football field this season, and he has earned the starting QB role in the eyes of Bobby Petrino. We learned we should get used to seeing Reggie Bonnafon in a Tailback/Slot receiver role in which he might throw a touchdown every once in a while. We learned James Quick bounced back from his injury quickly and his experience made an immediate impact on a young Cardinal offense. But most importantly we learned that the Cards are capable of stringing four quality quarters of football together.

Louisville needed that first win to get the proverbial monkey off their back, so it’s all downhill from here. But starting with a 0-3 record is a hole that is potentially insurmountable. The Cards go on the road to face NC State. The Wolfpack have not lost a game this season, but they have played less than stellar opponents like Southern Alabama and Old Dominion. Both teams are looking to grab their first conference win.

The Cards’ need to win five out of their last eight games to salvage bowl eligibility. James Quick knows how important the game is this weekend if the Cards plan to end the season in the plus column.

Quick talked even more about his injury, and how impressed he his with the improvement of his young teammates:

Garrett Moore

Garrett joined cn|2 as Sports Producer in July 2015. Garrett is a Kentucky native who has been enveloped by Kentucky sports culture his entire life. He is excited to contribute to the cn|2 team by covering sports in the state he loves. Outside the office, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and being a sports spectator at every level.


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