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 is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.

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