Why wouldn’t I start with Louisville’s Heisman Trophy Candidate? Teddy Bridgewater has amassed 5939 yards of total offense (5847 passing) and 46 Touchdowns (41 passing). Bridgewater’s post-sophomore pace is well ahead of Chris Redman’s, but the Miami-native is unlikely to surpass Redman’s Total Offense & Career Passing Totals for the simple reason that Teddy is a sure-fire Top 5 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. As it stands Teddy is currently #6 All-Time in Total Offense and could finish #2 All-Time with an outstanding junior campaign (3rd most-likely), and could also make a run at the #2 spot for Career TDs passes, & Career Completions all-time for the Cards. The Louisville Football Quarterback Fraternity is full of stat-stuffers, so if Bridgewater can achieve these marks in just 3 seasons it is nothing short of remarkable. Teddy is nominated for just about every award a junior quarterback can be nominated for in the pre-season.
|1||Chris Redman||1031||1||Chris Redman||84|
|2||Brian Brohm||780||2||Dave Ragone||74|
|3||Dave Ragone||685||3||Brian Brohm||71|
|4||Jay Gruden||572||4||Jay Gruden||44|
|5||Teddy Bridgewater||478||5||Teddy Bridgewater||41|
|6||Ed Rubbert||430||6||Jeff Brohm||38|
|7||Marty Lowe||416||6||Stefan LeFors||38|
|8||Stefan LeFors||416||8||John Madeya||34|
|9||Jeff Brohm||402||9||Browning Nagle||32|
|10||John Madeya||364||10||Dean May||29|
Running Back suffered an ACL tear in the Cards 10th game of 2012, is expected to play after receiving good news just in time for training camp. The Doak Walker Award Watch List Back had 11 Rushing Touchdowns in 2012, just 2 shy of cracking the Top 8 for a single season at UofL. But Perry’s career 12 Touchdowns places him just 8 shy of cracking the Top 10 All-Time, and with an injury-free similar performance in 2013 Senorise could land as high as 4th All-Time in Career Rushing TDs at UofL. Running Back is a stacked position for the Cards in 2013, but we’ll be sure to keep track.
|10||Anthony Allen (’06)||20|
STEADY. RELIABLE. That’s Eli Rogers. Eli currently has 87 career receptions at Louisville, just 48 shy of tying Lavell Boyd for 10th All-Time in Cardinal history for catches. Considering Rogers had 41 catches as a freshman, and 46 as a sophomore we’ve got to keep an eye on this in Rogers’ junior season. Rogers also has 959 total receiving yards in his career, 845 shy of Zek Parker for 10th All-Time as a Cardinal. Lastly, Rogers has 5 Touchdowns in two seasons, Eli needs 8 to crack into the top 10 in career Receiving TDs as well.
The Biletnikoff Award Watch List receiver has been highly productive with his touches as a Louisville Cardinal. Parker has just 58 career catches and owns 16 career Touchdowns. In fact, Parker’s10 Touchdown grabs in 2012 was the 2nd best single season performance in Louisville history! As it sits, DeVante Parker is currently 7th All-Time in career receiving Touchdowns as UofL and should easily get to #3 early in the season. If Parker stays for his senior season the Ballard product could make a serious run at history of Ibn Green’s 33 Career TDs.
|Receptions||Rec Yards||Rec TDs|
|1||Arnold Jackson||299||1||Arnold Jackson||3670||1||Ibn Green||33|
|2||Ibn Green||217||2||Harry Douglas||2924||2||Arnold Jackson||31|
|3||JR Russell||187||3||Ibn Green||2830||3||JR Russell||19|
|4||Miguel Montano||175||4||JR Russell||2619||4||Anthony Cummings||18|
|5||Harry Douglas||173||5||Miguel Montano||2305||5||Deion Branch||18|
|6||Joshua Tinch||162||6||Mario Urrutia||2271||6||Gary Barnidge||17|
|7||Jamie Asher||153||7||Deion Branch||2204||7||Mario Urrutia||16|
|8||Ralph Dawkins||151||8||Joshua Tinch||2195||7||DeVante Parker||16|
|9||Deion Branch||143||9||Mark Clayton||2004||9||Harry Douglas||15|
|10||Lavell Boyd||135||10||Zek Parker||1804||10||Zek Parker||13|
|–||Eli Rogers||87||–||DeVante Parker||1035||–||Eli Rogers||5|
|–||DeVante Parker||58||–||Eli Rogers||959|
|–||Damian Copeland||58||–||Damian Copeland||741|
Nominated to the Nagurski & Jim Thorpe Pre-Season Watch Lists Hakeem Smith has been highly effective at the Strong Safety spot since his freshman year as a Cardinal garnering All-Conference honors in all 3 years. Hakeem currently has 245 career tackles, just 101 shy of 10th All-Time Curry Burns. While Smith has yet to produce a 100+ tackle season, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility, so we’ll keep tabs on it during 2013.
The Lombardi & Butkus Award Pre-Season Watch List Linebacker has 203 career tackles after recording just 10 during his Freshman season. Brown’s production increased from 84 takedowns in 2011 to 109 in 2012. Preston will need a big season of 143 tackles to crack the Top 10 as just 5 players in college football had totals of 143 or better in 2012. That number is possible from the Middle Linebacker position, especially if Jamaine Brooks can come in healthy and cause the type of disruption in front of Preston that we all think Brooks is capable of at Nose Guard. We will watch and see.
It’s been an interesting journey to defensive end for Marcus Smith. The Columbus, GA native came to Louisville as a quarterback and was transitioned to linebacker rather quickly before making the move to defensive end. In 2011, Marcus played almost exclusively in pass rushing situations before getting more of an every down role in 2012. Smith’s best game to date was the 2013 Sugar Bowl vs. Florida and that has left fans hoping he can continue that type of stellar play in 2013. While Smith really has been playing ‘catch-up’ his entire time at Louisville learning the defensive end position, he’s also been the most productive getting to the QB with 9.5 career sacks, thanks to his athleticism and acumen for football. Marcus Smith is now entering his 3rd season playing the position and I am expecting big things on the outside. The senior needs just 4.5 sacks to tie Ted Washington in Career Sacks with 14 all-time. With 8+ sacks in 2013 Marcus Smith could leave Louisville 8th All-Time (or better) for career sacks.
We will of course also be keeping a close eye on season records as they happen. Last year’s Offense was the 7th most productive in Cardinal History, the 3rd best Passing Season in Cardinal Football History, and posted the 9th most points per game. We’ll keep you up to date with record changes as they happen game-by-game for team performance and individual records. If you find an error please tweet me @UofLSheriff50 and I will do my due diligence.
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