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2009 Louisville Cardinals Football Preview

2009 Louisville Cardinals season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Louisville Cardinals football preview as well as the 2009 Louisville Cardinals Football Schedule. After reading this article check out our college football predictions against the current point spread.

Coach: Steve Kragthorpe (3rd year at Louisville)
Team Name: Cardinals
2008 Overall Record:5-7
Returning Starters: 13

After winning the conference title in 2004 and 2006 and going to bowl games from 2004 through 2006, the Louisville Cardinals (5- 7 overall, 1-6 Big East) have had two lean seasons. Last year, they tied the Syracuse Orange for seventh-place and for the second year running did not get a bowl invite.

The QB spot is wide open. This is an area in which the Cardinals have excelled with five of Louisville’s last signal callers going to the NFL. Justin Burke, who transferred from NC State, and Adam Froman, who is a junior college transfer, are top contenders for the spot. Whoever gets the job will have a wealth of receivers to throw to, including junior Doug Beaumont (62 REC, 750 YDs, 0 TD), sophomore Josh Chichester (30 REC, 341 YDs, 2 TDs) and junior Troy Pascley (12 REC, 252 YDs, 4 TDs). Scott Long (11 REC, 201 YDs, 2 TDs) and Chichester are big-time playmakers. Last season as a freshman, RB Victor Anderson (183 CAR, 1,047 YDs, 8 TDs) was the Big East Rookie of the Year. He had five 100-plus yard games in 2008. The frontline is being rebuilt, but it has a lot of potential.

While the Cardinal offense put 24.7 PPG on the board, the defense allowed 29.8 PPG. The club was ranked 92nd versus the pass. Brent Guy has replaced Ron English as defensive coordinator. The club was fine versus the run due to its solid frontline. But the D-line is being entirely rebuilt and will have to gel quickly. Five linebackers with experience return to a unit that looks like it’s ready to perform on each and every play. In the secondary, junior corner Johnny Patrick (50 TKLs, 1 INT) is the best and most proven player on the unit. The secondary is in need of major work.

On special teams, Trent Guy (324 YDs, 24.9 YPR, 1 TD) is fine on kickoffs and on punts Beaumont (9.6 YPR) is dependable. The punting game is adequate but not outstanding. The field goal game was lacking last season. Chris Philpott will get first try this year at placekicker.

Since coach Steve Kragthorpe (40- 35 in three years at Louisville) has taken over the Cardinals have gone from three seasons of being ranked in the nation’s top-15 to being in the lower tier of all NCAA football clubs. In 2006, they were ranked fifth, went to the Orange Bowl and beat 15th ranked Wake Forest 24- 13. A frustrated Kragthorpe has made himself offensive coordinator this season. He’s the third guy to hold the position in three years. This season, the Cardinals have a very difficult schedule that includes non-conference games versus Kentucky on September 19 and Utah on September 26. They open their Big East season at home with Pittsburgh on October 2. That will be a season-defining contest. If Kragthorpe cannot get this team to perform, he will be out. This looks to be a 6-6 club that once again will not be bowl bound.

Louisville Cardinals Football Schedule

Date Team Opponent Site Line Total Points Opp Points
9/5/2009 Louisville Indiana St. home        
9/19/2009 Louisville Kentucky away        
9/26/2009 Louisville Utah away        
10/2/2009 Louisville Pittsburgh home        
10/10/2009 Louisville Southern Miss home        
10/17/2009 Louisville Connecticut away        
10/24/2009 Louisville Cincinnati away        
10/31/2009 Louisville Arkansas St. home        
11/7/2009 Louisville West Virginia away        
11/14/2009 Louisville Syracuse home        
11/21/2009 Louisville South Florida away        
11/27/2009 Louisville Rutgers home        


For more info on the 2009 Louisville Cardinals football program, view the Cardinals football site or you can read about other Big East teams below.


2009 Big East Football Team Previews

All of the Big East teams are featured to the right. Each link under the team previews gives our individual breakdown for the eight Big East colleges. For other teams visit Maddux's 09 college preview page.

If you would like to know how Maddux forecasts the order of finish for the Big East football conference check out the Big East Conference Preview section which is our conference preview as a whole. With only 1 starter back on defense can Brian Kelly get his Bearcats back to the BCS? Will Wannstedt choke away another season with loaded talent? Is Rutgers' schedule just too easy for them not to win the Big East crown?

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