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2007 Big East Football Prospectus Part 3: Louisville

Editor’s Note: This is part three of an eight part series giving analysis of each of the eight teams in the Big East Football Conference, proceeding alphabetically, but ending with Syracuse. A new team will be released each weekday for the next eight days. Feel free to use the comment section to supplement the facts and analysis presented, however my opinions will stand. Enjoy and I hope you are looking forward to the new Big East football season as much as I am. Part two can be found here.
Preview – Louisville returns to the Big East this season after winning the Orange Bowl against ACC Champion Wake Forrest. They return with the most productive QB in the Big East in Heisman candidate Brian Brohm (199/313, 3049yds, 16 TD, 5 INT, sacked 16 times), but lose their stud running back in Michael Bush. With new coach Steve Kragthorpe at the helm, half his work is done in convincing Brohm to stay for his senior season. Brohm already has a grasp of Kragthorpe’s spread offense and looked just as good in their spring game. Look for Brohm to throw to his tight end quite a lot. Also, plan on L’ville to utilize running back by committee to replace the dominance of Michael Bush. Their secondary took a major hit with the loss of William Gay and will be the biggest weakness for Louisville. The right side of their offensive line will be new this year as well, so look for opposing defenses to attack from that side.

Key Returning Players – QB Brian Brohm, WR Harry Douglas, WR Mario Urrutia

Key Losses – RB Michael Bush, DT Amobi Okoye, CB William Gay

My Thoughts – This will be another solid year for the Cardinals. They will have much success doing what they did the previous season. If Brohm stays healthy, look for this team to be in a top bowl game. Look for this team to again be in the hunt for that BCS birth.

Will We Beat Them? – Not so much. Not much analysis needed here. Unless some crazy awesome miracle happens. In which case my pants will be removed and I’ll shotgun a beer. This is a game early in the season, so if it was later I’d say we maybe could do something. However, at this point we probably will not be firing on all cylinders and will be at Louisville. You do the math on that one.

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