September 22, 2006

Behind enemy lines: Louisville Cardinals

Just how good is Louisville quarterback Hunter Cantwell? That's one of the five questions we posed to Howie Lindsey, the editor of, the Louisville site on the network. Lindsey was kind enough to take the time give us his insight into Saturday's Kansas State/Louisville contest from the Cardinals' point of view.

1.) How much confidence does Louisville have in Hunter Cantwell's ability to play well as the replacement for Brian Brohm?

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino believes a well-schooled quarterback can run his system to a 500-yard offensive output. After Brohm went out with a knee injury last season, back-up Hunter Cantwell came in and put up a win against Connecticut and then played valiantly in the Gator Bowl against Virginia Tech. While Louisville still lost and Cantwell looked shaky at times, the fact remains he still led the Louisville offense to a 24 point performance against the Hokies, the nation's No. 1 defense last season. Only Florida State and Miami scored more against the Hokies, and both the Seminoles and Canes had their starting quarterbacks. Cantwell is fully capable of leading Louisville to wins. He also proved he has grown in his understanding of the offense with a pair of second half touchdown drives against Miami last week. U of L has helped seven of their last eight quarterbacks sign NFL contracts, and the Petrinos believe Cantwell will be next in line after Brohm makes the leap this year or next.

2.) Could you talk a little about the skill position talent Louisville has on offense, specifically George Stripling, Kolby Smith and Mario Urrutia?

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