There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Louisville Football’s offense heading into the 2020 season, and it’s not hard to see why. In Scott Satterfield’s first season as the head coach, the Cardinals averaged 33.1 points and 447.3 yards per game, both of which are top 30 marks in FBS.
They also retain many of their top talents on the offensive side of the ball, including quarterback Micale Cunningham. Last season, the redshirt sophomore threw for 2,061 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 482 yards and six scores. Had he attempted two more passes, his passing efficiency of 194.79 would have been second in the nation only to Heisman Winner & No. 1 overall 2020 NFL Draft pick Joe Burrow.
Following a season like that, you would think Cunningham would have a stranglehold on the starters role. However according to quarterbacks coach Frank Ponce, that isn’t necessarily the case.
“The way we finished in the spring practice, Micale (Cunningham) would be number one, Jawon (“Puma” Pass) is right close to him and would be 1B,” Ponce told reporters in teleconference Tuesday.
It’s interesting that Ponce would list Pass as the “1B” option and not the outright second string signal caller. But according to him, he started to regain his form towards the end of spring ball.