Tue Mar 19 10:07am EDT
By Mark Blankenbaker aka Sheriff50
2012: Louisville Cornerbacks came back in 2012 entirely intact and the Cards jumped from 68th to 17th in Passing Defense. Some of that production was due to schedule and conditions (Southern Miss was played in a lake, Temple really didn’t threaten to throw). But cornerback play was definitely elevated from a year earlier when the Cards relied on a transfer and 3 freshman almost entirely. Still Louisville managed just 11 interceptions, 3 of which came against Cincinnati. I don’t think the Cardinal secondary saw many top level QBs in 2012 but when they did see a good QB, like Ryan Nassib of Syracuse and Bryn Renner of North Carolina the Cards were susceptible. Nassib led Syracuse to Louisville’s first loss of the year throwing for 246 yards and 3 Touchdowns, while Renner threw for 363 yards and 5 Touchdowns in a failed last minute effort.
Overall I’d have to say that the Cardinal Corners played well. But I think there is a lot of room for improvement. Especially against top-level QBs.