5 Hot Numbers

Howie Lindsey, Publisher
Cardinal Sports

The quick hit column that's been making key numbers look hotter since 2017...


1. Ocho - Lamar

It all starts on offense with No. 8, Lamar Jackson. He's most electric player in the college football, he's the most-decorated athlete to ever wear a Louisville Football uniform and he still - technically - has two seasons left. Lamar is averaging a ridiculous 505 yards of total offense per game. Only one other player in college football are averaging more than 415 yards per game, Ole Miss' Shea Patterson at 465.

2. TWENTY-SIX (26)

We all know Lamar Jackson is ridiculous. Want to know how ridiculous? His 1,010 yards of Total Offense would currently ranked No. 26 in Division I football.

Yep, just between No. 25 Kansas State (1,012) and actual No. 26 Stanford (988). And faaar ahead of teams like No. 98 Auburn (652), No. 116 Illinois (516) or No. 118 Cincinnati (448). Of course, Florida (192) and Florida State (250) have paltry yardage totals on the season, but both have only played one game.


Through the first two games of the season, Louisville foes are averaging 34.0 yards per game. 34. That's good for No. 2 in the country, trailing only LSU's silly 31.50 yards per game. Louisville's rush defense has been very good so far.

What's that? You think it is because teams didn't try to run on Louisville?

Not really. If you look at yards per carry, Louisville only drops from No. 2 to No. 3 in the national rankings. The Cardinals' 1.55 ypc number trails only Michigan's 1.39 and LSU's 1.54. For comparison, Alabama's defense is currently allowing 1.98 ypc.

4. NINE - Jaylen Smith

In the shadow of Lamar Jackson's ridiculous Total Offense numbers, Louisville receiver Jaylen Smith's production deserve their own spotlight. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior is currently No. 3 in the nation with 150.0 yards per game. His 17 catches and 17.65 yards per catch are also elite numbers.

The only number that doesn't jump off the page for Smith is the number 1 - he only has one touchdown so far. I would expect that number to spike in the next couple of weeks.

5. NINETY-ONE - Trevon Young

A senior defensive end who came back from a brutal hip injury, Trevon Young is a difference maker for Louisville's defense. He could also be a key player to watch during Saturday's showdown with defending National Champion Clemson.

Can Young and fellow pass rushers Jon Greenard and James Hearns get past Clemson's big, veteran offensive line? While they stopped the run effectively vs. Purdue and North Carolina, they didn't land their blitz as much as they would like. That MUST change for Louisville to have a chance against Clemson.

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