--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
While the Louisville Cardinals disappointed against Western Kentucky Saturday, a few players stood above the rest; and put together solid performances. Here’s a few notable performances, that deserve to be recognized:
Offense: RB Dae Williams
Louisville had just two touchdowns in the 20-17 win over the Hilltoppers. Both touchdowns were scored by Louisville RB Dae Williams.
The Sophomore had nine carries with 58 yards. All of his attempts were almost exclusively in the second-half. His first score came on a clutch fourth-and-one, when he punched it in with 14:23 left. William’s second score was
with 5:01 remaining, on first and goal.
He had the second-most carries on the team, and the longest rush. Williams is shaping up to be one of the key backs the Louisville offense needs.
Defense: MLB Robert Hicks
Hicks was Louisville’s leading tackler in Week three, bringing 11 players down. Five were solo tackles. Hicks also split a sack with CJ Avery.
The sack was in the third-quarter, causing a loss of one yard on second and one at Louisville’s 42. The play was on a drive that resulted in a blocked field goal, which gave Louisville momentum.
Special Teams: PK Blanton Creque
Louisville was forced to kick the ball two times in the game. Both attempts were from the 23-yard-line, and were successful. Blanton Creque booted both of them.
The first kick was in the second, with 13 seconds left. The field goal capped a 12-play, 81-yard drive that chew 2:46 from the clock.
The next kick was with 9:07 in the third. Creque capped an 8-play, 61-yard drive.
Overall: QB Malik Cunningham
QB Jawon Pass played the first quarter, but couldn’t complete a pass. Similarly, to last week, he was replaced by Malik Cunningham.
Cunningham completed 10 of 18 from the air for 88 yards. While it wasn’t the most impressive, his ground game propelled him to be the player of the game: 21 attempts for 129 yards.
He gained an average of 6.1 yards, with a long of 17.
Cunningham’s performance made it difficult to start Pass week in Charlottesville, VA. Bobby Petrino announced the redshirt freshman will start against the Cavaliers in Week four.
While Cunningham will start, don’t be surprised if Pass makes an appearance.