--By Mike Gilpatrick
--File photo by Jared Anderson
One of the first signs of fall comes this Saturday. The University of Louisville will host football media day. Reporters will get their first official look at the team, and have an opportunity to answer questions that exist before Louisville takes on Alabama on September first.
Here’s a few things to watch for on Media Day:
What will the official depth chart look like?
It’s close to the middle-part of August, and Bobby Petrino still has not released an official depth chart. Most roster projections are through past rosters, and don’t include freshmen. Louisville brings in a good recruiting class, and some of those guys may produce earlier than expected.
The depth chart may be released on, or close to, media day.
What type of defense will Brian VanGorder run?
New defensive coordinator has worked with multiple schemes in the past. After running a hybrid 3-4 and 4-2-5 under Peter Sirmon, fans will be interested to see how the Cards will line up against Alabama.
VanGorder has worked with the 4-3 and 3-4 in the past. He had stated that Louisville’s personnel best fits the 4-3, but would wait until fall camp to decide.
Reactions to the projected ACC standings
The Cardinals didn’t receive any love during ACC Media Day. Louisville was picked fifth in the Atlantic, behind Clemson, Florida State, NC State, and Boston College.
It’s expected they’d be picked to finish behind Clemson and FSU, and not surprising they were picked behind NC State; but Boston College? That was a team they led against for most of the game at home, and lost due to defensive struggles.
It’s apparent that many media outlets remember that game. Now that the Eagles have an offense, and return all of their key pieces, they have a 59.7% chance to win the game.
Another team Louisville was projected to lose to is Florida State. The Cards have a 44.1% chance to win. Louisville demolished the Seminoles in 2016, and beat them on a game-winning field goal last year. Since then, the ‘Noles lost Jimbo Fisher, and replaced him with Willie Taggart. Taggart has been praised by the energy he brings to Tallahassee. The ‘Noles also return QB Deondre Francois, who left the first game of last season with a season-ending patellar tendon tear. It’ll be interesting to see if he is back to full-strength after missing almost a year.
While coaches don’t usually look at the standings, or tell the media they don’t care, there must be some reaction to the talk behind it.
Introduction to 2018 recruiting class
Louisville has the 29th recruiting class this season, according to 247sports.com. They’re seventh in the ACC, and feature multiple four-star recruits. Three are listed on the roster: Marlon Character, Robert Hicks, and Trenell Troutman. All three are defensive players. Character is a sophomore cornerback from Grady in Atlanta. Hicks and Troutman are both freshmen. Hicks is a linebacker, and Troutman is a Safety.
It’ll be interesting to see how all these guys may be used in game action. Character may be the most likely to get significant action, due to his experience.
Tutu Atwell, Michael Boykin, Chandler Jones and Demji Dumervil-Jean (nephew of UofL great Elvis Dumervil) are also names to keep an eye on.