Why Louisville has the most underrated offense in college football


When you think about the top offenses in the country you think of teams like Clemson with Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne, Ohio State with Justin Fields, and Oklahoma with potential breakout Spencer Rattler. I think a team that could start to come up in the conversation of the best offenses in the country is Louisville.


Louisville has not been very good since Lamar Jackson left. Because of this, Bobby Petrino was fired and in comes up and comer Scott Satterfield who went 51-24 in his tenure at Appalachian State. Jawon "Puma" Pass was supposed to be Lamar Jackson's replacement but he was awful. In 11 games in 2018 he had 1920 passing yards on a 54% completion percentage. He had 8 passing touchdowns and 12 interceptions.


Pass started the 2019 season against Notre Dame where he went 12-27 for 134 yards in the air and 16 carries for 67 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. The rushing was promising, but the passing was not. Pass rebounded against cupcake Eastern Kentucky with 4 touchdown passes. Pass was not able to suit up against Western Kentucky because of a "body extremity" injury suffered against Notre Dame. Pass was done for the year after that because he injured his toe. That left freshman Evan Conley and sophomore Micale Cunningham.


The two quarterbacks split reps with Micale gaining a majority of the snaps. Cunningham finished the season strong with a 279 yard, 2 touchdown performance against Mississippi State in a win in the Music City Bowl. In the 4 games Conley did not play Cunningham averaged 261.25 yards, 3.25 touchdowns, 38.75 rush yards, and 0.5 rush touchdowns. Conley played in 7 games where he had 613 pass yards, 4 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Cunningham was a far superior runner as Conley only had 88 yards and 1 touchdown compared to Cunningham's 482 yards and 6 touchdowns. Conley was a thorn in the side to Cunningham this season but Cunningham started to emerge at the end of the year.





The best offenses in College Football usually have a solid running back to take pressure off of the quarterback. Louisville has two solid running backs in Hassan Hall and Javian Hawkins. Hawkins is very fast. In high school he ran a 4.37 40. That speed translated over to college football as he ran for 1525 yards and 9 touchdowns with a 5.8 yard per carry as a freshman. Hawkins is backed up by Hassan Hall. Hall provided relief for Hawkins as he ran for 501 yards on 108 carries with 5 touchdowns.


Louisville has a lot of speed. All three of their quarterbacks can run effectively and they have a fast running back too. But Chatarius "TuTu" Atwell is easily the fastest. The 5'9" receiver has been clocked at 4.27 seconds for his 40 yard dash. For reference Tyreek Hill ran a 4.24 40 at his pro day at Oklahoma State. This speed doesn't always translate to the football field especially with someone with Atwell's height but Atwell became a huge weapon for the Louisville offense. Atwell had 70 receptions for 1276 yards and 12 touchdowns. Atwell finished strong with over 100 yards receiving in 5 out of the last 6 games with a touchdown in 5 out of the 6 games as well. The one game Atwell didn't eclipse 100 yards was against in-state rival Kentucky where it was pouring rain the entire game.


The electric trio of Micale Cunningham, Javian Hawkins, and TuTu Atwell can lead Louisville to having a top 10 offense in the country next year. They have all shown flashes of what they can do and have a lot of potential. Their offense makes them a dark horse to finish atop the ACC Atlantic Division. This would be very hard to do as they would have to beat Clemson on the road but you never know. This offense is very underrated and will give a lot of teams headaches this year.


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