Just one week after the start of the 2020 season and Louisville’s offensive line is already on a warm start. Against Western Kentucky, the Cardinals (1-0, 0-0 ACC) had the highest ranked offensive line in week 2 with left guard Caleb Chandler wearing the third highest score among offensive linemen according to Pro Football Focus.
“I think some of the guys played as well or better than at any point in the last year, and it’s because of the way they worked,” said Dwayne Ledford on Tuesday. The second-year offensive coordinator named Caleb Chandler, Cole Bentley and Renato Brown as the ones who impressed him in Saturday’s 35-21 win over the Hilltoppers.
He also noted an additional player: Cam DeGeorge. Making his Louisville debut as a transfer graduate from UConn, the senior redshirt saw time at both guard posts as well as the right tackle, all in backup roles.
Ledford was raised on DeGeorge and the experience he brings since he arrived on campus, and that hasn’t changed after seeing her first release in Red & Black. He even went so far as to say he would be an undisputed starter in Louisville, operated with six offensive linemen on the field.
DeGeorge has obvious starter-caliber talent, having started 34 of 36 games in his time with the Huskies. While he may not be a regular with the Cardinals, at least not yet, his role is just as important and could be the key to helping the offensive line find sustained success as the season progresses.
Instead of having to rely so much on your starting five players due to a drop in talent and experience, DeGeorge can absorb some of those reps and allow Louisville to keep linemen fresh throughout. a game and throughout the season.
“It’s a long game we’re playing. Having someone who can step in and just even give you a streak goes a long way, ”said senior center Cole Bentley. “Having someone who can jump around and give people breaks when they need it is huge.”
At the moment, DeGeorge is currently in a three-way rotation with the starting inside offensive linemen. While he can handle his own play off the line bookends, Ledford is still chasing that benchmark seventh or eighth guy who can spin with offensive tackles and be the backing center in pencil.
“We are close to that,” he said. “It’s something that you hope you have opportunities where you get more guys out there. But it’s something where I don’t feel like we’re that far away with it.”
No.18 Louisville is set to host No.17 Miami (1-0, 0-0 ACC) this weekend for the conference opener, with College GameDay also in the game. Kick-off is scheduled for Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.
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