Jawhar Jordan (25) is among the nation’s leading rushers after Louisville’s first four games (Mike DeZarn photo).

Jawhar Jordan catches a short screen pass from Jack Plummer, takes a couple quick steps left, squeezes through a small hole in the offensive line and bursts off to the end zone and a 75-yard touchdown.

That was one of many explosive plays Jordan and the University of Louisville’s offense have put together this season. UofL seems to come up with big plays almost at will. It helps that the 5-foot-10, 180 pound junior running back is explosive, plays smart and catches passes out of the backfield. He plays with an edge.

“I just feel like I’m still underrated and honestly, I like it like that,” said Jordan after Louisville’s 56-28 smashing of. Boston College, Saturday. “I want to be the underdog. I want to keep working. I’m going to keep staying down and keep proving myself week by week.”

Jordan completed his third consecutive 100-yard game and the seventh of his career in the victory. Saturday his was particularly troublesome against BC with 134 yards rushing and the two scores with hauled in that screen pass.

“Jawhar is special,” said coach Jeff Brohm whose offense continues to produce big numbers. “When you’ve got one ball and you’ve got multiple weapons, I can’t predict where the ball is going to go. We’ve got some good running backs that run hard…do a really good job.

“You take that and an offensive line that should get more credit, because they’ve been consistent, they open up holes.”

Jordan compiled 815 yards last seasons and one touchdown. If the Long Island, New York native continues to play at a high level the post season awards will come.So will an NFL career.

“It’s all about consistency, just staying consistent with it,” said Jordan. “I feel like I have a lot to prove. I feel I’m one of the best backs in the nation, and I just want to come out every week and prove it.”

He’ll have to be on top of his game Friday night as the Cardinals visit North Carolina State in its first true road game at Raleigh. It can be a difficult place to play because of fan noise and a good Wolfpack defense.

“Honestly we take it week by week,” said Jordan who was selected as the ACC Offensive Player of the Week. “We do not pay too much attention to that (national attention). We take it each week.”

Jordan was also named the “Paul Hornung National Player of the Week.”

Jordan remembers when he first heard about Bohm coming to UofL. “I heard about Coach Brohm passing the ball, but I wasn’t worried about that, “ said Jordan. “I feel like I can be a threat in the passing game as well. I look forward (to catching more passes) and just keep making plays.”

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Jordan leads the nation with seven plays from scrimmage of over 30 yards and is the only player with three plays over 70 yards. He ranks second in all-purpose yardage with 676 yards and is averaging of 157 yards per game. His 9.6 yards per game leads the ACC and he is eighth nationally.

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By Ed Peak

Ed Peak has covered UofL sports since 1973, as a student reporter, as a correspondent for the Courier-Journal, a freelancer for the Associated Press and United Press International, as well as ScoreCard, Fox Sports and CBS radio.

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