Losing Long Not Necessarily Fatal

The big question is who replaces injured Scott Long as the University of Louisville football team travels to Syracuse. After scoring two touchdowns in last week’s win, Long suddenly was considered indispensable, the key to a successful season.

Losing Long is regrettable but far from being a season breaker. While he was obviously the best receiver, Long had been used only sparingly in the two games prior to South Florida. Season total: 11 catches, 201 yards, two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Doug Beaumont has pulled 34 catches for 415 yards. Josh Chichester has 18 for 202 yards. Trent Guy has seven for 145 yards, one touchdown. Pete Nochta has seven for 145 yards, two touchdowns. Troy Pascley has two catches, both touchdowns. Victor Anderson has seven for 54 yards and a touchdown. Johnnie Burns has nine for 95 yards and a touchdown.

No reason to throw in the towel. There are plenty of targets for quarterback Hunter Cantwell. Which begs the question of whether he is comfortable in passing the ball to them. Some may have dropped more than they’ve caught. But Hunter has no option but throw away if receivers are open, giving them opportunities to pull them in, build confidence and get better.

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Basketball Schedule – UofL and the University of Memphis are reportedly in negotiations to play each other in basketball, at least for one game, probably more, according to the Memphis Business Journal. Can’t imagine either school agreeing to play only one game on the other school’s home court. Memphis is also in discussions with North Carolina and Duke for home-and-away games in the very near future.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

3 thoughts on “Losing Long Not Necessarily Fatal

  • October 30, 2008 at 5:09 pm
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    Let’s hope Trent Guy gets in a groove. He was spared fora special reason.

  • October 30, 2008 at 5:11 pm
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    Hunter needs to look around it bit more for open receivers. Now that Long is gone, he will have to learn how to do that.

  • October 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm
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    Troy Pascley has all but disappeared after his touchdown reception. I’m sure there are reasons for how Coach K manages his personnel, but they are sometimes baffling to fans.

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