Tennessee Tech may never be a great opponent but some encouraging things were happening today at Papa JohnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cardinal Stadium:
Great crowd of 38,694 for the equivalent of a Division II opponent. Some old-timers, who keep expecting crowds to return to the pre-modern day level after a loss or two, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t understand that University of Louisville football fanaticism has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to always be a worldbeater, just put a UofL team on the field and fans will show up. Games in the Gator Bowl and Orange Bowl will do that for you.
Kickoff specialist Chris Philpott is getting his groove back. Tossing the bird to his hassling teammates after kicking his first kickoff into the end zone in the second quarter.Ã‚Â Freshman feeling his oats after four embarrassing kickoffs in his first four tries (including his only kickoff last Sunday). For the game, he averaged 61.7 yards on nine kickoffs. After missing his first extra point attempt, he was perfect on point-afters the rest of the way.
The UofL defense plays for keeps, maintaining intensity from the opening gun to the final play against a lesser opponent, not playing down to their level, knocking people around, sacrificing their bodies, initiating contact. Not one or two players, all of them making tackles. Last season, UofL had a only handful of dependable tacklers
Hunter Cantwell looking better at quarterback. Had to, it was Tennessee Tech. Getting some lift on the ball, finding second and third options, delivering balls that zing instead of sting, catchable stuff. Threading the needle on a 35-yarder to Troy PascleyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s for a touchdown. Making good on 15 of 23 pass attempts, and two touchdowns.
Trent Guy catching three passes, Josh Chichester three, Johnnie Burns two, Troy Pascley one, even Pete Nochta finally catching one in his stomach. You expect Doug Beaumont to do well and he did with five receptions. Yeah, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Tennessee Tech but these guys may be catching on. May get a receiving corps yet.