Will The Real Hunter Cantwell Step Forward

Nothing helps a team ego  more than hearing what opposing teams are saying about you, always complimentary in typical coach-speak style. If quarterback Hunter Cantwell needs a shot of confidence to go with whatever he’s taking for his ailing ankle, he should check out the  Murfreesboro Daily News Journal:

Junior cornerback Alex Suber, who played special teams in the 2006 Louisville game and faced Brohm last season, said he expects to see an NFL-caliber quarterback Saturday in Cantwell …

“Cantwell has a big arm, and he’s accurate throwing the ball. He’s not real big on running it, but he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes throwing the ball …”

Diaz said Cantwell, though not as polished as Brohm, may have better arm strength. For that reason, MTSU must defend all corners of the field Saturday.

“I think he could have a stronger arm than Brohm. He can sling it,” Diaz said. “There’s not a lot of guys who can make those throws, the (out-route) across to the far side of the field — you know, the old NFL throw. He has NFL arm strength and he knows it, so he’ll throw the ball anywhere.”

As the writer points out, however, Cantwell hasn’t exactly been flawless lately. He completed only 13 of 25 passes for 133 yards, two touchdowns and one interception last week versus Memphis. He has thrown three picks in the last two games.

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Arena Dynamo – Louisville Metro Mayor is effusive in his praise of Jim Host’s efforts in keeping the new downtown University of Louisville basketball arena on track in an interview in the Lane Report, a state business publication:

“Without Jim Host there would be no Louisville Arena. I don’t care what UK fans say; he is Mr. Louisville. As I said publicly at the arena announcement, if you’re going to war, you want Jim Host, with his tenacity, in your foxhole. This guy doesn’t know the meaning of “no.” It is always “yes,” and it is “we are going for it.

“Jim has just been wonderful for us. He is totally volunteering his services. The guy gets in his own car at 5:30 in the morning and drives to Louisville and works. The bond experts at Goldman Sachs said that it was lucky and smart (during a three-day window) when Jim pulled the trigger and sold the arena’s bonds.”

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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.