Saturday, January 31, 2015
Louisville Offense vs. Kentucky Defense
Louisville still spreads the field and frequently lines QB Brian Brohm up in the shotgun formation under new head coach Steve Kragthorpe. However, much like his predecessor and current Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino, Kragthorpe understands the importance of establishing the run. So expect a heavy dose of the ground game against a Kentucky defense that Kent State gashed for 324 yards last week. Anthony Allen is the primary back and a perfect fit for this offense. Allen has the quickness to exploit the vertical seams that the multiple-receiver sets create by stretching the field horizontally, and his size makes him tough to bring down once he gets into space. He has also benefited from running behind an offensive line that has done a good job of getting into position and that spells trouble for the Wildcats. The biggest concern about Kentucky's defense at this point is its ability to get off blocks. While WLB Wesley Woodyard is a tackling machine and 255-pound MLB Micah Johnson is big enough to clog up the middle, the linebackers are taking too long to disengage blocks opening the door for long gains. However, there is one concern here for the Cardinals, and that's depth. Allen can handle a heavy workload but he will need to be spelled at times. Since injuries to Brock Bolen and Sergio Spencer could keep them out of this game or hinder them George Stripling is expected to play a bigger role. Stripling, who has good speed, has had fumbling problems in the past so the Wildcats should look to strip and/or punch the ball out when he gets into the game.
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