As of today, we are not sure when the 2020 college football season will be played. I’m overly confident that it will be played. It may not start as scheduled or even be a 12 game season, but I’m confident we will see something that will be titled, the 2020-21 college football season.
When the season starts, the University of Louisville football team will be loaded with players who were major contributors to the eight win 2019 campaign. Overall, 78% of their production will be returning – 79% on offense and 77% on defense.
That percent ranks third in the ACC behind Georgia Tech (84%) and Virginia Tech (82%).
Georgia Tech is not on the Cards schedule but for the first time since joining the ACC, the Hokies and Cards are slated to compete. The last meeting between the two was in January of 2006 in the Gator Bowl where the Hokies were victorious, 35 – 24.
When you look at the Louisville 2020 roster and compare it to the 2019 roster, the first thing you should notice is the offensive line. Losing the talent of Mekhi Becton as well as senior Tyler Haycraft is a huge loss. While Adonis Boone will step in and fill Becton’s spot as he did in two games last year, it’s unfair to Boone for us to expect him to be Becton.
The second noticeable difference on the roster in on special teams. Louisville loses both its punter, Mason King, and its kicker, Blanton Creque. Creque suffered a season ending injury giving an opportunity to Ryan Chalifoux. The redshirt junior Chalifoux is expected to compete with highly rated freshman, Brock Travelstead for that kicking spot.
On defense, Louisville will lose leading tackler Khane Pass, the anchor of the D line in G.G. Robinson as well as team leaders Boosie Whitlow and Amonte Caban.
While all those guys will be missed, the amount of turnover is not as big as in most years. Therefore, Coach Satterfield starts year two a little ahead of the game compared to other teams.