Here are five things you need to know about Louisville’s redshirt freshman quarterback…
He leads Louisville in rushing
Yes, you read that right. A quarterback leads Louisville in rushing. Not a running back. Cunningham will be a running threat and will need to be contained. He has recorded 441 yards in 9 games, averaging 45.3 yards per game.
He was not the starter at the start of the season
Jawon “Puma” Pass was named the starter at the beginning of the season. That didn’t last long. Louisville made the change four games into the season. Cunningham got his first career start against Virginia on September 22nd. He went 6-of-9 for 35 yards. Lousiville lost 27-3.
However, Louisville has played both quarterbacks all season.
I fully expect to see two QBs from Louisville on Saturday, but it appears that Malik Cunningham could be getting the start. https://t.co/QoXFSPCtYF
— Adam Luckett (@AdamLuckettBOS) November 20, 2018
He had an offer from Kentucky
Cunningham chose Louisville over offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Purdue, Troy, Tulane and UAB. He says he chose Louisville because of Lamar Jackson.
He is the highest graded Louisville QB
Louisville has played three quarterbacks this seasons. One is no longer on the team. According to Pro Football Focus, Cunningham has been the most proficient.
- Overall: 69.4
- Passing: 70.5
- Rushing: 62.5
Jordan Travis (no longer on the team):
- Overall: 53.6
- Passing: 37.2
- Rushing: 81.9
- Overall: 49.9
- Passing: 48.0
- Rushing: 61.6
He doesn’t know how to slide
After learning he would be the starter against Virginia, he met with the media and revealed he does not know how to slide. How does a Division I quarterback not know how to slide?
Malik Cunningham on why he doesn’t slide, “Saturday it went through my head how to slide, I was about to slide, but I didn’t know how to do it so I just fell.” pic.twitter.com/FIXcOXjrJ0
— Pat Jaggers (@Pat_Jaggers) September 18, 2018
Time to eat, Josh.
How many times will Josh Allen get to the QB against Louisville? pic.twitter.com/9RwzLyIsIz
— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 24, 2018