After eleven games of the 2018 season, Louisville still hasn’t found a quarterback.
Last Saturday against N.C. State, interim head coach Lorenzo Ward gave Malik Cunningham his second start of the season. Cunningham received the honor after Lamar Jackson’s heir apparent, Jawon “Puma” Pass, was suspended for the first quarter for missing a team obligation.
Cunningham, UofL’s scrambling option, had 100-yards rushing and 90 passing yards on 8-of-14 attempts before a hand injury sidelined him in the fourth quarter. Pass finished the game with five completions for 67 yards.
Ward said Cunningham will be available to play on Saturday, but the coaching staff will not choose a starting quarterback until later in the week.
After a luxurious two and a half years with Lamar Jackson, Louisville has tried every possible option at quarterback this season. Puma Pass has not lived up to his name. The starter for nine games, he’s completed only 54 percent of his passes and thrown 12 interceptions to just 8 eight touchdowns. Cunningham has thrown for 409 yards and rushed for a team-high 408 yards (yes, UofL’s backup quarterback is their leading rusher). Jordan Travis played in a few games before he decided to transfer. After Travis’ departure, Petrino even played the fourth-string walk-on, Sean McCormack, who promptly threw an interception on his first passing attempt at Syracuse.
Whoever Louisville trots out to play quarterback, they’ll see a lot of Josh Allen. UofL quarterbacks have been sacked 41 times; only Oregon State has surrendered more sacks.
“Josh Allen is the key to that defense,” Ward said. “He can destroy an offense by himself.”