We just finished with Mark Stoops’ weekly press luncheon previewing Saturday’s game with Louisville at Commonwealth Stadium and here’s what stuck out:
Stoops is a defensive guy. He’s a former secondary coach, a former defensive coordinator and when he looks at Louisville he sees just the kind of offense that gives defensive coordinator fits. The Cardinals run the ball well enough that a defense has to bring more people into the box to stop the run, but U of L also is very “skilled outside,” said Stoops.
And oh yeah, they have this quarterback named Teddy Bridgewater.
“He’s just very good at what he does. He has a great feel in the pocket. He eludes the pressure when and where he needs to and the rest of the time he sis in there and distributes the football. He’s very athletic and he’s very live.”
Later, Stoops said that Bridgewater is very quick without hurrying.
Here is Stoops today talking about Bridgewater and his own quarterback rotation of Maxwell Smith and Jalen Whitlow.
As good as Bridgewater is — and he’s very good — he has plenty of weapons around him. Louisville boasts a stable of good, physical running backs and a good offensive line. But they are deep in athletic receivers in Devante Parker, Damian Copeland, Robert Clark and Eli Rogers.
That’s balance, which gives any defensive coordinator fits. And it’s Stoops’ biggest worry heading into Saturday’s rivalry game.