Louisville football’s offensive line developing depth.
Perhaps the greatest concern for Scott Satterfield and the Louisville football staff entering the 2019 season was the offensive line.
The new coaching staff took over and expressed immediate worry in regards to holes in recruiting, particularly in the trenches for the Cards.
In his introductory press conference, Satterfield made note of the fact that the Cardinals only had eight offensive linemen on the roster; A number that the staff wanted to double in the coming years.
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To try and counteract the lack of depth last season, Louisville used former walk-ons, brought in two graduate transfers, and signed four true freshmen in the 2019 class to beef up the line.
The Cardinals showed solid growth in the starting five, but still struggled with depth- Especially late in the season when players were baring a high work load.
After graduating starters Tyler Haycraft and Mekhi Becton, the Cardinals signed five more offensive linemen to the 2020 freshman class and will add another graduate transfer.
If you’re keeping up, that means Louisville will have 14 scholarship offensive linemen on the roster in 2020. That means in two recruiting cycles, Louisville completely flipped the depth narrative on its head.
Granted, the Cardinals with be young along the front five, boasting nine players who are freshmen or redshirt freshmen. However, that’s nine more guys that the staff didn’t have when they took over, and there are at least 2-3 players that could be difference makers right away.
But, if the season started today, who would start along the offensive line for the Cards? Let’s take a (way too early) look at the Louisville football offensive line depth chart.
Note: This article has been updated to reflect every scholarship offensive lineman on the roster.