The team misses Mekhi Becton more than anticipated
Every Cards fan knew how good Mekhi Becton was as a Louisville Cardinal. Many that followed the program closely could have pointed him out and said “hey, that’s an NFL player right there.”
He was. Becton was a first round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Becton is one of the best offensive linemen Louisville has had in the history of the program. That much is now being confirmed as he makes his name known as a cornerstone left tackle for the New York Jets in the NFL.
Running behind Mekhi was just too easy for the Cardinals last year. Many times you could see on television Becton’s overwhelming strength to move defensive ends and linebackers completely out of the play. While Adonis Boone is a fine college football player, he is no Mekhi Becton. Then again, not many are.
The Louisville offense has allowed defenses to tackle them for a loss 55 times through seven games. For all of you math whizzes out there, that is nearly eight (!) tackles for loss per game. That is good enough to ruin several drives a game and take your offense completely out of football games.
Many expected the offense to click on all cylinders in the preseason. That has not happened and I would attribute a lot of that to very inconsistent offensive line play throughout the course of the season.
The importance of a player to the magnitude of that what Becton was for Louisville cannot be overstated. He was a cornerstone piece that took the entire offense to another level. That kind of play is rare from an offensive lineman.
Becton is a Cardinals legend no matter the position he played. Now, the team desperately misses him as the 2020 season wears on.