For the final three seasons, BC coach Jeff Hafley schemed up his protection in opposition to the Louisville Cardinals to include one massive risk.
Louisville’s Malik Cunningham was the ACC’s uber twin risk quarterback cast from the identical mould as his predecessor, Lamar Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner and first-round draft choose of the Baltimore Ravens.
Louisville first-year head coach Jeff Brohm will discipline a special type of sign caller when the unbeaten Cardinals (3-0) host the BC Eagles (1-2) on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) at L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium.
Louisville’s Jack Plummer is a 6-5, 215-pound, senior switch who posted spectacular passing numbers in his earlier stops at Purdue and California. Plummer is extra of a stay-at-home pocket passer and fewer of a risk to run like Cunningham and Jackson.
“He is an experienced guy and he’s had at least two years of throwing for 3,000 yards and he looks very comfortable and can manage the game,” mentioned Hafley. “He’s throws a whole lot of explosive passes and he’s extra athletic than you assume.
“I am not comparing him by any means to Malik, there are few people who could do what he could do. But he (Plummer) is good athlete who can extend plays when he has to with his feet and gets rid of the ball pretty quick.”
In three begins in opposition to Georgia Tech, Murray State and Indiana, Plummer has accomplished 47-of-76 passes for 732 yards with 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Plummer’s go to man is redshirt junior broad receiver Jamari Thrash, who has 14 catches for 329 yards and 4 touchdowns.
In an ironic twist, what was as soon as Hafley’s main concern on protection is now Brohm’s. BC faculty sophomore quarterback Thomas Castellanos, a switch from Central Florida, is an electrifying ACC prototype who put up Cunningham-type numbers in final Saturday’s 31-29 loss to No. 3 Florida State. Castellanos accomplished 20-of 33 passes for 305 yards and rushed for 95 in his second profession begin and first ACC recreation.
“This is the first time in quite awhile that we have had a quarterback that can make as many plays with his feet and keep things alive,” mentioned Hafley. “He’s had a good week of practice and we’ve made it hard on him because this is our first away game and they are 3-0.”