For the first time this season, Louisville has a single running back listed at the top of their depth chart. Michael Dyer has officially assumed the spot atop the totem pole. Dyer, a former BCS Champion and Bowl MVP at Auburn, became the fourth running back at UofL to rush for 100 yards in a game last week, putting up 173 in a powerful performance against NC State.
Louisville’s offense this year has struggled. So far this season, Louisville’s lack of production on offense has led to two defeats in major ACC competition. Against Virginia, the inability to finish drives led to Louisville blowing the game on a muffed punt. In the game against Clemson a few weeks ago, neither team was able to convert a third down, but Louisville went a staggering 1-17 on third down conversions. That is a measly conversion percentage of six percent. If you take away a last minute 73 yard pass, Louisville produced under 200 yards of total offense.
For the first time since week two against Murray State, Louisville showed signs of an offensive rhythm against North Carolina State. The Louisville offense produced 369 yards of total offense, and appeared much more comfortable than in weeks past. Though this could be largely attributed to the return of future NFL draftee Davonte Parker at wide receiver, Dyer looked very solid carrying the ball. With the passing game keeping the defense honest, he was able to break some tackles and propel the offense forward.
This week will not be an easy task against No. 2 Florida State, but if last week’s success can translate over into this upcoming week, the Cards will have a fighting chance against the ‘Noles. Look for Parker to space the field and open up opportunities for Dyer and the rest of the offense this week.
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