#17 Louisville Cardinals @ North Carolina Tar Heels
Kenan Memorial Stadium – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Louisville (47), North Carolina (35)
Lamar Jackson, QB (Junior)
Continues strong showing on play action reps. Hides the football extremely well. Accurate throwing on the move on bootlegs, willing to take the clean short patterns and allow for high RAC. Fearless throwing to his left, squaring shoulders and getting good velocity on an intermediate route. Converts on an early 4th down with QB draw. Good eye movement to force defenders to flow before tucking and running. Three step and shoot hitting a slant route in the middle of the field; found soft spot in between the hashes. Eye movement on redzone touchdown; utilizing full field of play before zipping in a clean reception. Shows short area quickness to flush left and out-run a free running blitz from Stewart and dump off for a long game. Inexplicable decision to throw up a desperation throw inside the 10 on third and goal; was in the grasp and still threw up an aimless pass. Comes to balance after climbing the ladder and puts 50+ yard air throw on the money in the MOF. Long touchdown pass. Good touch on check down pass to get throw over top of rusher; like the attentiveness to get the check down out and beat blitz. End of 1st half execution was poor inside the UNC 30; miscommunications on 3rd and 4th down when failing to put an early dagger in Tar Heels. Clean step and stride on shallow crosser, did well on 1st down to not put too much heat on the throw. Surreal balance, burst and vision in the open field on QB draw for a long TD run. Simply outclassed UNC second level and carried speed after taking contact on lower half. Accurate over the middle yet again, climbing the ladder and working around LB Smith yet again. Very likable personality and presence on the field with teammates; missed a deep post and immediately smiled, took responsibility to teammate and came back next play to throw strike on out route. Good timing on back foot to zip slant vs. empty middle of the field; first down. Zone read TD run down inside the 5; good hard cut to swap back inside on a freelance effort. Anticipation and touch going over the top of the 2nd level for a big touchdown in the 4th QTR to extend lead, long TD.
Jaire Alexander, CB (Junior)
Missed this contest with an injury suffered early in last week’s contest against Purdue. Missing presence was notable in the secondary in 1st half with lack of run support near the boundary, which is a notable strength of Alexander’s game.
Jaylen Smith, WR (Junior)
Has been a big play catalyst early. Catching the ball well with hands. Showed a nice second gear on long touchdown pass from Jackson; fighting off of contact well against MJ Stewart to get stacked vertically and run away from CB. Tough running after contact on a screen throw, showing good balance to spin and carry up the field. Again finds separation on a deep middle post route; easy running past free safety. Catches ball away from body on deep comeback pattern.
North Carolina Tar Heels
Andre Smith, MLB (Junior)
Big presence between the tackles; has been active early in playing off of contact and wrestling down interior runs. Lost in space in the redzone, allowed TE to uncover directly off of hip by failing to carry him through the full stem. Good flow to cut down a check down target, but notably lacking in burst to get there quickly. Has not appeared comfortable in space the entire first half; has been rigid flowing laterally. Fails to carry crosser and concedes a fresh set of downs.
MJ Stewart, CB (Senior)
Tremendous run fill on an off tackle run. Sees TE block down and steps forward and executes a perfect form tackle. Gets burnt on deep post pattern after Jackson slips a potential sack; misses tackle for 75 yard TD pass.
Austin Proehl, WR (Senior)
Short area quickness on smoke throw. Feet do well to get out of traffic area and turning up field for a run and catch 1st down. Wins against off coverage; crisp in break route but ball fails to find him working into the teeth of the defense. Hit for unsportsmanlike conduct on a headbutt, but Proehl had taken several shots to the face prior to jumping back at opponent. Great body control and hand adjustment to dig out an errant throw high and away, big separation on comeback. Great catch to pluck a hot throw; faced with off coverage; easy separation on the play. Continues to shred off coverage, deep out route for gain to mid-field. Injured on a late tackle out of bounds but yet again creates separation on an intermediate route breaking into the boundary. Shredding off coverage on post corner route; great route and reception.
Other Players that Flashed
North Carolina’s Brandon Fritts, TE (Redshirt Junior)
Has been active in the short areas of the field as receiving target in 2nd QTR. Big body and several soft hands receptions.
Best Players on the Field
QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville
WR Austin Proehl, North Carolina
WR Jaylen Smith, Louisville
C Robbie Bell, Louisville (Sophomore)
SAF Chucky Williams, Louisville (Redshirt Senior)