Nearly every Big East team has broken fall camp. So what are the unanswered questions remaining with less than two weeks before the season begins? Next up in my team-by-team look is Louisville.
1. Your starting cornerbacks are ... The biggest question mark on the team was not resolved during fall camp. Louisville has yet to announce its starting cornerbacks, hoping to give their players a few more days of competition before making a decision. Anthony Conner, Titus Teague and Jordon Paschal appear to be the top three players vying for a starting spot. None of them have very much playing experience. Conner started two games in 2009 before missing all of 2010 with a torn ACL. Teague appeared in four games last season; Paschal is a redshirt freshman. Behind them, Calvin Pryor, Charles Gaines and Andrew Johnson are options as well. Luckily for the Cardinals, they have excellent safeties in Shenard Holton and Hakeem Smith, which should help immensely.
2. Can Josh Bellamy keep it up? By all accounts, Bellamy had one of the best fall camps of any Louisville player. Can he keep that up headed into the season? The Cardinals have a lot of talent at receiver, but need a go-to guy to emerge. Last season, he had 29 catches for 401 yards and tied for the team high with five touchdowns. He has showed flashes of being the big-play receiver that is much needed. Now he has to prove it on game day.
3. Offensive line issues. The most solid player on the Louisville offensive line missed most of fall camp, a development that surely has Cardinals fans worried. Mario Benavides, one of the best centers in the league and the anchor of the unit, has missed a significant portion of camp with a foot injury. Louisville already had to replace four starters on the offensive line. The last thing the Cardinals need is to play without Benavides. There has been no update on his status since camp broke. The good news is he is a veteran, so he does not need as many reps as everyone else on the line. The bad news, of course, is that the Cardinals could go into the season with an entirely new offensive line.