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Grad Transfer Ben Hicks Visiting UofL This Weekend

SMU’s all time leading passer will be on campus to visit with the new staff.

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Louisville football coach Scott Satterfield has made it known that he is looking for a grad transfer quarterback to add to the roster for the 2019 season. He will get one of the top players on the market in for a visit this weekend in Ben Hicks. Hicks is transferring from SMU after being the starter there for the past three seasons. Hicks is the all time leading passer in school history and helped the program get back to being fairly competitive after winning only 3 games in the previous two years before he became the starter.

Louisville currently has three quarterbacks on the roster with Evan Conley enrolling in January to join Jawon Pass and Malik Cunningham. Frank Ponce and Coach Satt have stated that they would like to have five quarterbacks on the roster but I think they would settle for four guys if needed because of the situation they inherited. Hicks would provide a veteran guy who has played in systems that utilize quick passes like similar to the ones in the new scheme. He’s also not a statue in the pocket and could likely handle the running aspect of the offense.

In 2017 Hicks threw for 33 touchdowns which was good for 9th in the country. That year he also completed 58% of his passes. The offenses he has played in have been much more pass-heavy and he has shown the ability to throw the ball down the field with accuracy. Interceptions have been an issue for him, but some context is needed in all of his stats because he has attempted so many passes at SMU.