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The Cardinal Countdown: 49 Days Until Kickoff

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Cards dropped 49 on Ohio in this game. O-H-I-Oh snap...you got beatdown.
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#49 Boosie Whitlow

Class: RS Senior

Ht/Wt: 6-3/228

Position: Linebacker

Hometown: Opelika, AL

Twitter: @BoosieWhitlow

Thoughts: Quandeski “Boosie” Whitlow was a pick up from South Carolina back in 2016. The Cards purposefully brought Boosie in to help with depth at linebacker as they had some young guys they were looking to grow and needed to pull in some experience. Whitlow saw tons of action early in his career but with a coaching change (Muschamp) and then a year on the shelf (2017) due to the transfer Whitlow was eager to produce last season and many, myself included, saw him as a guy who could contribute every single week. That didn’t happen though.

Maybe it was a little on Whitlow, maybe a little on BVG, or maybe a bit on both, but Boosie only saw action in six games last year and finished the season with a measly four tackles. Whitlow is way too talented to be putting up those kind of numbers and I think that changes drastically this season. While the spots have yet to be earned or given I think Whitlow is on the 2 deep at outside linebacker when Notre Dame comes to town, and keeps that spot all season long. He has the size and speed to compete at this level and his production at USC showed he could get to the QB when asked (5 TFL/1 Sack/4QB Hurries). The bad news is that the Cards only get one more season from Whitlow, but the good news is that is the year they need him to help climb back out of the defensive hole they dug in 2018. Whitlow will be one of those guys to help turn things back in the right direction.

Sweet Tweet:

Lights, Camera, Leadership. One of the things Satterfield is bringing to the team this year is a renewed sense of confidence, and he can’t do that without some guys in the locker room leading the charge. For the past few seasons that group has been called ’10-Strong’ and Boosie just so happens to be one of the ten this year that has been tasked with offering encouragement, leadership, and turning the program back over the players. The new beat writer for Louisville football over the the CJ had a good story on this a few weeks back and it’s well worth your time.

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Season 1, Episode 5 of “Hi, My Name Is…”

Hi, My Name Is: Gunter Brewer

I grew up in: Columbus, MS

I played football at: Wake forest (Wide Receiver)

I previously coached at: Philadelphia Eagles (Wide Receivers)

I am now the: Wide Receivers Coach

I’ve been a coach for: 32 years at the professional and collegiate levels

I am: Married, with two kids

Fun Fact: Brewer has coached three Bilentnikoff Award finalists in Randy Moss (Marshall), Dez Bryant (Ok State), and Justin Blackmon (Ok State), with Moss and Blackmon both winning the award.

CardinalStrong says: Gunter has been around the game for quite some time and has seemed to produce results everywhere he has landed from the wide receivers position group. While he was at Marshall the Thundering Herd went 50-4 and were dropping passing stats that made your eyes bleed. While at Oklahoma State Brewer helped get the Cowboys into “Top 3” territory nationally in passing yardage and total offense. While at North Carolina Brewer helped the school eclipse 3600 yards passing 4 out of 5 seasons, including 2016 where they finished Top 20 in passing yardage, yards/g, and touchdowns, and fifth in the country in completion percentage.

Brewer has the clout, Brewer has the history, and Brewer is also a great recruiter. Over the course of his career Brewer was the primary recruiter on Austin Proehl, Justin Blackmon, Mitch Trubisky, Elijah hood, Bug Howard, and Dez Bryant to name a few. If there was one coach who inherited a fair share of talent in taking on his new job at Louisville Brewer would fall into that category. The skill at the top of this group is off the charts and was severely underutilized last season. Although the focus may shift more towards the running game make no mistake that the wide outs will be relied upon heavily to make plays, and I think Gunter will have them ready to go.