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The Cardinal Countdown: 67 Days Until Kickoff

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NCAA Football: Western Kentucky at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

#67 Luke Kandra

Class: Freshman

Ht/Wt: 6-4/292

Position: Offensive Line

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Twitter: @luke_kandra

Thoughts: Kandra is an interesting prospect for Louisville on the offensive line. Kandra comes into the program out of Elder High School up in Cincy, and if it sounds familiar to you it’s because one Mr. Eric Wood came from the same spot. Kandra has nice size and good technique for a guy who’s really just taken on the challenge of being a dedicated offensive lineman for a few seasons. The Cards fought off a late push from Indiana but he also held offers from Purdue, Cincy, and every other school in the “Kentuck-hio-iana” area (You just tried to say Kentuck-hio-iana in your head like five times).

Kandra finished as the second highest rated lineman in the class behind JUCO Trevor Reid, back in December and to be honest, he may have an outsiders chance at getting a good amount of reps this season. While I love our interior guys due to their experience and knowledge of the system Kandra is a guy who could slide in as a filler early and steal a job if he progresses as many expect him to. The interior has depth right now when look over the roster but many of those guys will be gone next season or upperclassmen. If I’m being honest, I’d love to see them keep Kandra under the four game limit IF he’s not going to contribute almost every game this year, because I believe he’s a guy who two or three years in will be a bonafide starter with projections of playing at the next level. Check his film below for a peak at what he can do. I think around the 1:40 mark you see some more of his athleticism with blocking his man downfield, watching him pull out to the right, and then in pass protection they even use him a blocker on a QB rollout. Cards got another good one out of Elder.

Sweet Tweet:

#StaySafe

Also, just like I predicted, the Louisville football team not only shifted the kickoff date on me but also dropped in a roster update mid-week, so my misfortune is your benefit as I had already put together an incredibly noteworthy piece of information for Day 67, and I would never dare deny you the privilege of partaking in it…

67 Days

Occasionally on the days where the Cards don’t currently have a player on the roster wearing that days number I’ll try and drop an interesting fact or noteworthy stat relating to that said number. **I use the terms interesting and noteworthy very loosely**

In ’67 Johnny Unitas won his third Associated Press Most Valuable Player of the year award playing quarterback for the team out of Baltimore, which at the time was the Colts. He was the only Louisville Alum to hold that title until…

In 2019 Lamar Jackson became only the second Cardinal ever to win the AP MVP award, also doing it while playing quarterback for the team out of Baltimore, this time the Ravens.