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Opponent Breakdown: Eastern Kentucky Offense

Eastern Kentucky is comes to Louisville after a solid showing by their offense in their opener.

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Walt Wells is familiar with Louisville football after coaching in the state of Kentucky for most of his career. He brings his team into this weekend’s matchup on a high note after a 3-point win over Western Carolina last weekend. His offense has some young talent mixed in with a few veteran players at key positions.

Parker McKinney is the key returnee for the Colonels after putting up 12 touchdown passes last year and completing 64% of his passes. He started off this year with a good performance with a 71% completion rate and a very nice touchdown pass in the red zone. McKinney is a pocket passer but has the ability to run when needed. His accuracy is a strong point for the offense as they like to get the ball out quickly and complete short passes.

The Colonels broke in a new Running Back last week and he put up 3 touchdowns in his debut. Da’Juon Hewitt finished the game with 78 yards and 3.5 yards per carry. He has good size at 5-10/205 and he runs tough between the tackles. EKU runs a bit of zone read so Louisville’s second-level players have to plug the running lanes this week.

The EKU Receivers had a solid game last week with Mo Edwards making an impressive touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone. Edwards has great size while Matt Wilcox and Jaden Smith are smaller and more agile targets. Wilcox is a veteran player who some will remember from Last Chance U. He is one of the few players that played in the game two years ago.

EKU will not give up a lot of sacks as they typically get the ball out very quickly. However, Louisville could have some success if they take away those short throws and force McKinney to hold onto the ball. What will be interesting is how the line handles run blocking this week. They didn’t make a lot of room for the running game last week but did look good on goal-line runs.