2021 Season Recap: The Murray State transfer was limited in game action in 2021 appearing in only two contests (Cuse, Air Force) but he did snag a catch for nine yards against the fighter pilots of the gridiron. The challenge for Downing was a packed wideout room last year that had a good amount of weapons to use across all situations and him coming in a bit behind the other guys in terms of learning the playbook and Satts offense.
2022 Season Outlook: The bad news for the Cards with the departure of Watkins, Harrell, and Marshall is good news for a guy like Elijah looking to find a role. Downing has the size to make some plays on the outside and showed some flashes at Murray were his stats weren’t jumping off the page but he was a solid prospect with potential. The local young man will look to slide in on the outside but my gut says Dee Wiggins and T-Huddy will get the bulk of the reps. With some depletion in the room I think we see Downing make some plays in 2022. I don’t expect him to be a starter but a nice piece of a group that needs some younger guys to take that next step.
The current Head Coach of the Ballard Bruins here in Louisville swung by practice back in March and got to grab a pic who four current Cardinal athletes who also happen to be former Ballard athletes. (L to R: Isaiah Downing, Elijah Downing, Coach Morton, Josh Minkins, Marshon Ford). Always love to see the local guys excel in the program.