LOUISVILLE, KAY – The college football season in 2022 may be in about three months, but people are on Athlone Sports gain an advantage when it comes to releasing pre-season teams for all conferences.
They recently released their pre-season All-ACC teams for 2022, with eight members of Louisville’s football program recognized. They had the ninth most selections in the conference, with Pete leading by 14.
Thin end Marshon Ford and offensive guard Caleb Chandler were selected to attack by the first team, and cornerback Kay’Trell Clark was selected to defend the first team. Louisville’s three first-team selections tied with Wake Forest and NC State for second place in the conference, with Clemson’s eight leading.
External midfielder Yasser Abdullah came in the defense of the second team, while the transfer of defensive matches Jermaine Lole was included in the defense of the third team. Louisville had three selections from the fourth team, with an offensive strike by Renato Brown in attack, safety Kenderick Duncan in defense and defender Jauhar Jordan as a specialist in return.
Ford finished the 2021 season with 49 assists and 550 assists – both team teams – as well as two touchdown receivers. The 6-foot 2 and 240-pound Tight End was named Third Team All-ACC for its efforts.
Chandler was the best player in perhaps the most underrated offensive line in the ACC. The 6-foot-tall guard at £ 313 was voted the All-ACC first-team pick for his efforts, but was also named one of the top 101 players of the 2021 season by Pro Football Focus.
Although he missed a significant portion of the season due to a torn ACL, Clark was still one of the ACC’s most productive defenders. The nine 5-foot breaks of 10 and 180 pounds ended in a draw in second place in the conference, as well as his three interceptions and he finished at the top of the league in protected passes per game (1.33) with a big difference. He also finished with 40 rebounds and 3.5 losses and was named the Second All-ACC Team.
Abdullah has compiled one of the best seasons of the Louisville search engine of this millennium. His 10.0 strokes led the team and he was Cardinal’s most defender since 2015, and his 17.5 loss fights were good for the seventh most in a single season in UofL history. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound edge also recorded a total of 61 rebounds, three pass deflections and a forced touchdown to be called the All-ACC Second Team.
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Coming from Arizona, Lole has many talents and productions in dealing with the nose. The 6-foot 2 and 305-pound defender was forced to miss the 2021 season due to a triceps injury, but had 24 rebounds, 5.0 losses and 1.5 sacks in just four games during COVID’s 2020 Devoted Sun Devils.
Together with Chandler, Brown helped set the tone for Louisville’s offensive line. The Cardinals averaged 209.8 yards per game in 2021, with the total attack ending the season with an average of 446.2 yards – the 21st on FBS – and 31.6 points per game.
Duncan gave a solid production of the back of the defense in his first year with the program. The 6-foot, £ 3 and 225-pound transfer from Georgia Southern tied the team’s third most fights with 76, while adding 3.5 loss fights, four breaks and an All-ACC interception.
Jordan joined the program at the autumn camp, and the transfer to Syracuse also had limited repetitions during the regular season due to injury. He finished with 301 universal yards and 183 yards for a rebound in 2021, including 100 yards for a touchdown return in the First Responder Bowl against the Air Force.
Louisville finished last season with an overall score of 6-7 and 4-4 in the ACC game, including a 31-28 loss in the First Responder Bowl against the Air Force. The Cardinals begin the fourth year of the Scott Sutherfield era on Saturday, September 3 in Syracuse.
(Photo by Marshon Ford: Alton Strupp – Courier Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC)
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