Louisville coach Scott Satterfield called the performance of the offensive line “solid.”
The Cardinals only rushed for 144 yards but the line allowed just one sack and two quarterback hurries. The line graded out as the No. 1 line among teams that played in the first week, according to Pro Football Focus.
U of L started redshirt freshman Renato Brown at right tackle and Adonis Boone at left tackle, with the three guys in the middle – center Cole Bentley and guards Robbie Bell and Caleb Chandler – back starting for another season. Cam DeGeorge played three positions in a reserve role.
“Renato Brown over at right tackle, for his first start, played outstanding,” Satterfield said. “He has got great feet. He’s going to be a really good player for us. I think our veterans upfront, as you looked at the middle three, they had a solid outing. Could have played better? Absolutely. And I think they will play better as we move forward. But they were loading up the box with everybody in there. I think that’s why we were able to get some of those throws down the field.
“We have to be able to run the football when they have got a bunch of guys in the box. We put that on our offensive line and our tight ends. It doesn’t matter how many guys are in there, we have to be able to run the football. It’s just something you have to have. So we’ll get better. But I think overall it was a pretty solid performance by the guys upfront. They had the one sack there when we were backed up, which was obviously not very good. But I think last year we gave up maybe five sacks to Western Kentucky so we certainly have improved.”
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