LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 2022 college football season may be around three months, but people are al Sport Athlon they are getting an edge when it comes to releasing preseason teams for all conferences.
They recently released their preseason 2022 All-ACC teams, with the recognition of eight members of the Louisville football program. They had the ninth most selections in the conference, with Pitt leading with 14.
Tight end Marshon Ford and offensive guard Caleb Chandler were both named in the First-Team Offense, and cornerback Kei’Trel Clark was named in First-Team Defense. Louisville’s three First-Team selections drew with Wake Forest and NC State for second place in the conference, with Clemson’s eight in the lead.
Outside linebacker Yasir Abdullah landed on the Defense of the Second Team, while the defensive transfer of the contrast Jermayne Lole was assigned to the Defense of the Third Team. Louisville had three selections for the fourth team, with offensive tackle Renato Brown in attack, safety Kenderick Duncan in defense and running back Jawhar Jordan as kick returner specialist.
Ford ended the 2021 season with 49 receptions and 550 yards in reception – both team records – as well as two touchdowns in reception. The 6-foot-2 240-pound tight end was named Third Team All-ACC for his efforts.
Chandler was by far the best performer on the arguably most underrated offensive line in the ACC. Not only was the 6-foot-4, 313-pound guard voted an All-ACC first team selection for his efforts, but he was also named among the top 101 players of the 2021 season according to Pro Football Focus.
Despite losing a sizable portion of the season to a torn ACL, Clark was still one of the most productive defenders in the ACC. His nine 5-foot 10 and 180-pound corner passes finished in second place in the conference, as did his three interceptions, and he finished at the top of the standings in defended passes per game (1.33) with a wide margin. He also finished with 40 tackles and 3.5 for defeat, and was named Second-Team All-ACC.
Abdullah has put together one of the best seasons since a Louisville runner in this millennium. His 10.0 sacks led the team and he has been the most cardinal defender since 2015, and his 17.5 tackles per loss were good for seventh place in a single season in UofL history. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound board also recorded 61 total tackles, three passing deflections, and a forced fumble to be called Second-Team All-ACC.
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Coming from the state of Arizona, Lole brings a lot of talent and production to her nose. The 6ft 2 305lb defensive lineman was forced to miss the 2021 season due to a triceps injury but had 24 tackles, 5.0 per loss and 1.5 sack in just four games during the season 2020 reduced by the Sun Devils COVID.
Along with Chandler, Brown helped set the tone for Louisville’s offensive line. The Cardinals averaged 209.8 yards on the ground per game in 2021, with the overall offense ending the season averaging 446.2 yards – which was 21st in FBS – and 31.6 points a match.
Duncan gave the defense backend solid production in its first year with the program. The 6-foot-3 225-pound transfer from Georgia Southern scored the team’s third-most tackles with 76, also adding 3.5 tackles per loss, four pass stoppages, and an interception for an All Honorable mention. -ACC.
Jordan joined the program in the fall camp and the Syracuse transfer also saw limited repetitions during the regular season due to injury. He finished with an all-purpose 301-yard and 183-yard kickback return in 2021, including a 100-yard kickoff return for a First Responder Bowl touchdown against the Air Force.
Louisville finished last season with an aggregate score of 6-7 and 4-4 in the ACC game, including a 31-28 First Responder Bowl defeat to the Air Force. The Cardinals kick off their fourth year of the Scott Satterfield era on Saturday, September 3 in Syracuse.
(Photo by Marshon Ford: Alton Strupp – Courier Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC)
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