This may come as some surprise, but there is more than one talented player on Louisville’s roster. Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson rightfully gets most of the ink, but without a strong cast around him, that award would not be possible. Nor would a trip to the Citrus Bowl.
So with LSU preparing to face the Cardinals on New Year’s Eve, this week we will give you a look at Louisville’s 1o most talented players, two at a time each day through Friday.
10. Brandon Radcliff — senior running back
Radcliff’s ranking comes with a bit of a caveat — in any given game, he’s capable of being the best player on the team not named Lamar Jackson.
Radcliff is second on the team in rushing behind Jackson with 877 yards, with the bulk coming in four performances. He rushed for 156 yards in a 62-28 win over Syracuse, 141 in a 44-12 win over Wake Forest, 131 in a 59-28 win over Marshall and 118 in a 63-20 win over Florida State.
However, Radcliff was rendered invisible by Boston College (11 carries for 22 yards) and Houston (9 carries for 19 yards). LSU’s defense does not appear to be an ideal matchup for him, so we are putting him at No. 10.
9. Keith Kelsey — senior linebacker
If you can scare Deshaun Watson, even just for one play, you’re doing something right.
Kelsey is Louisville’s leading tackler with 81 stops. The second team all-ACC pick also had 4.5 tackles for loss and 3 forced fumbles.
Louisville fans have Charlie Strong to thank for Kelsey, a Gainesville, Fla., product. Strong came to Louisville from Florida and recruited Kelsey to join him. That arrangement lasted only one season before Strong departed for the Texas job, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a Louisville fan complaining about how things panned out.