Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield hopes he can duplicate the success he found at Appalachian State.

First-year Louisville coach Scott Satterfield has celebrated a lot of wins along the sidelines. Most of those wins came as part of the Appalachian State Mountaineers staff. Satterfield was the quarterbacks coach when App. State famously chopped down Michigan at the Big House in 2007. He was the head coach when the Mountaineers took ninth-ranked Tennessee to overtime in 2016 and oversaw three consecutive bowl wins from 2015-2017. Satterfield lead App. State through the transition from FCS powerhouse to Sun Belt championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018. But he has quickly found the culture at Louisville to be vastly different, and admitted as much in front of the media at ACC Kickoff in Charlotte.

Satterfield is excited about the prospect of rebuilding the Cardinals program, but pointed out he was surprised to find the talent level on his ACC roster lagging behind many of the position groups at his Sun Belt program. To be fair, App. State is an outlier among non-Power 5 schools. The Mountaineers have posted records of 11-2, 10-3, 9-4 and 10-2 since 2015.

While Satterfield is expected to right the ship offensively, his biggest concern is the Louisville defense, which surrendered 50 or more points seven times last season. Among the reasons to be optimistic about a quick turnaround at Louisville is its success in the recent past. Only three years ago, the Cardinals posted a 7-1 ACC record and celebrated Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson.


2018 Louisville at a glance compiled by Menachem Miller

Louisville Cardinals                  2-10                  0-8

Scott Satterfield 1st season     0-0                    0-0

  2018 ACC Rank NCAA Rank
Points Per game 19.8 14 122
Rushing Yards per game 142.4 13 102
Passing yards per game 211.1 11 88
Total yards per game 353.5 14 109
Points allowed per game 44.1 14 128
Rushing yards allowed per game 278.8 14 127
Passing yards allowed per game 206.3 5 40
Total yards allowed per game 485.0 14 122

The Cardinals return 14 starters, 6 on offense, 6 on defense, and the Kicker and Punter.

Statistical Leaders Returning

Jawon Pass 1960 8 12 54.0
RB Games Yards TD AVG
Hassan Hall 12 402 3 4.9
Malik Cunningham 10 497 5 6.3
WR Games Yards TD REC
Dez Fitzpatrick 11 422 3 31
  Tackles TFL INT Sacks
Amonte Caban 50 7.0 0 2.0
C.J. Avery 56 2.5 2 0.5
Dorian Etheridge 55 4.0 0 0.5
Rodjay Burns 37 1.5 1 0

Returning Starters Offense                                          

QB Jawon Pass

RB Hassan Hall

WR Dez Fitzpatrick

LT Makhi Becton

C Cole Bentley

RT Tyler Haycraft

Returning Starters Defense

DE Amonte Caban

DT G.G. Robinson

LB C.J. Avery

LB Dorian Etheridge

LB Rodjay Burns

CB Cornelius Sturghill

Special Teams

K Blanton Creque

P Mason King

Key Losses

WR Jaylen Smith

WR Chatarius Atwell

RG Lukayus McNeil

LB Tabarius Peterson

S Dee Smith

S London Iakopo