Satterfield sees a lot to like early; Cardinals to face WKU next

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) -- Scott Satterfield likes the way his first Louisville football team has performed so far, but he also knows there's much more work to be done, with the start of the Cardinals' Atlantic Coast Conference schedule looming less than two weeks away.

Satterfield believes the Cards showed improvement in the five-day span from its opening 35-17 loss to No. 9 Notre Dame on Sept. 2 to its 42-0 victory over Eastern Kentucky Saturday, even though they are still in the process of defining roles.

Quarterback Jawon Pass and his receivers were more productive, the running attack continued to thrive, both from the standpoint of the running backs and the offensive line, and the defense turned in one of its best performances in several years.

Of course, part of that improvement can be attributed to a drastic drop in the caliber of competition. After all, a team certainly gets less resistance in all areas from an FCS opponent as opposed to a top-10 FBS foe.

Still, when he was asked what he liked about this team so far during Monday afternoon's press conference, Satterfield initially pointed to a couple of intangibles that have nothing to do with statistics or opponents and should be a good sign for the future.

"I like the energy we're playing with," he said. "I like the fight we're playing with, and that's where it all starts. I think when you do that you're going to get better and better. I think we improved from game one to game two.

"The defense cut their mental errors in half, same with the offense, they cut down on mistakes. We had one turnover (an interception) where the receiver slipped or it would have been a completion.

"So overall a better performance. A lot of things got better. Guys are getting better every day. We're still trying to settle into roles for everybody. Usually in the first three or four games you're gonna do that. Guys have to find their role, settle into it and accept it. We're getting close with that."

UofL travels to Nashville Saturday to play Western Kentucky (1-1) at 4 p.m. in Nissan Stadium. Then comes a trip to Tallahassee, Fla., to take on Florida State (1-1) on Sept. 21 in a game that kicks off a string of eight straight ACC games. On Monday the gametime at Doak Campbell Stadium was set for 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

The Seminoles, who have struggled in their first two games, will play their first ACC game Friday at Virginia. FSU lost its opener to then-No. 25 Boise State 36-31, then had to go overtime to squeak past Louisiana-Monroe 45-44 Saturday. Both games were in Tallahassee.

WILLIAMS TO TRANSFER

Perhaps Dae Williams saw the handwriting on the wall.

The junior hadn't broken into the running back rotation in the first two games, and Monday it was announced that he has entered the transfer portal.

Williams has battled injury problems throughout his time at UofL, including a torn ACL during spring practice of his redshirt freshman season in 2017 and a season-ending injury after four games last year.

He said during fall camp that he was finally healthy and was anticipating a big season. But Javian Hawkins and Hassan Hall have gotten the bulk of the carries, and with the EKU game wrapped up early, it was junior Maurice Buckley who got the nod in the fourth quarter.

In his abbreviated career at UofL, Williams accounted for 306 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

Russ Brown, a former sportswriter for The Courier-Journal and USA Today, covers University of Louisville sports and college football and basketball for Kentucky Today. He can be contacted at 0926.russ.brown@gmail.com.


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