Posted by Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit: After playing well in stretches during his first start at Louisville last week, Adam Froman hopes to get the nod again when the Cardinals take on Southern Mississippi at home Saturday.
The former Santa Rosa Junior College and Maria Carrillo star is sharing practice time this week with Justin Burke, a junior transfer from North Carolina State. Who starts will be a game-time decision, as it was a week ago.
Burke beat out Froman going into the season and started the first three games before a bruised sternum led Head Coach Steve Kragthorpe to go with Froman in the 35-10 loss to Pittsburgh University, on national television. Froman completed 18 of 30 passes for 166 yards, but no touchdown tosses and six sacks, in a contest Louisville led 10-7 at halftime only to be shutout over the final two quarters.
“He did some good things tonight,” Kragthorpe said following the game. “I thought, for his first significant action, he managed the game well, did some good things with his feet, made some nice throws and with the exception of the fumble, played error free.”
That both quarterbacks have proven they can lead the Cardinals is a plus for the team, Kragthorpe said.
“The good thing is that we have two guys that can play, so I really feel good about that,” he said.
Froman said he wasn’t satisfied with his performance and hopes to get another start.
“Obviously my performance was not good enough because we didn’t win. The rest of the team did a good job. I need to do a better job if we are going to win,” he said.
On starting next week, Froman said, “We’ll see. I mean, I hope to start but if not, I am here to support the team. It is a team sport and I will be behind the guy who is out there on the field.”
Louisville is 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the Big East. The Cardinals opened with a win over Indiana State, but have lost three in a row.
Froman made his debut for Louisville in the Sept. 26 loss at Utah, playing on the kickoff and punt return teams.