Establish a Passing Game
After serving as the second-stringer to Bridgewater, Will Gardner took full advantage of his first opportunity to showcase his abilities. The sophomore had an extraordinary spring game, completing 32 of 37 passes for a ridiculous 542 yards and four touchdowns.
"As a backup, you kind of have to know your role," Gardner told Jeff Greer of The Courier-Journal. "Some guys still respect you, but it's a lot different. Now guys are counting on you. You have to live up to what guys are saying."
However, as excitement built for the upcoming campaign, elite receiver DeVante Parker suffered a foot injury, and his season is in jeopardy.
Gardner's first career start comes without his top target, someone with whom he had certainly built a valuable connection during the spring and fall. He needs to find Eli Rogers, Gerald Christian and other pass-catchers early, lest Louisville become one-dimensional.
Build an Early Lead
The Hurricanes want Kaaya to stay calm, so the Cards must find a way to shake the true freshman's confidence. Granted, if camp reports are true, it definitely won't be easy.
"I can't rattle that guy for nothing," Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman said, per Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post. "I think nobody can."
Forcing a turnover and jumping out to a quick lead is the best way for Louisville to get Kaaya thinking about anything other than, say, a pre-snap read or proper timing with a receiver.
If the Cardinals can play from in front, the pressure will be on Kaaya, and that's exactly what Miami wants to avoid.