Louisville Cardinals football took an injury blow on Thursday, as it was announced that defensive end/linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin will not play on Saturday against the Boston College Eagles.
The news was reported by The Courier-Journal’s Jeff Greer.
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The defensive end had injured his hamstring in recent weeks and will not play this weekend, as announced by Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino on Thursday.
This is potentially a significant development as the Eagles and Cardinals both seek to move to 7-3 on the season. Entering the game against Boston College, Lorenzo Mauldin was the Louisville team leader in both tackles for a loss (12) and sacks (6.5). The senior was also the leader in quarterback hits (7), and he ranked fourth on the team with 39 tackles.
Aside from the numbers, Mauldin has formed a big part of what Louisville does on defense this season, and we identified him as part of a key matchup when the Cardinals defense is on the field. Now, that will not take place, and it will be up to the next names on the depth chart to rise to the occasion.
Greer again on potential replacements for Lorenzo Mauldin:
Junior defensive end Trevon Young has appeared in seven games but has not started any so far; he has six tackles and one sack on the season. As for redshirt sophomore Nick Dawson, he has appeared in eight games, again with no starts, and has made four tackles.
Louisville will have quite a bit of production to replace in their lineup, and though it is an unfortunate break for the Cardinals, Boston College has been afforded a slight opening. Do not overstate the loss, as the Louisville defense has enough good players to absorb Mauldin’s absence, but it will make the Cardinals’ job of winning on the road a bit harder.