Froman named Louisville starting QB

Louisville quarterback Adam Froman
Louisville quarterback Adam Froman

LOUISVILLE — Louisville coach Charlie Strong has named senior Adam Froman as the starting quarterback for Louisville's season-opener against Kentucky on Sept. 4.

He will face off opposite the Wildcats' senior QB Mike Hartline in the Governor's Cup.

Froman had been competing against mostly younger competition for the starting spot.

He threw for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns and proved to be capable making plays with his feet behind an inexperienced offensive line, but he struggled with staying healthy as a junior.

He'll be in charge of resurrecting an offense that has slipped precipitously in the national rankings the last three years.

The Cardinals were 91st in total offense in 2009 after ranking sixth just two years earlier.

The junior college transfer edged senior Justin Burke and sophomore Will Stein to become Louisville's fourth different season-opening quarterback in the last four years.

"He was the most productive," said Louisville offensive coordinator Mike Sanford, who pointed to Froman's strong play in last Saturday's scrimmage as a deciding factor.

Froman viewed himself as the incumbent from the beginning even as new head coach Charlie Strong declared the competition wide-open.

"It's the mentality you have to have," Froman said.

Froman's mobility should help behind a reshuffled offensive line and he has experience playing in a spread offense, though Froman knows his job is to get the ball in the hands of playmakers like running back Victor Anderson.

"I hope I give the defense something to worry about," Froman said.