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Adam Froman discusses decision: Watch Video
Louisville officially has a starting quarterback for the season-opener against Kentucky.
Monday morning, Charlie Strong announced that Adam Froman has beaten out senior Justin Burke and sophomore Will Stein for the starting job and will lead the Cardinals' offense against the Wildcats September 4.
The news shouldn't have come as a surprise. Froman came out of spring practice as the frontrunner and started more games last season than either Burke or Stein. A 6'4, 218-pound senior from Santa Rosa, Calif., Froman started seven games last year, completing 111-of-185 passes for 1,354 yards. He competed 60 percent of his passes, throwing for six touchdowns and five interceptions.
Though Froman entered preseason practice as the presumed frontrunner, Strong allowed the competition between Froman, Burke and Stein to continue, at least publicly, through camp. Louisville finished camp with their second preseason scrimmage Saturday and now begin preparations for Kentucky with Froman leading the offense.
“Really going out there and competing every day is huge for a football team,” Froman told InsideTheVille.com recently. “It makes yourself better and the guys at your position better. Competition is good and us three have handled competition well since January so we're used to it. We [didn't] treat it as we were going against each other. We treated it as we were going against the defense and preparing to go against UK on Sept. 4.”
Froman, offensive coordinator Mike Sanford and quarterback coach Mike Groh will speak with the media later today after practice about the decision.
“They just told us to go out every single day and compete and lead the football team the way we know how to,” Froman said. “All three of us went out and prepared like we are the starter. We put it on the line every single day.”
Froman was 2-5 last year as the starter, leading Louisville to victory over Southern Miss and Syracuse. His top performance was against UConn, completing 77 percent of his throws for 295 yards and one score.
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