Hurney’s decision to draft Clausen will pay off for Panthers, Moore

After the Panthers selected Jimmy Clausen in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday, many pundits started to wonder whether or not the team had confidence in Matt Moore as a starter. Then when GM Marty Hurney selected Tony Pike in the sixth round, some experts’ heads were ready to explode as they feverishly talked about how Moore may not be wanted in Carolina.

But let’s take a step back for a moment and look at the situation as a whole. Entering the draft, the Panthers had Moore and Hunter Cantwell on the depth chart at quarterback. Even if the team has confidence in Moore (which it still sounds like they do), they had to take a quarterback as insurance in case he turned out to be a disaster or suffered an injury. Say again, they had to draft a quarterback.

Reports have surfaced that Hurney was attempting to trade up in the second round to take Clausen, which does indicate that the team isn’t completely sold on Moore as their franchise quarterback. But considering Clausen was a top 15 pick who fell into the second round, Hurney would have probably kicked himself if he didn’t at least try to trade up for him. He knew he needed a quarterback and considering Clausen represented so much value in the second round, it made sense for him to try and trade up to get him. Then when Clausen fell to him anyway, it was a perfect situation.

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Louisville freshman Victor Anderson scorches Kansas State

Victor AndersonWeek 4 in college football kicked off with a bang as Louisville pulled off a small upset, beating Kansas State 38-29 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Wednesday night.

Cardinals’ quarterback Hunter Cantwell had the game of his collegiate career, completing 22 of 33 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns. He got into a nice rhythm several times during the game and was able to pick apart K-State in the short, to mid-range passing game.

While Cantwell was impressive, UL freshman running back Victor Anderson stole the show, rushing for 176 yards and three touchdowns on only 18 carries. He had touchdown runs of 29, 56 and 27 yards, and flashed incredible speed and athleticism on every score. And while Anderson was incredibly impressive, it’s only fair to note that Cardinals’ senior back Brock Bolen pounded his way for 104 yards on 23 carries. Bolen was essentially the backbone of UL’s offense Wednesday night.

While Cantwell and Anderson shinned for Louisville, Cougars’ quarterback Josh Freeman threw two interceptions, the first of which the Cardinals turned into a touchdown and took a 14-7 lead. Freeman did manage to throw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, but the lack of a running game allowed UL’s front seven to focus on crashing the pocket and forced the Cougars to rely on the pass. Falling behind by two touchdowns didn’t help Freeman and the K-State offense, either.

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