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    Reggie Bonnafon

    Reggie BonnafonGarry Jones/Associated Press

    Breakout Potential

    Is there anything Reggie Bonnafon can’t do? He began his career at Louisville as a dual-threat quarterback, served as both a wide receiver and backup QB as a sophomore, became a full-time WR as a junior and now appears to be headed for a spot in the backfield.

    Jeremy Smith will likely start at running back for the Cardinals, but a broken foot kept him out of the spring, allowing/forcing Bonnafon to become the team’s primary ball-carrier.

    “We can still utilize him as a receiver, either coming out of the backfield or by lining up and shifting and moving,” head coach Bobby Petrino said, per Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal (via USA Today). “I think it’ll give us a type of offense that will be harder to defend.”

    Harder to defend than the team that just ranked sixth in the nation with 42.5 points per game? That’s a terrifying proposition, but it’s the benefit of pairing two high-caliber athletes such as Bonnafon and Lamar Jackson.


    Biggest Question Mark

    Bonnafon may be a Swiss-Army knife, but he has been oft-forgotten throughout his career. He bounced in and out of the QB job as a freshman, struggled to find consistent playing time as a sophomore and never received more than three touches in a game as a junior.

    As it turns out, when you’re backing up every position, you’re not putting up big numbers at any of them.


    2017 Projection: 71 carries, 311 yards, three TD; 25 receptions, 293 yards, one TD

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