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Name: Malik Cunningham (+) Coming off Sept 2020 Head INJ
College: Louisville     Number: 3
Height: 6-1   Weight: 195
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: rJr/2022

40 Low: 4.42
   40 Time: 4.52
  40 High: 4.62
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 Data Scout Notes: 2020: NAC...(+) Coming off Sept 2020 Head INJ...PManning/PMaxwell/POBrien

 Malik Cunningham, Louisville, Player News


  Malik Cunningham threw for 195 yards and accounted for three scores for Louisville, which blitzed past Wake Forest 45-21 Saturday. The Cardinals (4-7, 3-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcame a sluggish start to rally for a victory in their regular-season finale. After gaining just 7 yards in the first quarter, they finished with 453. Louisville gained 254 of those on the ground. Cunningham completed 73% (16-for-22) of his passes. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. He went without an interception for the first time in five games. The Demon Deacons (4-4, 3-4) amassed 351, but they couldn't stay on the field as they converted just seven of 18 on third down. Louisville, meanwhile, converted seven of 14 third downs and held the ball for 36:56. Both teams were missing key receivers. Louisville's Tutu Atwell announced during the week he would miss the contest, while Donavon Green did not dress for the Demon Deacons. In addition, the Cardinals were without three starting offensive linemen. That led to the Cardinals starting their fourth-string center and three freshmen on the line. - Louisville/AP College Football

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  Malik Cunningham accounted for two touchdowns to offset three first-half turnovers, and Louisville held Syracuse to a season-low 137 yards with three takeaways for a 30-0 victory on Friday night. All of the turnovers occurred before the break, though Cunningham's two interceptions around a fumble in Syracuse territory weren't as costly. That's because the Cardinals' replenished defense created just as many opportunities, two of which the offense converted into 10 points for a 13-0 lead in the second quarter. Cunningham added a 4-yard TD run with 29 seconds remaining in the half before connecting with Tutu Atwell for a 19-yard score midway through the third. The junior quarterback finished 19-of-28 passing for 219 yards as the Cardinals (3-6, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a two-game losing streak. Jalen Mitchell rushed 11 times for 46 yards with a 2-yard TD while Maurice Burkley had 56 yards on 10 carries. Syracuse (1-8, 1-7) never got going in losing its sixth consecutive game. Freshman JaCobian Morgan completed 5-of-12 passes for 40 yards in his second start and the ground game managed just 92 yards. - AP College Football

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  Louisville's offense was one of the best in the ACC last year. It averaged 33.1 points per game and was led by a wealth of talent. With the return of quarterback Malik Cunningham, running backs Hassan Hall and Javian Hawkins and a plethora of receivers led by Tutu Atwell and Dez Fitzpatrick, Louisville was thought to be one of the best offenses in the conference again. Many picked the Cardinals as a sleeper to make the ACC Championship game. But one month into the football season, Louisville (1-3, 0-3 ACC) has been inconsistent on both sides of the ball and is one of three ACC teams without a conference win. While it was understood it would take time for the defense to improve, the offense was supposed to be the strength again - carrying it to wins when the defense struggled. But that hasn't been the case, and now Louisville is on a three-game losing streak.

What's changed? The answer is fairly simple. The offense hasn't been the same efficient group it was last year. It's not because of a lack of talent or some large, schematic change, either. Louisville's main culprit is a turnover uptick and the inability to hit on the big plays it was known for last year. Satterfield didn't put the blame on one person, although he said Cunningham has missed a few throws he made last season. "Now, Malik's overthrown a few of them, but it seems like there's been something different, whether it be Malik not throwing the proper ball or the receiver not running the proper route or the offensive line or tight ends not protecting," Satterfield said. "So, in the course of the season, it's been a little bit of everybody, I think, that have attributed to some of those shots not being there." Louisville averaged 10.1 yards per passing attempt last year. This season, it is at 7.95. A dip, but something that is fixable. - Courier Journal


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  Malik Cunningham is healthy once again. After taking a hard hit in the final offensive play of Louisville's 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh, Cunningham is back to being a full participant in practice. He was wheeled off the field on a stretcher and was limited during the bye week, coach Scott Satterfield said. But he was a full participant last weekend. His return is good news for the Cardinals. "He's doing good and ready to go. Shouldn't be any limitations as he heads into this game," Satterfield said.

Cunningham is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC and has been off to a strong start statistically. He's sixth in the ACC with 757 yards and second with seven touchdowns. But there's still a place where Cunningham can improve - decision making. He was one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country last season with a 194.74 passer rating, which would've been good for third nationally if he had attempted one more pass. His passer rating is 143.6 (sixth in the ACC), but with even higher usage rate, his interceptions are also up. Last year, Cunningham threw five interceptions on 178 attempts. He has five interceptions through three games this season on 91 attempts. He's on pace for 331 passing attempts this season. - Courier Journal


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  After leaving Saturday's game against Pittsburgh on a medical cart, Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham is "good to go," coach Scott Satterfield said. Cunningham went down hard on the last offensive play in Saturday's game. Rolling to his right, Cunningham was tackled as he was throwing the ball on fourth down, hoping to keep Louisville's comeback chances alive. His throw was intercepted. Though he was carted off on a stretcher, Satterfield said he had movement of all of his extremities while on the ground and he gave a thumbs up as he was carted off. He traveled back with the team on Saturday after evaluated and did practice on Tuesday, Satterfield said. Cunningham is currently the ACC leader in passing yards with 757. He also leads the league with seven touchdowns, but has thrown five interceptions, which is equal to his amount all of last season. - Courier Journal

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  There was a scary sight at the end of Louisville's game against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Quarterback Malik Cunningham, scrambling to his right to avoid a sack and make a play on fourth down, was hit while throwing the ball. He hit the ground hard and stayed down. Cunningham, who entered the week leading the ACC in passing yards and touchdowns, was taken off the field on a stretcher that was put on a cart. While he was being carted off, he gave a thumbs-up to his team. "That's the soldier mentality in him. He gave it his all and he got twisted up. He put his thumb up to let us know he was good so we are going to get back and get better," running back Javian Hawkins said.

After the game, head coach Scott Satterfield said he didn't know the exact nature of Cunningham's injury but that he was moving all of his extremities while on the ground. "He stepped up on that play. They had some pass rushers there, and it looked like he got his feet caught up under a couple of their defenders. He got twisted a little bit," Satterfield said. "The medical team takes every precaution. That's why they took him in to further evaluate him. I have not gotten an update on that, so anything else would be speculation. He did have feeling in his body and his extremities, so that's positive." - Courier Journal


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  In the middle of its game against Western Kentucky, the Louisville football team got some good news. It will be the next stop for ESPN's "College GameDay" show next week when it hosts Miami on Sept. 19. The game is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. and will air on ABC. The time of the game was changed earlier Saturday afternoon after the Virginia-Virginia Tech game was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak at Virginia Tech. This will be the third time Louisville has hosted "College GameDay," it hosted in 2016 and 2017. The postponement of Virginia-Virginia Tech opened the door for the popular pregame show to come to Louisville, as many assumed it would choose the rivalry game over Louisville-Miami. With that matchup postponed, it opened the door for Louisville with the next-best game. The SEC has not started its season yet, and the only Big 12 team that is playing next week is Oklahoma State, which hosts Tulsa and the only other ACC conference games next week are Syracuse-Pittsburgh and Wake Forest-NC State. Wake Forest hosted "College GameDay" this week. Louisville lost to Miami 52-27 last year, but has won three of the last four matchups despite trailing 3-10 in the series. - Courier Journal

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  Micale Cunningham accounted for four touchdowns and passed for a career-high 343 yards, helping Louisville overcome a mistake-prone start to roll past Western Kentucky 35-21 in Saturday night's season opener for both schools. Cunningham completed 19 of 34 passes with TDs of 28, 2 and 70 yards to surpass his previous yardage best of 288 last season against Boston College. The junior quarterback also rushed for a 14-yard score after hitting tight end Ean Pfeifer with his first TD pass that tied the game at 7. A fumbled punt snap on Louisville's opening possession resulted in Gaej Walker's 1-yard TD run for WKU.

Louisville regrouped to score on four of the next five drives as Javian Hawkins rushed for a 19-yard TD and Marshon Ford caught a TD pass to make it 28-7. The Cardinals outgained the Hilltoppers 487-248, including 337-120 by halftime on the way to winning their 12th consecutive series meeting. Tyrrell Pigrome tossed a 12-yard TD to Mitchell Tinsley and finished with 129 yards passing in his WKU debut after transferring from Maryland. Omari Alexander blocked a Logan Lupo punt to set up Malik Staples' 1-yard TD for another Hilltoppers score. The game was played before 11,179 physically distanced fans at Cardinal Stadium. - AP College/Louisville Football


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  2020 MANNING AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Micale Cunningham, Jr., Louisville,...Cunningham, who was named the Most Valuable Player in the Music City Bowl, is coming off a strong sophomore campaign in 2019. He started 11 of 13 games at quarterback, throwing for 2,065 yards on 112-of-179 passing with 22 touchdowns to just five interceptions, also rushing 122 times for 482 yards and six touchdowns. He threw for over 200 yards in six games, including a career high 288 yards in a 41-39 victory over Boston College. The native of Montgomery, Ala., set the school record for passing efficiency at 194.45 and would have finished second nationally, but didn't have enough passing attempts to meet NCAA standards. He led the nation in passing yards per completion at 18.44 yards and was tops in passing completions of 70 and 80 yards. - Louisville Football

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  2020 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Micale Cunningham, Louisville,...Cunningham, who was named the Most Valuable Player in the Music City Bowl, is coming off a strong sophomore campaign in 2019. He started 11 of 13 games at quarterback, throwing for 2,065 yards on 112-of-179 passing with 22 touchdowns to just five interceptions, also rushing 122 times for 482 yards and six touchdowns. He threw for over 200 yards in six games, including a career high 288 yards in a 41-39 victory over Boston College. - Louisville Football

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  2020 PRESEASON DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD WATCH LIST: Micale Cunningham, Louisville,...Cunningham, who was named the Most Valuable Player in the Music City Bowl, is coming off a strong sophomore campaign in 2019. He started 11 of 13 games at quarterback, throwing for 2,065 yards on 112-of-179 passing with 22 touchdowns to just five interceptions, also rushing 122 times for 482 yards and six touchdowns. He threw for over 200 yards in six games, including a career high 288 yards in a 41-39 victory over Boston College. The native of Montgomery, Ala., set the school record for passing efficiency at 194.45 and would have finished second nationally, but didn't have enough passing attempts to meet NCAA standards. He led the nation in passing yards per completion at 18.44 yards and was tops in passing completions of 70 and 80 yards. - Louisville Football

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  Micale Cunningham threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 81 more, and Louisville capped coach Scott Satterfield's debut season by beating Mississippi State 38-28 Monday in the Music City Bowl. The Cardinals (8-5) rallied from a 14-point deficit by scoring 31 straight to finish their big turnaround from 2-10 last season. Louisville also finally beat Mississippi State on the field for the first time in six tries, though the series now is tied 3-3 thanks to a pair of forfeits by the Bulldogs in the 1970s. "We got down 14 points early in the game, and the kids didn't flinch," Satterfield said. "I mean they kept playing, they kept battling. The next thing you know you're right back in the game. We grabbed the momentum and poured it on."

Mississippi State (6-7) had been trying to finish the season with a three-game winning streak for the first time since 2013 and only the third time since the end of World War II. Instead, the Bulldogs go home having lost a bowl game in each of coach Joe Moorhead's two seasons. "This season was a book in and of itself," Moorhead said. "Certainly 6-7 was not the outcome we desired. To get bowl eligible, win an Egg Bowl and have this opportunity to play in a bowl game to me is a credit to these seniors, a credit to these staff and credit to these leaders that we were able to battle through a lot of adversity this season." The Cardinals had four sacks and recovered two fumbles, one returned 31 yards for a TD by safety Khane Pass. Javian Hawkins led Louisville with 105 yards rushing, and he ran for a TD late. The Cardinals outgained Mississippi State 510-366. - AP College Football


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  Louisville's Scott Satterfield is the Atlantic Coast Conference's coach of the year. In voting results announced Thursday, Satterfield received 23 of a possible 60 votes, with 17 votes for Virginia's Bronco Mendenhall and 15 for Clemson's Dabo Swinney. In his first season with the Cardinals, Satterfield led them to a 7-5 finish, a 5-3 record in ACC play and a second-place finish behind No. 3 Clemson in the Atlantic Division. Louisville was picked to finish last in the division after firing Bobby Petrino while finishing 2-10 and losing all eight league games in 2018. - AP College Football

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  NOV 25 ACC QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Micale Cunningham, Louisville, So., QB, Montgomery, Ala.,...Accounted for a career-high six touchdowns - the fourth-most in school history - in the Cardinals' 56-34 win over Syracuse...Threw for 238 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, while rushing for 60 yards and another TD...Has thrown 12 touchdowns passes in his last four games...His 90-yard touchdown pass to Tutu Atwell was the fourth longest in Louisville history. - ACC Football

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  Micale Cunningham passed for a career-best five of six touchdowns accounted for, including a 14-yarder with 1:24 remaining to seal Louisville's 56-34 victory over Syracuse on Saturday. Cunningham passed for three TDs and rushed for a 20-yard score in the first half alone on a cold, misty afternoon. The sophomore added a 28-yard scoring pass early in the third, one of several the Cardinals needed during a wild second half in which the schools alternated touchdowns three times. The sophomore's final TD pass might have been his most critical for Louisville (7-4, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) as Syracuse tried to rally. The Orange turned it over twice on downs deep in Louisville territory, with the last ending on three consecutive penalties and a failed a fourth-down pass at the 3.

Javian Hawkins' 47-yard run set up Cunningham's 14-yard TD pass to Tutu Atwell as the bowl-bound Cardinals capped conference play with another victory in their turnaround season. They also ended the postseason prospects for Syracuse (4-7, 1-6) a season after the Orange won 10 games including a bowl. "We were able to get that ball back and then the offense, we take off five, almost six minutes and score a touchdown," Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield said. "That's how you win ball games, and it was a great team effort." Cunningham completed 11 of 20 passes for 238 yards and rushed eight times for 60. Hawkins established a school rushing record for a freshman by totaling 233 yards on 23 carries. - Louisville/AP College Football


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  Micale Cunningham threw four TD passes as Louisville clinched bowl eligibility Saturday night with a 34-20 win over N.C. State. The big-play passing game of Louisville (6-4, 4-3 ACC) proved too much to handle for an N.C. State team missing its top five cornerbacks because of injury. Cunningham completed scoring passes of 43 yards to Dez Fitzpatrick, 74 yards to Tutu Atwell and 42 yards to Marshon Ford.

N.C. State (4-6, 1-5), which has five starters overall out for the season due to injury, led 10-7 at halftime after a 15-yard, second-quarter scoring pass from Devin Leary to Emeka Emezie, but gave up two touchdowns in the first 2:30 of the third quarter to fall behind by a double-digit margin. Louisville has a reputation for big gains in the passing game as Cunningham and speedy wideouts Atwell and Fitzpatrick have stretched defenses vertically all season. The Cardinals' 17.0 yards per completion entering Saturday's game ranked fifth in the nation, and Louisville had 13 completions of at least 40 yards in its first nine games. - Louisville/AP College Football


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  With Heisman Trophy-winning predecessor Lamar Jackson observing, Louisville quarterback Micale Cunningham showed his own ability for creating excitement with his arm and feet. Cardinals running back Javian Hawkins and an opportunistic defense also made their marks in a hard-earned victory over Virginia. Cunningham and Hawkins accounted for two touchdowns apiece, including one each in the fourth quarter, and Louisville made a final defensive stand to hold off the Cavaliers 28-21 on Saturday.

Getting there required rallying twice, including a 14-7 halftime deficit in which the Cardinals (5-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) started Cunningham for one quarter before switching to freshman Evan Conley in the second for a different pace. Cunningham was back in the pocket after halftime and delivered a Jackson-like clutch performance. The sophomore completed 6 of 10 passes for 126 yards, most coming on a shovel pass to Tutu Atwell for a 77-yard touchdown that marked career bests for both players and a season high for Louisville. Cunningham carried 11 times for 97 yards including a 48-yarder overshadowed by an even bigger play that put Louisville ahead for good. - Louisville/AP College Football


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  No starting quarterback, no problem for the Louisville Cardinals in their 38-21 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday in a neutral-site nonconference game at Nissan Stadium. Louisville announced prior to kickoff that starting quarterback Jawon Pass would miss the game due to a foot injury. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Malik Cunningham directed four first-half scoring drives before leaving in the third quarter following a hit to the head. True freshman Evan Conley finished up and threw a 62-yard touchdown pass on his second throw of the game as the Cardinals (2-1) dominated the Hilltoppers (1-2). In fact, Louisville coach Steve Satterfield hinted after the game that he would be fine playing any of the Cardinals' top three quarterbacks so long as whoever is under center moves the offense. - AP College Football

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