Froman, Hartline tabbed Louisville, UK starters

Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline and his Louisville
counterpart Adam Froman both feel they give their teams the best
chance to win.

Their coaches agree.

Monday they were named the starters for their respective squads
after months of having every throw and every decision broken down
during hard-fought position battles against mostly younger
competition.

The two seniors will face off on Sept. 4 when the Wildcats
travel to play the Cardinals in the Governor’s Cup.

Kentucky coach Joker Phillips said Hartline clearly beat out
sophomore Morgan Newton and redshirt freshman Ryan Mossakowski to
be the opening game starter for the third straight season.

”The experienced guy is playing fast, he’s being more efficient
with things we want to get done,” Phillips said. ”We feel like
he’s the guy.”

Hartline has struggled with accuracy and staying healthy during
his career. He threw for 802 yards and six scores a year ago but
went down with a knee injury against South Carolina and never fully
recovered.

Finally healthy, he’d like to hold onto the job for an entire
season.

”Experience, I think, was a key factor,” Hartline said. ”I
still have that acceleration as far as playing fast and keeping
with the guys on the field.”

Froman, like Hartline, had trouble staying healthy last
season.

He threw for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns and proved to be
capable making plays with his feet behind an inexperienced
offensive line. 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. ”I want to put them in a bind.”