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.”