QB Malik Cunningham-Louisville/Photo Credit: www.gocards.com

Under the Radar-Louisville QB Malik Cunningham

He was 25 yards shy of 4000 yards of total offense accounted for (3975 yards) in 2021. During his time at Louisville, QB Malik Cunningham has very quietly totaled over 10,000 yards of total offense and scored 100 touchdowns.

Dual Threat? Absolutely

Last season, Cunningham (6–1, 200 pounds) passed for 2941 yards and rushed for 1034 yards and accounted for 39 total touchdowns, while throwing only six INTs (in 337 pass attempts) for a Louisville team that finished 6–7.

Over the last five games at the end of the season, Cunningham threw 10 touchdowns and only 1 INT.

He threw for over 300 yards twice, accounted for five touchdowns (4 passing, 1 rushing) in a 41–3 win over Syracuse, and racked up seven TDS (5 passing, 2 rushing) in a 62–22 win over Duke.

QB Malik Cunningham-Louisville/Photo Credit: www.gocards.com

Making Plays with his Legs

Cunningham scored at least one rushing touchdown in 11 of 13 games, averaging almost six yards per carry (5.98). In eight of those 13 games, he scored multiple rushing touchdowns.

He scored 3 rushing touchdowns in a 21–14 win over Boston College.

Cunningham ranked 4th in the FBS (and led the ACC) in rushing touchdowns with 20. He had a season high 224 rushing yards in the win over Duke.

He draws comparisons, both physically and statistically, to another quarterback named Malik-former Liberty QB Mailk Willis. Willis was a 3rd round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans in last month’s NFL Draft.

A Hidden Gem

Barring injury, if Cunningham can meet or exceed his offensive numbers from last season, I think he could be a steal in rounds 2 or 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft. The NFL seems to be leaning more to the mobile quarterbacks that can make plays with their legs as well as their arm.

Cunningham certainly fits that description.

Thanks for reading.

Material for this article was sourced from cfbstats.com and www.gocards.com.

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I’m a Grandparent, military veteran, and college football junkie. I operate the website thegridironnews.com. Email: amichael0864@yahoo.com.