- Matt Fortuna, College Football
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Our series taking a team-by-team look at the marquee nonconference faces the Big East will see in the fall continues today with Louisville.
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Offensive opponent to watch: Tyler Tettleton, QB, Ohio. Tettleton is back for a fifth year after throwing for more than 2,500 yards in consecutive seasons. He completed better than 62 percent of his passes last season for 2,844 yards with 18 touchdowns and just four picks, and he added 244 yards and four scores on the ground. The son of former MLB All-Star catcher Mickey Tettleton owns 23 school records, and last season he orchestrated an opening-day upset at Penn State. Can he do the same in Week 1 this season, when he takes the Bobcats to title contender Louisville?
Defensive opponent to watch: Avery Williamson, LB, Kentucky. This isn't exactly an unfamiliar foe, as Louisville and Kentucky are rivals. They will meet again this fall, with the schools convening in Lexington on Sept. 14, in both teams' third game of the season. Last season Williams made a game-high 12 tackles and forced a fumble in a Cardinals rout. And while the Wildcats may not be ready to make a huge jump just yet in Year 1 of the Mark Stoops era, Williamson remains one to watch for the Louisville offense as he enters his senior year. Last season he received all-SEC honors in some corners and recorded 135 tackles, which were good for second in the conference and seventh in the nation. He added 4.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, one pick, one quarterback hurry, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles.