Louisville’s offense is 13th in the country in total yards so far this season. Jawhar Jordan and Jamari Thrash alone account for 47% of that total.
The most electric duo in college football this season might not be from the program you’d expect.
Through three games, Louisville running back Jawhar Jordan and wide receiver Jamari Thrash have been an unsolvable puzzle for opposing defenses. The Cardinals have 1,586 yards of total offense, the 13th-most in the NCAA, and 15 touchdowns in their first three games.
Jordan and Thrash have combined for 743 yards and eight of those touchdowns, just between the two of them. Yes, two players have combined for 47% of the production of the nation’s 13th-most prolific offense.
Jordan ran for 231 yards on just 14 carries across his first two games, a clip of 16.5 yards per carry, with a trio of touchdowns. He came down to Earth in Week 3 with a measly 113 yards on 18 carries, only good enough for 6.3 yards per attempt, and a single touchdown, giving him 344 yards for the season.
There are 14 running backs with at least 300 yards on the ground this season. All of the other 13 have at least 40 carries. Four of them have more than 60 carries. Jordan has 32.
The junior running back also has 58 receiving yards on five catches, bringing his average to 10.9 yards per touch. A first down every time he gets his hands on the ball.
As staggering as Jordan’s numbers are, Thrash might be even more explosive. The junior wide receiver leads the ACC with 329 receiving yards on just 14 catches, an average of more than 23 yards per reception. He’s surpassed 80 yards in each of his three games this season, including 159 yards against Indiana in Week 3, despite never catching more than seven passes in a single game.
The duo have combined for eight touchdowns, 16 more first downs, and 10 plays of 20 or more yards this season on just 52 total touches.
Louisville hasn’t played the most cupcake of schedules either, with wins over Georgia Tech and Indiana in its first three games. If Jordan and Thrash can keep the pace during conference play, they could provide a nightmare 1-2 punch for ACC defensive coordinators.