As a Carver Tiger, Jawon Pass made play after play and became a much-sought-after recruit in the process. Now in line to be a starting college quarterback, Pass did not disappoint with his latest work on the gridiron.
Pass is in line to replace Lamar Jackson as the starting quarterback at Louisville, and he looked the part in the Cardinals’ spring scrimmage Friday. The redshirt sophomore completed 26 passes on 37 attempts for 342 yards and three touchdowns as Pass’ Red team beat the White team 42-13.
“I think I did alright,” Pass said in the postgame press conference. “I’ve got to do better, but I think I finished strong. That was big.”
Pass had a fumble and interception in two of his first three possessions. His response after those miscues left head coach Bobby Petrino impressed.
“I really liked the way he played in the second half,” Petrino said, via WDRB. “In the first half he got a lot of experience, and you could see his competitive spirit with what happened with the interception and the fumble. He just came back and tried to compete harder and execute better.
“The post route he threw for a touchdown to Dez (Fitzpatrick) was probably as good a post route as he’s thrown this spring. He threw it on a line and hit him in stride. We can win games with throws like that.”
Fitzpatrick, who had eight receptions for 174 yards and and two touchdowns in the scrimmage, discussed the differences between Pass and Jackson after the scrimmage.
“Both are still accurate,” Fitzpatrick said. “One thing I can say is Jawon knows how to not throw too hard sometimes on crossing routes or shallow routes. Sometimes Lamar would rifle the ball, and I’m like, ‘Dang, Lamar. I’m right here, brother.’ I think when it’s all said and done, both will have great seasons.”
Not to be outdone, Jawon’s brother Khane, who also played at Carver, did his part on the other side of the football. The defensive back led the White defense with six tackles in the scrimmage.
Jawon Pass played in six games for the Cardinals in 2017. He completed 23 passes on 33 attempts for 238 yards and 2 touchdowns. Khane, meanwhile, played in all 13 games last season and registered 38 tackles.
Louisville opens fall practice on July 29. The Cardinals’ first game of the 2018 season is against Alabama on Sept. 1 in Orlando.