Combination helps Fitzpatrick's production


Dez Fitzpatrick didn’t have an ideal start to his season. The redshirt junior had just four catches for 42 yards in Louisville football’s first three games.

Since then, Fitzpatrick has been one of the most productive receivers in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). He had seven receptions for 133 yards against Florida State, five catches for 108 yards against Boston College along with five catches for 125 yards against Wake Forest.

Before Fitzpatrick produced three consecutive games of 100 plus receiving yards that included four touchdowns, Louisville coach Scott Satterfield credited Fitzpatrick’s blocking ability and positive attitude.

Satterfield said Fitzpatrick is fun to be around on and off the field and is exactly what he wants in a receiver.

“I love the way he blocks and right now he is a complete receiver,” Satterfield said. “I love the way he is playing, and he is doing exactly what we are asking him to do.”

Fitzpatrick, who is 6-foot-2 204 pounds, uses his combination of speed and size to beat receivers.

“That combination is hard to defend,” Satterfield said. “For a corner out there, he can kind of overmatch some of those corners with his size and then his speed to get away from them and that’s two things that have helped him in a great run.”

The Cardinals want to find more ways to get Fitzpatrick the ball, Satterfield said.

Fitzpatrick had 45 receptions for 699 yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman while finished with 31 receptions for 422 yards and three scores last season.