Devonte Fields makes ESPN’s ACC all-breakout team

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Photo: youtube.com

The ACC bloggers for ESPN.com put together a list of players for both the offense and defense that they labeled the “all-breakout team.” This consisted of players they think can have a breakout season in 2015, but did not receive a single vote on the preseason all-conference teams.

Louisville’s Devonte Fields made this list, and here is what David Hale had to say about the former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year…

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William Gay throws up the “L” next to Coach Calipari

When you are a 2007 Orange Bowl champion, everyone wants to get a picture with you.

Throwin the L's up anytime I see a wildcat

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LiveWith55 7/29/15: Rivals

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Check out this week’s episode of LiveWith55: Rivals or as I would like it to be known as the Flu game edition.

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Cardinal Catch Up 7-29-15

Welcome to a very special edition of Cardinal Catch-up. With Football season and Basketball season on the cusp of returning, There is just so much to be excited for. Let’s dive in.

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  • It was announced that Russ Smith now has a guaranteed contract. Great news for fans of Russdiculous worldwide.
  • Terry Rozier signed a max rookie deal that was also for a 5 year time frame according to yahoo sports
  • Rick Pitino informed us that Francisco Garcia will take another run at the NBA
  • I met Montrezl Harrell this past Sunday at Griffs. The man is enormous and that is coming from an enormous man himself. No doubt that he will succeed and was so kind to take a picture with my wife. She was pumped. there could not have been any better news for me than running into him there.

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Video: Bobby Petrino on SportsCenter from Monday

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Photo: AP/Garry Jones

Bobby Petrino went through the ESPN “Car Wash” on Monday afternoon, stopping by to talk with nearly every show or writer. If you didn’t see much of it, like I didn’t, here is one video from the day. A few of the people he met with are writers, so you will probably see posts coming about his visit to ESPN. Here is something to hold you over as Petrino discusses why he liked having a big season opener like Auburn and he talks a little Devonte Fields.

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ACC Digital Network names Top 4 running backs in ACC

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

ACC Digital Network named their top 4 running backs in the ACC entering the 2015 season.

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Bobby Petrino ESPN “car wash” schedule

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Bobby Petrino will go through the infamous ESPN ‘Car Wash” today and we have the full schedule here.

Petrino’s ESPN Car Wash Schedule
9:40 a.m. – SportsCenter
10 a.m. – ESPNU Front Row
10:20 a.m. – SCUE
10:40 a.m. – ESPN Digital Video – Chris Low
11 a.m. – ESPN Print – Adam Rittenberg
11:15 a.m. – Brett McMurphy
11:30 a.m. – Grantland- Holly Anderson
11:50 a.m. – ESPN ACC – Andrea Adelson
12 p.m. – ESPN Images
12:15 p.m. – Joe Schad
12:30 p.m. – ESPN Insider – Travis Haney
12:50 p.m. – Championship Drive Podcast
1:15 p.m. – Freddie Coleman
1:40 p.m. – College Football Daily
2 p.m. – Finebaum Show

Not going to lie pretty excited for that Finebaum interview.

From the Plains: A look at Auburn’s Defense

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As you may or may not know, I lived in Auburn, Alabama from 2008-2012 and still have some friends down that way. A friend of mine that I still keep in touch with is Scott Bagwell, one of the biggest Auburn fans I know, who is also a good writer. He is very knowledgeable and won’t just be an Auburn homer. He will tell it like it is, which is what we want. He decided to help me (and all of you Louisville fans) out by writing a post about both the offense and the defense of Auburn. This post will focus on the defensive side of the ball. If you missed the one on the offense, here you go.

By Scott Bagwell:

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Former Louisville WR drops “the people’s elbow” in TD celebration

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Photo: Jacksonville.com

Former Louisville Cardinals wide receiver Tiger Jones is the rightful owner of the best touchdown celebration of all time. If you never watched WWE (or WWF) before, this video may mean nothing to you. If you watched it during the “attitude” era when it was at its peak like I did, this video may make you giddy, and that is perfectly fine.

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Rick Pitino: This team is going to be a fan favorite

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The Courier Journal’s Jeff Greer has an extensive Q&A with Rick Pitino posted and it covers a lot of topics. It really is an informative read. I just wanted to point out a part of it that is interesting when he talks about this season’s team. We knew that the chemistry wasn’t the best last year. In fact, I found it hard to cheer for the team sometimes. They weren’t unlikeable, they just maybe weren’t as likeable as I would have wanted to see. That is just a personal opinion, but one that I know some people do share. Something was just different.

Pitino mentioned it several times last year. Chinanu Onuaku addressed it while practicing for the USA U19 team. The older guys hung out with their girlfriends and the younger guys mainly hung out with each other. The older guys didn’t have patience they needed. It was like a team divided. That should not be a problem this season, and here is some of that Q&A where Pitino discusses it with Greer. He says that this team could be a fan favorite…

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Top linebacker in the country enjoyed Louisville

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Photo: Rivals.com

Lyndell Wilson is considered to be the top outside linebacker in the country according to ESPN and 247 Sports. Rivals has him as the third best. Scout has him has the top inside linebacker in the country. Either way you look at it, Wilson is one of the top recruits in the nation, and he was on UofL’s campus this weekend with some teammates from Carver High School in Montgomery, Alabama. I think it is safe to say that Wilson enjoyed his time at UofL…

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 7/25/15

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On today’s edition of the Cardinal Sports Zone, Steve and I talk a LOT of football. We talk about some of the recent commits, how important it is to keep local kids here, and ticket sales for the Auburn game. Click below to listen!

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Rummage & Renck Recruiting Rankings: 7/25/15 10:00 a.m.

Photo: Tim Haag

Photo: Tim Haag

Steve and I have decided to add a little bit to the recruiting posts this year. Instead of just posting the weekly notebook on Mondays, we will also post these rankings, which can be updated at any time of any day. This is kind of our version of what some would call their “big board.” In the ever changing world of college basketball recruiting, there was just too much change from week to week to only put out updates on Mondays. Now you will have this ongoing update as well as the usual Monday notebook, that will come with more detail on the players.

These rankings will not reflect how good we think each player is, but rather what we think the chances are that they end up at UofL. So the higher we have the player on the list, the more of a chance we see that he ends up at Louisville. Keep in mind, there aren’t many open scholarships at all. V.J. King has one, and that leaves only two more.

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Top linebacker in the country visiting Louisville this weekend

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Photo: al.com

Louisville football has a lot of positive momentum on the recruiting trail these days, and we will see if they can cash in this weekend. Lyndell Wilson, the top linebacker in the country, will be visiting the Cards with a couple of his teammates. Wilson is an outside linebacker from Montgomery, Alabama (Carver High School).

Louisville tight end Charles Standberry also attended Carver High School, and that is who Wilson references in this tweet. How much can Standberry help?

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Football Recruiting: Tabarius Peterson commits to Louisville

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

The commit train has pulled out of the station and has a full head of steam! Louisville just got another commitment for the class of 2016, their second of the day. Earlier this afternoon, it was Male High School standout Keion Wakefield. This time, it is Tabarius Peterson, a 3-star outside linebacker/defensive end from Tucker, Georgia.

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Football Recruiting: Keion Wakefield commits to Louisville

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Photo: Rivals.com

Male High School wide receiver Keion Wakefield has just committed to the University of Louisville. He chose the Cards over Kentucky, Indiana, and Purdue. Wakefield is a 3-star player on all four major recruiting sites. He is listed around 5’11 and 175 lbs.

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Maverick Rowan says “decision coming soon”

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Photo: 247 Sports

I don’t know what “soon” means to Maverick Rowan. I don’t know how long a week is for Maverick. What I do know is that he tweeted three different jersey numbers that he could wear in college, and then said that a decision is coming soon. Take all of this however you want to. I am simply passing along the info.

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Devonte Fields cleared to play for Louisville

Photo: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The defense for the Cards just got stronger. Former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Devonte Fields has been cleared by the UofL admissions department, according to ESPN’s Max Olson. Fields will arrive on campus on August 4. Practice begins on August 6.

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Live With 55: (7-22-15) Tendai Charasika, Ibn Green & Jawon Pass

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This week on LiveWith55: We talk to Cardinals Forever Tendai Charasika and Ibn Green. We go over player development, life after football, Pass commitment and the running backs situation this season. I will also open up the phone lines to talk Jawon Pass. This should be fun. Tune in also to hear what the format for the show next week will  be. I am sure you will LOVE it!!

 

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Transcript: Bobby Petrino ACC Media Day Press Conference

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Question: You open up conference play with a Clemson team that’s picked pre-season favorite in the ACC. What is your outlook on that?

PETRINO: It’s a great conference opener for us. Obviously we need to play our opening game in Atlanta versus Auburn first, then a very good Houston team comes to Louisville and plays us on Saturday, then Clemson is a Thursday night game, a short turnaround, something that is going to challenge our players to get ready for. We have to have a good plan for it. We’ve been working hard, getting ready for that game already. They’re a very good football team with an exciting quarterback. It’s a challenge for us but we’re looking forward to it. I know it’s going to be a great game to have at the University of Louisville, Papa John’s Stadium. That’s a fun thing being in the ACC, the teams we get to bring in on a year-to-year basis at Papa John’s.

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