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Cardinal Catch Up: Friday Morning

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This is a very busy weekend in UofL athletics, which is always a good thing. A top ranked team in the country will be visiting a UofL team on Saturday. It’s time to get you caught up on all of the “other” sports and what they have going on this weekend. This is your one-stop shop to stay updated on the Cards. If you want to read more details on press releases, those are provided. If you just want a quick glimpse of the record of the teams, that is just fine too.

*The #9 ranked men’s soccer team (2-1-1, 1-0-0) will face Boston College on the road in an ACC match on Friday at 7:00 pm ET.

*The #14 ranked field hockey team (5-1, 0-1) will host #1 ranked North Carolina (5-1, 1-0) on Saturday at Trager Stadium. The matchup starts at 1 pm ET and admission is free as always.

*The volleyball team (5-4) will be in Houston this weekend for the Rice Invitational. On Friday, they play Stephen F. Austin at 1:30 pm ET and then play Rice at 8:00 pm ET. On Saturday they play Texas Southern at 11:30 am ET.

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“Definitely a chance” RB Michael Dyer makes his return against FIU

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Louisville RB Michael Dyer missed the first three games of the season with an injury sustained in the Cards preseason scrimmage. Most expected Dyer to make his return last week against Virginia but that was not able to happen. After much anticipation it looks like Michael Dyer will make his return this Saturday when the Cards travel to FIU. Bobby Petrino met with the media today and had this to say about Dyer:

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Rick Pitino Will Visit P.J. Dozier Next Week

Perry Dozier

It looks like P.J. Dozier is definitely back in the mix to get the last spot in the 2015 class that Antonio Blakeney had for a solid 11 days. We knew that the Cards would be interested in him again, but would he listen to them? Well that question has been answered, and it’s yes. Next Wednesday, Rick Pitino will make the trip to South Carolina to have an in-home visit with Dozier and his family, Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal writes.

The in-home visit will determine if Louisville gets one of Dozier’s five official visits in the next few weeks. Right now, four of them are already set: Michigan (Sept. 26), North Carolina (Oct. 3), Georgetown (Oct. 17), and South Carolina (Oct. 24).

This is from the article:

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Video: FIU Head Coach and QB Recap Pitt and Preview Louisville

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QB Alex McGough. miamiherald.com

In their weekly football recap, Florida International head coach Ron Turner and quarterback Alex McGough talked about their game against Pittsburgh and previewed the Louisville matchup a little bit. FIU led Pittsburgh 16-0 before eventually falling 42-25.

The quarterback is a true freshman and certainly doesn’t seem to lack any confidence when it comes to playing the Cards. I don’t think he realizes what he is in for. But I guess if you are an FIU fan, you have to like his attitude.

Top 25 College Football Games: Week 4

Clemson Florida State

 

Although the Louisville Cardinals are currently not ranked in the Top 25, there are still some intriguing games this weekend, highlighted by an ACC clash between (1) Florida State and (22) Clemson. Quarterback Jameis Winston will not play in the first half, so this one could get interesting. Personally, I would still love to see the Seminoles undefeated when they visit Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on October 30.

If you aren’t going to make the playoff, I know that rankings don’t matter too much, but of course you still want your team to be ranked. Louisville has some ground to make up, as they are the last team on “others receiving votes” in the AP poll. That essentially has them ranked 44th. Speaking of that, the ACC has three teams knocking on the door of being ranked: North Carolina (26), Duke (27), and Virginia Tech (29).

The action starts tonight as (5) Auburn hits the road to face (20) Kansas State in what is sure to be a rowdy environment.

Thursday

(20) Kansas State vs (5) Auburn   7:30   ESPN

Saturday

(11) Michigan State vs Eastern Michigan   12:00   Big Ten Network

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Doron Lamb: “If you play ball for UK, you can get whatever u want”

 

Photo: vaughtsviews.com

Photo: vaughtsviews.com

Former Kentucky basketball player Doron Lamb sent out this tweet earlier today. Of course, it has been deleted now. But take this context for what it’s worth. Is it breaking news that we didn’t already know about? Nah, not really. Just fun when someone tweets something like that and then deletes it for whatever reason. And don’t bother reading the rest of his tweets. If you have passed the 2nd grade, you won’t understand them.

Doron Lamb

Louisville no longer recruiting Blakeney; Dozier still in the mix?

Photo: Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

Photo: Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

According to Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal, UofL has decided to move on from Antonio Blakeney. They will not continue to recruit him after the 5-star shooting guard decommitted. This is not a big surprise, as Coach Pitino very rarely continues to recruit guys that decommit. Quentin Snider was more of an exception and not the rule.

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Jeff Walz Putting Together a Loaded 2015 Class

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

It is easy to just get wrapped up in the recruiting for men’s basketball and football. And in both of those sports, the Cards are doing very well. However, it is about time to start taking a look at what Jeff Walz is doing for the future of the women’s basketball team. He is putting together a class that will likely be in the top 3, and could possibly be #1 when it’s all said and done. That is pretty good for a team that was playing their home games in Cardinal Arena not too long ago.

ProspectsNation.com is a great resource for women’s basketball recruiting. According to their rankings, the Cards have one 5-star player and four 4-star players in the 2015 class. Asia Durr is obviously the gem of the group, but right now the LOWEST ranked commit is 36th in the country! Pretty impressive.

Class Year Overall Rank Position Rank Nat’l Rating Pos Name Statesort icon HT/PPG School
2015 1 1
G
Asia Durr Georgia 5’10″/ L’ville
2015 12 5
G
Taja Cole Virginia 5’8″/ L’ville
2015 23 6
G
Brianna Jones New York 5’9″/ L’ville
2015 26 5
F
Samantha Fuehring New Jersey 6’2″/ L’ville
2015 36 8
P
Erin DeGrate Texas 6’5″/ L’ville

ESPN.com also puts together rankings for women’s basketball recruiting. When you look at that, you see that four out of the five commits are 5-stars! Here is how their list looks…

Asia Durr – #2 overall; 5-star player

Taja Cole – #29 overall; 5-star player

Erin DeGrate – #41 overall; 5-star player

Brianna Jones – #43 overall; 5-star player

Samantha Fuehring – #65 overall; 4-star player

All of this is coming on the heels of the 8th ranked class in 2014 according to ESPN. It’s only a matter of time. That National Championship is coming…

Following the UVA Loss, Cards Have “a really great practice”

Photo: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like it is taking forever for the next game to get here. Anytime your team loses, you just want them to get back on the field as soon as possible to get the nasty taste of defeat out of your mouth. Florida International just happens to be that unfortunate team that has to play the Cards on Saturday. Although there is nothing they can do to get the win back at Virginia, you can bet that Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals will come out and play like they are trying to win two games on Saturday, not just one.

According to quarterback Will Gardner, and offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, Tuesday’s practice, the first since that loss, was a solid start to the week of preparation for FIU. “We had a really great practice,” Gardner said. “The guys were flying around making plays. I was very accurate. Things were going great today. The offensive line was finishing blocks. It was a great practice out there today.”

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Jeff Walz Lands Another 4-star Recruit

Scout.com

Scout.com

Jeff Walz is putting together one heck of a class for the University of Louisville. The latest is 4-star forward Samantha Fuehring, who stands at 6’3. She plays at Immaculate Conception High School in New Jersey and is the 26th best player in the country according to ProspectsNation.com.

Who fills Louisville Basketball’s last 2015 Scholarship?

Photo: Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

Photo: Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

Last night 5 star SG Antonio Blakeney announced his decommitment from Louisville (which shocked nobody). The Cards still have Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, and Raymond Spalding in the fold but will look to sign at least one more. Let’s take a look at the candidates to fill that spot.

Most Likely:

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

PJ Dozier

Position: PG/SG

6’7/ 180 lbs

The Cards were in a very good position to land Dozier before the commitment of Antonio Blakeney. Some believe the Cards may have even been very close to landing a commitment from the 6’7 guard. Dozier had a visit to Louisville set up for October 3rd but will now visit UNC that day. Dozier’s father told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal that the Dozier family had not heard from the Cards since AB commitment but would be open to listening to the Cards again. Many people including 2015 commit Donovan Mitchell have made it known that they would love to see Dozier in a Louisville jersey. The question now is can Pitino make it happen.

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Antonio Blakeney Opens Up Recruitment

Photo: preps.heraldtribune.com

Photo: preps.heraldtribune.com

Antonio Blakeney has just opened up his recruitment, according to ESPN’s Reggie Rankin. Rick Pitino was supposed to go visit him in Florida on Wednesday. Obviously, that will not happen now. Here are some tweets from this happening.

This has a very BLUE feel to it if you ask me.

Video: Bobby Petrino, Sheldon Rankins, and Lorenzo Mauldin Preview FIU

On Monday afternoon, Coach Petrino, Sheldon Rankins, and Lorenzo Mauldin spoke to the media. They recapped the Virginia game and looked ahead to FIU. Special thanks to TheCrunchZone.com for the great video.

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ESPN ACC Power Rankings Have the Cards 8th

ESPN.com released their updated ACC Power Rankings on Sunday, and the Cards dropped down to 8th. With games still remaining against Florida State and Clemson, Louisville definitely will have their chance to show where they belong on this list.

 

Louisville Football Bowl Projections (9/15)

Tim Hagg/ CardinalSportsZone

Tim Hagg/ CardinalSportsZone

After taking a 23-21 loss to Virginia the Cards have dropped in a few of this weeks bowl projections. With that said the Cards still have many goals still in tact. One thing is for sure, being in the ACC should provide #CardNation with some intriguing possibilities come bowl season regardless of record.

CBS:

Music City Bowl (Dec. 30) vs Missouri

ESPN:

Sun Bowl (Dec. 27) vs Washington

Belk Bowl (Dec. 30) vs Tennessee

Sporting News:

TaxSlayer Bowl (Jan. 2) vs Florida

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Gametime and channel set for Wake Forest game

Tim Hagg/ CardinalSportsZone

Tim Hagg/ CardinalSportsZone

The ACC announced today that the Cards September 27th game against Wake Forest will kickoff at 3:30 pm ET. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU. We all called for no noon home kickoffs so get those tailgates ready!!

The Cards Lost a Game, Not the Season, in Charlottesville

Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

Well Saturday was just an ugly game, there is no other way to put it. Turnovers left and right by both teams, no real rhythm, just a weird game. After the first drive by UofL, you thought that things were good and we were going to roll to an easy victory. And then the rest of the 1st quarter happened, along with the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

I was at the game, and I haven’t watched it on DVR yet, which always shows some things that you miss while at the game. So I can only go off of things that I saw from the upper level and gathered by talking to other people about the game.

First off, man it’s rough being at a road game and losing. I packed 5 shirts for the trip, all Louisville. So after the game, and on Sunday while still there for a little bit, and the trip home that takes you through West Virginia, I would be in a Louisville shirt. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Honestly the Virginia fans didn’t really say too much. They were more excited for their own team than worrying about disrespecting Louisville fans. At least that is what I saw. Their excitement doubled when they learned that Virginia Tech lost to East Carolina. So overall, they had a pretty good day.

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Justin Time for the Weekend: 9/12/04

Justin Time

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This week’s edition of Justin Time for the Weekend may be a little shorter than usual. Of course I did not get this done ahead of time, so it is about 6:45 a.m. on Friday as I type this. But the first topic I cover will explain why this post will likely be a little less content than normal. I hope everyone has a great weekend and it is highlighted by a Louisville victory on Saturday in our second ACC football game.

Heading to Virginia

That’s right. In about an hour or so, I will be hitting the road and heading towards Charlottesville, Virginia to see the Cards in their first ACC road game. I am hoping I am able to make one road trip a year to check out all of the ACC schools. Not sure I will make it to Syracuse for a football game in the Carrier Dome, because blah. I have a lot of friends going to South Bend for the Notre Dame game, which will be amazing I’m sure. But I can’t make it up there this year, so that one would be a while before I could get back. But it will be nice to be able to check Virginia off the list. I hear it is a beautiful campus and town.

Virginia was picked to finish last or at least close to last in nearly every ACC projection that I saw. Now whether they will or not remains to be seen. But that was at least the perception of them heading into the season. In saying that, I am way more excited to see us play Virginia than someone like Temple, SMU, Houston, Memphis, and other teams in our former conference. The middle of the pack and lower tier teams of the ACC are just way more exciting to me than what we are used to. Not to mention, this is just a big game in general as the Cards will try to start out 2-0 in the conference, with the next conference game being against Wake Forest at home.

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Michael Dyer Still Questionable for Saturday

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Bobby Petrino told the media on Thursday that running back Michael Dyer is still questionable for the Virginia game on Saturday. He has practiced the last two days, but is still sore. According to Howie Lindsey, Petrino said that Dyer wants to be back, but there is atrophy in the thigh. Livestrong.com describes atrophy in the leg: The most common reason for atrophy to occur in the legs is disuse. Lack of activity for any reason — illness, injury, seated desk job, sedentary lifestyle — can lead to loss of leg muscle.

When the depth chart was released, it showed Dyer as the backup running back. If he is unable to go for the third straight game this season, L.J. Scott will likely move into the backup role behind Dominique Brown. I think we are all comfortable with Scott as the backup, but it sure would be nice to have Michael Dyer back soon.

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