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UofL has just sent out a release saying that DeVante Parker injured his foot at practice on Friday. The release said the following:
“University of Louisville senior wide receiver Devante Parker suffered a left foot injury at practice Friday night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
We knew the court at the KFC Yum! Center would look a little different this season. If nothing else, there would be an ACC logo somewhere. It turns out that isn’t the only change! Looking at this tweet sent out by 84WHAS, it looks like the Cardinal logo at mid-court will just be the head, and not the version with the wing. Personally, I love it!
Well Rick Pitino will still be hosting a big-time recruit on Labor Day Weekend, but just not the one we expected. Perry Dozier was supposed to be making an official visit, but he has pushed back all of his visits and will likely check out UofL on October 3rd. However, 5-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney will be on campus this weekend at UofL.
Redshirt sophomore Joe Manley has decided to transfer from the University of Louisville. Manley, a 6’6 333 lb offensive lineman, will transfer to Western Kentucky. He is from Bowling Green, KY so he will be heading back home. He mainly played on special teams last season and saw a little time on the offensive line. There hasn’t been a reason announced why he is deciding to leave, but it could always be a number of different things when guys decide to transfer. It could be playing time, moving closer to home, not meshing well with the new coaches, or anything else.
Just another classic from CrumsRevenge of thecrunchzone.com. Amazing work!
During Saturday’s scrimmage, running back Michael Dyer suffered a quad contusion that has held the senior out of practice since. The injury likely occurred by a helmet hitting his thigh. Bobby Petrino met with reporters after practice on Tuesday. Asked if Dyer would be ready for the Miami game on September 1, Petrino said “I hope so.”
The AP poll was released today, and the Louisville Cardinals were (essentially) ranked 31st, as they were the 6th team on the “others receiving votes” category. Florida State was the easy choice at #1, and there were three ACC teams ranked. Clemson is #16 and North Carolina is #23. Another Louisville opponent, Notre Dame, came in at #17.
Our buddy Mark Blankenbaker from TheCrunchzone.com has finally gotten to share what he knows about former Cardinal Amobi Okoye, and a health problem that nearly costed him his life. To be honest, I had no idea that Okoye was going through any of this. Out of respect for Okoye’s family, Mark did not share this story. Finally on Thursday night, national media released information about it, so Mark finally felt ok with sharing what he knew. Here is an excerpt of what he wrote. At the bottom, you will find the link to read the rest of the story on thecrunchzone.com.
In the Spring of 2013, the day Louisville Basketball was triumphant in their Elite 8 match-up versus Duke and Kevin Ware stole national attention in Indianapolis, Amobi Okoye was on his way to the Houston Airport for a vacation with friends and family in Miami. A seizure struck. The trip was cancelled. It was the 2nd of a series of seizures for Okoye, the 1st of which came after a workout with former Louisville Linebacker Malik Jackson. Okoye was intent on getting into the best shape of his career following the 2012 season with the Chicago Bears and was a trim 285 pounds.
Bobby Petrino and his staff are certainly picking things up when it comes to recruiting. He just landed another verbal commit, the 14th of the class and the second one on Thursday night (G.G.Robinson committed earlier). This one is from Jaylen Smith, a 6’3 wide receiver out of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Smith is rated as a 3-star player on 247 Sports, ESPN, and Scout. Rivals has him as a 2-star player.
Smith recently named his final 6 schools, and ultimately chose the Cards over Nebraska, Cincinnati, Arizona State, Temple, and South Alabama.
On Wednesday afternoon, head coach Bobby Petrino announced who the captains will be for the 2014 football season. These five players were chosen by their teammates: Will Gardner, Jake Smith, Lorenzo Mauldin, Charles Gaines, and Sheldon Rankins. Mauldin and Smith are seniors; Gaines and Rankins juniors; and Gardner a sophomore.
“Announcing who are team captains is one of the great honors I get to do as head coach,” Petrino said. “I think these guys are tremendous leaders for our program and am excited that they will be the guys leading our team in our first season in the ACC.”
Here is what the players had to say about being selected.
SI.com has released their preseason All-American teams for the 2014 College Football season, and the Louisville Cardinals have a player on the list. DeVante Parker was named to the second team. The two wide receivers on the first team are Antwan Goodley (Baylor) and Amari Cooper (Alabama).
Parker enters his senior season with 28 touchdown receptions, needing only 5 to tie Ibn Green (1996-99) for the all-time record at UofL. He also has 1,920 career receiving yards, which is 10th all-time at UofL. He should end the season somewhere in the top 5.
The University of Louisville has announced a couple more starting times for games in the upcoming 2014-15 season. Yesterday it was announced that the Battle of the Bluegrass between Louisville and Kentucky will take place at 2:00 p.m. ET. It was already known that the game would be on Saturday December 27 and on ESPN2.
If you were on twitter last night, you probably kept reading about how new Louisville basketball commit Donovan Mitchell had some crazy dunk that “shut down” the famous Rucker Park. Video has finally surfaced of that dunk from the Reebok Breakout Classic. Now while you have seen Montrezl Harrell try to rip off rims for 2 years now, your dunking standards may be pretty high. Keep in mind that Mitchell hasn’t even started his senior year of high school yet. This is pretty impressive!
If you went to one of the open football practices last week at UofL, one thing you probably noticed was the intensity and the attention to detail from the coaches. Right now, the Cards are focusing on themselves, on getting better and improving their own team. In about a week or so, they will start to prepare for Miami, their first opponent.
Speaking of the Hurricanes, how are they practicing and making themselves better right now?
247 Sports just updated their rankings for basketball recruits in the class of 2015. The Louisville Cardinals have all 3 of their commits in the top 30 overall.
Raymond Spalding made the biggest leap of any of the future Cards, jumping up 59 spots from #80 to #21 overall. He also was upgraded to a 5-star player. He was previously a 4-star.
According to UofL Sports Information Director Kenny Klein, the Louisville vs Kentucky basketball game on December 27 will tip at 2:00 p.m. ET. The football game between the two schools will happen on November 29, so these games will happen within 1 month of each other. Thanksgiving could be interesting if you are in a split family!
By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:
In our basketball recruiting notebook, we fill you in on where the Cards stand with their top targets in the class of 2015. The Cards gained their third commit for 2015 this week, and possibly have one more target in mind. Enjoy this week’s notebook!
Donovan Mitchell (Commit) – Rick Pitino got his guy when PG Donovon Mitchell announced he had committed to Louisville. Mitchell gave his commitment to the Cards this past weekend while on campus for his official visit. While Mitchell cut his list to 5 last week, the 6’3 PG told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal he “had been set on committing to U of L for about the last two weeks”. In the same article, Mitchell told Jones, “I had a dream I was playing in front of 22,000 (at the KFC Yum! Center), and that’s when I told my parents that I want to commit to Louisville.” Mitchell’s commitment to Louisville drew high praise from people around the country, including the ACC Sports Journal who tweeted this about the Cards 2015 class, “With Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Donovan Mitchell locked in, Louisville may have the top 2015 class in the ACC. Pitino getting it done”. This week Donovan Mitchell was also named to the Elite 24 game held on August 23rd in Brooklyn. Look for Mitchell to vault up the updated rankings in the coming weeks. -Steve Rummage
Bobby Petrino is certainly making up for all the time that the black jerseys have been on the shelf in the last 4 years. The team has them on full display during media day this morning! Here are some pictures.
Bobby Petrino spoke at media day on Saturday morning for about 40 minutes. He talked about how the team has looked in practice, who some play-makers are, how he makes his opening script for a game, and more. Here are some of the key things he talked about…
*Will Gardner – Petrino said that Gardner is doing a good job and that the staff is throwing a lot at him. He said that Will probably feels like he isn’t executing like he was in the Spring, and he isn’t, but it just takes time.
*Reggie Bonnafon – Petrino has done nothing but rave about the freshman from Trinity since he got to campus. From his athleticism to his ability to make plays, you can really tell that Petrino likes Reggie. This past week, Bonnafon moved up to the veterans practice, and Kyle Bolin moved to the newcomers practice. Petrino talked about Bonnafon’s ability to run and makes plays with his feet. He says he hasn’t had a guy who could do that since Stefan LeFors.