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Louisville Football lands top JUCO TE


Bobby Petrino had been looking to land another TE in the 2015 class and late last night he got his guy when JUCO TE Cole Hikutini committed to the Cards.

Hikutini is ranked as high as the number 3 tight end in the JUCO ranks. The 6’5 245 lbs Hikutini was converted from WR out of high school and possesses great hands and speed for the TE position. Hikutini had been committed to Purdue before flipping to Louisville.

Cole Hikutini Season Highlights:


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A few takeaways from Louisville’s 76-67 win at WKU



Louisville went into a rough WKU environment and came away with a 76-67 win. Here are some of the things I took away from the game.

The Montrezl Harrell ejection: Did Trez earn an ejection yes. Did a couple WKU players also earn an ejection yes.

From the start of the game it was clear that WKU was going with the “UK Football” strategy of acting like fools and hope it works. Trez unfortunately fell for it but thankfully was ejected on a “Flagrant 2″ foul and will be in uniform for Tuesday’s game against Cal State Northridge.

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Louisville Football expecting to sign at least 7 players today. Who are they?

Photo: Tim Haag/Cardinalsportszone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/Cardinalsportszone.com

The JUCO and early enroll football signing period begins today and the Cards are expecting 7 letters of intent to come in. All 7 of these players will enroll in January and begin practice with the football team.


RB Jeremy Smith

RB Tim Cook

WR Paul Harris

OL Khalil Hunter

DL Drew Bailey


High School 

WR/RB Traveon Samuel 

DB Jaire Alexander

Also be on the lookout today for JUCO prospects (OL) Justin Sandifer and (CB) Rasul Douglas who could also end up being Cards. We will have more on all of today’s additions later tonight here at CSZ.

Gerod Holliman named AP 1st Team All American

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Louisville Safety Gerod Holliman has been named a 1st Team Associated Press All American. This is another honor for Holliman to go  along with the Jim Thrope Award (Nations best Defensive Back), 1st Team All ACC,  as well as being named to the Walter Camp All American team. Holliman becomes the first AP All American for the Cards since Elvis Dumervil in 2005.

Full AP All American 1st Team:

The Associated Press All-America team.



Quarterback — Marcus Mariota, junior, 6-foot-4, 219 pounds, Oregon

Running backs — Melvin Gordon, junior, 6-1, 213, Wisconsin; Tevin Coleman, junior, 6-1, 210, Indiana.

Tackles — Brandon Scherff, senior, 6-5, 320, Iowa; Spencer Drango, junior, 6-6, 310, Baylor.

Guards — Tre Jackson, senior, 6-4, 330, Florida State; Laken Tomlinson, senior, 6-3, 320, Duke.

Center — Reese Dismukes, senior, 6-3, 296, Auburn.

Tight End — Nick O’Leary, senior, 6-3, 247, Florida State.

Wide receivers — Amari Cooper, junior, 6-1, 210, Alabama; Rashard Higgins, sophomore, 6-2, 188, Colorado State.

Kicker — Roberto Aguayo, sophomore, 6-1, 203, Florida State.

All-purpose player — Shaq Thompson, junior, 6-1, 228, Washington.


Ends — Joey Bosa, sophomore, 6-5, 278, Ohio State; Vic Beasley, senior, 6-3, 235, Clemson.

Tackles — Malcolm Brown, junior, 6-2, 320, Texas; Danny Shelton, junior, 6-2, 339, Washington.

Linebackers — Scooby Wright III, sophomore, 6-1, 246, Arizona; Hau’oli Kikaha, senior, 6-3, 246, Washington; Paul Dawson, senior, 6-2, 230, TCU.

Cornerbacks — Senquez Golson, senior, 5-9, 176, Mississippi; Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, senior, 5-10, 195, Oregon.

Safeties — Landon Collins, junior, 6-0, 222, Alabama; Gerod Holliman, sophomore, 6-2, 213, Louisville.

Punter — Tom Hackett, junior, 5-11, 187, Utah.


Louisville Football lands 2017 stud



Bobby Petrino landed one of the top players in the class of 2017 when DB Brian Edwards (FL) picked the Cards. Now look I know what you are saying, “2017…really?” but this could end up being a big time get for Louisville. The 6’4 180 lb CB (yes 6’4 180 lb cb!) already holds offers from the likes of Florida State, Miami, and USC. The Cards will have a lot of work to do to hold on to Edwards but if they do look for him to be a 5 star player when the initial 2017 rankings come out. Follow Brian Edwards on twitter @_talljitt



Louisville comes in at #3 on Total Sorority Move’s “Hott Player” top 25

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

TotalSororityMove.com ranked the top 25 football teams according to how hott the players are…….yea you read that right. Nevertheless the Louisville Cardinals came in at number 3 behind only Wisconsin and Arizona State. The website chose QB Kyle Bolin as the poster boy for the Cards. Something tells me Bobby wont be placing anything in the trophy  case for this.

The Louisville Cardinals: #21 on the field, #3 in the heart of the ladies!

Bobby Petrino writes an open letter to Louisville fans

Photo: Tim Haag/Cardinalsportszone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/Cardinalsportszone.com

If you needed another reason to love Bobby Petrino he gave it to you. Coach Petrino wrote the following letter to CardNation thanking us for the support during this amazing season. There is one game left and I expect that Cardinal fans will be glad to return the gratitude.

Dear Cardinals Fans:

During this hectic time with recruiting, and preparing for our fifth-straight bowl appearance, I wanted to take a moment to personally thank all of our fans for their tremendous support during our first season in the ACC. We sold out each one of our home games and provided a big-time atmosphere for our players and recruits. The electricity in the stadium for home games versus Miami, Florida State and Kentucky were one of the main reasons why Papa John’s Stadium is one of the most difficult venues to play in the country.

On the road, the 15,000 fans in Notre Dame Stadium helped our team pull through for an emotional victory. Off the field, the support from the community for the Petrino Family Foundation has touched not just me, but many families in the community. This support reinforces for me why my family and I are so proud to call Louisville home.

With a bowl announcement coming on Sunday, I ask for your continued support to come with us as we try to capture our 10th win and our third-straight bowl victory. As we conclude our first year in the ACC, lets show the country what Louisville Football is all about.

Let’s Do This,

Bobby Petrino

Louisville Basketball to host big time visitors against Ohio St.



Rick Pitino will host two five star visitors for what he says should be “the best atmosphere we’ve had since the Yum Center has been built.” 2016 stars PF/C Thon Maker (accompanied by brother 2017 4 star Matur Maker) and SG Terrence Ferguson (pictured below) will be in the house when the #5 Cards take on the #14 Ohio State Buckeyes.

Maker, who took a visit to UK on Sunday, is widely regarded as the nation’s top player and has been for some time. While in the 2016 class at the moment, Maker has expressed interest in reclassifying to the 2015 class and becoming the odds on favorite to be the #1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Maker was originally from the Sudan before heading to Australia, then to the US..sound familiar? If so that’s because current Louisville Cardinal Mangok Mathiang and future Louisville Cardinal Deng Adel took the same path on their way to Louisville. While UK still seems to have the inside track here, look for Pitino to amp up the recruitment of Thon Maker from this point on.

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Saturday’s game against UK is a “Red Out”


According to Louisville Football SID Rocco Gasparro this Saturday’s game against UK will be a “Red Out”.

This continues the tradition of Red Outs for Louisville football on Senior Day. So make sure to wear red, pack the stadium, and be there early to send out one of the best senior classes in Louisville Football history!

Rick Pitino watching 4 star 2015 PG Traci Carter



According to multiple sources Rick Pitino and Asst. Coach Kenny Johnson are watching 2015 4 star PG Traci Carter today. Pitino mentioned in his pre game press conference on Monday that the Cards would still like to add one more guard in the 2015 class. While all signs point to the Cards looking to land a “5th year transfer” Carter’s name also has risen to the forefront. Steve Jones of the Courier Journal spoke with Carter’s mentor Donnie Carr about the possibility of the 4 star guard landing at Louisville

From Steve Jones’s article:

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Louisville QB Will Gardner to miss the rest of the season with injury

Photo Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Photo Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

By now most of you have already heard but for those that have not the University of Louisville announced today that starting QB Will Gardner would miss the rest of the season due to injury. Gardner suffered an apparent knee injury in the Cards win over Boston College last Saturday. Bobby Petrino had this to say about the loss of Gardner:

“It is really unfortunate and disappointing for Will because of how hard he has worked and how respected he is in the locker room,” head coach Bobby Petrino said.  “Will will continue to be an integral part of our program moving forward because of his leadership he has displayed and the respect he has in the locker room. “

Through seven games played Gardner threw for 1,669 yards and 12 touchdowns. Gardner did however have a message for CardNation via twitter


Adidas unveils Louisville uniforms for Friday’s Armed Forces Classic

Louisville Nov. 14 Uniform

Adidas unveiled the uniforms the Cardinals will wear when they take the floor against Minnesota on Friday night (pictured above). Count me in as one who loves them! Here are some specifics on the uniforms

Per Louisville SID Kenny Klein:

Cardinals Will Wear Special Uniforms Friday

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville will wear special adidas uniforms for its Nov. 14 season opening men’s basketball game against Minnesota in the Armed Forces Classic, to be played at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Air Station Borinquen in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

The limited edition uniforms feature a white and grey camouflage pattern with red and light blue trim as a tribute to the Coast Guard’s red, white and blue colors and racing stripe.  The back of each player’s jersey displays the Coast Guard motto of “Semper Paratus,” which translates to “Always Ready.”

The uniform also includes custom editions of the adidas D Rose 773 III and D Rose Englewood III shoes designed with a Louisville red camouflage pattern with blue laces. The Cardinals’ mantra “L1C4” (Louisville First, Cards Forever) is stitched into the heel.   Beginning Nov. 12, fans can purchase their own versions of the Armed Forces Classic D Rose 773 III at miadidas.com.


Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn tabs Montrezl Harrell as the National Player of the Year



Sports Illustrated released their College Basketball preview addition which included crystal ball picks from their top 4 writers. While none of the four had the Cards in the Final Four Luke Winn named Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell as his prediction to win National Player of the Year. Seth Davis and Pete Thamel had Duke’s Jahlil Okafor while Brain Hamilton chose UNC’s Marcus Paige meaning all four selections came from the ACC. Here is what Winn had to say about Harrell:

Winn: Montrezl Harrell, Louisville. Not an easy call between Harrell andFrank Kaminsky. The deciding factor? Kaminsky has two rising stars (Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes) alongside him in Wisconsin’s frontcourt, and I see the Badgers being more balanced statistically than they were in ’13-14. Harrell is the only real offensive option on Louisville’s front line, and thus is a threat to average something like 18-and-11 as a junior. That’s a POY stat line.


Louisville commit Traveon Samuel breaks fibula



Louisville commit Traveon Samuel suffered a broken fibula last night in his teams 20-14 win in the first round of the Alabama 7A playoffs. A broken fibula normally sets on the 6-8 week recovery scale. Samuel, who will in enroll at UofL in January, may be the most dynamic player in the Cardinals 2015 recruiting class so look for the Cards to take their time rehabbing this injury. Samuel already had scored a first quarter TD before the injury took place. Follow Traveon Samuel on twitter @TraDay_DoThis

Lorenzo Mauldin out (hamstring) against Boston College

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Louisville DE/LB Lorenzo Mauldin will not play this Saturday against Boston College due to a hamstring injury he re-injured against FSU. Mauldin hurt his hamstring in a game earlier this year against NC State but was able to recover. The Cards do have a bye week after the BC game before heading to South Bend to take on Notre Dame. No word on how long Mauldin will be out.

15 year old with leukemia to play for Bellarmine this Sunday



This Sunday when the Bellarmine Knights take the floor against the Louisville Cardinals they will have a new member of the team. That member is 15 year old Patrick McSweeney. Patrick is suffering from life threatening leukemia but will be announced as a starter this Sunday for the Knights according to a fantastic article written by ESPN’s Dana O’Neil. This will without a doubt be a great moment for everyone involved and much respect goes out to Coach Davenport and Coach Pitino for making it happen. The exhibition starts at 12:30 and you can follow Patrick on twitter @pmacrocks.

From Dana O’Neil Article:


And on Sunday at 12:30 he’ll be introduced as a starter against his favorite college basketball team, the University of Louisville, in an exhibition game.

“It’s the boost he needs right now,” Debbie McSweeney, Patrick’s mother. “Just this week we found out his T cells aren’t being effective and for us to get this news, a day after some really bad news, it’s what he needed. It’s what we all needed right now, to have a little bit more hope.”

“Patrick was just speechless,” Debbie McSweeney said. “Basketball is this kid’s favorite sport. Having Bellarmine, having something that’s normal, that’s the key. With all of these treatments, all the isolation, normal disappears.”

McSweeney will take part in the entire day – from the pregame meal, to the walkthrough, to the bus ride to the arena, to, if all goes well, the first bucket.

“He’s going to blow by Terry Rozier, go by Chris Jones and score a layup,’’ Davenport said. “We’ll just be sure to tell Montrezl Harrell not to block it.”

he family thought he’d only be there for one night but with the news that his T cells weren’t responding properly, he now will be away for at least two weeks. Originally they planned to directly from the Yum! Center and make the 14-hour drive, so they’d have a car, a drive Debbie McSweeney was admittedly dreading.

“Coach Pitino said, ‘No, they’re not driving,’” Davenport said.

The Louisville coach is flying the family there, making sure they have transportation, and paying for their hotel stay.

“The only thing that’s left is to make sure we fill the place,” Davenport said. “If people have a ticket, show up. If you don’t have a ticket, get one.”



Could Louisville vs Notre Dame get College Gameday in South Bend??



Louisville football will travel to South Bend on November 22 to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This game is one CardNation has had circled since it was announced a little over a year ago (which shows by the 400 dollar South Bend hotels). Why you ask? Well:

1. Rudy

2. Touchdown Jesus

3. At approximately 4 hours, it is a fairly easy trip

4. And last but not least, we just flat out do not like them (see last 7 years of basketball)

With all that being said, November 22nd is sure to be an incredible atmosphere and there is only one thing that could make it even better……..College Gameday!

As it stands right now, outside of this game, the College Football landscape looks quite bland that weekend. The other top 25 games that week are as follows:

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Top Louisville basketball target P.J. Dozier to decide soon

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

According to multiple sites top Louisville basketball target could make a decision by the end of this week. Dozier, who visited Louisville this past weekend, has taken all his official visits and feels he has enough information to make a decision. Dozier list Louisville, South Carolina, Georgetown, Michigan, and UNC but by all accounts the first 3 have the best shot at landing the 6’7 PG. We will have all updates as they happen here at CardinalSportsZone.com.

Louisville Football lands 4 commits today…..so far

Photo Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Photo Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Like we said earlier the Cards may have lost on the field against FSU but they are winning on the recruiting trail. Today Petrino has landed FOUR commitments (3 2015/1 2016). Here is a look at the new Cardinals:


dee smith

Dee Smith

3 star LB/S

Chose Louisville over: Miami, Nc State, Missouri, UK

Twitter: @I_AM_Dee_Smith

Rundown: Smith is rated as a “High” 3 star player that will get his 4th star in a matter of time. Smith has incredible upside and will be a starter down the road for the Cards.

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Louisville lands 4 star WR Desmond Fitzpatrick (2016)



The Cards may have lost to FSU last night on the field but are looking to win big on the recruiting trail. Louisville’s winning started today when they received a commitment from 2016 4 star WR Desmond Fitzpatrick (MI). The 6’2 Fitzpatrick is known as a tremendous route runner with great hands and will fit nicely in Bobby’s system. Fitzpatrick held offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Illinois, and more and is receiving interest from Notre Dame, OSU, Michigan, and Michigan St.. The latter are sure to offer at some point.

According to most insiders Fitzpatrick will not be the last commit for Petrino and the Cards in the coming days! Bobby is building something special. Follow Desmond Fitzpatrick on twitter @dezfitz8


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