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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:

2015

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)

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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

Louisville Safety Gerod Holliman named Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

The Jim Thorpe Award is given out each season to the Nations top Defensive Back and today Louisville’s Gerod Holliman was named one of 15 semifinalist. Holliman leads the nation with 8 interceptions and ranks 7th in tackles on the #1 defense in the land with 24. Look for Holliman to be a finalist for the Thorpe Award when all is said and done.

Full list of Semifinalist:

Sam Carter, TCU, Sr.

Jeremy Cash, Duke, Jr.

Landon Collins, Alabama, Jr.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, Sr.

Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, So.

Senquez Golson, Ole Miss, Sr.

Josh Hawkins, East Carolina, Jr.

Gerod Holliman, Louisville, Jr.

Ronald Martin, LSU, Sr.

Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss, Sr.

Jordan Richards, Stanford, Sr.

Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma, So.

Triston Wade, UTSA, Sr.

Trae Waynes, Michigan State, Jr.

PJ Williams, Florida State, Jr.

Lineups for Louisville Basketball’s Red/White scrimmage (10/26)

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Bleacherreport.com

Today Louisville fans will get their second chance to see the Cardinal basketball team. Last Sunday the Cards put on a show with the white team winning 75-72 and we expect this one to be just as fun. This weeks rosters are as follows:

White Team:

Terry Rozier

Quentin Snider

Montrezl Harrell

Shaqquan Aaron

Anas Mahmoud

Matz Stockman

Jaylen Johnson

David Levitch

 

Red Team:

Anton Gill

Chris Jones

Wayne Blackshear

Mangok Mathiang

Akoy Agau

Chinanu Onuaku

Dillon Avare

Trent Gilbert

2015 Louisville QB commit has monster game!

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247sports.com

Louisville is making it a priority to hang on to 2015 QB commit Lamar Jackson and last he he showed another reason why. Jackson scored the game winning TD in the final seconds to keep his Boynton Beach team’s undefeated streak alive. Jackson’s TD gave Beach a 63-58 win over Coconut Creek.

Jackson threw for 346 yards (2 TD) while gaining 146 yards (5 TD) on the ground. To put that in prospective Jackson accounted for 492 total yards and SEVEN TD’s……..let me say that again SEVEN TD’s. Bobby has some work to do but it will be great to see Jackson next season in a QB race that looks to be wide open.

Louisville Basketball commit Donovan Mitchell ask teacher not to use blue pen

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Louisville commit Donovan Mitchell ask his Brewster Academy teacher to not use blue pens on his paper and stick to solely red. I think Donovan understands this rivalry:

Mitchell tagged fellow 2015 commits Ray Spalding and Deg Adel in the post. I’m already starting to love this class!

 

Michael Dyer to start at RB against FSU

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

After rushing for 173 yards and a TD on 24 carries last week against NC State, Michael Dyer is now listed as the starting RB for the Cards.

Florida St. will bring there 23 game winning streak and a #1 or #2 ranking into PJCS next Thursday. One thing the Cards can capitalize on is a Noles rush defense that is giving up 140 plus yards a game. There is a good chance Dyer could reintroduce himself to the nation on Oct. 30th.

Louisville Basketball Red/White Scrimmage Recap

Photo: Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Photo: Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

The Louisville basketball team took the floor today for the first time. The White team got the win 75-72 when Chris Jones drained a go ahead 3 with three seconds left. The top 10 Cards lived up to the ranking without question but there were a few takeaways that stood out:

-Montrezl Harrell is without question a First Team All American! Trez finished the game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assist with 9 of those 24 coming off his three 3 point baskets. Yes you read that right. Trez finished 3-5 from behind the arc and looked quite comfortable. But the major thing doesn’t show up on the box score is the leadership. There is no doubt this is Trez’s team and he led well today.

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Lineups for the Red/White Scrimmage (10/19)

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The Louisville basketball team will hold the first of two Red/White Scrimmages today at the KFC Yum Center. This will be the first time the fans get a look at the preseason top 10 Cards. The lineups for today’s game are as follows:

Red Team:

Wayne Blackshear

Terry Rozier

Quentin Snider

Mangok Mathiang

Jaylen Johnson

Chinanu Onuaku

Dillon Avare

 

White Team:

Anton Gill

Chris Jones

Montrezl Harrell

Shaqquan Aaron

Anas Mahmoud

Matz Stockman

Trent Gilbert

David Levitch

Gerod Holliman named Mid-Season All American by ESPN

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

ESPN released their College Football Mid Season All American Teams today and Louisville safety Gerod Holliman was on it. The former Army All-American came out of nowhere this season to lead the nation in interceptions with 7. At this pace I don’t see a way Holliman isn’t on this same list when the season ends as well as many post season awards list. Holliman, only a (RS) Sophmore, can return to Louisville for the next two seasons so it’s possible he is only getting started!!

From ESPN.com:

S Gerod Holliman, Louisville: Holliman has been the breakout star on one of the nation’s top defenses through seven weeks. The Louisville sophomore has already racked up seven interceptions, which leads the nation. A year ago, only Virginia’s Anthony Harris had more for the entire season. More importantly, Holliman’s contributions have helped the Cardinals overcome a lackluster offense early with a defense that has allowed just three offensive touchdowns to FBS foes all year. — David M. Hale

Louisville Basketball held closed scrimmage on Sunday

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Pitino and the Louisville basketball team held a closed scrimmage yesterday and there was plenty to be excited about. The Cards were lead by senior Montrezl Harrell with 32 points but it was a couple of reserves that caught my eye. Soph. Anton Gill finished with 27 points in the game and Freshman Chinanu Onuaku led everyone with 14 rebounds and added 4 blocks. Gill and Onuaku could be exactly what the doctor ordered for a Louisville team that quite honestly has unproven talent on the bench.

From GoCards.com:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville All-America forward Montrezl Harrell totaled 32 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots, three assists and two steals to lead the Black team to a 91-82 victory over the Red team in a private intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday.

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Rick Pitino gives update on team, talks shoe companies, and how to deal with UK fans (Full Press Conference)

Rick Pitino was in rare preseason form today when he sat down in front of reporters. Pitino gave great updates on the incoming team letting everyone know he is really excited about the starting 5. Pitino also was asked about the relationships with shoe companies and recruits and lets just say he didn’t hold anything back. Ah Pitino we have missed you.

Clemson fans already camping out for the Cards

ClemsonTigers.com

ClemsonTigers.com

According to this tweet it looks like the Cards are going to walk into one of the wildest atmospheres they have seen in awhile. Clemson fans took offense to Bobby’s comments (or lack thereof) earlier this week and look to make sure it is rocking. Hey it’s no Syracuse but it’ll be cute I suppose. #BeatClemson

Pitino having an In-Home visit with top 2015 hoops target tonight

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com Rick Pitino is in South Carolina to see top target Perry Dozier tonight.

This makes the second time in a month that Pitino has been down to see Dozier making it clear he is the Cards guy. Dozier will be in Louisville for the FSU game on an official visit. A commitment from Dozier would solidify the best class Pitino has ever had at Louisville.

Louisville Basketball comes in at #7 in Yahoo Sports Preseason poll

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Last week the Cards came in at #7 in Sporting News Preseason poll. Now for the second time the Cards find themselves at #7 but this time in the Yahoo Sports preseason poll. Yahoo looked at the best and worst case scenario’s for their top 25:

7. LOUISVILLE
Last year’s record: 31-6, 15-3
Key returners: F Montrezl Harrell, G Terry Rozier, G Chris Jones, F Wayne Blackshear, F/C Mangok Mathiang, G Anton Gill
Notable newcomers: G Quentin Snider, F Jaylen Johnson, F/C Chinanu Onuaku, G Shaqquan Aaron

Best-case scenario: Finally free to run the show now that All-American Russ Smith has moved on to the professional ranks, Jones and Rozier show why Rick Pitino has been touting them all offseason. Jones, quicker and faster after shedding 10 pounds, excels attacking the rim and making plays off the dribble.Rozier validates the glowing reviews he received on the summer camp circuit and leaves scouts drooling by the end of his breakout season. The emergence of that guard duo ensures Louisville has the perimeter weapons it needs to complement a frontcourt highlighted by one of the best big men in the nation in Harrell. The 6-foot-8 junior returns more well-rounded, having added improved free throw shooting and an array of low post moves to his already-established prowess gobbling up rebounds and finishing at the rim. Fueled by that trio of all-league candidates and a talented supporting cast, Louisville has little trouble adjusting in its debut season in the ACC. The Cards sweep the regular season and tournament titles, a warning shot to Duke and North Carolina that Tobacco Road is no longer the ACC’s power center. Louisville’s dream season ends in ideal fashion as the Cards topple Kentucky in an all-Bluegrass national title game on a Harrell put-back slam at the buzzer. Pitino tattoos a picture of the play on his chest and vows to name his next Kentucky Derby-caliber horse after Harrell.

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ESPN says the Cards Small Forward battle could be “one of the most intriguing position battles in the country”

(Shaqquan Aaron #21)

(Shaqquan Aaron #21)

ESPN released their list of the top 10 reserves in the country today and Louisville freshman Shaqquan Aaron came in at number 7.

7. Shaqquan Aaron, Louisville Cardinals

The fight for playing time in Louisville will be intense in 2014-15. Aaron, an explosive wing from Seattle who will likely begin the season on the bench, will push Wayne Blackshear for minutes at the small forward throughout the season in one of the most intriguing position battles in the country.

 We are all expecting Wayne Blackshear to break out this season and become what has now been tabbed as “High School Wayne”. This will be necessary if the Senior wants to hold on to that starting job because Freshman Shaq Aaron can flat out play! Either way the Cards look to have a loaded roster again and October 19th (Red/White Game) can’t get here soon enough.

 

Petrino says there is a “good chance” DeVante Parker plays on Saturday

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Bobby Petrino said today that there is a “good chance” star WR DeVante Parker plays on Saturday against Clemson. Parker has missed the first six games with a fractured foot he suffered in late August. Petrino also said Parker had been running routes for about a week and will start practicing tomorrow.

Parker is the #2 reciever on Mel Kiper’s NFL draft board and will give this offense the down field threat it has been missing. Here we go folks!! #BeatClemson

Louisville Basketball ranked #7 by Sporting News (ACC well represented)

Photo: yahoo.com

Photo: yahoo.com

By all accounts the Cardinal basketball team will be in the top 10 when the polls come out in the coming weeks. Sporting News also believes this and placed the Cards at #7 in their pre season top 25 and had this to say:

Notable games on the schedule: Nov. 14 vs. Minnesota (in Puerto Rico); Dec. 2 vs. Ohio State; Dec. 27 vs. Kentucky; Jan. 17 vs. Duke; Jan. 31 vs. North Carolina; Feb. 7 at Virginia. 

What worries us now: Russ Smith was so enormous for the Cardinals the past two seasons that even with able players taking over – Terry Rozier for instance has a chance to be a star – it’s reasonable to wonder how long the transition to playing without the Russdiculous factor might take   

Why we still believe: Montrezl Harrell could be the nation’s top player. 

He is physically powerful, plays team first ball, and moves his feet beautifully on defense and rebounds. Plus he can score in a variety of ways. Coach Rick Pitino will put him in good situations. He might be good enough to carry the team at times. 

I think #7 is about right for the Cards. I enjoyed the quote “Montrezl Harrell could be the nation’s top player” I could get on board with that. As far as schedule the Cards would play 6 top 25 teams including 2 of them twice (UNC, Virginia). The ACC aka the greatest conference in college basketball has 5 teams ranked in the top 25 (Duke, UNC, Louisville, Virginia, Syracuse)  including 4 of the top 8!! Basketball Practice starts today folks!! #L1C4

Louisville Basketball’s 1st Red/White Scrimmage to be televised

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galleries.courant.com

According to Kent Spencer of WHAS-11 the Cards October 19th Red/White Scrimmage will be televised.

This will be the first of two scrimmages with the other being held the next Sunday (Oct. 26). Both games will tip at 2 pm and tickets are still available on Ticketmaster.

Pitino with another 2015 trick up his sleeve??

draftexpress.com

draftexpress.com

Could Pitino have another move up his sleeve for the 2015 class? According to Justin Young of Hoopseen.com it seems very possible.

6’9 Yankuba Sima could very well be the next diamond in the rough steal for Pitino. At 18 years old Sima is projected to go #19 in the 1st round of the 2016 NBA Draft by draftexpress.com. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express had this to say about Sima’s upside:

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