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Special to CardinalSportsZone.com from Jerry Steinberg at stateoftheu.com
State of the U Team Capsule:
2014 will be the first time in the Al Golden era that the Hurricanes start the season without the specter of NCAA Sanctions. Clearly the absence of its’ dark shadow has paid immediate dividends in recruiting. But could it help contribute to success on the field as well? The coaching staff under Al Golden has never appeared to lack confidence, even when things aren’t going well. But the decision of Golden and Offensive Coordinator James Coley to name true freshman Brad Kaaya the starting QB, emanates in self assurance.
Will it pay off?
All the confidence in the world, and a successful season from Kaaya, will not mean a thing if the defense does not improve. UM will have to do better than 2013 when this highly scrutinized unit surrendered 27 ppg and over 426 yards a contest.
The good news is, they finally have some of the pieces to make it happen.
So I have decided to start a weekly personal blog, or column, or random series of thoughts. Whatever you want to call it. I figured rather than constantly just passing information and facts along, I would have a post that is just all opinion and my thoughts. I will focus on just whatever my feelings are about UofL athletics at the time, but this may venture into other topics, such as high school sports or even fantasy football. So it could be anything. Hopefully it is somewhat worth your time to read. If it isn’t, I apologize, but at least you got your money’s worth on CSZ. If it is, then great, and I hope you will continue to read it every Friday.
I must give credit to Jeremy Wahman for coming up with the name of this. I had no real idea of what I wanted to call it, because there isn’t a specific direction that this post will go. He suggested this, and I didn’t even try to think of anything else. Good work, sir. As for the picture, I wanted to have something that will be used with all of these posts. I Googled “Justin Time” with no idea what would come up. What I saw was perfection! So here we go. Here are my thoughts and opinions on whatever comes to mind, and I bring them to you just in time for the weekend!
Monday marks a yearly occasion for us Louisville fans, a color coordinated event. Actually sometimes with Basketball included, we get to do it several times a year. Red-Outs, White-Outs…Black-Outs, It doesn’t which one it is, we don’t all comply. Not enough notice, don’t have anything that color for the weather that day…etc. etc. The reasons roll on. Well have no fear. I bring you viable options for Monday’s Black-out vs the University of Miami at PJCS and I would like to share them with you so we can get close to UL/WVU football (The most successful IMO) standards as far as uniformity is considered. I ran across these the other day at Cardinal Authentic (@CardsAuthentic)
Well guys, we aren’t in Kansas anymore. Oh that’s right…we were in Houston, Central Florida and Philly. Sorry guys. With a greater league comes greater interaction. The ACC has impressed me with two of their releases so far (2-2) in @TheACCDN and The ACC Football Challenge App. It’s available on all platforms for just .99 and it allows interactions in game form that could lead you to a trip to the 2014 ACC title game. You can even play as the newly joined Louisville Cardinals and kick your way to Charlotte. Sounds cool to me. The ACC Digital Network is also available on all platforms and takes you behind the scenes of your favorite team in the ACC and lets you watch past games and other fun stuff. Below is the Press Release and the link for the App!
Brace yourself for this. A Charlie Strong-coached team has been accused of running the score up. Apparently, that is what the Cards were doing to Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl last season, according to cornerback Corn Elder. The following comes from the rest of the article on CanesWatch.com.
“Honestly, I remember them trying to run the score up,” he said. “Just disrespecting us, pretty much.”
After Deon Bush sacked Teddy Bridgewater for a safety on the opening drive, it was all Cardinals. They went up 22-2 at halftime and were still carving up UM’s defense in the final minutes.
“I feel like they were out there talking a lot of trash,” Elder said. “They have a lot of players from here. It was a confidence thing.”
David Hale of ESPN.com was asked to make some fearless predictions this week. He came up with his top 10 for the ACC. To many outside of Louisville, Will Gardner will be a shock and an absolute treat to watch. His full story can be seen here. Here’s my fearless prediction for Will, 3500 yards passing. It would put him in 6th place all-time for a single season right behind my old teammate Chris Redman’s Sr campaign of 3,647. That’s about as fearless as I can get this season. It also may be due to the fact we are so close to football I can taste it and am being really generous. On that note Dom Brown will rush for 2000 yards and Lozo will have 21 sacks. OK…I have calmed down a little but I will stick with my Gardner prediction. Gardner will be magnificent this year. I Can’t wait to utter the words…The Gardner did it!
Teddy is just the man, not much else to say! He took out an ad in “The Louisville Cardinal”, which is the student newspaper at UofL, to thank the fans of the Louisville Cardinals.
I can’t really say that last year I was checking to see who Temple, SMU, or Memphis were playing each week. OK I kept up with UCF, only to be let down at the end of nearly every game. But other than that, I couldn’t have cared less how the rest of the conference did. That is completely different now. The first-year excitement of being in the ACC is incredible. I find myself interested in a game between Wake Forest and Louisiana-Monroe. Although I don’t expect the Demon Deacons to win, I am actually excited for that game.
Here is the full schedule of games involving ACC teams for Week 1 of the College Football Season. Other than the obvious excitement of the Louisville-Miami clash on Monday, there is a very big game on Saturday night as Clemson travels to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs. The time is here, folks. Sit back and enjoy this weekend. See ya Monday!
Coach Petrino just said at his press conference that DeVante Parker will likely be out for 6-8 weeks. If that holds true, he would be back sometime around October 6-October 20. The Cards play Clemson October 11, NC State October 18, and Florida State October 30. He has a broken bone in his small toe, the fifth metatarsal. He will get operated on later today. He caught a simple pass and was tackled and felt something happen.
They chose to send him to North Carolina because that is the doctor that will be in the room at the NFL Combine when they go over the medical history of the players.
In a move that is not a big surprise, Bobby Petrino officially announced that sophomore Will Gardner will be the starting quarterback for the Louisville Cardinals. Although it was expected, it is still news that it is official, and it just means that we are so close to the season starting!
Al Golden, head coach of the Miami Hurricanes, announced that true freshman Brad Kaaya will be the starting quarterback for the ‘Canes when they take the field on September 1 against the Louisville Cardinals. Kaaya beat out senior Jake Heaps, who has also played for BYU and Kansas in his career.
Kaaya is 6’4 and around 206 pounds from West Hills, California. Both Rivals and 247 Sports listed him as a 4-star prospect coming out of high school, so the kid can play. The following excerpt comes from USAToday.com:
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.
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!
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.
Bobby Petrino got some good news tonight when 6’4 260 lb G.G. Robinson committed to Louisville. Robinson chose the Cards over offers from Virginia, Cincinnati, Iowa St., Kansas St., Miss. St., North Carolina, and many others. At the end of the day the Cards won a very close recruiting battle over future ACC rival Virginia. The Cavilers tried to sell Robinson on being their TE for the future but Louisville DC Todd Grantham used his Georgia roots to persuade Robinson otherwise. While most schools like Robinson on the offensive side of the ball, Petrino and company plan on using him as a Defensive End in Grantham’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Another great pickup for Bobby as the recruiting train continues to pick up steam! Follow G.G. Robinson on twitter @GGRobinson85