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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.
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
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.
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?
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.
With the rain coming down outside, the Cards hit the practice field at the Trager Indoor Facility on Friday morning. This is the time slot for most of the newcomers to practice, along with a few other older players who have afternoon classes. After practice, freshman cornerback Trumaine Washington spoke to the media for a few minutes. Washington is from Miami, Florida and told us that he almost didn’t even end up at an ACC school because people told him he was too small.
The folks at FansCloset.com have their next great deal for UofL fans! This one is for a UofL polo, originally $49.99, on sale for just $29.99! You can also get the shirt in red or white. Order this week and they will be shipped in time for the opening football game against Miami on September 1!
The Minnesota Vikings will take on the Oakland Raiders on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. ET. Matt Cassel will start the game at QB for the Vikings, but Teddy Bridgewater won’t have to wait long to make his NFL Debut. Head coach Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner have both said that they intend to leave the rest of the starters in when Bridgewater gets in the game.
Starters don’t usually play a whole lot in the first preseason game, so look for Teddy to get in the game pretty early. I would anticipate both quarterbacks getting a series or two. If Teddy plays well and continues to practice like he has, the Vikings could very well name him the starter by the third preseason game. I have no inside information when I say that. That is just going off the notion that the third preseason game is where the starters play the most. So if, in fact, Bridgewater can win the job, they will want him to get as much work in as possible with the first team.
This year’s Fan Day will be held on Saturday August 16 in Cardinal Arena from 3-5 p.m. Apparently, fans have to RSVP to even be able to attend the event. Along with the football team, Fan Day will also feature the men’s soccer, volleyball, and field hockey programs.
Usually for football, Fan Day has been held in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, with tables set up along the concourse for fans to get autographs from players and coaches. This is a little different. I envision a lot of fans getting there who did not RSVP that will be disappointed. Maybe we can reach a few of those people with this post.
The Miami Hurricanes will visit Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in less than 4 weeks. Yes, it is getting close! When they do, they will likely be down to their third quarterback. Ryan Williams, a senior who was expected to start, tore his ACL in the spring and he won’t be ready in time. Next up was thought to be freshman Kevin Olsen, who is 6’3 and comes from New Jersey. He has now been suspended for the season opener because of a failed drug test.
From ACC Digital Network:
Louisville fans can expect a big season from DeVante Parker as the Cardinals enter the ACC. That’s why the wide receiver gets the #11 spot on our list of the ACC’s Top 25 Players to Watch. As a junior in 2013, Parker finished with 885 yards and 12 touchdowns. Now under the direction of offensive mastermind Bobby Petrino, defenses across the ACC will try to stop one of the nation’s most dangerous pass-catchers.
Bobby Petrino met with the media on Monday afternoon to preview fall camp. You can click the link above to watch the video of it. Here are the key points…
*The first four practices this week will be split. They are calling it a “newcomer” group in the morning and a “veteran” group in the afternoon. It won’t necessarily be split that way completely. Some kids have class conflicts that will make them practice with the opposite group. For example, senior Kai De La Cruz will practice in the morning because of an afternoon class.
*Petrino likes splitting up the practices because the younger guys get to learn and get a lot more reps, rather than just watching.
*He is excited about the team being healthy.