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
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.
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.
Bobby Petrino did a short interview with the ACC Digital Network while at the Belk Bowl Press Conference on Wednesday. One thing that he was asked about was who would be lining up under center for the Cards. He says that Will Gardner will not be available, which we already knew. He then says that Reggie Bonnafon should be ready to go.
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
We now know where the Louisville Cardinals will go bowling this season. The Cards are headed to Charlotte, North Carolina to face the Georgia Bulldogs in the Belk Bowl.
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!
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,
Jeff Fischel has been releasing a new power poll each week for ACC football on the ACC Digital Network. This is the final one of the season. Not a bad first year for Bobby Petrino and the Cards!
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.
Got to love the wide receiver for UK (Jeff Badet) that squares up to fight and he isn’t even suited up to play. Easy to talk when you know you won’t get hit in the game.
It was a fun day at PJCS. I won’t bore you with words, just check the video.
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!
It will take winning and some outside help, but the Louisville Cardinals still have a chance to play in the Orange Bowl this season, which is the BCS Bowl that the ACC is tied to. The only poll that matters now is the College Football Playoff Ranking, so that is the one I will refer to. Louisville enters this week ranked 24th.
Now let’s be clear. When talking about the teams that have a shot at the Orange Bowl from the ACC, they would need Florida State to make it into the Playoff, which would open up the Orange Bowl spot for the next best ACC team. Remember, “next best ACC team” just means the highest ranked ACC team. Head to head means nothing, perception of teams means nothing. It is all about who is ranked highest.
Here is a quick clip from the ACC Digital Network. In it, Coach Pitino briefly talks about coaching in places for the first time this season.
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:
This is news that was announced yesterday, but some people may have not heard it yet. Normally, the kickoff time for Louisville vs Kentucky football would have been announced yesterday. However, ESPN has put the game on a “six-day hold” before deciding on a time.
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 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 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 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 @