Transcribed by Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal.
Well, it was fun to get started. I thought we got a lot done today. First and foremost, the players came out with good attitudes, and we worked hard. I think they worked to get better. I thought we did a good job as practice went on of improving. Obviously when you are just in helmets, it’s hard to know when you go offense versus defense exactly how everything works, and the defense is always ahead of the offense when the shoulder pads aren’t on. But it was fun to see us make some plays down the field, and the defense plays fast. That’s a really good defensive front, and they play fast. Overall, I was happy with the way the kids worked.
Hopefully a new video comes out everyday. If not, it will be a disappointment. We need all of the football video we can get! This is from Tuesday’s first spring practice.
It is already that time of year again. Spring football begins today, and Bobby Petrino met with the media on Monday to talk about the state of the team. The Cards are in the Sweet 16 (men and women) and spring football is starting. This is a very fun time!
I’m excited to get started tomorrow. I’ve certainly been looking forward to this. It’s a new team. We have a lot of new working parts, so it will be a lot of fun to see how it all goes together, who wins competition for positions. The thing we always understand is that spring football is, number one, about our players getting better at their craft and working hard on their technique and fundamentals, working hard to become experts about what they do.
Bobby Petrino tweeted out some of the results from the football team’s testing numbers today. These are from the bench press, 40 yard dash, broad jump, and vertical. Reggie Bonnafon is fast and he can jump…just saying.
Also, we have a kicker/punter bench pressing 385 pounds. Check out the rest of the numbers and see what you think.
The Louisville Cardinals had their football pro day on Wednesday inside the Trager Center, and there were representatives in attendance from all 32 NFL teams. There were three head coaches there: New England’s Bill Belichick, Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, and Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis. The cool thing about that to me is that they easily could have been somewhere else since both Alabama and Southern California also had their pro days on Wednesday. I am sure they sent team personnel to those also, but to have any head coaches here is a pretty big deal.
Bobby Petrino has always been good about keeping the local talent here in town. He did that again yesterday when 3-star defensive lineman Derek Dorsey committed to the Cards. Dorsey attends DuPont Manual High School, which is basically in UofL’s backyard.
Over the last few days, there have been plenty of posts on the NFL Combine with information on former Louisville players and how they performed. That is what happens when you send 11 players up to Indianapolis for the event. Here are links to all of the posts from CSZ regarding the NFL combine…
FINALLY!! (The Rock Voice) Ok maybe not that extreme, but we are excited to announce that will we now venture into the realm of the podcast! The Cardinal Sports Zone Podcast will debut this Monday, March 2nd at noon.
Justin, Jeremy, and myself are all avid sports talk listeners and enjoy all the shows from 93.9 The Ville to the podcast put on by our friends over at The Crunch Zone. Quite frankly, we just want to throw our two cents in. We also see the serious need for something “Louisville” to listen to in the mid day hours. (I mean I know CardNation how much we all enjoy KSR……………..yea me neither). We hope to solve both of these problems with this podcast.
Well this is exciting news. The University of Louisville has announced when spring football practice begins, and they also included a nice little detail that ALL of the spring practices are open to the public. I believe that was the case last year as well. It is just another example of how Bobby Petrino gives the fans what they want and gives them access to the team.
Well how about that? Good find @TurtleBITW
There is often the debate on just how good Louisville’s 2006 Orange Bowl team was, especially considering Michael Bush was injured. Even without Bush, the Cards seemed to be on the doorstep of a National Championship. What if there was a College Football Playoff back then?
The following is from picksixpreviews.com:
I didn’t really expect to post about Keith Olbermann late last night, but he did say that Bobby Petrino was the worst person in sports. I certainly didn’t expect to post about Olbermann for a second day in a row, but here we are. I don’t ever watch his show, so I really don’t care what he has to say. I don’t mean to promote him or give him attention, but I just want to pass along something if it is said about Louisville fans.
Keith also had good things to say about the city of Louisville and was very polite to anyone who tweeted him.
The date has been set for this year’s annual Spring Football Game, and that will be on Friday April 17, 2015. With all of the National Signing Day news yesterday, it was a good time for this to come out and keep the football momentum going. I haven’t seen a time, but I am sure it will be in the 7-7:30 range, the usual.
A wide receiver named Devante is coming to Louisville. Sounds good.
Bobby Petrino just landed a commitment from talented wide receiver Devante Peete from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Peete ultiamtely chose the Cards over Florida State, but had offers from all over the country. Some of those offers include: Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, LSU, Clemson, Miami, Florida, and more.
One of the many reasons we love Coach Petrino so much is simply because he likes what the fans like. Louisville Football announced today it will host a Football Signing Day Party on February 4th at the Brown and Williamson Club in PJCS. The signing day party tradition was cut under Charlie Strong but made its return last season when Bobby Petrino took the reins of the Cardinal program again. This years recruiting class will be the first full class under Petrino and looks to possibly be the highest ranked in Louisville history.
I don’t know why things like this mean so much to us but they do! Thanks again Bobby and Go Cards!!
From Press Release Per Louisville Football
LOUISVILLE, Ky.- National Football Signing Day is rapidly approaching and the University of Louisville football team has a full slate of coverage and events scheduled as head coach Bobby Petrino and the Cardinals welcome the class of 2015 on Wednesday, Feb. 4.
The football Cards are hosting 7 official visitors this weekend on campus. With National Signing Day less than two weeks away, official visits are big news right now.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that one of those seven visitors, wide receiver Emonee Spence, has committed to Louisville during his visit. He is 6’2 and 181 lbs from Pembroke Pines, Florida. ESPN rates him as a 4-star player, while the other three sites (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout) have him as a 3-star.
Bobby Petrino and his staff have certainly done their part so far when it comes to hosting big time recruits. Last weekend they hosted probably the most impressive group of visitors in quite some time for football, possibly ever for one weekend. This weekend is another important one with some solid names on the list. National Signing Day is just a couple of weeks away, so official visits at this point are very crucial.
*As always, the “four recruiting sites” are ESPN, 247 Sports, Rivals, and Scout.
The following comes from Andrea Adelson, who covers the ACC for ESPN.com. She recently posted an article wrapping up the first season in the ACC for the Cards. It may not have ended how we wanted it to, but I agree that overall, it was a successful first season in our new league.
There is only one way to describe the story of Louisville’s first season in the ACC:
Especially when you consider what the Cardinals had to deal with throughout 2014. Forget about the new staff and schemes. Louisville had to go without its best player for seven games; played three different quarterbacks; and faced perhaps the toughest schedule in school history.