On our 4th of July edition of the Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville, Steve and I were joined in studio by fellow CSZ member Jeremy Wahman. We talked College Gameday sites, the running backs at UofL for 2015, Montrezl Harrell, and more. Click below to listen to the show and tune in on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m. on 93.9 The Ville!
ESPN.com writers Andrea Adelson and Matt Fortuna each chose an ACC team that they feel has the toughest football schedule in 2015 (among ACC teams of course). Andrea chose the Miami Hurricanes, who I wish we played every season by the way. Matt went with Louisville, and the first part of the schedule is the main factor.
College Football News has a good preview of the 2015 Louisville Cardinals. As we start July, any football preview is a good thing because the season can not get here soon enough. But this particular preview seems to actually be accurate about the team, which you don’t always get from national publications.
Here are a fer excerpts from the preview. You can read the full post by clicking the link above.
David Hale of ESPN.com posted a story four days ago about Reggie Bonnafon and losing his dad last season. If you haven’t read it, it’s definitely worth checking out. Hale followed that up with a question and answer piece with Bonnafon, which is also worth your time. Reggie talks about playing in front of big crowds last season, what he has done to get better, and much more. Here is a portion of that.
The latest edition of “The Red Zone” features Josh Harvey-Clemons, who sat out last season after transferring from Georgia. Harvey-Clemons should be a major addition to the defense this year.
Here is the second installment of a new series from UofL called “Endzone to Endzone” hosted by John Ramsey. This one is with former Louisville running back Kolby Smith, who is now the running backs coach for the Cards.
Side note: the weather and stadium look amazing in this video!
ESPN.com has been putting out posts recently about the toughest three-game stretch for ACC teams this upcoming football season. They could very well be doing it for other conferences as well, but I have only kept up with the ACC blog to this point. Yesterday, David Hale released his three-game stretch for Louisville that will be the toughest. Not a big surprise, but it is the first three games of the season.
The Cards open against Auburn, who could be a top 5 team to start the season, then host Houston and Clemson in the span of just 6 days. Here is what Hale says:
In this episode of “The Red Zone”, you get to learn more about offensive lineman Aaron Epps. Pretty crazy that he didn’t even begin playing football until high school. Listen to him talk about his education, too. He appears to have his head on straight and that is great to see.
Another cool new video segment from UofL. The access that the football team now allows is wonderful.
At the Governor’s Cup Luncheon on Wednesday, Bobby Petrino covered multiple topics when talking about the upcoming season. He also updated the health of Will Gardner and talked about incoming freshman Lamar Jackson. To this point, the quarterback battle has been a three-player race between Reggie Bonnafon, Kyle Bolin, and Tyler Ferguson.
Could Will Gardner get healthy enough to become a factor in the race? Is a true freshman (Jackson) ready to step in and compete for the job? Here is what he had to say about both players.
The Governor’s Cup Luncheon was held in Frankfort on Wednesday, almost 6 months before the actual football game between the Cards and Cats, but that’s another story. Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal posted a transcript of everything that Bobby Petrino had to say, and you can see most of that here.
It’s a pleasure to be here today. I want to thank Kroger for the sponsorship of the great event today (golf outing for charity) and the event we had last night (cocktail party in Frankfort). Also I’d like to congratulate all of the honorees (Jeff Brohm, Tom Andrews, Gary Barnes among former U of L players and Mark Higgs, Jerry Blanton and Mike Cassity among UK guys). It’s kind of special for me to be here today and see Jeff (be honored). I had the pleasure of getting to know Jeff when he was injured in the training room when I was an assistant coach at the University of Louisville. Then when I got the job, he was one of the first phone calls I made when we were looking at putting a staff together. He’s also an excellent coach and always done a great job. He did a great job at Western Kentucky last year, and we wish him all the best. It’s good to see Coach Cassity (be honored). Since I’ve known Coach Cassity, he’s gotten better and better each year that he’s been done playing. If you don’t believe me, just ask him. (laughter.) We also got to spend time working together at two different programs (U of L and WKU). It’s kind of a special day for me today to see the two of them (honored).
I absolutely loved the videos from spring practice but this new one may have taken the top spot. #RingTheBell
Per Brett McMurphy of ESPN, the time and TV for what may be the most anticipated Louisville game ever has been set.
This will be the first time the Cards have kicked off on CBS since 1997 and outside of the rivalry weekends, the first SEC non-conference game on CBS since Alabama vs FSU in 2007 per @MattSmithCFB.
Tickets for the game on September 5th are still available at GoCards.com.
Bobby Petrino received some good news today when 2016 4 star QB Tylin Oden (TN) chose Louisville. Oden picked the Cards over Mississippi State and WVU.
The 6’5 Oden is rated the #7 duel threat QB according to Rivals.com and gives Petrino his 10th commitment for the 2016 class. Oden has incredible arm strength and a lot of upside under the direction of Bobby Petrino. Look for Oden to most likely redshirt in his freshman season but the potential for playing time is there.
Look for the Cards to continue the pursuit of Jawon Pass but there is no doubt the staff is happy and are expecting big things from Oden.
Petrino photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com Strong photo: livestream7.com
The Louisville Cardinals had a school record 10 players selected in this past weekend’s NFL Draft. They had the second most of any team, behind Florida State’s 11 picks. Regardless, that looks great for the program. But who do you think should get the most credit? The guy who coached them last season? Or the guy who brought most of those guys to UofL and developed them?
Just for the record, when I refer to Bobby Petrino or Charlie Strong in this, it obviously includes their whole staff as well. Clearly guys like Todd Grantham and Clint Hurtt have a lot to do with the success of those head coaches, but for the sake of time, I will just refer to Petrino and Strong.
Let’s take a look at the 10 draft picks and try to figure out who is most responsible for them getting drafted…
It was a very eventful weekend for the city of Louisville as well as the University of Louisville football program. If you are like me, you were focused on the Derby festivities, but kept an eye on the NFL Draft at least. The Kentucky Derby is what this city is known for, and I was lucky enough to have tickets, so of course that was where my attention was. But I also get mobile alerts, and somehow my phone was working at Churchill Downs, so I was aware when former Louisville players were getting drafted, which was a plus.
In all, a school record 10 players from UofL were drafted. Florida State had the most players with 11. On top of those 10 for the Cards, four (so far) have also signed free agent deals and will have a chance to make a team.
Here is just a quick rundown of where the players were selected.
The ACC football coaches had a teleconference on Wednesday to talk about their teams and wrap up the spring season. Bobby Petrino updated the status of Will Gardner, talked about wide receivers who have stood out, and more.
For the transcript of all of the coaches, click here.
BOBBY PETRINO: Well, I thought we had a very good spring. It was nice to have the continuity on our staff and have all of our coaches back and see the improvements that we made because our players really understand how we’re going to work and go about our business and the tempo that we’re going to practice at. So I felt like we were able to make some real strides there. We’ve had some good quarterback competition going on, which is always a lot of fun and something that I thought they all handled well, and then I like what I see from our defense. We’re going to be strong on the defensive front. We’ll have some new guys in the secondary, but they’re talented, and we have a really good linebacking crew. Overall I thought we got done a lot in spring ball, but certainly we have a lot of work ahead of us and a long way to go to get ready for a real tough early schedule.