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Video: Bobby Petrino, Sheldon Rankins, and Lorenzo Mauldin Preview FIU

On Monday afternoon, Coach Petrino, Sheldon Rankins, and Lorenzo Mauldin spoke to the media. They recapped the Virginia game and looked ahead to FIU. Special thanks to TheCrunchZone.com for the great video.

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Louisville Football Bowl Projections (9/15)

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Tim Hagg/ CardinalSportsZone

After taking a 23-21 loss to Virginia the Cards have dropped in a few of this weeks bowl projections. With that said the Cards still have many goals still in tact. One thing is for sure, being in the ACC should provide #CardNation with some intriguing possibilities come bowl season regardless of record.

CBS:

Music City Bowl (Dec. 30) vs Missouri

ESPN:

Sun Bowl (Dec. 27) vs Washington

Belk Bowl (Dec. 30) vs Tennessee

Sporting News:

TaxSlayer Bowl (Jan. 2) vs Florida

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Gametime and channel set for Wake Forest game

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Tim Hagg/ CardinalSportsZone

The ACC announced today that the Cards September 27th game against Wake Forest will kickoff at 3:30 pm ET. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU. We all called for no noon home kickoffs so get those tailgates ready!!

The Cards Lost a Game, Not the Season, in Charlottesville

Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

Well Saturday was just an ugly game, there is no other way to put it. Turnovers left and right by both teams, no real rhythm, just a weird game. After the first drive by UofL, you thought that things were good and we were going to roll to an easy victory. And then the rest of the 1st quarter happened, along with the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

I was at the game, and I haven’t watched it on DVR yet, which always shows some things that you miss while at the game. So I can only go off of things that I saw from the upper level and gathered by talking to other people about the game.

First off, man it’s rough being at a road game and losing. I packed 5 shirts for the trip, all Louisville. So after the game, and on Sunday while still there for a little bit, and the trip home that takes you through West Virginia, I would be in a Louisville shirt. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Honestly the Virginia fans didn’t really say too much. They were more excited for their own team than worrying about disrespecting Louisville fans. At least that is what I saw. Their excitement doubled when they learned that Virginia Tech lost to East Carolina. So overall, they had a pretty good day.

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Michael Dyer Still Questionable for Saturday

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Bobby Petrino told the media on Thursday that running back Michael Dyer is still questionable for the Virginia game on Saturday. He has practiced the last two days, but is still sore. According to Howie Lindsey, Petrino said that Dyer wants to be back, but there is atrophy in the thigh. Livestrong.com describes atrophy in the leg: The most common reason for atrophy to occur in the legs is disuse. Lack of activity for any reason — illness, injury, seated desk job, sedentary lifestyle — can lead to loss of leg muscle.

When the depth chart was released, it showed Dyer as the backup running back. If he is unable to go for the third straight game this season, L.J. Scott will likely move into the backup role behind Dominique Brown. I think we are all comfortable with Scott as the backup, but it sure would be nice to have Michael Dyer back soon.

Opponent Breakdown: Virginia Cavaliers

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Special to CardinalSportsZone.com from Andrew Ramspacher.

The following breakdown of the Virginia Cavaliers was sent to me by Andrew Ramspacher, who is the beat writer for the team for the Daily Progress in Charlottesville. Who better to get information from than the guy who covers the team daily? Here you go!

UVa Offense

As of three weeks ago, this was clearly going to be Greyson Lambert’s team. The redshirt sophomore quarterback had been with the first team since day one of spring ball, was named co-captian in April and appeared on the cover of the media guide. He would take over from the brutal David Watford experiment (eight touchdowns, 15 interceptions as the starter in 2013) and was destined to break the on-going QB carousel that defined the Mike London era.

But then came the 2014 season opener in which Lambert was intercepted twice for touchdowns in the second quarter and the UVa staff threw in little-known Matt Johns. All Johns did was immediately lead a touchdown drive and nearly rally the Cavaliers to an upset of the then-No. 7 Bruins.

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The Stemmys (My Midweek Awards)

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In this week’s edition of The Stemmys we touch on recruiting, Louisville Football and fantasy football!

The “Who’d you say can’t recruit?!” Award: Bobby Petrino

All we have heard is how Bobby isn’t getting it done on the recruiting trail. Well he shut that door this week with an emphatic SLAM!! Just this week alone Petrino landed former 4 star All-American WR Paul Harris and went into Bama country to steal 4 star LB Amonte Caban. The Cards now have the #27 class according to Rivals.com. Still say Bobby can’t recruit……….I’ll wait.

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The Next Level Moment Award: Jeff Walz landing Asia Durr

This week Louisville Womens Basketball Coach Jeff Walz took the next step to winning a National Title when he landed the Nations #1 player Asia Durr. Walz has had some very talented teams while at Louisville but always seemed to be missing that one piece. Now Walz has that piece and the #1 recruiting class in the Nation. Ah I can see the Banner now.

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Virginia Head Coach Previews Louisville

Photo: USA Today

Photo: USA Today

On Monday, Virginia head coach Mike London met with the media for his weekly press conference. He talked about the upcoming game against the Cards as well as the state of his own team, and VirginiaSports.com has the full transcript, which you can read below.

COACH LONDON:  We’ll start with a brief comment about Louisville, our ACC opponent this week.  I’ve had a chance to meet Coach Petrino over the last couple of head coaches meetings.  I’ve known him over the years and his coaching accolades and things that he brings to his team.  Their team is playing very well.  This will be a great challenge for us.  We’re excited about the challenge as these guys come into Charlottesville.  So I’ll take any questions.

Q. You guys are second in the country in turnovers forced through two weeks. What does it say about the players?  What’s it say about the schemes that you guys have been able to bring in two years ago, basically, alter everything sort of two years ago. Was there a missing piece of this defense, and now two years later you’re tops in the country two weeks into the season? 
COACH LONDON:  It’s been a mindset, a concentrated mindset on turnovers and how it changes the game.  Obviously we had success last week with the seven turnovers and if you look back – has led to about 31 points.  I don’t think we had that all of last season.  The guys defensively are doing a pretty good job with Eli, and Max Valles coming off the edge and some of the other things that are happening, they’re causing havoc.  And the strip sack, cause fumble, the interceptions, all those things that have been geared towards playing better defense.  The players have bought into that.  We have to continue that.  We have to continue.  It’s great that we had it in two games, but we need to do it particularly this game because this team we’re playing is a very good team.  But the mindset defensively has been to create turnovers and give yourself a chance to win.

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Louisville lands 4 star LB out of Alabama

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Bobby Petrino and the Cards came out of nowhere today to land 4 star LB Amonte Caban.

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55 (Season 2 Episode 2)

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This week on 55……….

We talk commitments……HUGE commitments. How the Cards are doing under Bobby P. Red-White scrimmage tickets go on sale. Hot dogs, Nelson, Intrastate rivals and more. Is there one more big commitment in the CARDS for UofL this week? I say L yeah! So strap in, here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is……55.

 

1) ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC………..I’m really not sure if I said it enough times but ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC. My bad, I know that was the same #1 as it was last week but so much more respect nationally just due to the conference switch. Much more fun league to be a part of as well. Got the following tweet right after the game….

 

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3) Last year we would have “slipped by” or “escaped” This year we shut down a top ACC team. So proud of this team…..

 

4) Read my experience from my first ACC game here

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WR Paul Harris commits to Louisville

Photo: Bill Ryan/The Gazette

Photo: Bill Ryan/The Gazette

Bobby Petrino just picked up a commitment from Paul Harris, a 6’4 wide receiver who is a former Tennessee Volunteer. Harris now plays at Iowa Western Community College. He is originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Coming out of high school, Harris was a 4-star prospect on Rivals. He is currently a 3-star on 247 Sports. The Cards will lose some big experience at wide receiver after this season, so bringing in the 6’4 Harris is a great thing for Petrino.

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Louisville Football moves up 4 spots to #21 in new AP poll

Tim Hagg/CardinalSportsZone

Tim Hagg/CardinalSportsZone

The Cards are still unranked in the Coaches Poll (sure to change with a win over UVA) but move up 4 spots in the lastest AP poll. The ACC has 4 teams in this weeks poll.

1
Record: 2-0
PV Rank

1

Points

1,463

2
Oregon (16)
Record: 2-0
3
1,415
3
Record: 2-0
2
1,334
4
Record: 2-0
4
1,303
5
Record: 2-0
5
1,236
6
Record: 1-0
6
1,201
7
Record: 2-0
9
1,101
8
Record: 2-0
10
1,043
9
Record: 2-0
14
1,039
10
Record: 2-0
12
1,029
11
16
815
12
Record: 2-0
11
779
13
Record: 1-1
7
751
14
Record: 2-0
15
703
15
Record: 1-1
13
592
16
Record: 2-0
17
570
17
Record: 2-0
38
532
18
Record: 1-1
18
391
19
Record: 2-0
20
285
20
Record: 2-0
24
237
21
Record: 2-0
25
234
22
Record: 1-1
8
222
23
Record: 1-1
23
206
24
Record: 1-1
21
199
25
35
179

Justin Time For The Weekend: 9/5/14

Justin Time

I started this new weekly blog last week, and I must say that I think I am going to enjoy doing it. If not, you will know because it will just stop. But the point of it is just to give my thoughts and opinions on whatever comes to mind, obviously focusing on UofL sports. But rather than just posting facts and passing along information, this is more of an open forum for me. Like with most of these types of posts that I do, I go into it with a little plan, and just start typing and see what happens. It seems to work better that way for me. Maybe there should be more of a plan, I don’t know. I haven’t taken 1 journalism class in my life so I am not 100% sure how that whole process works. I will just type what comes to mind, and hopefully you enjoy reading it. If not, here is my apology: sorry. Now, onto this week’s topics for you to read about Justin time for the weekend!

The 6-0 start is there for the taking

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

When the football schedule came out, we were all excited to see the big names like Florida State, Notre Dame, Clemson, and Miami. We realized we finally had a good schedule and we are not in the AAC or Big East anymore. The more you looked at the schedule, the more you may have noticed that the second half of the schedule is much tougher than the first half. I couldn’t help but think that if we just got by Miami, a 6-0 start was very possible. Well, we got by Miami for sure. Now just take a look at the next 5 games.

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Michael Dyer Probably Won’t Play on Saturday

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Bobby Petrino met with reporters on Thursday to talk a little about the Miami win, as well as preparing for the Murray State game on Saturday. It appears that senior Michael Dyer will not play against the Racers as he is still healing from a thigh injury. They hope he is ready to play next week when the Cards hit the road for their second ACC game at Virginia.

“Yeah I don’t think he’s going to be ready this weekend either,” Petrino said. “Right now we are kind of focusing on getting him ready for Virginia.” Petrino said that is the plan unless something happens in the next 48 hours, but even then, I doubt they risk him this weekend.

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Must See Video: 2015 Louisville RB Commit James Allen puts on a show in opener!

 

247sports.com

247sports.com

Louisville RB commit James Allen picked the Cards over offers from the likes of Tennessee, Miami, Ole Miss, and Arkansas and I think we will all be glad he did. As you read this post I assume you haven’t seen Allen run the ball just yet. If that is the case you are in for a treat. Click the link below and enjoy!

James Allen vs Forest High School 

 

 

Final Thoughts on Louisville-Miami

Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

The Louisville-Miami game ended about 2 days ago at the time I am typing this. So too much time has passed to write about that game, right? Time to move on to the next game? Nah, not just yet. A game of this magnitude can be celebrated and talked about just a little bit longer than normal games. I started going to UofL football games as early in my life that I can remember, and the games were played on astroturf on a baseball field, not too far from horse manure. Big names like Texas and Penn State came in to play, but still, Louisville was far from a big-time program.

The Cards moved into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium beginning in the 1998 season. It was definitely a new era of Cardinal football. At the time, we were a program that was nothing more than decent, and in Conference USA. Fast forward to Monday night, and you have seen the Cards in the Big East and the American Athletic Conference. But Monday night, you saw the Cards take on the Miami Hurricanes as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Not just members, but a program that is ready to compete right away.

I remember when you could go to a gas station and get free tickets for UofL football games. I remember the smell of the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center as you are walking into old Cardinal Stadium. I remember watching Ron Cooper lead us to a 1-10 season. I think it is quite alright to let Monday’s huge game/moment last just a little bit longer than usual.

So after watching the game from my new seats in section 224, and finally watching it on DVR to catch anything I may have missed, there are some things that surprised me and some things that didn’t surprise me. I will attempt to outline them now…

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Video: Lorenzo Mauldin gives game ball to Bobby Petrino

Great moment from after Mondays win over Miami. This should close the argument that the players don’t like playing for Bobby.

The Cards beat the Canes (AGAIN) and Lamar Thomas wants everyone to know it!

miamiherald.com

miamiherald.com

Louisville assistant coach and former Miami Hurricane receiver Lamar Thomas has always had his fair share of swag. This week however after the Cards beat the Canes (again) he showed that swag is still in full effect. Thomas took to twitter this week to talk to the haters.

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Coach Petrino On ACC Teleconference

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Below is a schedule for the ACC coaches to have their weekly Wednesday teleconferences. Coach Petrino goes on at 10:50 at the following link: http://www.theacc.com/#!/page/2014-ACC-Football-Coaches-Teleconference

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Trey Smith commits to Louisville

Photo: Chris Todd/Special to The Clarion-Ledger

Photo: Chris Todd/Special to The Clarion-Ledger

The big win on Monday night over Miami is already starting to pay off on the recruiting trail. Trey Smith, a 6’1 210 lb athlete, committed to the Cards. He is from Madison, Mississippi and is the son of former NFL wide receiver Jimmy Smith, who played for Bobby Petrino with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Smith also has offers from Mississippi State and Memphis. He is the 16th verbal commit for Louisville in the 2015 class. In his first high school game this season, Smith started at quarterback, but seemed to be more of the running QB. He rushed for 108 yards on 26 carries while throwing for 77 yards.

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