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2014 Spring Game Quick Hitters


AP Photo/Garry Jones

AP Photo/Garry Jones

Friday night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium was everything you wanted to be as a fan. Gorgeous weather, free admission, free parking, activities for the kids, $2 beers, and Louisville football with Bobby Petrino back at the helm.

I am just going to give you some quick hitters with stats or things I noticed. You also have the option of reading the full recap on UofL’s site.

*I know it is just the spring game, and you are playing against your defense, so maybe this isn’t always good…but the yards, points, and fun that you remember are back. The red team had 21 points after the 1st quarter. I remember plenty of times last year when we were in the 4th quarter with about 21-24 points hanging on for the win against teams like Memphis or Houston. The offense is back folks.

*Will Gardner looked great. He completed 32-37 passes for 542 yards and 4 touchdowns. He did throw 1 interception that clearly was a bad decision and looked forced. But other than that 1 mistake, he looked good.

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2014 Spring Game Details


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The details have been announced for this year’s Spring Football game. Check them out below…

*Friday April 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET

*Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

*Free admission

*Stadium games open at 6:00 p.m.

*Activities outside the stadium start at 4:00 p.m.

*Live music in the Street Fest area with food, $2 beers, and carnival rides

*$2 beer during the game on the Norton Party Deck

*Concessions open on the concourse

*Cardinal Authentic Store open in Street Fest with sales up to 70% off

*After the game, players signing autographs for 45 minutes. Some players will be available for pictures.

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend Spring Football Practice


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Photo: Justin Renck/CardinalSportsZone.com

There are many more than just five reasons to attend a Louisville spring football practice. But for the sake of your time and attention, I have narrowed it down for you. So far, there have been 8 practices for the fans to attend. There are 6 more before the Spring Game on Friday April 11 at 7:30. So in case you need any motivation, here are 5 reasons why you should attend a spring practice before it’s too late…

1) Because you finally can!

Garry Jones/AP

Garry Jones/AP

We all appreciate what Charlie Strong and his staff did here, that’s a given. But when it came to stuff like this, you would think that the Louisville football team was Fort Knox. There would usually be one or two open practices for the fans, and that was it. So if you couldn’t make one of those two, you were out of luck. This year has been completely different. All 14 spring practices are open to the public. That gives you so many chances to go see the team, so take advantage of this opportunity. We know what it’s like to feel shutout from seeing our own team out there on the practice fields. This is a real treat.

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Remaining Spring Football Practice Schedule


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This spring, Louisville Football fans have gotten a treat. Every spring practice has been open to the public. So far, the team has had 6 practices. If you haven’t made it out to one yet, don’t worry. There are still 8 more practices before the Spring Game on Friday April 11.

There is not a set location for these practices. They all depend on weather and availability of facilities. But they are either held inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, the practice fields right outside the stadium, or inside the Trager Indoor Practice Facility. There is usually an announcement made as practice time gets closer on twitter by @UofLFootball and then of course we try to get the word out from @CardSportsZone, so make sure you are following us.

Here is the remaining schedule for the spring. The two Saturday practices that say “TBA” are probably going to be in the morning. The last one started around 10:00 a.m.

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Quick Hitters: Spring Football Practice 3-19-14


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I attended the open football practice on Wednesday afternoon at the Trager Indoor Practice Facility. Like most spring practices without the full pads on, it is hard to tell too much from what you see. But since I did go and saw more than those who were not there, I can at least come up with some quick hitting notes, so this should be better than nothing for those who could not make it out there. If you want to see the full spring schedule, click here.

*Teddy Bridgewater is not walking through that door unfortunately.

*In all seriousness, I am fully confident that by the time practice starts in the fall, Bobby Petrino will have his quarterback groomed and ready to go. Things are just shaky right now. Will Gardner looks good at times, but then average at times. Kyle Bolin is usually Mr. Accuracy, but he wasn’t today. He also had a couple of fumbles. The overall quarterback play for me was average at best today.

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Bobby Petrino Press Conference Notes 3/8/14


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Click here to watch the full press conference. 

Here are the main points that Petrino made…

*When asked about the status of Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad, Petrino said “Well we’re well aware of it. It’s something that was shocking and concerning. But you have to let the court system play out. And it’s one of those things where you don’t make a decision until you have to.”

*About DeVante Parker: “Yeah he’s really impressive. He puts a smile on my face. And the thoughts of how we can use him and utilize him and get him the ball…I think he can run all the routes. He does a great job getting in and out of his breaks. He can catch the ball away from his body. He works hard and he’s been very coach-able. That was something that I was very happy to see. Obviously we know he can elevate and go up and catch the ball when it’s high in the air. He should have a great year for us. He needs to learn and get better just like everybody else.”

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Football Team Testing – Day 1


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Photo from @ULFBRecruiting

Here is an inside look at the football team’s day 1 testing. They ran 40 yard dashes, did the broad jump, and more. Coach Petrino has tweeted some of the results. The video is below the tweets.

Newsflash: Louisville Has Some Fast Football Players


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Check out this tweet that came from Bobby Petrino’s account. If these times are right, then wow. That is just crazy. For a sport that puts so much stock into 40-yard dash times, these should make scouts (and fans) very happy for Louisville football!

The top time in this year’s NFL Combine was 4.26 set by Dri Archer, a running back from Kent State. The next best time was 4.33, so those 4.30s look pretty good! I think I am most impressed with DeVante Parker!

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DeVante Parker returning to UofL; Copeland going pro


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We now know what two more football Cards plan to do for next season. DeVante Parker will return to UofL, and Damian Copeland will enter the 2014 NFL Draft. 

Parker tweeted this earlier this afternoon, confirming what most of us suspected, that he would come back. He finished this season with 55 receptions for 885 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 12 touchdowns tied Ibn Green (1998) for the most receiving touchdowns in a season in UofL history.

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Is DeVante Parker hinting at coming back?


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Photo from @UrKillinMePetey

On Sunday night it was learned that Lorenzo Mauldin and Dominique Brown will return to UofL next season. There are some other juniors that still need to make that decision, and one of them is DeVante Parker. With this tweet, is he dropping a major hint on what his plans are???

3 minutes later he sent this one. I am more confident that the first one is more telling of his plans.

55 (Episode 7)


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This week…..on 55…..

We celebrated our birthday at CSZ (got 0 cake) and watched the Cards dominate their bowl game after falling a little flat during the basketball game. I really hope you guys love this feature. I really do do  (hehe) this for you guys. If it’s a hit then awesome and if only 10 people see it (yeah right) then so be it. But alas, it is the time of the week I love, 55 time. As we say goodbye to 2013: The Year Of The Card and say hello to 2014, YOTC pt 2. Once again I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week.

1) CardinalSportszone.com turned 2 years old on Wednesday. Once again I couldn’t begin to tell Steve, Justin, & Daryl what this site means to me and how proud I am to call them teammates…..what a way to go out…..sorry Teddy flashbacks

2) 1 more year! 1 more year!

3) Hopefully CardinalSportszone.com will have many, many more years

4) I am gonna tackle football first. Saturday evening the Cards disposed of the Miami Hurricanes 36-9. Teddy Bridgewater threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score on Saturday night in the Russell Athletic Bowl. He threw for a career high 447 yards

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5) Teddy come back…..

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7) He gone

8) I digress

9) Junior wideout DeVante Parker had 9 catches for 142 yards and a TD. His 12th TD of the season ties Ibn Green’s 1998 mark and puts him just 5 away from Ibn’s career mark

10) DeVante come back…..

11) Kicker John Wallace outscored Miami by himself, threw a punch and laid the wood in a very eventful game for the kicker

12) Switching gears this also happened Saturday:

13) OK back to football

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55 (Episode 4)


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This week…..on 55…..

55 is not a state of mind or a way to live life your life…yet. It is a place to state facts and shoot down gripes. Once again I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. I worked nine straight 10+ hour days, however on my off day I think of you, my people. (Who am I…. Gandhi? maybe)

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maybe not….enjoy….or not….whatevs..

1) First thing I want to say is Forget you Santa!!!!!! I told you that you were going down!!!

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2) Not the real Santa though, Loooooooove Yoooooooou

3) The Cards had played UC a total of 52 times dating back to 1922 going into last year’s game with 0 overtime games…..We have now competed in and won 2 straight

4) UC Pres Santa J Ono asked for everyone to not you the letter L on Thursday December the 5th…..To that I respond WE WIN _OSERS

5) Oh we__

6) I forgot it’s not the 5th anymore….I digress

7) The Women’s Volleyball season abruptly ended Friday with a sweep to former conference foe and rival Marquette

8) Oddly enough the AAC doesn’t hold a conference tournament for Volleyball

9) I hate the AAC

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10) Ha Take that AAC!

11) Oh we__

12) I keep forgetting

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Cardinal Athletics: Weekend In Review 11-24-13


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Here is what happened the weekend of Friday November 22nd through Sunday November 24th around CardNation:

Friday November 22nd

Swimming and Diving: The Cardinal swimming team completed its first day of competition at the Michigan Open in Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan with five wins and another school record. In the 200-free relay, the foursome of Rachael Lewis (23.40), Johanna Cowley (23.27), Andrea Cottrell (23.30) and Mary Mittel (23.27) combined for a 1:32.91 and a second place finish. The men’s 200-free relay won with a time of 1:20.98 as Rudy Edelen (23.73), Aaron Young  (20.38), Pedro Coutinho 19.98 and Trevor Carroll (19.89) touched first.  of L women took four of the top five spots in the 200-IM led by winner Tanja Kylliainen’s 1:59.68.  Andrea Cottrell was second in 2:01.63, with Abigail Chin touching fourth in 2:02.40 and Lucy Kramer touching in 2:04.83 for fifth. For the men, Evan Noble won the event with a time of 1:47.81, with teammate David Boland touching second in 1:48.70 and Ryan Massey was fourth in 1:50.13.

Volleyball: Senior hitter Emily Juhl had 13 kills to lead the University of Louisville to a 25-12, 25-15, 25-22 sweep over the University of Cincinnati in AAC volleyball action on Senior Night at the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville remains unbeaten in the AAC at 16-0 and improves to 21-7 overall. The Cardinals hit .343 for the match.  Janelle Jenkins hit .474 with 10 kills and Randi Ewing contributed seven kills and hit 1.000 for the match. Katie George had 41 assists and Maya McClendon and Caitlin Welch each added 16 digs.

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Cards Hold Off Rival Memphis 24-17


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Ok guys where do we start? First off it is Senior Day and 38 degrees and it is time to honor the guys that came to give us all they had for 4-5 years. The turnout fluctuated. There were about 30k at kickoff, 40k at beginning of 2nd quarter, got up to around 45k at peak, then dropped to 30k after start of 4th and finally dipped to about 20-25 once Memphis started scoring in 4th quarter. We have to do better. We have to be there in our seats 30 minutes prior to kick-off. We have to stay until the clock hits 0:00. We have to fill up the stadium for senior day and every other day. We will likely be up to 70k seats within 2 years and I will tell you this, ACC away fans will make the trips and turn our home games into theirs.

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Cardinal Athletics: Weekend In Review 11-17-13


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Here is what happened the weekend of Friday November 15th through Sunday November 17th around CardNation

Friday November 15th

Men’s Cross Country: Tyler Byrne and Ernest Kibet each ran to top-15 finishes to lead the University of Louisville men’s cross country team to a 10th-place showing at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday afternoon in Earlysville, Va. Byrne and Kibet each earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors for the first time in their respective careers after finishing in the top 30. Byrne finished 10th and clocked a school-record 29:16.1 in the 10K. It’s the second-consecutive meet that Byrne has broken a Louisville school record after he set the 8K mark en route to winning the American Athletic Conference title.

*University of Louisville cross country’s Tyler Byrne and Ernest Kibet received at-large bids to compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced on Saturday.

Women’s Cross Country: Louisville was without two of its top runners in freshmen Adair Gennocro and Agnes Chepchumba, who missed their first races of the year with an injury. Each has registered a pair of top-10 finishes and the duo earned all-conference honors at the AAC Championships in early November. Michelle Molodynia, Kelsey Cramsey, and Megan Klein completed the Cardinals’ five scoring runners.

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Cards Hold Off The Coogs 20-13


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The newly anointed cardinal “BOOM” had hit all the major sports team at UofL this week. It was assumed we would see a boom on the Football field tonight and we did…kind of. The Cardinal D BOOMed when we needed them too as the D held high-powered Houston to under 200 total yards. On Offense Dominique Brown ran for a career-high of 137 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the third quarter, and No. 19 Louisville held on to beat Houston 20-13 on Saturday night. Teddy Bridgewater added 203 yards passing and an uncharacteristic TouchDown total of zero. Devante Parker had 4 catches for 72 yards. Preston Brown added nine tackles on Defense and Roy Philon, Marcus Smith & Lorenzo Mauldin all had a sack. John Wallace was 2-2 on Field Goals and 2-2 on extra points.

The game marked Louisville’s first Saturday night contest in five years and its first meeting against Houston since a 65-27 victory in 2004 – their second straight 60-point performance against the Cougars. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater had his streak of 21 games with a touchdown pass end. The Cards play Memphis at Noon on Saturday at PJCS.

Go Cards!

Cardinal Athletics: Weekend In Review 11-10-13


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Here is what happened the weekend of Friday November 8th through Sunday November 10th around CardNation:

Friday November 8th

Women’s Volleyball: Senior outside hitter Emily Juhl had 17 kills to help the University of Louisville remain unbeaten at 12-0 in the American Athletic Conference as they held off a determined University of Houston in five sets, 25-17, 25-18, 13-25, 23-25, 15-6. Brooke Mattingly added 10 kills and Janelle Jenkins pitching in 11 kills.  Maya McClendon and Katie George each had double-doubles for Louisville with 10 kills and 20 digs and 34 assists and 18 digs, respectively. Caitlin Welch led the Cards with 25 digs, including her 2,000th career dig, becoming the first player in school history to accomplish that feat.

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Sights And Sounds: UCF


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The Cards fell to UCF last night 38-35. The Offense was led by Teddy Bridgewater who finished 29-38 for 341 yards and 2 TD, Dominique Brown added 88 yards and 2 TD and James Quick got his first collegiate TD off of a 30 yard fumble recovery that took place on a UCF punt attempt. Devante and Eli were the 2 TD recipients. Preston Brown had 12 tackles and Calvin Pryor added 11 tackles and 1 INT.  Below are some videos and pictures we got from the game, enjoy and remember that the season isn’t over!

Go Cards!

(Don’t forget to check out our facebook page photo gallery for more pictures)

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Pregame Warm-ups: Louisville vs UCF


Louisville Cardinals (6-0, 2-0) vs UCF Knights (4-1, 1-0)

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Game Info

Date: Friday October 18, 2013

Stadium: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

Time: 8:00 PM ET

TV: ESPN

TV Crew: Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell, Allison Williams

Radio: WHAS 840 AM

Radio Crew: Paul Rogers, Craig Swabek, Doug Ormay

2013 Overall FBS Rankings

PASSING YARDS

L’ville: 329.2   14th Overall
UCF: 270.0   39th Overall

Sights And Sounds: Rutgers


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Thursday night our University of Louisville Cardinals defeated the Scarlet Knights from Rutgers 24-10 in what will likely be the last meeting ever between the two schools. Say what you may about Rutgers and how bad of a football team they were 10 years ago but they really had stepped up to play the part of conference rival since we got into the Big East/AAC. Teddy Bridgewater went 21-31 for 310 yards and 2 TD while throwing a very rare INT, only his second of the season. Senorise Perry added to the offensive attack with 13 rushes for 104 yards and 1 TD with his longest rush for 42 yards. Louisville’s Defense come up huge with 8 sacks and forced Rutgers QB Gary Nova to be….Gary Nova as he threw 4 INT’s. Calvin Pryor III led the Defense with 14 total tackles. Below are some videos and pictures we got from the game, enjoy!

Go Cards!

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