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55 (Season 2 Episode 1)

55

 

It is finally that time of year! No silly, not football season, it is time for my weekly episodic series I affectionately name 55. First off I want to send a HUGE Shoutout to Tim Haag and Birds Nest Graphics for designing the new and permanent logo for 55. You can follow Tim at @UofLBirdsNest. I decided a permanent logo would help establish a familiar brand. If you guys find the number 55 in weird places still feel free to send them to me as they will still be included somehow. Without further adieu…..

This week on 55……….

We talk the promised land, We catch you up on a ton of things that have happened since I’ve been gone. (Please no Kelly Clarkson jokes) and a lot of other things that may or may not be of importance to you. I will bank on the fact they WILL. No pun intended. We will go over tonight’s huge Blackout. (The one on the field) So here we go, here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is……55.

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DeVante Parker Likely Out 6-8 Weeks

Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Coach Petrino just said at his press conference that DeVante Parker will likely be out for 6-8 weeks. If that holds true, he would be back sometime around October 6-October 20. The Cards play Clemson October 11, NC State October 18, and Florida State October 30. He has a broken bone in his small toe, the fifth metatarsal. He will get operated on later today. He caught a simple pass and was tackled and felt something happen.

They chose to send him to North Carolina because that is the doctor that will be in the room at the NFL Combine when they go over the medical history of the players.

Devante Parker: Scenarios

DeVante Parker

As most of you all know by now, Senior Wide Reciever Devante Parker was injured Friday night.  A lot of people are out there wondering and asking what could be wrong? Well I attempt to give you the 3 most likely scenarios.

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DeVante Parker Injured His Foot; Will See a Doctor in Charlotte

zimbio.com

zimbio.com

UofL has just sent out a release saying that DeVante Parker injured his foot at practice on Friday. The release said the following:

“University of Louisville senior wide receiver Devante Parker suffered a left foot injury at practice Friday night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

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DeVante Parker named 2nd Team Preseason All-American by Sports Illustrated

Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

SI.com has released their preseason All-American teams for the 2014 College Football season, and the Louisville Cardinals have a player on the list. DeVante Parker was named to the second team. The two wide receivers on the first team are Antwan Goodley (Baylor) and Amari Cooper (Alabama).

Parker enters his senior season with 28 touchdown receptions, needing only 5 to tie Ibn Green (1996-99) for the all-time record at UofL. He also has 1,920 career receiving yards, which is 10th all-time at UofL. He should end the season somewhere in the top 5.

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Bobby Petrino speaks at Media Day

Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

Bobby Petrino spoke at media day on Saturday morning for about 40 minutes. He talked about how the team has looked in practice, who some play-makers are, how he makes his opening script for a game, and more. Here are some of the key things he talked about…

*Will Gardner – Petrino said that Gardner is doing a good job and that the staff is throwing a lot at him. He said that Will probably feels like he isn’t executing like he was in the Spring, and he isn’t, but it just takes time.

*Reggie Bonnafon – Petrino has done nothing but rave about the freshman from Trinity since he got to campus. From his athleticism to his ability to make plays, you can really tell that Petrino likes Reggie. This past week, Bonnafon moved up to the veterans practice, and Kyle Bolin moved to the newcomers practice. Petrino talked about Bonnafon’s ability to run and makes plays with his feet. He says he hasn’t had a guy who could do that since Stefan LeFors.

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DeVante Parker is #11 on ACC’s Top 25 Players to Watch

From ACC Digital Network:

Louisville fans can expect a big season from DeVante Parker as the Cardinals enter the ACC. That’s why the wide receiver gets the #11 spot on our list of the ACC’s Top 25 Players to Watch. As a junior in 2013, Parker finished with 885 yards and 12 touchdowns. Now under the direction of offensive mastermind Bobby Petrino, defenses across the ACC will try to stop one of the nation’s most dangerous pass-catchers.

ESPN.com Names Their Top 25 ACC Football Players

Photo: Melina Vastola, USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Melina Vastola, USA TODAY Sports

This whole ACC thing is just awesome. Checking out the blog for where Louisville plays now and seeing other teams like Florida State, Clemson, and Miami, it’s just great! Now a moment of silence for our former friends/foes Cincinnati and UConn who are still stuck in a conference with East Carolina, Temple, Tulane, and SMU…..Whew!

Over the last few days, the ACC bloggers for ESPN.com have been counting down their top 25 football players in the ACC for the upcoming season. DeVante Parker made the list as the only representative of the Louisville Cardinals. Think Florida State is expected to be good this season? They have 10 of the 25 spots taken. Here is how they ranked their top 25 players…

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NFL.com Lists best WR Tandems

Louisville Football

Today Mike Huguenin, Bryan Fischer and Chase Goodbread posted the latest in their series of dynamic duos. They have been compiling the best duos at every position by league. (click here for full list) Today’s Position was Wide Receivers. It didn’t take long to see a few familiar faces.

elirogers

 

Here is the excerpt:

This is the second in a series looking at the best positional tandems in college football in each conference, taking into account both college production and pro potential. Today it is the best pair of wide receivers.

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Lindy’s Top 40 Countdown has Louisville at 31

Garry Jones/AP

Garry Jones/AP

It’s getting to be that time where the national publications release their preseason college football polls. There will be many different ones of course. This one is from Lindy’s, who have the Cards at #31 on their countdown. I would expect this to be about where most magazines and other media outlets have the Cards, somewhere around that #25 mark. Many factors will contribute to that. Yes there is a lot of talent back, but the uncertainty of a new QB, replacing 3 first round NFL Draft picks, and everything you already know about.

Here is what Lindy’s says about the Cards in 2014…(They mention Robert Clark, but of course he has transferred to Samford.)

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Pre Season All-ACC Football Teams Announced

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zimbio.com

The pre season All-ACC team was announced today and Louisville’s DeVante Parker was the only Card to make it. Parker was named one of the Wide Receivers along with FSU’s Rashad Greene and Duke’s Jamison Crowder. Was kind of surprising to not see Jake Smith or Lorenzo Mauldin on that list but you have to think this makes the Cards even that more hungry. Nevertheless a huge congratulations to DeVante!!

Full All-ACC team below:

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Another DeVante Parker and Lorenzo Mauldin interview at ACC Kickoff

Here is another interview that DeVante Parker and Lorenzo Mauldin did at the ACC Kickoff on Sunday. This is with the ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel.

Transcript of DeVante Parker and Lorenzo Mauldin at ACC Kickoff

Photo: @UofLFootball

Photo: @UofLFootball

It has been a very busy day for seniors DeVante Parker and Lorenzo Mauldin as they are at the ACC Kickoff (media days) in Greensboro, North Carolina. They have been doing different interviews and photo ops all day long. They just met with the media for a little Q & A, and here it is.

DeVante Parker

Q. What’s it like being a receiver in Bobby Petrino’s offense?

DEVANTE PARKER: It’s a good experience. We know that Coach Petrino, he likes to put up points on the board, so that’s the best thing about being a receiver in coach Petrino’s offense.

Q. What’s the reception been like from the ACC and what do you expect in the opening game against Miami?

DEVANTE PARKER: We just expect to come out and play hard like we did in the bowl game, even though we’ve got new players and coaches and stuff, but we’re just going to come out and play hard and try to get a W.

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Bobby Petrino gives a summer update on the team

Photo: cardinalsportszone.com

Photo: cardinalsportszone.com

Bobby Petrino met with members of the media on Thursday afternoon to give an update on the team, much like Rick Pitino did just a week or so ago. There may not have been any breaking news at this press conference, but I love knowing that the season is now less than 7 weeks away! Just hearing Petrino talk about the players and the scheme and the schedule, it has to get you fired up! Ok, it doesn’t have to, but that would be nice so I am not the only one.

You can check out the video here from thecrunchzone.com. As always, we appreciate their coverage of these things. Below that I have listed some of the key points in case you don’t have time to watch the whole video.

*Petrino is excited about the gains that the team has made in the weight room. He says it will be exciting in a couple weeks when they do their testing to see how much stronger they are and what type of shape they are in.

*He is very excited about the attitudes and work ethic of the players.

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ESPN.com Q&A with Gerald Christian

Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

ESPN.com blogger Andrea Adelson recently was able to interview Louisville tight end Gerald Christian, and she posted that on the ACC blog on Monday. Christian looks to have a big season under Bobby Petrino, and I couldn’t agree more. While I think every player on offense will have their best season so far, Christian will be a mismatch for nearly anyone that tries to cover him. He should thrive this season.

Here is the interview posted on ESPN.com…

How much more will you be used in the Louisville pass game this year?

A: Coach Petrino, he’s known for using his tight ends and he’s a great coach. I like how he takes his personnel and utilizes their strengths. He’s going to take me and put me in position to be one-on-one against a linebacker and one-on-one against a safety, where he targets me to have mismatches to exploit the defense. Last year, the offense was just learning plays, whereas Coach Petrino takes his playmakers and targets them more to make plays.

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DeVante Parker named to Maxwell Award watch list

zimbio.com

zimbio.com

Louisville WR DeVante Parker was named to the Maxwell Award watch list. The Maxwell Award is given out to the College Football Player of the Year. Last season Parker caught 55 passes for 885 yards and tied the school record with 12 touchdowns and most are expecting those numbers to be on the rise under Petrino. Something tells me this won’t be the last Award list we see Parkers name on.

 

 

ESPN blog says Louisville has best wide receivers in ACC

Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

ESPN.com has been releasing their position previews for the ACC recently and saying which team has the best group at each position. Today they previewed the wide receivers, and the “best of the best” goes to Louisville! Of course we already knew that. But it’s always good to see people from around the country take notice. Here is what they said about the Cards’ wide receivers:

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Taking a look at DeVante Parker and the UofL Receiving Record Books

Photo: James Crisp, AP

Photo: James Crisp, AP

It’s only July, but with the Cards officially in the ACC now, that opening football game against Miami on September 1 feels like it’s right around the corner. Because of that, it seemed like a good time to update you on the wide receiver record books at UofL. Senior DeVante Parker has a chance to put his name at or near the top of a lot of lists for the Cards this season. These are only the career lists, but of course he can make his way onto season-leading lists as the season goes on. Let’s see where he stands right now entering the 2014 season.

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Sporting News names Parker and Gaines first team All-ACC

On Wednesday afternoon, Sporting News released their All-ACC first team, and two Louisville Cardinals made the list. Wide receiver DeVante Parker and cornerback Charles Gaines were both put on the first team.

Here is what they said about each player:

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Football: 9 Cardinals make Athlon’s All-ACC Teams

Athlon released their All-ACC Teams for the 2014 season. The Louisville Cardinals had 9 players total on the 4 teams, but none on any of the First Teams.

Athlon’s All-ACC Team for 2014

First-Team Offense Second-Team Offense Third-Team Offense Fourth-Team Offense
QB Jameis Winston
Florida State
________________
Marquise Williams
North Carolina
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Anthony Boone
Duke
________________
Cole Stoudt
Clemson
________________
RB Duke Johnson
Miami
Kevin Parks
Virginia
James Conner
Pittsburgh
T.J. Logan
North Carolina
RB Karlos Williams
Florida State
________________
Shadrach Thornton
NC State
________________
Michael Dyer
Louisville
________________
Myles Willis
Boston College
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WR Tyler Boyd
Pittsburgh
Jamison Crowder
Duke
Stacy Coley
Miami
Phillip Dorsett
Miami
WR Rashad Greene
Florida State
DeVante Parker
Louisville
Quinshad Davis
North Carolina
Charone Peake
Clemson
TE Nick O’Leary
Florida State
________________
Braxton Deaver
Duke
________________
Gerald Christian
Louisville
________________
Clive Walford
Miami
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C Andy Gallik
Boston College
Jake Smith
Louisville 
Shane McDermott
Miami
Ryan Norton
Clemson
G Tre’ Jackson
Florida State
Josue Matias
Florida State
Jon Feliciano
Miami
Matt Rotheram
Pittsburgh
G Laken Tomlinson
Duke
Shaquille Mason
Georgia Tech
Bobby Vardaro
Boston College
Landon Turner
North Carolina
T Cameron Erving
Florida State
Ereck Flowers
Miami
Jamon Brown
Louisville
Isaiah Battle
Clemson
T Bobby Hart
Florida State
Sean Hickey
Syracuse
Rob Crisp
NC State
Jonathan McLaughlin
Virginia Tech
First-Team Defense Second-Team Defense Third-Team Defense Fourth-Team Defense
DE Vic Beasley
Clemson
Eli Harold
Virginia
Corey Crawford
Clemson
Anthony Chickillo
Miami
DE Mario Edwards Jr.
Florida State
Lorenzo Mauldin
Louisville
Dadi Nicolas
Virginia Tech
Norkeithus Otis
North Carolina
DT Grady Jarrett
Clemson
Eddie Goldman
Florida State
Mehdi Abdesmad
Boston College
N. Lawrence-Stample
Florida State
DT Luther Maddy
Virginia Tech
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Adam Gotsis
Georgia Tech
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T.Y. McGill
NC State
________________
Darryl Render
Pittsburgh
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LB Stephone Anthony
Clemson
Kelby Brown
Duke
Steven Daniels
Boston College
James Burgess
Louisville 
LB Denzel Perryman
Miami
Dyshawn Davis
Syracuse
Cameron Lynch
Syracuse
Brandon Chubb
Wake Forest 
LB Terrance Smith
Florida State
________________
Quayshawn Nealy
Georgia Tech
________________
Matthew Thomas
Florida State
________________
David Helton
Duke
________________
CB Kendall Fuller
Virginia Tech
Ronald Darby
Florida State
Tracy Howard
Miami
Charles Gaines
Louisville 
CB P.J. Williams
Florida State
Brandon Facyson
Virginia Tech
Demetrious Nicholson
Virginia
Kevin Johnson
Wake Forest
S Anthony Harris
Virginia
Jeremy Cash
Duke
Kyshoen Jarrett
Virginia Tech
Deon Bush
Miami
S Jalen Ramsey
Florida State
Durell Eskridge
Syracuse
Isaiah Johnson
Georgia Tech
DeVon Edwards
Duke
First-Team Specialists Second-Team Specialists Third-Team Specialists Fourth-Team Specialists
K Roberto Aguayo
Florida State
Niklas Sade
NC State
John Wallace
Louisville
Ross Martin
Duke
P A.J. Hughes
Virginia Tech
Thomas Hibbard
North Carolina
Will Monday
Duke
Alec Vozenilek
Virginia
KR Kermit Whitfield
Florida State
DeVon Edwards
Duke
Duke Johnson
Miami
T.J. Logan
North Carolina
PR Ryan Switzer
North Carolina
Jamison Crowder
Duke
Jamal Golden
Georgia Tech
Stacy Coley
Miami

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon’s 2014 All-ACC Team

First Second Third Fourth
Boston College Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Clemson Offense: 0
Defense: 3
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 4
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Duke Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 2
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 0
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 1
Florida State Offense: 7
Defense: 4
Sp. Teams: 2
Offense: 1
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Georgia Tech Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Louisville
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 3
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 0
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0
Miami
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 3
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 2
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 1
North Carolina
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 2
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 1
NC State
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Pittsburgh
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Syracuse Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Virginia Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 1
Virginia Tech Offense: 0
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 1
Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Wake Forest Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Sp. Teams: 0
Offense: 0
Defense: 2
Sp. Teams: 0

 

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