Phil Steele released his Preseason All-ACC teams today, and there were plenty of Louisville Cardinals getting some recognition. DeVante Parker and Jake Smith were the only players to make the first team, although he has Smith as a center. Smith moved to guard in spring practice. On the second team, you will see Lorenzo Mauldin as a defensive end, even though he will basically be a linebacker/defense end hybrid this season. But it’s whatever. In all, 12 different Cards made the list. Charles Gaines is on it twice because he runs with animals.
Of the 12 players on the 1st Team Offense, Florida State has 6 of them. So they will probably be pretty good this season.
Here are the teams. What do you think?
ESPN.com’s David Hale wrote this blog that talked about the top returning football players in the ACC for the 2014 season according to the numbers. Louisville players were not included in the actual lists, but they were certainly mentioned if they would have been a top returner. I may have just confused you with that, so just check out what I am talking about. The following is from the blog on ESPN.com…
Here’s a quick look at the top returning players in the ACC this upcoming season, based on their stats from 2013. (Last year’s ACC ranking in parentheses.)
1. Kevin Parks, Virginia – 1,031 (2nd)
2. Duke Johnson, Miami – 920 (5th)
3. James Conner, Pitt – 799 (8th)
4. Isaac Bennett, Pitt – 797 (9th)
5. Shad Thornton, NC State – 768 (11th)
Of note: Louisville’s Dominique Brown would actually rank third on this list after racking up 825 rushing yards last season, good for fourth in the AAC. Including Brown, the ACC returns 11 running backs this year who accounted for at least 500 yards on the ground in 2013, though Miami’s Dallas Crawford (558 yards) is currently working with the Hurricanes’ secondary. Parks returns after a 1,000-yard season. The last running backs to return following a 1,000-yard effort in the ACC were Gio Bernard and Andre Ellington in 2012. Both topped 1,000 again in their follow-up campaigns.
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
*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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good start to testing week we've got some speed!
1 C. Lamb 4.30
1 R. Clark 4.30
3 C. Gaines 4.31
4 D. Parker 4.34
5 J. Quick 4.38—
Bobby Petrino (@CoachPetrinoUL) March 03, 2014
Good start to testing week we've got some speed!
6 G.Clements 4.40
7 T.Ross 4.42
8 T.Floyd 4.43
9 M.Milton 4.46
Bobby Petrino (@CoachPetrinoUL) March 03, 2014
Our Power guys pushed some weight around today on the bench!
1 DeaBrown 475
2 J Miller 465
3 G Christian 425
4 P Sibiea/Ja Brown/G Uhl 405—
Bobby Petrino (@CoachPetrinoUL) March 04, 2014
Our power guys pushed some weight around on the bench today!
7 S Rankins/J Appleby 385
9 B Dubose/D Mount/A Ahner/J Manley/D Richardson 375—
Bobby Petrino (@CoachPetrinoUL) March 04, 2014
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach released another way-too-early Top 25 for the 2014 college football season. In the last one, the Cards were included. But since the hiring of Bobby Petrino, Louisville has found a way back in at #25. Of course this does not mean much now. It is just something to talk about and give you an idea of where we may begin the season.
Say what you want about new Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, but the guy usually puts a winning team on the field. His first season back at Louisville shouldn’t be any different in the Cardinals’ first season in the ACC. The Cardinals have to find a replacement for departing junior Teddy Bridgewater, who might be the first quarterback taken in the NFL draft. Rising sophomores Will Gardner and Kyle Bolin will battle for the job, and they’ll be surrounded by a lot of proven playmakers. Tailback Dominique Brown is coming back after running for 825 yards this past season, and Auburn transfer Michael Dyer might get new life under Petrino. The Cardinals also bring back seven players who caught at least 15 passes in 2013. Defensively, the Cardinals might bring back only four starters, after losing junior safety Calvin Pryor to the NFL draft. The ACC schedule makers gave the Cardinals a break; they’ll play conference road games at Boston College, Clemson, Syracuse and Virginia.
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
5) Teddy come back…..
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
We now know what three members of the Louisville football team plan to do for next season. Calvin Pryor will declare for the NFL draft, while Lorenzo Mauldin and Dominique Brown will return to school.
Pryor is a junior from Port Saint Joe, Florida and is known as the hardest hitting player on the team. He had 71 tackles this season along with 3 interceptions. He recorded 6 tackles against Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
(19/16) Louisville (10-1, 6-1) @ (NR/23) Cincinnati (9-2, 6-1)
Date: Thursday December 5, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Kaylee Hartung)
Location: Cincinnati, OH (Nippert Stadium)
Capacity: 35,000 (Field-turf)
All-time Series: Cincinnati leads 29-22-1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
(Don’t forget to check out our facebook page photo gallery for more pictures)
For the third year in a row, the Governor’s Cup will reside in Louisville. On Saturday afternoon, the Louisville Cardinals defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 27-13 at Commonwealth Stadium. The 7th ranked Cards moved to 3-0 on the season while Kentucky dropped to 1-2. It was a slow start offensively for both teams, and was much closer at half than most people expected. The offense for the Cards began to click in the 3rd quarter, and that was where the game was won.
Previous position breakdowns:
Today we continue our position breakdowns for the 2013 football season and focus on the Running Backs. Of course the big news recently was the addition of Michael Dyer to the team. Adding Dyer to an already solid group is big. Let’s take a look at who the Cards have at running back for this season.
6’2 216 lbs
If you remember, Dominique Brown actually came to UofL as a quarterback. As a freshman in 2010, he was mainly just used as our “Wildcard” quarterback. So basically he would get the snap and run. He did throw 1 pass, and that was an interception. He had 20 rushes for 59 yards that season.
You can best believe this has been the most eventful off season in CardNation history as far as the watch lists are concerned. Today the Doak Walker award watch list came out for the best running back in America. The Cards land 2 on this list today RB Dominique Brown and RB Senorise Perry both make the list. The Cards now have 13 names on the 14 postseason lists so far with one left to go which is the Walter Camp award. The Camp award is presented to the nation’s most outstanding player by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Teddy is sure to make that list. The full Doak list is below under click for more.
I have thought this all along, and now that the season is getting closer, it seems to be a real possibility: I won’t be surprised at all if Senorise Perry does not play this season for the Cards. That doesn’t mean he won’t be ready to. But by the time he will be 100%, it may be better to treat him like we did Dominique Brown last year. Just let him sit out and get all the way healthy without using him for just a few games.