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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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Michael Dyer: 2nd best “backup” in the ACC?

Photo: USA Today Sports

Photo: USA Today Sports

Andrea Adelson and the rest of the ACC bloggers for ESPN.com have been counting down the best backups in the conference for the upcoming season. At #2, they highlighted Louisville running back Michael Dyer. Here is what they said about Dyer. I give you my thoughts afterwards…

Projected role in 2014: Backup to Dominique Brown. The Cardinals are deep at running back, with Brown, Dyer, Corvin Lamb and Brandon Radcliff returning — along with the addition of freshman L.J. Scott, who had an outstanding spring. Though coach Bobby Petrino has said he wants Brown to get 20-25 carries a game, the depth here will help the Cards. Especially since Petrino is known for getting multiple backs involved in the offense. In three previous head coaching stops, Petrino has had two backs with over 100 carries five times. During his first run at Louisville, Petrino had three backs with 75 or more carries three out of his four seasons. There is ample opportunity for the ball to go around, especially with the skill and versatility at the position. 

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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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ESPN Article Says Petrino Faces Many Challenges in His First Season Back at UofL

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Photo: thecrunchzone.com

This article was posted Monday morning on ESPN.com by Andrea Adelson. She talks about the many challenges that Bobby Petrino will face in his first season back at UofL where he will have to replace a lot of really good players.

By Andrea Adelson:

There are universal challenges every first-year coach must face, whether he is a veteran or a newbie: getting to know new players, implementing schemes, setting a foundation, making sure there is buy-in across the locker room.

Then there is the challenge facing Bobby Petrino at Louisville. As he embarks on his second stint with the Cardinals, he has to go through all these getting-to-know you moments while also:

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Bowl Projections 12/2/13

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Here are the Bowl projections from around the country for the Cards as of this week:

Jerry Palm:

Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville vs Miami, FL

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Phil Steele:

Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville vs Duke

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Yahoo Sports:
Dec. 28 Russell Athletic (Orlando): Miami, FL (ACC No. 3) vs. Louisville (AAC No. 2)
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ESPN:
BOWL (MATCHUP)                          Mark Schlabach             Brad Edwards
Russell Athletic (ACC vs. American) Miami (FL) vs. Louisville Virginia Tech vs. Louisville
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Scout.com:
Russell Athletic Bowl Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
ACC No. 3 vs. AAC No. 2 Projected Matchup: Duke vs. Louisville
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So there are the current projections which all of them have us going to Orlando for the Russell Athletic Bowl. We have Miami (3 votes) Va Tech (1) and Duke (2)
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