This is the first installment of The Stemmys. Every Wednesday I will put out my list of weekly awards given to those that have earned them. The amount and names of awards may differ each week but they are sure to be entertaining!
Mr. Truthful Award: Josh Shaw (USC CB)
Shaw is an on the field leader for the Trojans but his actions this week went even further. Shaw sprained both ankles while jumping in a pool to save his drowning nephew…..Wait what is that..
….Well this is awkward.
The “You have got to be kidding me?!” Award: The Miami Hurricanes
The Cards open up with the Miami Hurricanes this week and both teams are ready to play! The Cards look to start off in the ACC the right way and the Canes want revenge because they feel……………Disrespected? Miami claims that the Cards talked to much trash and tried to “run the score up”. Cry me a flipping river!!
So lets get this straight THE U, the team that has a 30 for 30 about how much they run their mouth is upset about big bad Louisville talking too much? This should tell you all you need to know haha. Looking forward to that blowout Monday.
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.
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.)
According to this article by Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal, James Quick and Jason Hatcher were cited for possession of marijuana by UofL police on May 26 in Quick’s apartment. Quick is a sophomore wide receiver for the Cards and Hatcher is a sophomore defensive lineman for Kentucky. They were teammates at Trinity High School here in Louisville.
The following is from the article:
The officer who wrote the citation noted he found 39.5 grams of marijuana in Quick’s possession, plus a digital scale and a marijuana grinder, which prompted Quick’s citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.
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!
(AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)
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)
Previous position breakdowns:
Today we continue the position breakdowns for the 2013 football season and focus on the Wide Receivers, which Coach Charlie Strong said at his press conference on Monday would be the strength of the offense. If you want to talk about a position with depth, this is it. So let’s go ahead and get into it.
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A local product from Ballard High School, DeVante Parker has led the team in touchdown catches in each of his first two years as a Card. As a freshman, he played in 11 games and caught 6 touchdowns. Keep in mind this was also Teddy Bridgewater’s first season, and later in the year, Parker was often double-teamed so Bridgewater would not force it to him. He still finished with 18 catches for 291 yards.
2014 Louisville QB commit Reggie Bonnafon (Trinity) has agreed to do a Senior Year Journal for CSZ. He will keep us updated about the summer workouts and how things are going for him. It should be pretty interesting stuff! In his second entry, Bonnafon talks about attending UofL’s football camp this past weekend!
By Justin Renck:
In case you missed the 2nd episode of “The Cardinal Pulse“, here is the show in its entirety! CSZ’s Steven Rummage joins Jon Hancock of kentuckysports.co in this episode. They discuss the UofL-Marquette basketball game from Sunday and also talk football recruiting. They even have an interview with Trinity star and UofL commit James Quick, as well as a skype chat with Howie Lindsey of cardinalsports.com and The Louisville Sports Report!
By Justin Renck:
Trinity High School star defensive end Jason Hatcher, who committed to USC on July 27, made big news on twitter last night. We at CSZ have been expecting it to happen for quite a while, but last night he made it official and he de-committed from USC. His tweet said “I official de-committed from USC #WideOpen”.
By Justin Renck:
Had to take a trip over to some Ohio State message boards to see how they took the news of James Quick choosing the Cards over the Buckeyes. Most of them had the expected “We didn’t want/need him anyway.” Haha. Enjoy!
By Justin Renck:
Well it was the news that Cards fans have been waiting for! James Quick, Kentucky’s Mr. Football from Trinity High School here in Louisville, KY, has committed to play football at the University of Louisville! He announced it during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on NBC.
By Justin Renck:
*Charlie Strong picked up 2 committments today for the class of 2013. Richard Benjamin, a WR/DB that will likely play cornerback for the Cards, has offers from nearly every major program in the country. Read our earlier post here. Benjamin actually committed to the Cards a few days ago, but since he was making his official visit this weekend, the coaches wanted to wait until then for it to become official, and now it is.
From CSZ member Steve Rummage, here is a list of the football recruits that will be at the UofL-UK game on Sunday!