The following comes from Andrea Adelson, who covers the ACC for ESPN.com. She recently posted an article wrapping up the first season in the ACC for the Cards. It may not have ended how we wanted it to, but I agree that overall, it was a successful first season in our new league.
There is only one way to describe the story of Louisville’s first season in the ACC:
Especially when you consider what the Cardinals had to deal with throughout 2014. Forget about the new staff and schemes. Louisville had to go without its best player for seven games; played three different quarterbacks; and faced perhaps the toughest schedule in school history.
Bobby Petrino did a short interview with the ACC Digital Network while at the Belk Bowl Press Conference on Wednesday. One thing that he was asked about was who would be lining up under center for the Cards. He says that Will Gardner will not be available, which we already knew. He then says that Reggie Bonnafon should be ready to go.
TotalSororityMove.com ranked the top 25 football teams according to how hott the players are…….yea you read that right. Nevertheless the Louisville Cardinals came in at number 3 behind only Wisconsin and Arizona State. The website chose QB Kyle Bolin as the poster boy for the Cards. Something tells me Bobby wont be placing anything in the trophy case for this.
The Louisville Cardinals: #21 on the field, #3 in the heart of the ladies!
As Reggie Bonnafon was being attended to early in the 2nd quarter of Saturday’s Governor’s Cup game between Louisville and Kentucky, reality started to set it: we were going to have to turn to 3rd stringer Kyle Bolin. No big deal, right? Just down 13-0 to Kentucky, who has all kinds of momentum, and Bolin entering the game completing 4-7 passes for 35 yards in his career. No panic at all in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Now be serious, you know you were worried.
I love great stories in sports. Maybe “Rudy” was still fresh in my head after having watched it last Saturday before the Notre Dame game. So immediately, I turn to my buddy I go to games with, Chris Tingley, and say “Well, he IS from Lexington.” How sweet would it be for a kid from Lexington to bring the Cards back in this game against Kentucky? The Wildcats didn’t offer Bolin a scholarship until well after he was committed to Louisville. They let him get away, and on Saturday it would come back on them.
It was a fun day at PJCS. I won’t bore you with words, just check the video.
Monday at ACC media day, Bobby Petrino did about 40 interviews. Obviously, a lot of those were just saying the same things over and over…and over. But some things stuck out that he said, of course. One of those was when he was discussing the backup QB job. Will Gardner has not been officially named the starting quarterback, but all signs point to that being the case. Petrino did say that if the season started now, he would be the starter.
During the spring, Kyle Bolin and Brett Nelson were battling for the backup spot. Neither could really separate from the other. It was learned Monday that Bolin actually injured his knee this off-season and it required surgery. Bolin’s dad told Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal that Kyle tore the meniscus in his right knee. If you remember, he tore his ACL in his left knee during his senior year of high school. He is expected to be 100% when preseason camp starts.
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.
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:
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.”
Here is the official press release from UofL about Teddy Bridgewater declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft. We posted earlier this afternoon that he was doing that, but this includes quotes from Teddy.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.- University of Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has decided to forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility, and make himself available for the 2014 NFL Draft.
In our first position breakdown for the 2013 football season, we will take a look at the Quarterback position for the Louisville Cardinals. I thought about just putting a picture of Teddy and that would be the whole post. But since you are taking the time to check out the site (appreciated by the way), I will return the favor by giving just a little bit more information than just that. And no, I would not have really just put a picture for this post.
6’3 196 lbs
By Justin Renck:
We have already seen the committment of Richard Benjamin become official, and now the Cards have another one today! Junior College quarterback Brett Nelson (6’4 230 lbs) of Southwestern Community College in California has verbally committed to the Cards for next season.
Here is the senior year highlight tape for 2013 UofL QB commit Kyle Bolin. Bolin tore his ACL mid-season, and hopes to come back stronger than ever. A redshirt season is likely for his 1st year at UofL. Click the link and enjoy!
From CSZ member Steve Rummage, here is a list of the football recruits that will be at the UofL-UK game on Sunday!
This recruiting piece was put together by our guy Steve Rummage. He updates you on the top recruiting stories for UofL in men’s and women’s basketball, as well as football! Enjoy, and Go Cards!
On Tuesday night, Charlie Strong added another piece to the class of 2013 when WR Corey Cooper gave his verbal committment to the Cards. CSZ has been in close contact with Cooper in the last few months, so he spoke with us soon after he committed.
Off-season? What do you mean? When you follow an athletic program like the University of Louisville, there is ALWAYS something going on and news to talk about. Such is the case recently. We will try to get you caught up on all of that right here with our news & notes about different teams of the program, alumni doing big things, and just any other news worth sharing. Enjoy!
Cards fans will have a couple of chances to see 2013 QB commit Kyle Bolin play this season, and they don’t even have to travel to Lexington.
The train keeps rollin’ for Charlie Strong and the UofL football staff. Monday morning began with news of another committment for the class of 2013. Ryan White, a Cornerback from Trinity High School in Louisville, became the 3rd member of the class of 2013 to commit to the Cards. He joins Kyle Bolin and Donel Elam.
CSZ was actually the first to contact White after he made his committment (that was confirmed by White). Since we were already posting the interview with Donel Elam in the morning, we held this one until today. We knew he would be bombarded with questions all day long, so we kept it short and sweet. Here is what he had to say…
The following post was done by 2013 UofL QB commit Kyle Bolin, from Lexington Catholic High School. In the fall of 2012, Kyle will be contributing to the Cardinal Sports Zone website with his own “Senior Year” blog during football season. Before that time comes, Kyle will have a few opportunities to blog for the site, because we know football has no real off-season. In Kyle’s first post, he talks about his experience at the Best of the Midwest Combine…