The Cards may have lost to FSU last night on the field but are looking to win big on the recruiting trail. Louisville’s winning started today when they received a commitment from 2016 4 star WR Desmond Fitzpatrick (MI). The 6’2 Fitzpatrick is known as a tremendous route runner with great hands and will fit nicely in Bobby’s system. Fitzpatrick held offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Illinois, and more and is receiving interest from Notre Dame, OSU, Michigan, and Michigan St.. The latter are sure to offer at some point.
According to most insiders Fitzpatrick will not be the last commit for Petrino and the Cards in the coming days! Bobby is building something special. Follow Desmond Fitzpatrick on twitter @
On Monday evening, the first ever College Football Playoff Rankings were revealed, and the Louisville Cardinals came in at #25. They aren’t ranked in either the AP or the USA Today Coaches Poll, but after tonight, those polls really don’t mean anything now. The College Football Playoff Rankings will determine who the top four teams are at the end of the season to play in the first ever playoff. These rankings are the ones that matter.
The Florida State Seminoles are #2 in the rankings. Future opponent Notre Dame is #10. I could find some satisfaction knocking some teams out of contention. And if that happens, no telling how far the Cards could climb in this thing.
Throughout the day on Monday, UofL fans were all over twitter giving their opinion on what should be the new song that plays on 3rd down during football games. Not sure why a change is needed, but that’s another story. Personally, for this Thursday’s showdown with Florida State, I was hoping for the theme music to “Halloween” on 3rd downs.
The Jim Thorpe Award is given out each season to the Nations top Defensive Back and today Louisville’s Gerod Holliman was named one of 15 semifinalist. Holliman leads the nation with 8 interceptions and ranks 7th in tackles on the #1 defense in the land with 24. Look for Holliman to be a finalist for the Thorpe Award when all is said and done.
Full list of Semifinalist:
Sam Carter, TCU, Sr.
Jeremy Cash, Duke, Jr.
Landon Collins, Alabama, Jr.
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, Sr.
Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, So.
Senquez Golson, Ole Miss, Sr.
Josh Hawkins, East Carolina, Jr.
Gerod Holliman, Louisville, Jr.
Ronald Martin, LSU, Sr.
Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss, Sr.
Jordan Richards, Stanford, Sr.
Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma, So.
Triston Wade, UTSA, Sr.
Trae Waynes, Michigan State, Jr.
PJ Williams, Florida State, Jr.
Thought this was cool. Thursday will be pretty exciting!
Here are the latest college football top 25 polls. It looks like when Florida State visits on Thursday, they will have that #2 ranking and not #1. If you look at the point totals, they are very close to being #1. It would have been nice to say the top ranked team was coming to town, but either way, it’s the same team. They are still the defending champions with the Heisman Trophy winner. Any national show you watch or listen to still says that their path to the College Football Playoff is the easiest because they don’t really play anybody.
Future Louisville opponent Notre Dame is still in the top 10, Clemson is still ranked, and fellow ACC member Duke is also ranked. The Cards come in at #30 in the AP Poll and #34 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Louisville is making it a priority to hang on to 2015 QB commit Lamar Jackson and last he he showed another reason why. Jackson scored the game winning TD in the final seconds to keep his Boynton Beach team’s undefeated streak alive. Jackson’s TD gave Beach a 63-58 win over Coconut Creek.
Jackson threw for 346 yards (2 TD) while gaining 146 yards (5 TD) on the ground. To put that in prospective Jackson accounted for 492 total yards and SEVEN TD’s……..let me say that again SEVEN TD’s. Bobby has some work to do but it will be great to see Jackson next season in a QB race that looks to be wide open.
After rushing for 173 yards and a TD on 24 carries last week against NC State, Michael Dyer is now listed as the starting RB for the Cards.
Florida St. will bring there 23 game winning streak and a #1 or #2 ranking into PJCS next Thursday. One thing the Cards can capitalize on is a Noles rush defense that is giving up 140 plus yards a game. There is a good chance Dyer could reintroduce himself to the nation on Oct. 30th.
The Cards are off this Saturday because of their game next Thursday against Florida State. There are still some other good games this weekend to pay attention to in the ACC division races. The Coastal is obviously all jumbled up as 1 game separates all 7 teams. Boston College needs to get back to their winning ways, so hosting Wake Forest should help that. Can Virginia get back on track against UNC and show that the first half of the season wasn’t a fluke?
And it will be good to see if Clemson can go on the road and play in a loud environment…
It sure was good to have DeVante back. To keep it simple: he changes everything!
Week 8 for the ACC got started on Thursday night as Pittsburgh beat Virginia Tech 21-16 in a Coastal matchup. Obviously, the biggest game involving an ACC team is not a conference game, and that is Florida State vs Notre Dame. Other than that, there are still some good games that should put some separation between teams in the conference. Here is the schedule, followed by the standings.
Pittsburgh (4-3, 2-1) def Virginia Tech (4-3, 1-2) 21-16.
I posted this morning that Corvin Lamb was having some kind of surgery, but wasn’t sure what. UofL has confirmed that it was, in fact, for a torn ACL. Lamb will miss the rest of the season. It is not the same knee that he injured last season.
Former Louisville running back Senorise Perry, who is now with the Chicago Bears, had an interesting tweet on Tuesday night. He wished Corvin Lamb luck with his surgery. We know that Lamb left the Clemson game with a lower body injury, but that was all that was really said. At least to my knowledge (at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning), it hasn’t been said what exactly happened to Lamb.
Louisville finds themselves 35th in the latest AP poll. They are not receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Florida State (2) and Clemson (24) are the only ACC teams ranked in the AP poll. Another UofL opponent, Notre Dame, checks in at #5.
The ACC is represented in the “others receiving votes” category, so a few teams are just outside being ranked. Those teams are Duke (28), Georgia Tech (33), Louisville (35), and Virginia (41).
Bobby Petrino and Will Gardner met with the media on Monday afternoon to recap the loss at Clemson and preview the upcoming game against NC State. The videos are from thecrunchzone.com.
ESPN released their College Football Mid Season All American Teams today and Louisville safety Gerod Holliman was on it. The former Army All-American came out of nowhere this season to lead the nation in interceptions with 7. At this pace I don’t see a way Holliman isn’t on this same list when the season ends as well as many post season awards list. Holliman, only a (RS) Sophmore, can return to Louisville for the next two seasons so it’s possible he is only getting started!!
S Gerod Holliman, Louisville: Holliman has been the breakout star on one of the nation’s top defenses through seven weeks. The Louisville sophomore has already racked up seven interceptions, which leads the nation. A year ago, only Virginia’s Anthony Harris had more for the entire season. More importantly, Holliman’s contributions have helped the Cardinals overcome a lackluster offense early with a defense that has allowed just three offensive touchdowns to FBS foes all year. — David M. Hale
When NC State takes the field on Saturday against the Louisville Cardinals, they will do so without 7 players who were just suspended because of a BB gun incident. Two of the seven are starters on defense (Fernandez and Jones). Here are the rest of the players and their stats this season…
LB Jerod Fernandez – 58 tackles (24 solo) and 2 INT. Team’s leading tackler
S Josh Jones – 38 tackles (28 solo) with 1 sack and 1 INT
Now that a few hours have passed since the game ended, I feel like sitting down to write about it. I have gotten much better over the years as to how I take losses. I do realize that I have no impact on the game whatsoever, and it is just that, a game. It is entertainment and a distraction from everyday life and real problems. So realizing that helps move on from losses. However, getting back to being the huge fan that I am, this one hurt!
In every game, there are good things and bad things that happen. This game seemed to be full of both. I would normally get on here and write about how things are just fine and this team will be ok, and no worries. That is just how I am now, Mr. Optimistic. The proof of that is that a few minutes after the game ended, a text came in that started with “I know you are the positive fan but…”
But I won’t be 100% positive talk here. I will address the problems that stuck out to me, no need to hide from them. So I will look at things from both sides. And since I am the positive one, I would prefer to end my post on the good things, so let’s go ahead and get the bad stuff out of the way. Before my negativity starts, just know that I still 100% support this team, including coaches and players. I love my Cards and one halfway critical post does not change that.