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Teddy Bridgewater – Greatness Awaiting

Photo: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Remember Teddy’s first possession at UofL? If you don’t, it went like this against Murray State.

1st and 10 at LOU 46 LOUISVILLE penalty 5 yard False Start accepted.
1st and 15 at LOU 41 LOUISVILLE penalty 5 yard False Start on Hector Hernandez accepted.
1st and 20 at LOU 36 LOUISVILLE penalty 5 yard Delay of Game on Teddy Bridgewater accepted.
1st and 25 at LOU 31 Jeremy Wright rush for 3 yards to the Lvile 34.
2nd and 22 at LOU 34 Jeremy Wright rush for 5 yards to the Lvile 39.
3rd and 17 at LOU 39 Teddy Bridgewater pass intercepted by Darrell Davis at the MurrS 24, returned for no gain to the MurrS 24.

Then there is this incredible video. My how things have changed!

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Time and TV Set for Louisville Football vs Houston and Clemson

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Well we got ourselves a “nooner.” The word, although not recognized by this WordPress document due to the squiggly red line underneath, is definitely one that Louisville football fans can understand.

The first home game of the 2015 season for the Cards will be on September 12 against Houston. And yes, it will be a nooner on the ACC Regional Sports Network. I believe that usually means WAVE 3 or WHAS 11 locally.

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Louisville-Purdue to Open 2017 Season at Lucas Oil Stadium

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy is reporting that Louisville will face Purdue to open up the 2017 football season. The game will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 2, 2017.

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ESPN’s College Football Too-Early Top 25: Louisville 25th; Auburn 4th

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Is it ever too early to have a college football poll? Probably, but that’s OK. It gives us something to talk about with 4 months to go before Louisville and Auburn kickoff in the Georgia Dome on September 5.

In ESPN’s too-early top 25, Mark Schlabach has the Cards ranked 25th. He has this to say…

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Cleveland Browns passed on DeVante because he isn’t tough enough?

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Photo: jsportsblogger.wordpress.com

Last year, the Cleveland Browns passed on Teddy Bridgewater. This year, they had the chance to draft DeVante Parker. They passed on him as well. While nearly all Louisville fans breathed a sigh of relief (I say nearly because I have family that are Browns fans…sorry!), apparently the Parker family was also relieved.

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Petrino + Strong = 10 NFL Draft Picks

FootballvsMiamiPetrinoClint Hurtt, Charlie Strong

Petrino photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com Strong photo: livestream7.com

The Louisville Cardinals had a school record 10 players selected in this past weekend’s NFL Draft. They had the second most of any team, behind Florida State’s 11 picks. Regardless, that looks great for the program. But who do you think should get the most credit? The guy who coached them last season? Or the guy who brought most of those guys to UofL and developed them?

Just for the record, when I refer to Bobby Petrino or Charlie Strong in this, it obviously includes their whole staff as well. Clearly guys like Todd Grantham and Clint Hurtt have a lot to do with the success of those head coaches, but for the sake of time, I will just refer to Petrino and Strong.

Let’s take a look at the 10 draft picks and try to figure out who is most responsible for them getting drafted…

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Football Notebook: Recapping the NFL Draft for UofL

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

It was a very eventful weekend for the city of Louisville as well as the University of Louisville football program. If you are like me, you were focused on the Derby festivities, but kept an eye on the NFL Draft at least. The Kentucky Derby is what this city is known for, and I was lucky enough to have tickets, so of course that was where my attention was. But I also get mobile alerts, and somehow my phone was working at Churchill Downs, so I was aware when former Louisville players were getting drafted, which was a plus.

In all, a school record 10 players from UofL were drafted. Florida State had the most players with 11. On top of those 10 for the Cards, four (so far) have also signed free agent deals and will have a chance to make a team.

Here is just a quick rundown of where the players were selected.

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Lorenzo Mauldin Gets Emotional on Conference Call After Being Drafted

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

By now, you are probably familiar with the story of Lorenzo Mauldin. How he was passed around from foster home to foster home as a child as both of his parents were in jail. With everything stacked against him and plenty of excuses to not succeed in life, the fact that Lorenzo was drafted to the NFL on Friday night makes his story so much more incredible.

And if you aren’t familiar with his story, here are a couple of links from ESPN’s Andrea Adelson to help you understand.

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Jamon Brown, John Miller, Lorenzo Mauldin all Drafted in 3rd Round

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

On Friday night, there was a moment where it seemed like Louisville football was stealing the show at the NFL Draft. Three Cardinals were selected within 11 picks of each other.

It started with offensive tackle Jamon Brown being picked at number 72 by the St. Louis Rams. Brown is a local kid that attended Fern Creek High School, meaning that the first two picks from UofL (Brown and DeVante Parker) were from the city of Louisville. Brown was a second team All-ACC player in 2014 who started in 40 games for the Cards in his career. He came in as a defensive tackle and switched to the offensive line after four games of his freshman season.

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Reaction on DeVante Parker from the Miami area

Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

DeVante Parker was selected 14th overall by the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night. It certainly sounds like Louisville fans are generally happy for that spot with Parker. If it couldn’t be the Vikings, at least it wasn’t the Browns. That is the feeling I got from social media, and rightfully so.

We already know about DeVante and how good he is. I decided to check in on a couple of media outlets from down in Florida to see what they thought of him. Most of it is quotes from Dolphins management, but also some opinion thrown in there.

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DeVante Parker Drafted by the Miami Dolphins!

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

DeVante Parker has been selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Despite missing the first 7 games of his senior year, Parker finished his career at UofL with 33 touchdowns, tied for 1st all-time with Ibn Green. He finished 4th all-time with 2,775 receiving yards and 156 receptions, which is 8th all-time. For more of his stats in the UofL record books, check out this post.

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Day 1 NFL Draft Question: Where Will DeVante Go?

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The 2015 NFL Draft begins Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. It has turned into a three-day extravaganza recently and Thursday will only bring you the first round of the draft. The Louisville Cardinals could see a record number of players drafted this year, but all of that will take place over the course of three days. Tonight’s only real interest for Louisville fans will be finding out where wide receiver DeVante Parker gets drafted.

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Transcript: Bobby Petrino ACC Spring Football Teleconference

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The ACC football coaches had a teleconference on Wednesday to talk about their teams and wrap up the spring season. Bobby Petrino updated the status of Will Gardner, talked about wide receivers who have stood out, and more.

For the transcript of all of the coaches, click here.

BOBBY PETRINO: Well, I thought we had a very good spring. It was nice to have the continuity on our staff and have all of our coaches back and see the improvements that we made because our players really understand how we’re going to work and go about our business and the tempo that we’re going to practice at. So I felt like we were able to make some real strides there. We’ve had some good quarterback competition going on, which is always a lot of fun and something that I thought they all handled well, and then I like what I see from our defense. We’re going to be strong on the defensive front. We’ll have some new guys in the secondary, but they’re talented, and we have a really good linebacking crew. Overall I thought we got done a lot in spring ball, but certainly we have a lot of work ahead of us and a long way to go to get ready for a real tough early schedule.

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Jawon Pass Announces Top 5

Photo: ajc.com

Photo: ajc.com

One of the top quarterbacks in the country for the class of 2016 is Jawon Pass. He just announced his top 5 and it is Louisville, Auburn, Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.

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Lorenzo Mauldin NFL Draft Hype Video

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Going to miss this guy in 2015!

DeVante Parker NFL Draft Hype Video

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

One of the greatest to ever wear a UofL uniform. The 2015 NFL Draft begins on Thursday April 30.

Louisville Football Spring Game Highlights

I didn’t go to the game, so this is likely all you will see on here regarding the spring game.

Louisville Football Spring Hype Video

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Well, this is awesome.

Traffic Information for Friday’s Spring Football Game

Photo: AP/Garry Jones

Photo: AP/Garry Jones

Official press release from UofL regarding traffic on Friday evening.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With road construction on Floyd Street near the University of Louisville campus, some traffic patterns will be adjusted into parking areas surrounding Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for Friday’s 7 p.m. Red-White football spring game.

Fans should consider the following travel tips to avoid construction and travel delays, avoiding Floyd Street north of the stadium.

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2015 Spring Game – 5 Defensive Players to Watch

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Earlier this week, I posted about five players to watch on offense at this Friday’s spring football game. Now it is time for the five players to watch on defense. Once again, these won’t be the obvious guys that you already know about like Sheldon Rankins or James Burgess. Rather, this will be a list of guys that you may or may not have heard of, but that we expect to make an impact in the 2015 season for the Cards.

Once again, just for reference, I will tell you the five guys we highlighted going into last year’s spring game, just to show we may have an idea of what we are talking about. And if this is completely wrong this year, my fault. Last year’s five to watch on defense:

1) Keith Kelsey – Had to fill the void left by Preston Brown last season. I would say he did that.

2) Sheldon Rankins – Like I said, not even listing him this year because he is obvious. Was not obvious at this point last year.

3 & 4) Richard Benjamin & Chucky Williams – Had these guys on here because of the loss of Hakeem Smith and Calvin Pryor. Had no idea Gerod Holliman would blow up like he did, and James Sample wasn’t even a thought to be a Cardinal at the time.

5) Trevon Young – Didn’t have a breakout season, but also played a similar position as some guy named Lorenzo Mauldin. He still appeared in 11 games though.

So what that shows is this list may miss a time or two (Benjamin and Williams) or it can have guys on here that can be huge on defense (Kelsey and Rankins). Take it for what it’s worth. It would be easy to name the big-time guys. Taking a couple chances here.

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