Elite 4 Star QB Lamar Jackson (2015) announced via Twitter that he will be a Louisville Cardinal.
Jackson chose the Cards over offers from Auburn, Clemson, FSU, Ohio St., South Carolina, and Georgia. Rated as a duel threat QB Jackson passed for 1,740 yards and 25 TD’s while rushing for 1,401 yards and 16 TDs last season. Louisville assistant Lamar Thomas was the point man on landing Jackson.
Lamar Jackson has been a hot name on the recruiting trail as of late and plans on making an impression early. Jackson’s Coach told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal, “I don’t know what Louisville has as far as quarterbacks (returning in 2015),” the coach said. “All I can tell you is they better be real, real good. Because if not, you’re going to see a freshman quarterback.” Can’t wait to see this kid in PJCS! Follow Lamar Jackson on Twitter @Tito_LJackson
So I have decided to start a weekly personal blog, or column, or random series of thoughts. Whatever you want to call it. I figured rather than constantly just passing information and facts along, I would have a post that is just all opinion and my thoughts. I will focus on just whatever my feelings are about UofL athletics at the time, but this may venture into other topics, such as high school sports or even fantasy football. So it could be anything. Hopefully it is somewhat worth your time to read. If it isn’t, I apologize, but at least you got your money’s worth on CSZ. If it is, then great, and I hope you will continue to read it every Friday.
I must give credit to Jeremy Wahman for coming up with the name of this. I had no real idea of what I wanted to call it, because there isn’t a specific direction that this post will go. He suggested this, and I didn’t even try to think of anything else. Good work, sir. As for the picture, I wanted to have something that will be used with all of these posts. I Googled “Justin Time” with no idea what would come up. What I saw was perfection! So here we go. Here are my thoughts and opinions on whatever comes to mind, and I bring them to you just in time for the weekend!
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.
I can’t really say that last year I was checking to see who Temple, SMU, or Memphis were playing each week. OK I kept up with UCF, only to be let down at the end of nearly every game. But other than that, I couldn’t have cared less how the rest of the conference did. That is completely different now. The first-year excitement of being in the ACC is incredible. I find myself interested in a game between Wake Forest and Louisiana-Monroe. Although I don’t expect the Demon Deacons to win, I am actually excited for that game.
Here is the full schedule of games involving ACC teams for Week 1 of the College Football Season. Other than the obvious excitement of the Louisville-Miami clash on Monday, there is a very big game on Saturday night as Clemson travels to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs. The time is here, folks. Sit back and enjoy this weekend. See ya Monday!
Coach Petrino just said at his press conference that DeVante Parker will likely be out for 6-8 weeks. If that holds true, he would be back sometime around October 6-October 20. The Cards play Clemson October 11, NC State October 18, and Florida State October 30. He has a broken bone in his small toe, the fifth metatarsal. He will get operated on later today. He caught a simple pass and was tackled and felt something happen.
They chose to send him to North Carolina because that is the doctor that will be in the room at the NFL Combine when they go over the medical history of the players.
In a move that is not a big surprise, Bobby Petrino officially announced that sophomore Will Gardner will be the starting quarterback for the Louisville Cardinals. Although it was expected, it is still news that it is official, and it just means that we are so close to the season starting!
PJCS is sure to be one of the most electric atmospheres we have ever witnessed on Sept 1st when the Canes come to town. CardNation will be out in full force for the “BlaccOut”, but one thing may be missing……..Miami Fans. According to the Palm Beach Post the Cards home field advantage could be enormous.
From Article (Matt Porter):
Louisville is asking its fans to wear black for the Sept. 1 season-opener. Miami fans will likely counter by wearing white. But don’t expect too many to be there.
UofL has just sent out a release saying that DeVante Parker injured his foot at practice on Friday. The release said the following:
“University of Louisville senior wide receiver Devante Parker suffered a left foot injury at practice Friday night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Redshirt sophomore Joe Manley has decided to transfer from the University of Louisville. Manley, a 6’6 333 lb offensive lineman, will transfer to Western Kentucky. He is from Bowling Green, KY so he will be heading back home. He mainly played on special teams last season and saw a little time on the offensive line. There hasn’t been a reason announced why he is deciding to leave, but it could always be a number of different things when guys decide to transfer. It could be playing time, moving closer to home, not meshing well with the new coaches, or anything else.
Just another classic from CrumsRevenge of thecrunchzone.com. Amazing work!
During Saturday’s scrimmage, running back Michael Dyer suffered a quad contusion that has held the senior out of practice since. The injury likely occurred by a helmet hitting his thigh. Bobby Petrino met with reporters after practice on Tuesday. Asked if Dyer would be ready for the Miami game on September 1, Petrino said “I hope so.”
Yesterday SI’s Thayer Evans again tried to stir the pot when he wrote that Louisville’s Bobby Petrino and Todd Grantham had “significant friction” between the two. In the article Evans said:
Sources with ties to the Cardinals’ football program and Petrino said there’s significant friction between Petrino and feisty defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. The two have feuded often since Grantham’s hiring in January.
So much that one source insists Petrino would have already gotten rid of Grantham if not for his guaranteed five-year contract that pays him nearly $1 million annually. He came to Louisville after four seasons as Georgia’s defensive coordinator. “He’s stuck with him,” a source said.
The AP poll was released today, and the Louisville Cardinals were (essentially) ranked 31st, as they were the 6th team on the “others receiving votes” category. Florida State was the easy choice at #1, and there were three ACC teams ranked. Clemson is #16 and North Carolina is #23. Another Louisville opponent, Notre Dame, came in at #17.
Bobby Petrino got some good news tonight when 6’4 260 lb G.G. Robinson committed to Louisville. Robinson chose the Cards over offers from Virginia, Cincinnati, Iowa St., Kansas St., Miss. St., North Carolina, and many others. At the end of the day the Cards won a very close recruiting battle over future ACC rival Virginia. The Cavilers tried to sell Robinson on being their TE for the future but Louisville DC Todd Grantham used his Georgia roots to persuade Robinson otherwise. While most schools like Robinson on the offensive side of the ball, Petrino and company plan on using him as a Defensive End in Grantham’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Another great pickup for Bobby as the recruiting train continues to pick up steam! Follow G.G. Robinson on twitter @GGRobinson85
On Wednesday afternoon, head coach Bobby Petrino announced who the captains will be for the 2014 football season. These five players were chosen by their teammates: Will Gardner, Jake Smith, Lorenzo Mauldin, Charles Gaines, and Sheldon Rankins. Mauldin and Smith are seniors; Gaines and Rankins juniors; and Gardner a sophomore.
“Announcing who are team captains is one of the great honors I get to do as head coach,” Petrino said. “I think these guys are tremendous leaders for our program and am excited that they will be the guys leading our team in our first season in the ACC.”
Here is what the players had to say about being selected.
SI.com has released their preseason All-American teams for the 2014 College Football season, and the Louisville Cardinals have a player on the list. DeVante Parker was named to the second team. The two wide receivers on the first team are Antwan Goodley (Baylor) and Amari Cooper (Alabama).
Parker enters his senior season with 28 touchdown receptions, needing only 5 to tie Ibn Green (1996-99) for the all-time record at UofL. He also has 1,920 career receiving yards, which is 10th all-time at UofL. He should end the season somewhere in the top 5.
If you went to one of the open football practices last week at UofL, one thing you probably noticed was the intensity and the attention to detail from the coaches. Right now, the Cards are focusing on themselves, on getting better and improving their own team. In about a week or so, they will start to prepare for Miami, their first opponent.
Speaking of the Hurricanes, how are they practicing and making themselves better right now?
According to his twitter 4 star Alabama DE commit may visit Louisville.
The two Louisville commits mentioned in the tweet (Treveon Samuel and Khane Pass) do not have official visit dates set up just yet but you have to think Miami or FSU will be the games. Brown ranks as high as the #3 WDE (Rivals) and is a teammate of Khane Pass at Carver HS in Georgia. Something to keep an eye on for sure. Follow Mekhi Brown on twitter @MekhiBrownn
According to a GoUpstate.com article former Florida WR/DB Commit Jalen Julius says Louisville is one of the schools he is set to visit. The 4 star Athlete (according to ESPN) says he will visit PJCS on October 30th when the Cards host the defending National Champions Florida State. If atmosphere is what he is looking for I don’t know that he will see a better one.
Along with Louisville Julius holds offers from the likes of Auburn, Ohio St., USC, Miami, Ole Miss, and Tennessee. While the 5’11 Ath. has many offers he says in the article that Louisville, Miami, and Ole Miss are “showing him the most interest”. Could be another weapon in the hands of Bobby Petrino!