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Big Time late addition for Petrino


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Last night Lars Hanson, who covers the Washington Huskies for 247sports, tweeted:

Sample, a former US Army All American, was a top 10 safety out of High School. After two seasons with the Huskies and some injuries Sample went to the JUCO ranks and spent last season at American River (CC). The 6’2 191 lbs Sample should be eligible immediately with two years remaining and would add much needed help and depth to the Safety position for Petrino and the Cards. Follow Sample on twitter @Phenom2323 

 

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Bobby Petrino Previews the Spring Game


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The spring football game is Friday evening at 7:30 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. On Thursday afternoon, head coach Bobby Petrino met with the media to talk about the game and the state of the team. Here is the full transcript from WDRB.com.

Q: Before spring, you said you wanted to see how your guys competed. Now that spring is wrapping up, do you feel you have a bunch of competitors?

A: I do. I’ve been happy with the competition for positions, you know, guys going in the meeting room and learning the offense, and working to move up in the depth or keep my spot on the depth chart. And then the competition back and forth between offense and defense has been very competitive and very physical. So it’s been good spring in that sense.

Q: What kind of things offensively do you want to show the fans (Friday) night?

A: Well, we’re not going to do a whole lot on scheme. That’s not really going to be the most important thing to us tomorrow night. Just execute with our base offense, you know, base plays, getting back on time in our passing game, getting the quarterback back, getting the ball out of his hand on time, getting the receivers to exactly the right spots they’re supposed to be at. And you know, be physical in the run game. I think that’ll be what we’re looking for.

Q: In recruiting terms, you said you needed to get some familiarity with what you have to see holes. Do you have a better feel for those areas now and do you move guys around a little or are they things you address with recruiting?

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Jamaine Brooks appears to be off the football team


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It appears that defensive tackle Jamaine Brooks will no longer be a member of the UofL football team. The senior, listed at 6’4 and 330 pounds, was expected to be a big man in the middle of Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defense. Now it seems like Brooks won’t be apart of the team. He sent this tweet on Monday afternoon.

Nothing has been confirmed or made official to this point. But there have been rumblings all spring as to if he was still on the team. That tweet kind of takes that talk a step further.

For what it’s worth, and maybe that’s nothing, but Brooks makes it pretty known on social media about how good of friends he is with Chane Behanan and Kevin Ware. Not saying that has anything to do with this situation, I just find it interesting since Behanan and Ware are no longer a part of UofL.

Maybe Brooks just does not want to play football anymore, or just has never gotten fully healthy from last year’s injury. Who knows right now?

Cornerbacks Coach needs the fans at practice Friday


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As you probably know by now, all 14 of this year’s spring football practices are open to the public. There are only a few more chances to see the Cards before next Friday’s Spring Game. A few days ago, I posted 5 reasons why you should attend an open football practice.

There are two this weekend, today (Friday) and tomorrow. Today’s is at 4:00 pm and tomorrow’s time has not been announced, but the Saturday practices usually start around 10:00 a.m.. With the weather being how it is, I’d expect today’s to be in the Trager Center.

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2014 Spring Football Practice Schedule


Photo: Justin Renck

Photo: Justin Renck

I often say this, but isn’t it great being a Louisville fan? We are all excited and ready to go for the NCAA Tournament with our men and women both ranked in the top 5 in the country, and then comes this: spring football! Louisville will have 14 practices that are open to the public, something that would be unheard of in the last few years. Those practices start today at 4:00 pm. Here is the full schedule:

March 18: 4 p.m.
March 19: 4 p.m.
March 21: 4 p.m.
March 22: TBA
March 25: 4 p.m.
March 26: 4 p.m.
March 28: 4 p.m.
March 29: TBA
April 1: 4 p.m.
April 2: 4 p.m.
April 4: 4 p.m.
April 5: TBA
April 8: 4 p.m.
April 9: 4 p.m.
April 11: SPRING GAME (7:30 p.m.)

Football Team Testing – Day 2


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Here is video of the second day of testing with the football team. This one focuses on the max bench press. I have to say I love the excitement and enthusiasm of the guys here. Reminds me of the reactions when I am working out (only I am usually by myself, so that is weird).

Football Team Testing – Day 1


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Photo from @ULFBRecruiting

Here is an inside look at the football team’s day 1 testing. They ran 40 yard dashes, did the broad jump, and more. Coach Petrino has tweeted some of the results. The video is below the tweets.

Important times to remember on National Signing Day *Updated*


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Tomorrow is College Football National Signing Day and it is an important one for the Cards. Bobby Petrino hasn’t had much time but looks to sign a very strong class down the stretch. With the exception of WR DeSean Blair we expect all the Cards commits to sign tomorrow as planned.

While the commits seem firm there will be some more names and announcements to keep and eye on:

4* LB Sharieff Rhaheed will announce tomorrow at 8 a.m. between Louisville, Michigan St., Missouri, and Arkansas

3* DE Grant Harris will announce at 9 a.m. between Louisville and Mississippi St.

4* JUCO DT Dalvon Stuckey will announce at 9 a.m. between Louisville and ASU

3* WR Cornelius Sturghill (Wisconsin Commit) will announce at 9:30 p.m. between Louisville and Wisconsin

4* WR Isaiah Ford will announce at 2 p.m. between Louisville, Va. Tech, South Carolina, and Florida

3* WR DeSean Blair will announce at 9 a.m. between Louisville, Nebraska, and Missouri

3* LB Isaiah Riddle will announce at 12 p.m. between Louisville, Ok St, Memphis, Kansas St, and Hawaii

These aren’t the only names to watch tomorrow just the ones with timed announcements. We will update throughout the day if more times are announced. 

Could UofL be possible destination for USC transfer?


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USC QB Max Wittek announced he will transfer from the school and be eligible to play immediately. Wittek, a top 5 QB coming out of High School, played in 5 games last season as a Sophomore. Where Wittek will end up is not known at this time but one USC site Reign of Troy believes the Cards could be a possible spot. They believe the top 5 spots to land Wittek are Louisville, Fresno State, San Jose St., Texas, and Florida. Heres what they had to say about the Cards:

Louisville Cardinals: “In a trend with Fresno State and San Jose State, the Cards are having to replace an NFL arm in Teddy Bridgewater. Redshirt sophomore Will Gardner has the inside track, having been in tow for the last two years. But add a whole new coaching staff under Bobby Petrino and a move to the ACC and interest in adding Wittek seems viable. Former UAB head coach Garrick McGee will run the Louisville offense as the Cards’ new OC and he’s a run very similar pro-style attack to Lane Kiffin. McGee coached Ryan Mallett while the offensive coordinator at Arkansas, a quarterback with plenty of tendencies that are comparable to Wittek. Under McGee’s tutelage, Mallett blossomed, throwing for 3,869 yards and 32 touchdowns as senior. Wittek could see that potential in the McGee offense and a potentially winnable quarterback battle and find himself in the ACC.”

While Texas may have the inside track and the Cards are by no means hurting for QB’s Wittek could become one to watch.

ACC Football schedule to be released tomorrow


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The ACC will release their 2014 football schedule tomorrow at 3PM HERE.

What we know: 

The Cards will play home games against Miami, Florida St., NC State, and Wake Forest.

The Cards will play away games at Clemson, Virginia, Syracuse, and Boston College.

What we think we know:

Most are expecting the Cards to open the season with the Miami Hurricanes on Labor Day night in the ABC Prime time slot.

 

Regardless, tomorrow we will get a big piece of what will be one of the best schedules in UofL history.

4 Star RB Marlon Mack visiting the Ville this weekend (Highlights)


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Coach Bobby Petrino and the Louisville staff have been working around the clock preparing for the upcoming signing day. As we posted yesterday the Cards will have some impressive recruits on campus over the next 3 weeks starting today. (Visitor List 1/17) One of those guys will be 4 Star RB Marlon Mack (FL). Mack had been committed to UCLA before announcing his de commitment earlier this week.

New Louisville RB coach and former Cardinal and Kansas City Chief Kolby Smith established a connection with Mack while he was at WKU and that has continued with the move to Louisville. While Mack is a dynamic RB you may be even more impressed with him at the Safety position. Mack flat out brings the hammer! The position that the Cards want Mack to play isn’t  known but what is known is Mack is a flat out athlete and that’s what Bobby likes. Keep a close eye on this one over the weekend

You can follow Marlon Mack on twitter @Marlon_Mack2

Offensive Highlights

Defensive Highlights

Louisville Football Visitor List 1/17


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Coach Bobby Petrino and the staff have hit the recruiting trail hard and have a crucial 3 weeks ahead of them. Over these next 3 weekends before signing day the Cards will try to get as many commits and targets on campus as possible and it starts with the group this weekend:

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**UPDATED** Who is on Petrino’s staff??


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Well Bobby Petrino is the new head coach of the Louisville Cardinals. Now the question is who is he bringing along? We will have the list here and will update it has they are announced.

Offense

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach: Garrick McGee- UAB head coach. Read more about him here. 

Running Backs: Kolby Smith- former Louisville running back. Was with Petrino at WKU.

Wide Receivers: Lamar Thomas- played at Miami; was with Petrino at WKU. Good recruiter in Miami.

Offensive Line: Chris Klenakis- Iowa State’s offensive line coach.  Read more about him here. 

Defense

Defensive Coordinator: Todd Grantham- leaving position as Georgia DC to come to Louisville

Defensive Line: Clint Hurtt- came to Louisville with Charlie Strong. Will remain on staff under Petrino. 

Defensive Ends: L.D. Scott- played at Louisville and coached the defensive line at WKU. Also is Petrino’s son-in-law.

Linebackers: Tony Grantham- LB coach at Navy for 6 years. Todd’s brother.

Defensive Backs: Terrell Buckley- played at Florida State. Has coached at FSU and Akron. 

Special Teams- 

All you need to know about new UofL DC Todd Grantham


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According to multiple sources Louisville hired Georgia DC Todd Grantham to the same position here…………………..Yes you read that right. So now that we know who the DC will be, just who is Todd Grantham? Well here is your answer:

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Louisville’s new Strength Coach is…….INTENSE


 

This folks could very well be happening in PJCS next year and I for one will be extremely HYPE!!

5 reasons I want Bobby Petrino back!


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We have heard many names thrown around about who could be the next football Coach at the University of Louisville. But in my eyes there is only one and that’s Bobby Petrino. Sure James Franklin of Vandy or some of the others intrigue me and would be good hires but only one would bring us back to a level we have only tasted once and that was when he was here the last time. So here’s the 5 reasons why I want Bobby Petrino.

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Live Pre/Post game shows for todays games!


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Our guys Lloyd Spence (Talkin Noiz) and Howie Lindsey (CardinalSports.com) Will be having a live pre and post game for both Louisville games today. The guys will be live from Lexington and Orlando with many guests!! Be sure to check it out. Link is in the tweet below:

Miami WR Herb Waters Doubtful for RAB


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The above tweet was sent from Susan Degnan a beat writer for the Miami Herald. Herb Waters has been one of Miami’s top WR this year racking up over 400 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns.

You may remember Waters name in recruiting as he had some second thoughts about his Miami commitment and took a long look at the Cards. Waters being out would be a blow to the Hurricanes offense so this will definitely be something to watch.

Big time 2014 Miami WR visiting the Cards?


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2014 3 Star WR Steve Ishmael will visit the Cards at the end of January according to 247Sports. At 6’2 Ishmael has the size and ability to come in and help the Cards in the ACC. Ishmael caught 72 passes for 1,044 yards and 16 touchdowns this season for his North Miami Beach team. Ishmael isn’t the only football player in the family, his older brother is Atlanta Falcons Safety Kemal Ishmael. So the pedigree is there for greatness. Ishmael’s highlights are nothing to pass on either this dude flat out goes after the ball. This will be a name to watch in the coming weeks.

 

 

Teddy to the Texans in McShay’s Mock 1.0


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Today ESPN’s Todd McShay released his Mock Draft 1.0 and has our very own Teddy Bridgewater going #1 to the Houston Texans. While McShay does have the Texans taking Teddy #1 he does admit it’s not a lock. McShay says that Houston may question Teddy’s durability and that Blake Bortles has a higher ceiling………………………. Wait did I read that right? Well here’s what Todd had to say in full:

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Teddy Bridgewater*
COLLEGE: Louisville
AGE: 21
HT: 6-2
WT: 220
POS: QB

Analysis: This is a tough call right off the bat. I have Bridgewater ranked as the top quarterback prospect in this class, but just ninth overall. The question for the Texans is going to be this: Do you have a player at another position who grades out considerably higher? (Possibilities include Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews or South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney.) Because if not, given their need at QB and the importance of that position, my guess is that they’d talk themselves into taking Bridgewater — or whichever QB ranks highest on their board in May.

Bridgewater has great football intelligence, is mentally and physically tough, and has proved he can beat opponents from inside the pocket; he can read defenses, has a quick release and is very accurate. If he isn’t the top overall pick, it’ll be because of questions about his durability. He’ll also need to hold off UCF quarterback Blake Bortles during the draft process. Bortles isn’t as polished as Bridgewater but does have a higher ceiling.

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