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
The University of Louisville has announced the entire spring practice schedule (Pictured Above). That wasn’t the only big announcement of the day concerning Spring Practice. Shortly after this tweet was sent out:
We love you Bobby!!
When 6’4 350 lb Jimmy Terry committed to the Cards last week it had everyone left scratching their head. I got to be honest I wondered if it wasn’t a twitter hoax but folks it’s real and here’s a story on Jimmy Terry from 16 WAPT in Jackson Mississippi.
According to this tweet from Coaching Search:
This would be another excellent hire for Coach Bobby Petrino. Brown was former DC at Colorado and have many years in the NFL with the Saints, Falcons, 49ers, Chargers and Oilers. Definitely something to keep an eye on.
Sports Illustrated put out a list of the Top 25 games in the 2013-2014 season and the Cards only loss of the season made the list. The Cards 38-35 loss to the UCF Knights on October 18th ranked as the 11th best game of the season. While it may not be the best memory for us all I can resepct the fact that of all the great games this season the Cards played in one of the best. Here’s what SI had to say about the game:
11. UCF 38, Louisville 35 (Oct. 18)
Before Blake Bortles and Storm Johnson were household names, they were the sparks of an upstart UCF squad that knocked off then-No. 8 Louisville, a team many assumed would cruise to an undefeated season in the weak AAC. Midway through the third quarter against the Knights, everything seemed to be falling into place for Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals, who led 28-7. However, UCF roared back with a rushing score from Johnson and two touchdown passes from Bortles — one to Johnson and a game-winner with 23 seconds left — to stun Louisville at home.
It was instead the Knights who completed an unblemished AAC campaign en route to a Fiesta Bowl victory. – CB
You can see the full list HERE
After the Cards win Thursday we found out they would be accepting a bid to the Russell Athletics Bowl in Orlando Florida. This is where the real question comes in: When the Cards line up in Orlando who will be on the other side of the ball? There are 3 realistic expectations here so lets take a look:
This week…..on 55…..
55 is not a state of mind or a way to live life your life…yet. It is a place to state facts and shoot down gripes. I have logged a ton of hours in this week at the factory. (I don’t really work in a….nevermind) Once again I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. Hope you enjoy. Or not…it’s cool.
1) The football team had a bye week, we did not lose however did not win
2) we still dropped in the poll 2 spots
3) We dropped 2 spots after beating USF by 31
4) UCF barely defeated USF this past week and jumped 2 spots
5) I despise UCF
6) The Men’s Basketball team looked to get back on track by defeating previously undefeated Southern Miss 69-38
7) Yes we held a grown mans team to 38 points for an entire game
8) We had 34 at halftime
9) Thx Kev. The Volleyball Cards have been on a roll as well going 18-0 in conference. Despite this the Cards are not even receiving votes in the AVCA Poll.
10) Four of their seven losses were to the number 3,11,13 & 17th ranked teams in the country early on in the season.
In a way I’m hoping my beard doesn’t end up looking this long, but in a way I do. Let me back up for a second though. It all started at 8pm on February 9th. I was going to shave and decided I would just do it before I went to bed that night since I had to work early the next morning. I figured the game would be over about 11 then I could shower and then go to bed. I figured wrong. That was the infamous 5 OT game vs Notre Dame. The game ended up lasting till sometime after 1 a.m. I angrily shaved, showered, and then went to sleep. About two weeks later I went to shave again and realized that we hadn’t lost since I shaved. Crap. Superstitions, once realized, torture the souls of the former athletes who use to practice them faithfully everyday. So at that time I decided I wasn’t going to shave until we lost again in basketball. Two months and 3 days later I got to shave.
So imagine my horror once I realized two things this week. 1) The Red Sox had advanced to the ALCS and most importantly 2) The Football Cards were undefeated. That’s why this picture above popped in my head. Here’s why I am superstitious as far as Louisville Football is concerned. Last year I shaved, without thinking of the ramifications, and went to Steve’s house to watch the Syracuse game. One torn ACL and loss later I was a believer. That’s enough to make a superstitious person feel stronger about superstition.
Superstition In sports is a long standing tradition. The superstitions can range from Chris Bosh wearing the same socks every game to some players wearing the same undies (Yuck) to our very own Mr. Bridgewater and his Bazooka Bubble Gum in each sock. It’s really insane. But as long as you are winning you don’t care. So I will grow my beard proudly for the Red and Black of CardNation. If we just so happen to be undefeated in basketball in January after our Bowl game, then please pray for me for I will keep growing until we lose. And I have never wanted to look like a member of the duck dynasty…..God Bless and Go Cards!
It’s UL/uk game week, so every morning I will update you on the betting odds for this weekends Governors Cup matchup. The spread opened Sunday with Louisville + 7.5. The spread has been updated on multiple sites but the odds show it will be a closer game than most expected it to be. Here are the current odds as of 8:15 A.M. on Tuesday September 12th 2013
Big time 4 Star DT Poona Ford (SC) chose the Cards today over offers from some of the Nations Elite: South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio St, and Arkansas just to name a few. At 6’1 288 lbs Ford has the size to come right in and give the Cards a force in the middle going into the ACC. If there is one spot that needs depth on this Louisville Football team it is at DT and Ford has been extremely high on Charlie’s list for a long time now. Not only is Ford’s addition big for depth but also continues an ACC pipeline in South Carolina for the Cards, Poona joins fellow South Carolina natives TJ Foster and Zykiesis Cannon as the third member from that state in the 2014 class. With the addition of Ford look for Strong to now turn his attention to 4 Star DT Daniel Cage (IN), landing Cage and Ford would be a HUGE get for Charlie and company and would make for a very talented DL of the future. Fords commitment should take the Cards up to number 12 in the country and it doesn’t look as though Charlie is done just yet. And most importantly who is ready to yell POOOOOOOOOONNNNNAAAAA!! :)
Today the last of the award watch lists are released. Todays list is the Walter Camp award watch list. This award is presented to the nation’s most outstanding player by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. It is the college equivalent to the NFL MVP award. The Cards have landed 14 people on the 15 lists including todays list as Teddy Bridgewater was named to this prestigious list. It is kind of fitting as Teddy was on the first list (Maxwell) on is on the last one today. This season is shaping up to be even more memorable than last if the all the Cards fall into place (pun intended). Below is the full list for the Walter Camp watch list,enjoy!
You can best believe this has been the most eventful off season in CardNation history as far as the watch lists are concerned. Today the Doak Walker award watch list came out for the best running back in America. The Cards land 2 on this list today RB Dominique Brown and RB Senorise Perry both make the list. The Cards now have 13 names on the 14 postseason lists so far with one left to go which is the Walter Camp award. The Camp award is presented to the nation’s most outstanding player by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Teddy is sure to make that list. The full Doak list is below under click for more.
The Cards and Cats will meet on the gridiron on Sept. 14 (week 3) of this football season and as of today we found out the game will kickoff at Noon on ESPN. While I am not a huge fan of Noon time Kickoffs this could end up being a good thing for the Cards. Everyone knows the big game of the day will be Alabama taking on Texas A&M and all eyes will be on that and we all know after big games such as that its hard to get involved in another game. This Noon Kickoff will probably put more eyes on the Cards than any other time and if a National Championship is going to be in any kind of reach we need as many eyes as possible. So get plenty of sleep on the 13th and get ready for that lovely morning drive to to Lexington on the 14th. In the meantime enjoy some Highlights from last years Battle of the Bluegrass.
4* Louisville WR commit Isaiah Ford will be on the UofL campus this weekend to check out the Ville. Ford has been making his rounds checking out different campuses along the way but seems very excited to get to the school he plans to call home in the near future. Ford is a dynamic WR that may be the most talented prospect in a loaded 2014 class for the Cards. Ford will arrive on Louisville’s campus this weekend but he will not be alone. Fords Trinity Christian team is loaded with 2015 talent and they will also be taking in all the beautiful city of Louisville has to offer. Here is a short run down of those players:
By: Steven Rummage
3 star LB Henry Famurewa (6’2 235lbs) chose the Cards today over offers from: Boston College, Illinois, NC State, and Iowa. At 6’2 Famurewa has the great size Strong is clearly looking for heading into the ACC and after being clocked at 4.62 in the 40 he looks to be the total package. Henry does it all on the field, last season he recorded 90 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 2 pass-deflections, and 3 forced fumbles. You can follow Famurewa on twitter @therealfamfam15.
The 4th annual Deion Branch skills and drills football camp will be held this Saturday June 1st at St X high school in Louisville, KY. Details can be found in the flyer below with more info being available at Deionbranchfoundation.org. There are only 3 days left to sign up with limited spots available. I caught up with Deion and asked him why was it so important to have this camp in Louisville.
Deion: Louisville is my second home. It’s a blessing to come home and give back to the city that has supported me throughout my entire career! Go Cards!
Follow Deion on Twitter at @DeionBranch84
By: Steven Rummage
There have been many great games in the History of Louisville football but I have narrowed down the list to ten. Now these are completely my (Steven’s) opinion so feel free to let me know any you think I missed.
By: Steven Rummage
According to this ESPN ARTICLE the #2 FB in the nation Daniel Gresham has decommited from Texas and has Louisville and Ole Miss as his early favorites. Gresham seems to be looking to play RB in college and has family here in Louisville. Gresham holds offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, FSU, Ga. Tech, Louisville, Miami, Ohio St, Ole Miss, Tenn., Texas and Vandy. This could defiantly be one to keep an eye on.
By: Steven Rummage
6’4 200 lb WR DeSean Blair committed to the Cards yesterday. Blair also had offers from Vanderbilt, Maryland, Temple, Iowa St., as well as many other big time looks. You can follow Blair on twitter @DeseanBlair