Today at ACC Media Days the ACC released their preseason voting lists and they are as follows:
The Cards coming in at 3rd in the Atlantic Division is about spot on if you ask me. Don’t see many scenarios where the Cards should be ahead of FSU or Clemson in this preseason. With that being said I (even if in the minority) expect the Cards to walk out of Clemson with a W. So lets not forget this is just preseason ;)
Defensive End Lorenzo Mauldin was named to the Bednarik Award watch list. The Bednarik Award is given to the College Football Defensive Player of the Year. Last season Mauldin finished in the top 20 among the nations sack leaders and looks primed finish even higher this season. Under Todd Grantham’s 3-4 scheme look for Mauldin to get plenty of playing time at the OLB position this season also. One thing is for sure, the name Lorenzo Mauldin is going to make a lot of ACC QB’s lose some sleep this season. Here’s to you Jameis.
Louisville WR DeVante Parker was named to the Maxwell Award watch list. The Maxwell Award is given out to the College Football Player of the Year. Last season Parker caught 55 passes for 885 yards and tied the school record with 12 touchdowns and most are expecting those numbers to be on the rise under Petrino. Something tells me this won’t be the last Award list we see Parkers name on.
We all knew watching Calvin Pryor last year that this wasn’t your average Safety. Over and over Pryor would make plays, whether a one handed INT or a monster hit, that would leave us speechless. While we knew he was special I don’t know that anyone grasp just how good Pryor may be. Upon arriving at Jets camp Pryor immediately started making an impact, so much so many people began speculating he could be moving into the starting role. ESPN has also taken notice and in Ashley Fox’s new article she makes the bold prediction that Calvin Pryor will be Defensive Rookie of the Year.
“Pryor’s head wasn’t spinning after his first minicamp. His mouth was running, yes, to the point that second-year quarterback Geno Smith quipped that Pryor had not earned the right to chirp. Yet.
But that is Pryor’s nature, and he is a perfect fit for the Jets. Pryor is, as Jets head coach Rex Ryan noted after selecting him, in the mold of Seattle safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas: big, brash, a vicious hitter with range, who is able to blitz from various spots on the field, and an enforcer for the back of the defense.
“It’s how we want to play defense,” Ryan said at the time, while noting: “Big hits still win games.”
“Pryor played three seasons at Louisville. He started the final seven games as a true freshman and developed a reputation as a hitter, hence the nickname “Louisville Slugger.” As a junior last season, the 6-foot-2, 208-pound Pryor knocked an opponent out of each game of a three-game stretch. He finished his collegiate career as Louisville’s all-time leader with nine forced fumbles. He also had seven interceptions.”
“It is inevitable that Pryor will make big hits. He should be able to create turnovers. He will make plays. And if Pryor does so from the jump, he should add another line to his résumé: NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.”
Whether Pryor wins ROY or not I think we all can agree the “Louisville Slugger” will have the best nickname in all of football.
Well Teddy dominated the first Camps session for the Minnesota Vikings like we all expected. I’d say there will be a few GM’s that wont be listening to Mike Mayok’s advice next season.
According to this Chris Emma tweet Bobby Petrino has landed another Transfer and this time from the BIG10.
Former Northwestern RB Malin Jones will be attending Louisville next season. Jones was a 3 star RB out of high school ranked as high as 23rd at his position. Along with being an Illinois All State selection Jones was also named to the Max Preps All American team after rushing for nearly 5,000 yards in his career at Joliet Catholic.
At Northwestern Jones was suspended for a violation of team rules in his red shirt freshman year but along the way was named practice player of the week multiple times. Last season Jones played in 8 games but recorded just one catch and three rushes. At 6’0 205 lbs Jones has the tools to be a good player Bobby Petrino and with Dyer and Brown out the door this year Malin will add some great depth to the RB stable.
Malin Jones High School Highlights:
Bobby Petrino got some good news today when 3 star WR Dahu Green (OK) verbally committed to Louisville. The 6’4 Green has 4.5 speed and went for 693 yards and ten TD’s in his junior season. With Parker leaving a 6’4 WR is just what the Dr. ordered for Petrino and Green looks poised to fill that spot. Green is Petrino’s 4th commitment in the last week and it sounds like Bobby is just getting started! Follow Dahu Green on twitter @Dahu_Green18
Still not sold on Green?? Take a second and watch this film, kid could be a stud.
Bobby Petrino got some good news today when OLB Jonathan Greenard picked the Cards over UK.
The Cats had been the heavy favorite for Greenard but after visiting both campuses this weekend the 6’4 220 lb OLB felt the Cards were the better fit. Greenards size and athleticism will fit very nicely in Grantham’s 3-4 defense so expect to hear this name called many times in the future. Follow Jonathan Greenard on twitter @_ayejon_
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!