By now most of you have already heard but for those that have not the University of Louisville announced today that starting QB Will Gardner would miss the rest of the season due to injury. Gardner suffered an apparent knee injury in the Cards win over Boston College last Saturday. Bobby Petrino had this to say about the loss of Gardner:
“It is really unfortunate and disappointing for Will because of how hard he has worked and how respected he is in the locker room,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. “Will will continue to be an integral part of our program moving forward because of his leadership he has displayed and the respect he has in the locker room. “
Through seven games played Gardner threw for 1,669 yards and 12 touchdowns. Gardner did however have a message for CardNation via twitter
The Cards may have lost to FSU last night on the field but are looking to win big on the recruiting trail. Louisville’s winning started today when they received a commitment from 2016 4 star WR Desmond Fitzpatrick (MI). The 6’2 Fitzpatrick is known as a tremendous route runner with great hands and will fit nicely in Bobby’s system. Fitzpatrick held offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Illinois, and more and is receiving interest from Notre Dame, OSU, Michigan, and Michigan St.. The latter are sure to offer at some point.
According to most insiders Fitzpatrick will not be the last commit for Petrino and the Cards in the coming days! Bobby is building something special. Follow Desmond Fitzpatrick on twitter @
In this week’s edition of The Stemmys we touch on recruiting, Louisville Football and fantasy football!
The “Who’d you say can’t recruit?!” Award: Bobby Petrino
All we have heard is how Bobby isn’t getting it done on the recruiting trail. Well he shut that door this week with an emphatic SLAM!! Just this week alone Petrino landed former 4 star All-American WR Paul Harris and went into Bama country to steal 4 star LB Amonte Caban. The Cards now have the #27 class according to Rivals.com. Still say Bobby can’t recruit……….I’ll wait.
The Next Level Moment Award: Jeff Walz landing Asia Durr
This week Louisville Womens Basketball Coach Jeff Walz took the next step to winning a National Title when he landed the Nations #1 player Asia Durr. Walz has had some very talented teams while at Louisville but always seemed to be missing that one piece. Now Walz has that piece and the #1 recruiting class in the Nation. Ah I can see the Banner now.
Louisville RB commit James Allen picked the Cards over offers from the likes of Tennessee, Miami, Ole Miss, and Arkansas and I think we will all be glad he did. As you read this post I assume you haven’t seen Allen run the ball just yet. If that is the case you are in for a treat. Click the link below and enjoy!
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!
Nobody seems to be giving the Cards much of a chance when Famous Jameis and the Noles come to town but there are some that believe. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit tweeted this earlier today:
Herbie seen first hand just what Louisville can do to a highly ranked FSU team in 2002.
Will the Cards take down FSU that I don’t know. What I do know is Bobby Petrino will have a game plan that will give the Cards a chance. Even though we got a couple other big games before then I feel safe in saying if the Cards pull this off I may not sleep for the rest of the season. #L1C4
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
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