The fine fine people at Optimum scouting.com decided to redraft the 2014 NFL Draft since the season is winding down. A couple of Cardinals make HUGE jumps.
Former Louisville Cardinal Preston Brown is making his presence felt in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills so far this season. The rookie linebacker was 4th in tackles coming into week 5 in the NFL. Currently, he ranks 6th in tackles, but that is because Green Bay and Minnesota played on Thursday night. Two Packers are now ahead of Brown. Mike Rodak of ESPN.com posted an article today about Brown. Here is some of that.
With the recent news that running back Senorise Perry has signed with the Chicago Bears, that now makes 9 former Louisville Cardinals from last year’s team that are on NFL teams right now. Here is the tweet from Brad Biggs, who covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune.
Here is the updated list.
Calvin Pryor – 18th overall to the New York Jets
Marcus Smith – 26th overall to the Philadelphia Eagles
Teddy Bridgewater – 32nd overall to the Minnesota Vikings
The first night of the 2014 NFL Draft was the big one for the University of Louisville. On that night, three players were selected in the first round. Over the next two days, only one player was picked. However, there have been many free agent signings since the draft ended. Here is a list of the players that were either drafted or have signed as free agents. (As of 11:50 p.m. on Saturday night)
Calvin Pryor – 18th overall to the New York Jets
Marcus Smith – 26th overall to the Philadelphia Eagles
–Teddy Bridgewater spoke to the media at the NFL Combine on Saturday. He said he thinks he is the best quarterback in the draft (well, yeah), he is NOT throwing at the combine, and he talks about his relationship with his mother. Check out the video below.
-There was a big deal made about the size of Teddy’s hands in comparison with other quarterbacks. All I say is…really? When they start making the footballs bigger in size, let me know. Until then, I am pretty sure he can still throw a football with those hands.
–Damian Copeland had an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds. That is the 7th fastest time for wide receivers.
This week…..on 55…..
The tenth episode of 55. Oh how time flies. It seems like it was just yesterday that you were nothing more than just an idea in my head. I just can’t believe how fast you have grown. Before long we will celebrate your 21st. I can’t talk about this right now. Sorry. Moving on. I know what you are saying…Jeremy has finally lost it, or dude it’s just a story. You would be right either way. I am just glad that this week it was not as eventful as last week and that I will be able to take time out to make fun of Shawn once again….I feel like I neglected him. Poor lil guy. Well here we go. Once again, I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55
1) Mark Schlabach has once again released his “Way too early Top 25″ for college football this upcoming season. Check out where he ranks the Cards here
2) He also ranked Texas…..there goes his credibility with me
3) Sorry Charlie
4) Still a little salty………
5) Saturday Preston Brown & Hakeem Smith played in the East-West Shrine game. Both played well but evidently nobody cared enough to post tackling stats on any site anywhere….
7) Oh great SpongeBob is back…..anyways
8) The University of Louisville has purchased the Cardinal Club, an 18-hole championship golf course and 212-acre complex in Simpsonville, Ky. which serves as home to the U of L men’s and women’s golf teams. The facility will be rebranded as the University of Louisville Golf Club
9) It really was long overdue….great purchase by the University
10) Louisville midfielder Charlyn Corral was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team the NSCAA announced on Wednesday
11) Sources tell me…..Shawn wears Underroos……Finally a Shawn joke!!!!!!!
12) Sorry bud…I felt I had neglected you. Moving forward
On Saturday January 18, 2014, the 89th East-West Shrine Game will take place in St. Petersburg, Florida at Tropicana Field. That is fitting because two former Louisville Cardinals who played their first bowl game on that very field will take part in this game for the East: Hakeem Smith and Preston Brown.
Hakeem Smith finished his career at Louisville with 290 total tackles, 4 interceptions, 22 pass deflections, 5 forced fumbles, and 2 sacks. He played in every single game from 2010-2013 for the Cards.
Preston Brown finished his career with 301 total tackles, 7 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 interception. He also played in every single game from 2010-2013.
The game can be seen on the NFL Network and it starts at 4:00 p.m. ET.
(19/16) Louisville (10-1, 6-1) @ (NR/23) Cincinnati (9-2, 6-1)
Date: Thursday December 5, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Kaylee Hartung)
Location: Cincinnati, OH (Nippert Stadium)
Capacity: 35,000 (Field-turf)
All-time Series: Cincinnati leads 29-22-1
Here is what happened the weekend of Friday November 22nd through Sunday November 24th around CardNation:
Friday November 22nd
Swimming and Diving: The Cardinal swimming team completed its first day of competition at the Michigan Open in Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan with five wins and another school record. In the 200-free relay, the foursome of Rachael Lewis (23.40), Johanna Cowley (23.27), Andrea Cottrell (23.30) and Mary Mittel (23.27) combined for a 1:32.91 and a second place finish. The men’s 200-free relay won with a time of 1:20.98 as Rudy Edelen (23.73), Aaron Young (20.38), Pedro Coutinho 19.98 and Trevor Carroll (19.89) touched first. of L women took four of the top five spots in the 200-IM led by winner Tanja Kylliainen’s 1:59.68. Andrea Cottrell was second in 2:01.63, with Abigail Chin touching fourth in 2:02.40 and Lucy Kramer touching in 2:04.83 for fifth. For the men, Evan Noble won the event with a time of 1:47.81, with teammate David Boland touching second in 1:48.70 and Ryan Massey was fourth in 1:50.13.
Volleyball: Senior hitter Emily Juhl had 13 kills to lead the University of Louisville to a 25-12, 25-15, 25-22 sweep over the University of Cincinnati in AAC volleyball action on Senior Night at the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville remains unbeaten in the AAC at 16-0 and improves to 21-7 overall. The Cardinals hit .343 for the match. Janelle Jenkins hit .474 with 10 kills and Randi Ewing contributed seven kills and hit 1.000 for the match. Katie George had 41 assists and Maya McClendon and Caitlin Welch each added 16 digs.
Ok guys where do we start? First off it is Senior Day and 38 degrees and it is time to honor the guys that came to give us all they had for 4-5 years. The turnout fluctuated. There were about 30k at kickoff, 40k at beginning of 2nd quarter, got up to around 45k at peak, then dropped to 30k after start of 4th and finally dipped to about 20-25 once Memphis started scoring in 4th quarter. We have to do better. We have to be there in our seats 30 minutes prior to kick-off. We have to stay until the clock hits 0:00. We have to fill up the stadium for senior day and every other day. We will likely be up to 70k seats within 2 years and I will tell you this, ACC away fans will make the trips and turn our home games into theirs.
I began to type this post, and had to delete the first paragraph and start over. I was opening the post with negativity and talking about what I expect the stadium to be like on Saturday afternoon. But that will do no good and make no difference. No need to be negative. I will just talk about why Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium should be FULL on Saturday afternoon.
And let me go ahead and get these excuses out on the table for everyone (all of these are in a whiny voice):
55. Not just a random number to me. It’s a number that has followed me around my life. It was always my number in any sports I played. Whenever I create players on games they are always 55. It’s the number that comes after 54. One day I hope to live to see the age of 55. All valid points. Today I monitored twitter a little more than often and noticed that its getting as bad as Facebook there. So many things going down in one day. So many gripes, so many issues. So I decided to put down a list of 55 things I observed today. Here we go in no particular order.
Here is what happened the weekend of Friday November 15th through Sunday November 17th around CardNation
Friday November 15th
Men’s Cross Country: Tyler Byrne and Ernest Kibet each ran to top-15 finishes to lead the University of Louisville men’s cross country team to a 10th-place showing at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday afternoon in Earlysville, Va. Byrne and Kibet each earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors for the first time in their respective careers after finishing in the top 30. Byrne finished 10th and clocked a school-record 29:16.1 in the 10K. It’s the second-consecutive meet that Byrne has broken a Louisville school record after he set the 8K mark en route to winning the American Athletic Conference title.
*University of Louisville cross country’s Tyler Byrne and Ernest Kibet received at-large bids to compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced on Saturday.
Women’s Cross Country: Louisville was without two of its top runners in freshmen Adair Gennocro and Agnes Chepchumba, who missed their first races of the year with an injury. Each has registered a pair of top-10 finishes and the duo earned all-conference honors at the AAC Championships in early November. Michelle Molodynia, Kelsey Cramsey, and Megan Klein completed the Cardinals’ five scoring runners.
The newly anointed cardinal “BOOM” had hit all the major sports team at UofL this week. It was assumed we would see a boom on the Football field tonight and we did…kind of. The Cardinal D BOOMed when we needed them too as the D held high-powered Houston to under 200 total yards. On Offense Dominique Brown ran for a career-high of 137 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the third quarter, and No. 19 Louisville held on to beat Houston 20-13 on Saturday night. Teddy Bridgewater added 203 yards passing and an uncharacteristic TouchDown total of zero. Devante Parker had 4 catches for 72 yards. Preston Brown added nine tackles on Defense and Roy Philon, Marcus Smith & Lorenzo Mauldin all had a sack. John Wallace was 2-2 on Field Goals and 2-2 on extra points.
The game marked Louisville’s first Saturday night contest in five years and its first meeting against Houston since a 65-27 victory in 2004 – their second straight 60-point performance against the Cougars. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater had his streak of 21 games with a touchdown pass end. The Cards play Memphis at Noon on Saturday at PJCS.
The Cards fell to UCF last night 38-35. The Offense was led by Teddy Bridgewater who finished 29-38 for 341 yards and 2 TD, Dominique Brown added 88 yards and 2 TD and James Quick got his first collegiate TD off of a 30 yard fumble recovery that took place on a UCF punt attempt. Devante and Eli were the 2 TD recipients. Preston Brown had 12 tackles and Calvin Pryor added 11 tackles and 1 INT. Below are some videos and pictures we got from the game, enjoy and remember that the season isn’t over!
(Don’t forget to check out our facebook page photo gallery for more pictures)
Previous position breakdowns:
Today we continue the position breakdowns for the 2013 football season and focus on the Linebackers. This unit has talent, but not too much depth as far as game experience is concerned. It could be a strength for the Cards this season if some guys can stay healthy, and a key guy can get healthy. Let’s see who we have…
6’2 260 lbs
One of the biggest leaders on this year’s team will be Preston Brown. The senior linebacker from Cincinnati, OH has played in 39 games as a Card. If you are trying to do the math, that is EVERY game since he has been here. He has started in 24 of those games, all 13 last year and 11 as a sophomore.
The American Athletic Conference (AAC) will hold their first annual Football Media day this week Monday July 29 and Tuesday July 30th. Here are some things you need to know:
The Sugar Bowl champs return 10 players on defense for the 2013 season. Here is a highlight video from some of the biggest and most exciting plays from last season!
By Justin Renck:
ESPN released their All-Bowl Teams for the different conferences, and the Big East team is loaded with Cardinals! 7 members of the Sugar Bowl champions made the team. Here is the list! (All of the comments for the players came from Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com)
By Jeremy Wahman:
On Friday night when the University of Louisville and University of Cincinnati met on the field, nothing was for certain….well other than the rain. UofL overcame 2 double digit deficits to down UC 34-31 in the first ever OT meeting between the schools in their long storied rivalry. There was a big game feeling on this evening that felt even bigger with the weather conditions. You could tell there were gonna be some fireworks.