It’s only been a week since my last post, but for me it seemed like there were 15 things that happened that I want to touch on with fans but kept getting swallowed by something new. Seriously y’all, I don’t know how Justin does it. Most of the news posts out of CSZ are from him after his 9-5 job & after he teaches little kids how to ball (hmm, maybe I could use a lesson. Have you seen my shot, J? Never mind, it’s scary). So I’m going to once again list (lol) the new news that rounded out the year 2015 into 2016 for Louisville football.
-🔸Louisville invades Nashville for the Music City Bowl
Shaq Wiggins is joining Josh Harvey-Clemons and Keith Kelsey and returning to Louisville for the 2016 football season. This does not come as a huge surprise to me, but at the same time, I didn’t really expect Charles Gaines to leave last year either.
The ACC announced their All-Conference teams on Monday afternoon, and there was no shortage of Louisville Cardinals, as 10 players were named to various teams. Nobody made the first team, and Sheldon Rankins somehow landed all the way back on the third team.
Of the 10 players, 9 came from the defensive side of the ball, with Geron Christian being the only player on offense to make it. The full teams are listed below.
Yes, there were some highlights from this game. Mainly, Jamari Staples catching everything and the Cards forcing turnovers.
College Football News has a good preview of the 2015 Louisville Cardinals. As we start July, any football preview is a good thing because the season can not get here soon enough. But this particular preview seems to actually be accurate about the team, which you don’t always get from national publications.
Here are a fer excerpts from the preview. You can read the full post by clicking the link above.
It is no secret that when Louisville takes the field on September 5th against the Auburn Tigers, the personnel on defense will be much different than last year. No Mauldin, Sample, Gaines, Holliman…you get the point. But a reason for UofL fans to be optimistic is the addition of two transfers from Georgia that can play this season, Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins.
Wiggins missed most of spring ball after a bad elbow injury. According to his tweet, it looks like that elbow is finally healed.
Georgia Transfer (CB) Shaq Wiggins went down with an apparent arm injury according to those at practice this morning.
Michael McCammon of Scout.com tweeted
Wiggins is projected to be the starter at the Corner Back position for the Cards. We will have more later right here on CardinalSportsZone.
It is already that time of year again. Spring football begins today, and Bobby Petrino met with the media on Monday to talk about the state of the team. The Cards are in the Sweet 16 (men and women) and spring football is starting. This is a very fun time!
I’m excited to get started tomorrow. I’ve certainly been looking forward to this. It’s a new team. We have a lot of new working parts, so it will be a lot of fun to see how it all goes together, who wins competition for positions. The thing we always understand is that spring football is, number one, about our players getting better at their craft and working hard on their technique and fundamentals, working hard to become experts about what they do.
Bobby Petrino can never have enough quarterbacks. He just landed another one. Former Washington State quarterback Tyler Bruggman has told Insidetheville.com that he plans to transfer to Louisville. The redshirt freshman was a 4-star player in high school.
When Bruggman decided to leave Washington State, he was granted his release to Louisville, Arkansas, Duke, and Indiana. Of those four schools, Louisville was the one school that did not offer him a scholarship out of high school. But that didn’t seem to matter here, as it sounds like it wasn’t even a close race to land him.
When former Georgia safety Tray Matthews was dismissed from the team a couple weeks ago, he tweeted that his next home would either be Louisville or Auburn. It looked really good that he would end up with the Cards with his former Bulldog teammates Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins. A few days passed, and then there were reports that Alabama and Florida were even in the mix for Matthews. There hasn’t been too much more on those two, so we will bring it back around to Louisville and Auburn…
I lived in Auburn for 4 years, from 2008-2012. I still keep in touch with friends down there. 99% of our conversations are about sports. If you have ever lived down that way, you know that Auburn football (or big-time SEC football) is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Everyone keeps up with football information, whether that be recruiting or just anything else with the team.
It is starting to seem like the University of Louisville football program may have found another pipeline to recruit from: transfers from the Georgia Bulldogs. With Josh Harvey-Clemons (safety) and Shaq Wiggins (cornerback) already on board, a third member could be on the way.
Tray Matthews, a safety who started 6 games as a freshman last season, tweeted that he will be leaving UGA and that Louisville or Auburn will be his next destination.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a story saying that he was kicked off the team by head coach Mark Richt. In the article, Richt says “We are trying to make room for guys who want to do things right.” Also from the article:
Neither Richt nor Matthews disclosed Tuesday what precipitated Matthews’ dismissal from the team.
However, Matthews was arrested by UGA Police in March, along with three other Georgia football players, and charged with misdemeanor theft by deception for allegedly double-dipping school-issued financial-aid checks by cashing them twice.
Elite SEC transfers CB Shaq Wiggins and WR JaQuay Williams are officially headed to Louisville. Both will have to sit out this year and will have 3 years of eligibility remaining.
Wiggins and Williams join UGA LB/S transfer Josh Harvey-Clemons and Penn St. QB Transfer Tyler Ferguson as guys that will sit this season out and be eligible in 2015. Defensive Coordinator Tood Grantham couldn’t be happier:
If the below tweet is true it would confirm what most of us have believed would happen and UGA CB transfer Shaq Wiggins may be a Card. Wiggins would sit out a year but would be a monster addition to the Louisville roster. Now we wait on official word and word on Wiggins close friend Texas A&M WR transfer JaQuay Williams.
If you didn’t already know, Louisville has been hosting a couple of SEC transfers in the last couple of days. Shaq Wiggins from the University of Georgia and JaQuay Williams from Texas A&M were teammates in high school, and both could end up at UofL. On Wednesday night, Williams tweeted this picture out.
Looks good to me!
According to this report from Jeremy Fowler of cbssports.com, both Shaq Wiggins and JaQuay Williams are visiting Louisville tonight. Wiggins is the defensive back that is transferring from Georgia. We told you about him a week ago when we said it looked like he would end up at Louisville. A visit certainly helps that.
Also with Wiggins, JaQuay Williams will be in town. Williams is the wide receiver transfer from Texas A&M that we also told you about last week.
If Bobby Petrino can get both of these guys to transfer to Louisville, those are two big time additions for the 2015 season. Remember the Cards already have Josh Harvey-Clemons transferring in from Georgia.
Wide receiver JaQuay Williams is transferring from Texas A&M after one season at the school, and Louisville could potentially be a landing spot for him. He is listed at 6’3 and 214 lbs from Tyrone, Georgia.
According to this article by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, his uncle said “It was the distance, and standard things that college kids go through. Things just didn’t work out, and that happens sometimes. It’s no big deal. There’s no issues or anything like that. He left Texas A&M on good terms and he’s looking forward to moving ahead. He’s just looking for a place to fit in.”
News broke last week that UGA Sophomore CB Shaq Wiggins would transfer. Today UGASPORTSBLOG.ajc.com released a story that says the likely landing spot for Wiggins may just be the University of Louisville:
1. It appears quite likely that Shaq Wiggins will end up at Louisville.
That’s according to his father. Al Wiggins told me Monday night that the Cardinals are the leader among about 20 schools that have shown interest in having the 5-foot-10, 165-pound cornerback transfer in from Georgia. The Bulldogs announced they were effectively releasing Wiggins by mutual agreement this past Friday.
Louisville is, of course, coached by former Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. And Louisville, of course, has already claimed another UGA defensive back. Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons transferred there after the coach Mark Richt dismissed him in February for multiple rules violations.
“You have to consider them,” Al Wiggins, speaking by phone from their home in Tyrone, said of the Cardinals. “Coach Grantham is there and that’s where Josh Harvey-Clemons is at. You know, they played on the same side (of the secondary). So that’s definitely something Shaquille and I feel comfortable with. But we haven’t really made a firm decision yet. We’ve still got to put everything on the table.”
Mr. Wiggins declined to mention the other schools they are considering, though he did offer that he wanted his son to go to South Carolina out of high school. But he was out-voted by Shaq and his mother, who both preferred Georgia.
“I think he knows where he wants to go,” Al Wiggins said. “It just has to happen.”
Wiggins was a 4* player out of HS and led the UGA defense in interceptions (2) last season. Wiggins would be a monster addition to the Louisville defense when eligible.