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Sheldon Rankins official highlights

Will miss this big fella. Good luck at the next level!

Louisville football puts 10 players on All-ACC teams

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The ACC announced the All-Conference teams as voted on by the coaches today. The Louisville Cardinals have 10 players represented on the teams. Full teams listed below, as well as Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, and more.

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Louisville puts 10 players on All-ACC Teams

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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.

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Bobby Petrino comments after 38-31 win over Virginia

Photo: thetandd.com

Photo: thetandd.com

Coach Bobby Petrino speaks to the media following Saturday’s 38-31 win over Virginia on Senior Day at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

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Bobby Petrino and Jamari Staples recap Wake Forest; preview Syracuse

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Bobby Petrino and wide receiver Jamari Staples met with the media on Monday afternoon to recap the win at Wake Forest and talk about this Saturday’s game against Syracuse.

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Grantham and Rankins post-practice comments 10/21/15

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Todd Grantham and Sheldon Rankins spoke to the media after practice on Wednesday. They talk about the Florida State game and look ahead to Boston College.

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Louisville-FSU preview from Seminoles.com

Photo Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Photo Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

I have said it before and I will say it again: I love when opposing schools have youtube channels and keep them updated with press conferences and preview videos like this. It certainly helps pass the time during the week while you wait for Saturday to get here. If you are like me, you just can’t get too much information leading up to a game like this.

This preview is from Seminoles.com.

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Bobby Petrino and players talk about the Clemson loss

Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Transcript of Bobby Petrino’s comments:

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 8/8/15

93.9 The Ville

Here is the soundcloud for this morning’s media day coverage for 93.9 FM. Steve, Justin and Jeremy fielded all of your questions and brought you all of the important interviews from this year’s event. Enjoy!

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Rankins and Burgess call Radcliff’s rugby scrum run from last year

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Louisville’s top 3 impact players for 2015 football season

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

According to the ACC Digital Network, Louisville’s top 3 impact players for the 2015 football season will be James Quick, Sheldon Rankins, and Brandon Radcliff. There is no doubt that all three of those guys will have to play well for the Cards to have success. It is just very hard to narrow this down to three because then you leave out guys like James Burgess, Keith Kelsey, Josh Harvey-Clemons, or whoever plays quarterback.

Nevertheless, these three will still be key factors in 2015.

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College Football News previews the Louisville Cardinals

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

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.

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2015 Spring Game – 5 Defensive Players to Watch

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Earlier this week, I posted about five players to watch on offense at this Friday’s spring football game. Now it is time for the five players to watch on defense. Once again, these won’t be the obvious guys that you already know about like Sheldon Rankins or James Burgess. Rather, this will be a list of guys that you may or may not have heard of, but that we expect to make an impact in the 2015 season for the Cards.

Once again, just for reference, I will tell you the five guys we highlighted going into last year’s spring game, just to show we may have an idea of what we are talking about. And if this is completely wrong this year, my fault. Last year’s five to watch on defense:

1) Keith Kelsey – Had to fill the void left by Preston Brown last season. I would say he did that.

2) Sheldon Rankins – Like I said, not even listing him this year because he is obvious. Was not obvious at this point last year.

3 & 4) Richard Benjamin & Chucky Williams – Had these guys on here because of the loss of Hakeem Smith and Calvin Pryor. Had no idea Gerod Holliman would blow up like he did, and James Sample wasn’t even a thought to be a Cardinal at the time.

5) Trevon Young – Didn’t have a breakout season, but also played a similar position as some guy named Lorenzo Mauldin. He still appeared in 11 games though.

So what that shows is this list may miss a time or two (Benjamin and Williams) or it can have guys on here that can be huge on defense (Kelsey and Rankins). Take it for what it’s worth. It would be easy to name the big-time guys. Taking a couple chances here.

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Todd Grantham Talks About the Defense After Wednesday’s Practice

Photo: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Videos from Howie Lindsey of CardinalSports.com.

Transcribed by me, which takes forever.

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Radcliff and Rankins Talk After Louisville’s Scrimmage on Saturday

Two guys expected to be leaders this season are Brandon Radcliff and Sheldon Rankins. They spoke after Saturday morning’s scrimmage. We are 5 months from the season opener against Auburn!

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Depth Chart for Louisville vs Syracuse

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Here are the depth charts listed on each team’s website for Friday night’s game between Louisville and Syracuse. For Louisville, although it does say “Will Gardner or Reggie Bonnafon,” we know that Coach Petrino has announced that Reggie Bonnafon will start the game. It does list Matt Milton as a starter at wide receiver. Personally, I am STILL waiting for him to break onto the scene. I feel like I have been hyping him up for 3 years now.

The offensive line still has the “or” word used at center and right guard. Another interesting note is that James Quick is not listed as the first or second punt returner. Sticking with special teams, Brandon Radcliff is not listed as a starting kick returner, possibly indicating that he will continue to get more carries from the running back position.

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11 Will Gardner 6-5 226 So.

or 7 Reggie Bonnafon 6-3 206 Fr.

12 Brett Nelson 6-4 220 Sr.

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Final Thoughts on Louisville-Wake Forest

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Anytime I go to a UofL football game, I like to watch it back on DVR before typing up too much about it. It is easy to have initial thoughts and reactions while at the game, but you do notice a lot more when you watch it again on TV. So since I finally was able to do that and I just finished with it, I will close the book on the Wake Forest game with these few thoughts, before moving on to Syracuse.

*I believe that Reggie Bonnafon had a very good game. In my 3 quick hitters after the game, I mentioned this, but I have to expand on that after seeing the game again. If you just look at the stats, you would think he was average at best. He threw for 206 yards on 16/32 passing and did not throw for a touchdown. He also did not have an interception. He rushed for 46 yards on 14 carries. Two of those carries were on 3rd and long and he picked up the 1st down with big runs. Huge plays!

Speaking of 3rd and long, the rest of the offense did not do him any favors when it came to down and distance. In the first quarter, actually on the same drive, the offense for the Cards had two different penalties on 3rd down that backed them up to 3rd and long. On 3rd and 9, there was an illegal substitution that backed it up to 3rd and 14. Bonnafon would actually convert that into a 1st down with a great throw to Eli Rogers, but that kind of penalty just can’t happen. Then on 3rd and 4, the Cards were called for a chop block, backing them up to 3rd and 18. On the next play, Bonnafon was sacked. Before the chop block was called, Louisville had picked up that 1st down on 3rd and 4.

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55 (Season 2 Episode 4)

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This week on 55………

We have new uni’s to talk about again for the second straight week, these as hated as last weeks were loved. We have a triumphs and let downs. We will talk about Teddys first start in the NFL. The victory over Wake and the smothering defense. The new Louisville Slugger Gerod Holliman and much more. So sit down, buckle up and enjoy the ride. These are the 55 most intriguing,ridiculous or down right best or worst things I have heard this week. This…is….55

 

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2) Well there’s an image for you and an overall description for what our defense did on Saturday. We knocked out Wake. giving up -22 yards rushing to go along with 8 sacks and 4 INT’s, our defense kept us in the game and won the game as far as I am concerned. Holliman, Burgess and Rankins recorded Interceptions. Lozo got 3 of the 8 sacks. On offense the rookie QB looked shaky at times but when he started feeding the beast Brandon Radcliff (130 yds 2 TD) , he seemed to run the offense more fluently. Moving forward we have to take care of the ball better. 4 fumbles vs Wake is unacceptable but I think that will improve with reps for Reggie. Also stop the penalties now please….signed all of Football. The Cards take on Syracuse at the Carrier Dome Friday night.

 

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4) They started calling Calvin Pryor that this pre season, maybe it will catch on for Gerod. Once only known for his earth shattering hit, Holliman has come full circle. With his 6th INT of the season Saturday he is currently #1 in the country and just 4 away from tying UofL’s single season record. Anthony Floyd had 10 in one season and 18 overall which is also a record.

 

5) Teddy Bridgewater got his first NFL start yesterday…..

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3 Quick Hitters: Louisville vs Wake Forest

It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but it was a win. Here are three quick observations from the game yesterday.

The defense had another great game

Photo: Garry Jones/AP

Photo: Garry Jones/AP

Some things are obvious, but it has to be said. This defense picked up the slack for the offense once again this game. Gerod Holliman continues to impress as he got his 6th interception of the season and had a great return that almost went for a touchdown. He also had a huge hit on a Wake Forest player that sent him out of the game and got the crowd very energized. He is clearly one of the fan favorites on this team.

For the game, the defense only gave up 3 points, and that was after a fumble by Reggie Bonnafon around midfield. They also only gave up 100 yards of offense from Wake Forest. Lorenzo Mauldin was in the backfield all game and came away with 3 sacks. Sheldon Rankins actually had an interception on what seemed like the 30th time that the Demon Deacons tried to run that shovel pass play up the middle.

Facing a freshman QB for the 3rd time in 5 games, the defense did exactly what they should have done, shut him down.

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Video: Bobby Petrino, Sheldon Rankins, and Lorenzo Mauldin Preview FIU

On Monday afternoon, Coach Petrino, Sheldon Rankins, and Lorenzo Mauldin spoke to the media. They recapped the Virginia game and looked ahead to FIU. Special thanks to TheCrunchZone.com for the great video.

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