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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 8/22/15

93.9 The Ville

On today’s show, we talked about who we would each WANT as the starting QB for Louisville this season. Not who we think it will be, but our preference. I give a terrible answer, but pick somebody in the end. Perrin Johnson joined us, which was a treat. We had our most callers we have had so far and had a great time. Click the soundcloud link below to give it a listed. As always, we are on 93.9 The Ville on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m.

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QB Tyler Ferguson transferring from Louisville

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

According to Scout.com, quarterback Tyler Ferguson will be transferring from the University of Louisville. Ferguson is the former Penn State QB that transferred to Louisville, sat out last season, and was eligible to play this season. At 6’4 and 225 lbs, and with a big arm, Ferguson has great size for the position.

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At open football practice, don’t fall into the trap

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Over the next couple of days, and including today and yesterday, fans are able to go out and watch the Louisville Cardinals football practices. If you choose to attend any of these practices, I just ask that you don’t fall into the trap. What in the world am I talking about?

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Transcript: Bobby Petrino ACC Media Day Press Conference

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Question: You open up conference play with a Clemson team that’s picked pre-season favorite in the ACC. What is your outlook on that?

PETRINO: It’s a great conference opener for us. Obviously we need to play our opening game in Atlanta versus Auburn first, then a very good Houston team comes to Louisville and plays us on Saturday, then Clemson is a Thursday night game, a short turnaround, something that is going to challenge our players to get ready for. We have to have a good plan for it. We’ve been working hard, getting ready for that game already. They’re a very good football team with an exciting quarterback. It’s a challenge for us but we’re looking forward to it. I know it’s going to be a great game to have at the University of Louisville, Papa John’s Stadium. That’s a fun thing being in the ACC, the teams we get to bring in on a year-to-year basis at Papa John’s.

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QB Tylin Oden decommits from Louisville

247sports.com

247sports.com

This isn’t a huge surprise, but 2016 QB Tylin Oden has decommitted from Louisville, according to 247 Sports. Oden did just give a couple of interviews where he said he was still a solid commit to Louisville and was looking forward to the competition, but you really can’t blame him for looking elsewhere. UofL will have six other quarterbacks on the roster in 2016 that will be competing for playing time.

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 7/11/15

93.9 The Ville

On today’s episode of Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville, we discussed our favorite Bobby Petrino season opening game since he is 10-0. We talked Maverick Rowan, Jawon Pass, and more. Howie Lindsey from CardinalSports.com joined us in the second segment and gave us some great insight into the Maverick Rowan recruitment and how there may have been “miscommunication.” Click below and give it a listen!

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The Red Zone: Gardner, Bolin, and Bonnafon

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

This one is an interesting episode of “The Red Zone” as they have Will Gardner, Kyle Bolin, and Reggie Bonnafon all on set. I don’t remember there ever being a time where you could say there was a legit 5-man quarterback race, and I think that is what we will have this fall when you have these three plus Tyler Ferguson and Lamar Jackson. Should be fun!

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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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Petrino Talks Will Gardner and Lamar Jackson

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

At the Governor’s Cup Luncheon on Wednesday, Bobby Petrino covered multiple topics when talking about the upcoming season. He also updated the health of Will Gardner and talked about incoming freshman Lamar Jackson. To this point, the quarterback battle has been a three-player race between Reggie Bonnafon, Kyle Bolin, and Tyler Ferguson.

Could Will Gardner get healthy enough to become a factor in the race? Is a true freshman (Jackson) ready to step in and compete for the job? Here is what he had to say about both players.

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2015 Spring Game: 5 Offensive Players to Watch

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

We started doing this post last season during the week of the Spring Football game. We give you five offensive and five defensive players to watch at this Friday’s spring game. These are guys that you may have heard of, but they are not the obvious names that you surely know. For example, I did not put DeVante Parker on the list last year. Pretty sure you already knew who he was and that he was going to be a decent player for the Cards. Right?

So this is just to bring your attention to a few guys that may be under the radar, but that we expect that you will need to know by the time the season starts in September. Just as a reference, the five guys we highlighted last year on offense were:

1) Will Gardner – Was an obvious choice, but he was following Teddy. It couldn’t be ignored to watch him.

2) L.J. Scott – Had a phenomenal spring game. Didn’t see too much action during the season, but fans still knew who he was after that spring game and he should be in for a big sophomore campaign.

3) Matt Milton – Never did pan out as a big wide receiver threat in games, but I do remember him catching a touchdown in the spring game, so that made me feel good about including him.

4) Tobijah Hughley – I had never heard of him leading up to the spring game, but we included him anyway. He ended up starting 12 games at Center last season.

5) Keith Towbridge – Was only a backup in 2013, but played in all 13 games last season. Expected to be a big playmaker at tight end this season.

So what does all of that mean? Probably not much, unless you like to learn about players and then see them probably pan out as contributors during the season. You can be sitting there Friday at the game and tell your friends about these players that they don’t know about, and then you sound smart. And if these players don’t play well, then I will take the blame. Just tell them about that idiot on CardinalSportsZone.com.

So here are the five guys to watch for this Friday on offense. And the biggest one besides these five will be obvious: the Quarterback race between Reggie Bonnafon, Kyle Bolin, and Tyler Ferguson.

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Bobby Petrino Previews Spring Football

Garry Jones/AP

Garry Jones/AP

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!

Click here to watch the video

Opening statement

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.

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ESPN’s Andrea Adelson Talks ACC Quarterbacks for 2015

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

ESPN blogger Andrea Adelson says that “this could be the year of the quarterback in the ACC” since so many teams have starters returning. She also says that some teams will have a bit of intrigue at the quarterback spot this spring. Obviously, the Louisville Cardinals are one of the teams with some intrigue.

Here is her full article to get you caught up on the rest of the ACC teams and their quarterback spots. This is what she had to say about Louisville:

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ESPN Blogger Calls Louisville’s First ACC Football Season a Success

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The following comes from Andrea Adelson, who covers the ACC for ESPN.com. She recently posted an article wrapping up the first season in the ACC for the Cards. It may not have ended how we wanted it to, but I agree that overall, it was a successful first season in our new league.

From ESPN.com:

There is only one way to describe the story of Louisville’s first season in the ACC:

Especially when you consider what the Cardinals had to deal with throughout 2014. Forget about the new staff and schemes. Louisville had to go without its best player for seven games; played three different quarterbacks; and faced perhaps the toughest schedule in school history.

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Louisville’s Belk Bowl Experience About More Than Just Football

Video from ACC Digital Network. Looks like the Cards have made the most of their time in Charlotte so far.

Bobby Petrino Talks About QB Situation Heading Into Belk Bowl

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Bobby Petrino did a short interview with the ACC Digital Network while at the Belk Bowl Press Conference on Wednesday. One thing that he was asked about was who would be lining up under center for the Cards. He says that Will Gardner will not be available, which we already knew. He then says that Reggie Bonnafon should be ready to go.

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Louisville QB Will Gardner to miss the rest of the season with injury

Photo Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Photo Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

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

 

Video: Louisville-BC Highlights and the best of DeVante Parker

Bobby Petrino and Will Gardner Preview NC State

Bobby Petrino and Will Gardner met with the media on Monday afternoon to recap the loss at Clemson and preview the upcoming game against NC State. The videos are from thecrunchzone.com.

Louisville vs Clemson: Looking at the Glass as Half Empty and Half Full

Glass

Now that a few hours have passed since the game ended, I feel like sitting down to write about it. I have gotten much better over the years as to how I take losses. I do realize that I have no impact on the game whatsoever, and it is just that, a game. It is entertainment and a distraction from everyday life and real problems. So realizing that helps move on from losses. However, getting back to being the huge fan that I am, this one hurt!

In every game, there are good things and bad things that happen. This game seemed to be full of both. I would normally get on here and write about how things are just fine and this team will be ok, and no worries. That is just how I am now, Mr. Optimistic. The proof of that is that a few minutes after the game ended, a text came in that started with “I know you are the positive fan but…”

But I won’t be 100% positive talk here. I will address the problems that stuck out to me, no need to hide from them. So I will look at things from both sides. And since I am the positive one, I would prefer to end my post on the good things, so let’s go ahead and get the bad stuff out of the way. Before my negativity starts, just know that I still 100% support this team, including coaches and players. I love my Cards and one halfway critical post does not change that.

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5 Questions for ACC Blogger Jeff Fann Leading up to Louisville-Clemson

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If you were able to catch the podcast that I was on the other night, you also got to hear a lot of ACC knowledge from Mr. Jeff Fann. Jeff runs the site AllSportsDiscussion.com, which focuses on the ACC but just as the name says, will also talk about anything in sports.

You can subscribe to the podcast by clicking here. It is run by Jeff, who is better known on twitter as @TalkinACCSports and Matthew, better known as @hokiesmash.

Besides knowing about all of the teams in the ACC, there was another reason I wanted to do a quick Q&A with Jeff about the game on Saturday. That reason? He is a Clemson graduate. So if there is any team he can talk about more and have a real passion for them, it has to be the Tigers. So here we go!

1) What is the biggest advantage that each team has over the other in this game?

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