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Post Practice Interviews 8-23-17

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Press Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With a number of key veterans on the football team graduating, there were some key position battles at the University of Louisville to watch for during fall camp.

The Cardinals graduated a number of contributors on defense, but still brought back nine starters from a defense that allowed just over 300 yards of offense per game.

One area that didn’t have much mystery was in the secondary. Four starters return, including All-America candidate Jaire Alexander at cornerback.

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Donovan Mitchell: 60 Days Of Summer

The other day Utah Jazz & Louisville Cardinal forever Donovan was interviewed by the basketball hall of fame about various topics. Here is the exclusive interview!

Don’t forget Donovan will be in town for signing autographs with Mango on Saturday!

Click here for times & places!

Another One: Greg Bell Commits

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Tonight, #BirdGang18 added another top recruit. This class added Greg Bell, the top JUCO running back from Arizona Western Community College. Greg is 6’0 200lb back that reminds me of Le’veon Bell and LeSean McCoy. He had offers from other schools such as Arizona, Boise State, & Arizona State. He told me back in July that he loved the direction of the p able to program & being able to play for Coach Kolby Smith and Coach Klenakis. Greg is a tremendous talent. Welcome To #BirdGang18 Greg!!

Here are some highlights from Greg’s Freshman Year…

http://www.hudl.com/v/27gi18

 

Women’s Hoops Releases 2017-18 Non-Conference Schedule

IMG_1585Louisville, KY — The Louisville women’s basketball team will face six teams during its non-conference slate that won 20 or more games last season.

“Once again, we have a tough non-conference schedule, but that’s what it is all about,” said head coach Jeff Walz. “We want to play the best because it helps us get better throughout the year and prepares us for conference play.”

Louisville kicks off the season on November 10th at the KFC Yum! Center as the Cardinals face Southeast Missouri in the opening round of the WNIT.

The first road game will be Louisville’s first test of the season. The Cardinals take on the Buckeyes of Ohio State in the Countdown to Columbus Tournament on November 12th. Ohio State went 28-7 last season, bowing out of the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet Sixteen.

Other notable teams the Cardinals will face include Murray State, Indiana, South Dakota State, Vanderbilt, MTSU and Air Force.

As usual, Louisville will also face in State rival, Kentucky, in Lexington on December 17th.

The Cardinals will take on Air Force on December 20th before entering league play.

However, Louisville takes a break from the ACC slate and heads to Storrs, Connecticut to battle 11 time National Champion UConn Huskies on February 12th.

Donovan Mitchell And Mangok Mathiang Autograph Sessions This Weekend

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Courtesy of the Courier Journal

CARDS FANS! Come to Charlie Wilson’s THIS SATURDAY to get your autograph and photo taken with former UofL basketball greats AND future NBA all stars Donovan Mitchell & Mangok Mathiang!
When: Saturday, August 26 from 11:30am – 1:00pm
Where: Charlie Wilson’s Appliance, TV & Mattresses in Clarksville (one autograph per person please)

Donovan Mitchell and Mangok Mathiang will also be at Dicks Sporting Goods at Oxmoor Mall this Saturday from 2-4 PM signing autographs. Stop by and say hi to these former Cardinals.

Louisville Football Preview: Linebackers

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Last Year: Keith Kelsey and Stacy Thomas led the team with 91 and 85 tackles, respectively. Thomas, along with Jonathan Greenard, also had an interception in the NC State win last year, as well as 7.5 tackles for loss last season. Thomas ended the season on a high-note, having double-digit tackles in the final two games.

The unit captained a defense that finished 21st in FBS in tackles for loss (94), and has finished in the top 25 in total defense every year since 2010. The Cardinals will look to replace Keith Kelsey as a starter, now gone to the NFL.

Projected Starters: Stacy Thomas (ILB), Dorian Etheridge (ILB), C.J. Avery (STAR)

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Post Practice Interviews 8-22-17

Robbie Bell and Kenny Thomas spoke with the media after Tuesday’s practice. They talk about the progress the O line has made since last year, the improved pass and run blocking as well as the learning experience.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Heading into fall camp looking to fill three positions on the offensive line, the University of Louisville football team had few experienced options to occupy those vacancies.

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ESPN Ranks Happiness Of Every College Football Fanbase In 2017

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Oct 29, 2016; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the Virginia Cavaliers in the first quarter at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN released it’s ranking of the happiness of every college football fan base leading into the 2017 season. It is based off of program power, rivalry dominance, coaching stability, recruiting trend, revenue growth and twitter buzz. Let us know what you think of Louisville’s ranking!

Fast Facts With Lamar Jackson

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On today’s Fast Facts, we sit down with 2016 Heisman Winner, Lamar Jackson. We find out if he prefers dogs or cats, would he go hang gliding or white water rafting, and where is his favorite hang out spot in Louisville? Here is Fast Facts with Lamar Jackson.

Bleacher Report’s Top 100 Players In College Football

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Today, Bleacher Report announced their top 100 players in College Football. Their listed players from all conferences. Jaire Alexander & Lamar Jackson were the only two Louisville players listed in this list of top 100 college football. Lamar Jackson is the number 10 player but he is the 3rd quarterback on this list. He is listed behind Baker Mayfield (#1) & Sam Darnold (#5). Jaire on the other hand is #29 player in the country according to Bleacher Report. These players will be on displayed next Saturday against Purdue.

Here is a link to The Rest Of List:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2727788-ranking-the-top-100-college-football-players-for-the-2017-season

 

Alexander And Jackson Earn Associated Press Honors

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Football season is quickly approaching, and the University of Louisville Football team is still receiving preseason recognition. Junior, Jaire Alexander adds to his long list of preseason nods, by being named to the first team Associated Press’ All American. Fellow junior and reigning Heisman winner, Lamar Jackson, was named to the second team. You can see them both in action in less than two weeks at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Purdue Boilermakers on September 2nd at 7 PM.

Sports Illustrated Breaks Down The ACC Teams That Can Make The College Football Playoffs htt

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Sports Illustrated breaks down the six ACC teams that they believe can make some noise in the College Football Playoff rankings this year. Take a look at each synopsis and let us know what you think, and who you think will represent the ACC in the playoffs in 2017.

Louisville Lacrosse Picks Up Two Grad Transfers

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The University of Louisville Lacrosse team added two graduate transfers today.  Hope Herline and Molly Marshall from Furman, each player will have one year of eligibility. These are two huge pick ups that will add to both the offensive and defensive side of the game. Welcome to The ‘Ville ladies!

Recruiting Predictions For Romeo

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Today, SBNation reporter Rick O’Donnell talked about the top recruits and where they would land. Romeo Langford is one of the top guards in the nation. Romeo till has offers from top schools such as the school to the east (Kentucky), Kansas, North, Carolina, & Duke. Rick talks about Romeo and you would be surprised to know he thinks Louisville will land him.

Kyle Bolin Named Starting Quarterback For Rutgers

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Former University of Louisville quarterback, Kyle Bolin has been named Rutger’s starter against Washington. Kyle was also named a captain of the Rutgers’ team. We wish him nothing but the best!

 

Tutu Atwell Commits To UofL


Tonight we picked up another commit to BirdGang18. Tutu Atwell Jr. is a 3 star athlete out of Northwestern High School. AKA, the same high school also produced another famous Louisville Cardinal who wore the number 5, Teddy Bridgewater. Tutu is a dual threat quarterback that will more than likely move to reciever in Louisville’s offense. He is very talented!

Here are some of his highlights:

http://www.hudl.com/v/27fHJf

 

Football Single Game Tickets And 3-Game Packages Available This Week

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On Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM, you will have the ability to purchase single game tickets as well as some 3-game packs. You can find out exactly what games are included, how much tickets are and where to purchase at the link below.

http://www.gocards.com/news/2017/8/21/football-single-game-tickets-three-game-packages-available-to-public-on-tuesday.aspx

5 Reasons Louisville Will Win The College Football National Championship

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Recently an article was posted on FanSided.com about 5 reasons why Louisville will win the national championship this year in football. Yes you heard me FOOTBALL. This might be a little crazy but John Buhler makes some excellent points why Louisville can accomplish this. I believe this points could be correct and if they are we better start booking our tickets to Atlanta because we all know everything good has happened in Atlanta.

Here is the article

https://fansided.com/2017/08/20/college-football-playoff-predictions-louisville/

 

Russdiculous Sets A World Record

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Former Louisville fan favorite tore up the Chinese Professional leagues and in the process gained a World Record. Russ set a world record for most points per game scored in a basketball professional league with 61.2 ppg. He gained all this attention with dropping 81 in a game on July 5th. Russ, you do your thing and CardNation will continue to support you. Now, he is waiting to see where his dream of becoming an NBA player will take him next.

 

Cards #16 In AP Poll To Start 2017 Season

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Today, the Associated Press released their first top 25 rankings for the College Football season. The voters voted Louisville as the #16 team in all of the land. According to Kelly Dickey this is the 5th highest ranking in school history for a preseason poll. The ACC had 5 teams listed in this poll including Louisville. (Florida State at 3, Clemson #5, Miami #18, & Virginia Tech #21) Louisville will open the season against Purdue next Saturday.

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