We had a great time during Midday with Marques Maybin & it should be an even better time as it rolls on. Ramsey and Rutherford plus LSL on deck for this evening plus a plethora of former Cards will be on hand. Come join us! Great radio, great food & a great time! Oh yeah plus a ton of great power sports vehicles.
I honestly thought that should be it for this post because that about sums it up. Today, one of the greatest people and athletes from Louisville went down with what is right now termed as a ‘significant knee injury’ during the teams practice today.
This is a big blow to Teddy, who has worked hard this offseason to improve his ability to throw it deep and it clearly showed during the preseason.
Last Season: With Lorenzo Mauldin leaving for the NFL, Louisville recruited former Big XII Defensive Player of the Year Devonte Fields to replace him. While Fields struggled in the first half of the season to find some rhythm, he eventually led the team with 10.5 sacks last season, including 7.5 in the final three games against Pitt, Kentucky and Texas A&M. Keith Kelsey led all Cardinals with 106 tackles, and Louisville saw a bevvy of linebackers come in and have a major impact on the team. Louisville also saw Trevon Young have a nice spurt of 8.5 sacks in a four-game stretch, as the linebacker group became the strongest group in Louisville’s defense.
James Burgess is the lone starter gone from last season’s team, now signed as an undrafted free agent by his hometown Miami Dolphins. Keith Brown and Nick Dawson-Brents, who Louisville saw used in a reserve role last season, both transferred to Western Kentucky.
This Season: It goes without saying that this is not only Louisville’s strongest position on the entire team, but this may be the strongest linebacker group in the country.
As mentioned, Devonte Fields leads the group as the main edge rusher for Louisville. Fields has the potential to be yet another first-round pick for the Cardinals; the senior has strong hands at the point of attack, and has some great agility to sidestep pass blockers. Fields has received a lot of praise as an All-American and All-ACC candidate, and could be in for an outstanding 2016 season if he stays consistent for all 12 games.
The other edge rusher remains a mystery to most. With Trevon Young sitting out the 2016 season due to a hip injury suffered in the Music City Bowl, James Hearns will be the guy to replace him. Hearns was a highly touted prospect when he signed with the team in 2013, but hasn’t quite cracked the starting lineup due to so much talent at the position the last three seasons. He got a lot of playing time as a reserve last season and got to audition for his role, after Trevon Young was injured. Hearns has also lined up as a 3-4 defensive end, so it’ll be interesting to see if Todd Grantham will occasionally move Hearns there in certain blitz packages and get more speed from reserves like Henry Famurewa and Jonathan Greenard.
Keith Kelsey and Stacy Thomas are the starting inside linebackers, and both figure to be solid All-ACC candidates. Kelsey is an outstanding tackler, and a consistent, reliable playmaker for Louisville’s defense. Kelsey is a solid leader and has been an all-around threat for Louisville. It will be interesting to see what Kelsey does this season without his fellow “Bash Brother” Burgess, but most fans are excited to see what Stacy Thomas has to offer as his replacement. Thomas had an impressive showing in the Music City Bowl, and possibly stands as the X-factor for this defense after being a special teams ace. He was thought to miss a couple games to start the season, but he recently returned to practice and is ready to go for Thursday’s game against Charlotte.
Even if injuries and transfers left the linebacker position without more players, the team has amazing depth in their two-deep lineup that will allow them to compete. Henry Famurewa and Jonathan Greenard are two guys that could see more time as edge rushers this season; both were highly touted . Amonte Caban and Isaac Stewart are two young, impressive linebackers who could spell Kelsey and/or Thomas this season, and they figure to be the future for Louisville at the position once those two graduate.
Gary McCrae, who was featured in the Netflix hit documentary Last Chance U, signed with Louisville after failing to qualify academically for Georgia. McCrae is a guy that could see time this year as a reserve, but this is a very deep group and most of the incoming players may see a redshirt this season.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville football fans attending the Cardinals’ Sept. 1 opening game against Charlotte will notice several new features that are designed to aid location services and provide added customer service throughout the upcoming season.
New 15-foot-tall sign towers located throughout the parking lots will provide game day information, maps, directional information, tailgating policies and stadium prohibited items. Once inside the stadium gates, fans will see new “You Are Here” maps throughout the stadium to provide guests with location references. New wayfinding signage throughout the stadium is in place to direct fans in the appropriate direction.
As we close in on the first game of the season the anticipation is killing us. We are just days away from the start of Louisville’s football season and of course the great people at @UofLFootball put out a video previewing Louisville’s offense. To make it better they enlist Sean Moth to narrate it. Enjoy!
As you all know, the Cardinal Sports Zone threw a Football Kickoff Party at JB’s Pub on Central Friday night. It was a pretty awesome time and we were humbled at the amount of people that showed up to support us. For that we thank you all. We had several special guests in attendance as well. Former Cards Mario Urrutia & Ibn Green were asked a few questions by our own Steve Rummage. Here is what Ibn had to say when Steve asked about the season results…..
Well there you go, Ibn has this being the year that we take it to the house
Well maybe not like that but you get the drift. Click on more to hear what Louisville great Mario Urrutia had to say about Reggie Bonnafon and Super Student Athletes.
One of my favorite things about being in the ACC is the ACC Digital Network. The ACC Digital Network provides a ton of extra content about all of the schools in said conference. I always get excited when my notification goes off that a new video has been posted. Almost as excited as when Crums drops one….almost.
Now that I’ve calmed down a little, let me move on. This weeks video is a hype video for UofL Football. I hope you enjoy & that we find out if the Cards are in place for a memorable season. I say yes. Enjoy!
Today was no different on the Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 because Steve brought the pain on several topics. How many points is enough on Thursday? Who is overrated in college football & who he’s picking in the fantasy draft. Great discussions all around. We had Celebrity curtain chooser Marques Maybin in this morning to help Steve navigate the machine known as CSZ. We welcomed in today, the much cuter than the rest of us in the boother, Paige Sherrard. The first lady of CSZ if you will. To top it off we discussed the success of the first annual CSZ Football Kickoff party plus we welcomed guest and Cardinal great Eli Rogers on this morning. The current starting Wide Receiver for the Steelers just played a game last night but was here for CardNation this morning. We really appreciate you! Also Nicky V was in here spinning it on the ones and two’s for us in the booth. The Cardinal Sports Zone show is brought to you by JB’S Pub on Central alongside of Doug Budd at Red Edge Realty and homesforsaleinlouisville.net.
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If anyone knows Bobby Petrino as a coach, they know he absolutely loves to use his tight ends in the passing game. Last season was a perfect example of that. Four players saw a lot of time and produced when called upon. Cole Hikutini, Charles Standberry, Micky Crum and Keith Towbridge all made big plays both in the passing game and blocking for the run. Cole Hikutini was for 4th on the team in receptions with 19 and first on the team in yards per catch with 18.3. Micky Crum had a solid freshman season with 14 receptions for an average of 11.6 yards per catch, and we can’t forget about the monster block he laid on that poor Clemson player. Keith Towbridge reeled in 10 passes and Charles Stanberry finished the season with 6 receptions. Hikutini, Crum, and Towbridge were all tied for 2nd on the team in reception touchdowns with 3. So of the 21 touchdown passes we saw thrown last season, 9 of them were caught by the tight ends.
Cole Hikutini is a freak athlete and put that on display multiple times last season. He enters his senior year as the starting tight end according to the depth chart and rightfully so. His impressive yards per catch metric speaks for itself on what the guy can do with the ball in his hands and an open field. He and Keith Towbridge enter their final season as Cardinals and the expectations couldn’t be higher. Micky Crum looks to build on a solid freshman season as he sits in the 3rd position on the depth chart. Charles Stanberry, the tight end who was utilized the least of anyone in the group had a successful spring and enters his junior season as the number 2 option at the position. Towbridge come in at 4, but don’t let the depth chart fool you, Bobby will be using all of these guys. Hikutini should and will get the most snaps but the coaching staff can put any of these guys in the game with the knowledge that they will perform and get the job done. Bobby Petrino loves to use the play action to free up the tight ends (both of Lamar’s touchdown passes in the Music City Bowl came from a play action pass to a tight end, Crum and Towbridge). Look for these guys to really anchor the passing game when things get hectic, personally I’ve never seen such a stacked group at this position but since when is that a problem? Lamar will always have safety valve with anyone of these guys on the field and look for some big plays to be made by the powerful and elusive Cole Hikutini at any point in time. The depth at tight end only adds to the arsenal of weapons Lamar Jackson will have at his disposal. We have less than a week until the wait is over.
Bill Connelly of SB Nation has reevaluated his prior projection and updated the formula. His changes include “Injuries, transfers and dismissals from the last six months have been accounted for, as well as possible.
Now that I have compiled offensive line information, I have added it, with tiny weight, to the offensive production figures. That hasn’t affected many teams, but it’s dinged a few”. Read the full article below.
One week from today all the talk and speculation of what this years version of Louisville football has to offer will be over. Actual football will be played and I am giving you this week to decide if you want to continue with all the hype or if you want to pump the brakes a bit. I understand either way but if you decide to jump off the hype train please don’t try to jump back on when we take down FSU because you will be met with more resistance than a Miami defensive back from a Mario Urrutia stiff arm. Read the rest of this entry
Cardinal fans have a full slate this Friday as both the men’s and women’s soccer Cards will be taking on the UAB Blazers and Butler Bulldogs, respectively, at beautiful Lynn stadium.
Following two wins, fans are encouraged to continue their celebrating at the official CSZ Kick-Off party, both football AND futbol! Info, below!
Here is some after practice video from UofL Wide Receiver Jaylen Smith and OT Geron Christian from the fine folks at @UofLFootball. Enjoy!