The Wait….

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Good day folks. As soon as the University of Louisville baseball team records their 27th out, the wait begins. That long agonizing wait that carries from June all the way until Labor Day weekend. Unless you have an interesting hobby, or a planned summer vacation we all have fell victim to that wait. I’m referring to that wait for Cardinal Football.

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What’s New At Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium In 2016

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PRESS RELEASE

Kenny Klein UofL S.I.D.

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.


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Sean Moth Narrates: 2016 UofL Offense Preview (Video)

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

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!

Ibn Green & Super Mario Predict That We Take Care Of Business

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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…..
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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.

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ACCDN Hype Video (Cards In Place To Succeed)

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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!

Cardinal Sports Zone Show On 93.9 FM The Ville (8-27-16)

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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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Louisville Football Breakdown, Part 8: Tight Ends


Last season:

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.


This season:

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.

Go Cards!

Louisville Has The Most Returning Production In The Country

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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.

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http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2016/8/25/12638526/2016-ncaa-football-returning-starters-experience-lsu-louisville-ohio-state

Nunnsense: Pump The Brakes Or Ride The Hype Train?

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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

Louisville Double-Header


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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!

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Jaylen Smith & Geron Christian After Practice Video

Here is some after practice video from UofL Wide Receiver Jaylen Smith and OT Geron Christian from the fine folks at @UofLFootball. Enjoy!

Louisville Football Daily Newsletter 8/24/16

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PRESS RELEASE

Rocco Gasparro

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – During his coaching career, University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino hasn’t had a lot of freshmen start on the offensive lin.
Petrino’s offense, which is known for its complexity, is difficult for a true freshman to understand to be able to get on the field. However, rising sophomore Geron Christian not only was able to get on the field – he excelled at one of the most difficult positions.

 
The Ocala, Fla., product, started all 13 games at offensive tackle – the only person on a young, revamped line to accomplish such a feat.

 

Not only did Christian play every game, he played well enough to garner all-ACC accolades as a rookie.

 

Looking back at 2015, even Christian is astonished on how much he learned in his first season.

 

“Even just terminology and technique, looking back on last year even when I watch the film, I still kind of laugh at how far I’ve come and pretty much how I got away with just ability and not knowing as much and learning on the run,” Christian stated after practice.

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4 Star Corey Reed Commits With Video

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4 star wide receiver from Roswell Ga. Commits to Louisville.  Reed is 6’3″ 194 pounds and choose Louisville over Miami  and West Virginia. He was rated the #77 receiver by 247sports. In his junior year he had 44 receptions for 684 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Louisville Football Breakdown, Part Seven: Wide Receivers

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Last Season: With a ton of seniors graduating from the program last season, Louisville turned to a plethora of young, raw receivers to turn some production for the passing game. Jamari Staples, in spite of missing half the season due to injury, led all receivers with 638 yards and three touchdowns, while James Quick led the team with five touchdowns.

While Staples and Quick were the key contributors for Louisville at that position, they also had a ton of true freshmen contribute right away. Devante Peete, Jaylen Smith and Traveon Samuel all saw major playing time and delivered on touchdowns for the team. It should be of note that wide receiver coach Lamar Thomas left in the offseason to coach at Kentucky.

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CrumsRevenge: Trouble On The Way

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You’ve waited all summer for it. You’ve hungered for it all summer. From the second the last one ended you couldn’t wait for the next one to begin. No I’m not talking about UofL Football. I guess it applies to that as well. I am talking about the masterpieces from Crums Revenge AKA the video savant. As always we will share the video with you here as well. Without further adieu….Here’s trouble on the way.

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Focus On Special Teams (Video)

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Photo: oneononekickingcamps.com

 

Here is the latest video from UofL Football. It focuses on the Special Teams of UofL. These videos this year have been great. Here are the Louisville Special Teams.

1st NCAA AP Football Poll Of The Season Released

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The FIRST AP College Football Poll of the season was released this morning. Where did the Cards and the rest of the ACC show up? Check it out below….

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Cardinal Sports Zone Show On 93.9 FM The Ville (8-20-16)

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Today was the first ever regularly scheduled 2 hour Cardinal Sports Zone show on ESPN 93.9FM The Ville. Your host Steve Rummage & myself worked very hard to get this second hour & couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks. Our first guest was Dave from the Red Rage Tailgate & we talked about a variety of things. Resident guest host Marques Maybin was in the house & he brought the fire as usual. We announced our latest presenting sponsor today. We welcomed JB’S Pub on Central as our Co-presenting sponsor alongside of Doug Budd at Red Edge Realty and homesforsaleinlouisville.net.

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It’s Going To Be A Fun Year If You Like Hearing The Train Horn At PJCS

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We all have heard Petrino say he wants to light up the scoreboard. We all want to see the scoreboard on tilt. Bill  Connelly of SB Nations breaks it down for you in this exciting article. A must read for Card fans.

Light It Up: Making Football Great Again

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In an article reviewing recent comments of Coach Petrino by our own Jeremy Wahman, it was mentioned that maybe he knows something we don’t.  Coach P said how he would like to light up the scoreboards again and I think everyone is ready.

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