Monthly Archives: September 2014
Syracuse football head coach Scott Shafer recaps the game against Notre Dame and briefly talks about the Louisville game on Friday. It isn’t a whole lot, but it’s something.
The latest top 25 polls are out and the Cards have dropped one spots to #12. The Cards defeated Ohio State and number 16 Wake Forest last week but were upset by unranked Liberty. The Cards do have a chance at redemption this week with matches vs #5 Duke Friday and #15 Michigan Sunday at home this week. Click below for the full poll. Good luck and Go Cards!
Could Pitino have another move up his sleeve for the 2015 class? According to Justin Young of Hoopseen.com it seems very possible.
6’9 Yankuba Sima could very well be the next diamond in the rough steal for Pitino. At 18 years old Sima is projected to go #19 in the 1st round of the 2016 NBA Draft by draftexpress.com. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express had this to say about Sima’s upside:
Another week is in the books for the Cards as they improve to 4-1. Some of the match ups have changed around this week but it still looks like the Cards will be heading to an entertaining game if they can take care of business. Count me in as one who would love to see LSU in Nashville!
Music City Bowl (Dec. 30) vs Mississippi State
Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 37) vs Maryland
TaxSlayer Bowl (Jan. 2) vs LSU
2015 Louisville commit Dahu Green had the #1 play on SportsCenter’s top 10 today with his incredible one handed catch. After LJ Scott’s leaping touchdown last year this will be the second year in a row a Louisville commit has had the #1 play on the top 10. Green will be a play maker for Petrino and this isn’t the last time he will leave us amazed.
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.
Small hands, skinny knees, small body frame, a bad pro day. None of those things would stop Teddy Bridgewater from having a remarkable game on Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings in his first start against the Atlanta Falcons. After all of the criticism that Teddy took in the off-season about those goofy things that I mentioned, I think Louisville fans were waiting for him to get his chance and prove the doubters wrong. We knew how good he would be, and he was just that.
So with the high powered offense of the Falcons coming to town, and Teddy not having Adrian Peterson or tight end Kyle Rudolph as safety nets, how would Bridgewater keep up and give the Vikings a chance to win? Just by throwing for 317 yards on 19/30 passing and not turning the ball over. He also ran 5 times for 27 yards and had a rushing touchdown and led the Vikings to a 41-28 win.
The new polls came out on Sunday for the college football season. The Louisville Cardinals still are not ranked, but find themselves in a better spot than last week by moving up in the “others receiving votes” category. We knew a win at home over Wake Forest wouldn’t vault the Cards into the top 25, but they are still hanging around and can make some noise in the next couple weeks with games on the road.
In the AP Poll, Louisville is the 10th team outside of the rankings, so pretty much ranked 35th. In the USA Today Coaches Poll, they are essentially ranked 33rd.
Photos by Tim Haag (@UofLBirdsNest)
Here are a couple videos from the ACC Digital Network. The first is highlights from the game, and the second is the awesome run by Brandon Radcliff, which was actually the offensive line just moving him forward and forward! I have never seen a pile move like that. You usually see the whistle blow before that ever happens!
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
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.
Louisville commit Dahu Green will be a play maker for the Cards. Kid makes catches like this look like the norm.<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/107277185″>Westmoore’s Dahu Green!</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user14301599″>Inside High School Sports</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Bobby Petrino announced today that Louisville QB Will Gardner is out and Freshman Reggie Bonnafon will start in his place. Gardner went down with an apparent knee injury last Saturday against FIU. Will a great performance Saturday be enough to win Reggie the job for good? Going to be interesting for sure.
No official word as of yet but it looks like the Cards will wear these this season……….well at least we have alternates right?
Recruiting is a crazy thing. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Cards had a commitment from 5-star Antonio Blakeney and had backed off of 6’6 combo guard Perry Dozier. You know the story: Blakeney decommits, and the Cards try to get back in the mix for Dozier. Rick Pitino and Kenny Johnson spent Wednesday evening giving Dozier an in home visit, and it certainly paid off. Dozier had 4 official visits lined up and had 1 more opening, and he will use that for a trip to UofL’s campus.
2016 Center Abdul Ado is the top target for the Cards. I really want to see this kid in a Louisville jersey! Watch this video from our guys at Courtside Films and you will see why. Follow Abdul Ado on twitter @<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/106934496″>%5BSummer Mixtape] Ado Abdulhakim</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user31493542″>Johnny Hines</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
According to an AL.com report the Cards top 2015 football recruit Traveon Samuel plans to enroll early. The 4 star athlete will play all over the field for Bobby Petrino when he arrives to campus and is looking to make an impact next season.
It’ll likely be hard for any school to pry Samuel away from Louisville. He’s got a great relationship with Louisville defensive line coach L.D. Scott — They talk on an everyday basis, Samuel says — and plans to enroll early at the Atlantic Coast Conference school. He will sign a financial aid agreement with the Cardinals on Dec. 10 and enroll for the school’s spring semester after he graduates from Central-Phenix City.
Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino, who is known as an offensive mastermind, has promised to utilize Samuel in a multitude of ways. Samuel expects to get time at slot receiver, running back and even as a Wildcat quarterback.
He has good hands, runs solid routes and although he’s small, he could fit in a Darren Sproles-type role at Louisville.
Samuel, rated a 4 star player, chose Louisville over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, FSU, LSU, Ohio St., Tennessee, and more. Don’t be suprised to see Samuel lined up for the Cards when they take the field against Auburn in the Georgia Dome. Follow Traveon Samuel on twitter @
When the Cards take the field on Saturday against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, they will be facing a freshman quarterback. In fact, it will be the third time this season that the quarterback facing the defense for the Cards will be a freshman. The other two games were Miami and Florida International.
The starter for the Demon Deacons, John Wolford, is a 6’1 freshman from Jacksonville, Florida. This season he is 87/145 (60%) for 883 yards. He has thrown 6 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. His best game this season could also be called his worst game. In a 23-7 win against Gardner Webb, Wolford was 30/38 for 291 yards. He threw for 2 touchdowns but also had 3 interceptions. But you could also look at the season opener and call that his worst. In a 17-10 loss to Louisiana-Monroe, he was 12/22 for 97 yards with 0 touchdowns and 1 interception.
He was a 3-star quarterback coming out of high school. He also held offers from Mississippi State, Penn State, East Carolina, and more.