Monthly Archives: December 2017

Louisville vs Mississippi State: Postgame Recap

The Louisville Cardinals fell to Mississippi State 31-27 today. Despite leading 21-17 at halftime, Louisville was unable to put Miss St away and Lamar Jackson’s Hail Mary heave fell incomplete to end the Cards’ season.

Louisville had numerous opportunities to the put the game out of reach, but turnovers and only scoring on 2 field goals in the 2nd half weren’t enough for the Cardinals to win.

In what could have been his last game as a Cardinal, Lamar didn’t have his normal day. He threw a career-high 4 interceptions, was 13-31 passing for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns and amassed 158 yards on 24 carries with 1 touchdown on the ground. Though not his best day and the scouts may point to this game instead of the countless others he was spectacular in, we all know how Lamar will go down in history if this was his last time as a Cardinal, for that, we are all eternally grateful.

Jaylen Smith led the Cards in receiving today with 7 receptions for 107 yards and 1 touchdown.

Thank you to all the seniors for your time as a Cardinal. Thank you to the guys who decide to leave early and good luck in all your future endeavors. Card fans will always support our own.

Go Cards!

Uniform Report – TaxSlayer Bowl

Louisville Football / Redbird

Last game of the year and the Cards will be sportin’ the all whites with the Red Chrome helmet. Good Luck Cards and thank you to all the seniors. The game kicks off at noon on ESPN. #L1C4

How Special Is Lamar Jackson?

Lamar Jackson

It has been well documented how amazing Lamar Jackson is. His teammates respect him, his coaches adore him, his fans are borderline obsessed with him, yet the rest of college football has seemed to forget about him. Andrea Adelson with ESPN talks about why everyone needs to wake back up.

Louisville @ Kentucky: Pregame Breakdown

The day we’ve all been looking forward to is here. In the state of Kentucky, this time of year has 3 days when the state celebrates: Christmas, New Year’s, and the biggest basketball rivalry game in the country.

Louisville travels to Lexington to take on the 16th ranked Wildcats today at 1pm, the game can be seen on CBS. Kentucky correctly sits as 5.5-point favorites.

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Everything You Need to Know: The TaxSlayer Bowl

Lamar Jackson / Reggie Bonnafon

How to Watch: Kickoff at noon on ESPN

Spread: Louisville -7 (Bovada)

Last Time: The Cards played against Mississippi State in a four-year stretch from 1973-76, losing all four games. However, due to alleged NCAA violations, the Bulldogs were forced to vacate their wins in 1975 & 1976.

The Bulldogs technically lead the series 4-0, but due to the violations, this leaves the series tied at 2-2.

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Louisville Overcomes Georgia Tech In 74 – 71 Thriller


Photo Credit: Scott Utterback/The Courier-Journal

The Louisville Cardinals kicked off conference play in a thriller against Georgia Tech that literally came down to the last second.

Asia Durr fired off a triple to start the match, but Francesca Pan and Kaylan Pugh were the highlight of the first period. Pugh picked up eight of Georgia Tech’s 20 points, while Pan added 10.

Georgia Tech’s stellar defense forced Louisville to commit seven turnovers. The Yellow Jackets took a 20 – 13 lead into the second period.

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Lamar Jackson’s Top 10 Runs

Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson is a once in a lifetime player. His talent, athleticism and pure heart is unmatched. Legion Entertainment put together a video of Lamar’s top 10 runs of his career, and they are great!

Highlights From Day 2 Of TaxSlayer Bowl Prep

Louisville Football

The University of Louisville Cardinals have been in Jacksonville preparing for their game against Mississippi State this coming Saturday. Check out the best pictures so far courtesy of UofL Football twitter!

Vote Donovan For NBA All Star

donovan mitchell

Cardinal forever, Donovan Mitchell has had an outstanding rookie season, to say the least. He’s put up crazy numbers, night after night with the Utah Jazz. Find out how to vote for him to participate in the NBA All-Star game below! Do your thing Cardnation!


James Hearns To Skip TaxSlayer Bowl

James Hearns / Stacy Thomas

James Hearns announced today that he will not be playing in the upcoming TaxSlayer Bowl. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish James nothing but the best of luck in his professional career and thank him for all he did for the University of Louisville.

Photo Gallery: MBB vs. Grand Canyon

Anas Mahmoud / Louie

The Cards came into their game on Saturday afternoon looking for an early Christmas present. Their wish was granted when they ran away with a 74-56 victory over Grand Canyon. The Cards fought through poor shooting all night long. They ended up shooting only 4-19 (21%) from 3 and 44% overall. However, the Cards greatly improved their rebounding compared to the previous game. Grand Canyon was out rebounded 41-35 and the Cards only gave up 12 offensive rebounds for 7 second chance points. That is still more offensive rebounds than Coach Padgett would like to surrender, but it is moving in the right direction.

Ray Spalding was the stand out performer on Saturday afternoon. Ray finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 steals. Deng Adel had 14 points, while Quentin Snider had 12 points and 5 assists. Coach Padgett said after the game that his team has not even started preparing for the game against Kentucky, because thy were worried about Grand Canyon. The team will take a few days off and players will go home for the holidays. They will be back to practice before the rivalry game on Friday.

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Louisville vs Grand Canyon: Pregame Breakdown

After surviving the scare Albany gave Louisville in their last game, the Cards will look to handle visiting Grand Canyon with more ease today. The game tips off at 1pm inside the Yum! Center.

Given the recent events surrounding the Louisville basketball program, it’s easy to forget about the last time these two teams played. The game was last year at Grand Canyon and the environment was crazy, the game was much closer than expected and Louisville barely walked out of there with a victory. No one can possibly forget about the famous Keonta Vernon dunk call either.

I don’t expect Louisville to have the trouble they did last year. Especially after the close game Albany gave them last time out. Louisville handles this one easily throughout.

Prediction: Louisville 81 – Grand Canyon 60.

2017 University Of Louisville Football Early Signing Day Breakdowns

The guys did a bang up job the other day covering signing day. After a glitch to start the day, (not you Higgy this time) the guys were rolling! Thanks to Shawn (@Lvilleshawn ), Sam (@baseboy124) & Higgy (@the_Higggyy) for some research which made the day easy to follow for those of us who may or may not follow recruiting. It was a huge day! Shout out also to the coaching staff for brining in such a haul! Already one of the best recruiting classes ever and we have one more signing day to go! Here are the breakdowns from signing day. We hope you enjoy.

PS-I dont want to lie, it may have been Higgy lol

PSS- Click their names for the full breakdowns. you can also click the Twitter names to go straight to Twitter and follow!


Chandler Jones

Twitter: @1OfficialCJ


Mike Boykin

Twitter: @1_goat46


Robert Hicks III

Twitter: @1_Jetset


Jarrett Jackson

Twitter: @Jsavagee_5


Hassan Hall

Twitter: @_sayblackboy


Chatarius “TuTu” Atwell

Twitter: @c5_atwell


Marcus Riley

Twitter: @PrimeeTimee2


Jared Goldwire

No Twitter


Jatavious Harris

Twitter: @screamtaaye


Telly Plummer

Twitter: @tempp16


Allen Love

Twitter: @rfy_55


Dejmi Dumervil-Jean

Twitter: @kingdez1k


Adonis Boone

Twitter: @Ajb1_


Yasir Abdullah

Twitter: @AbYasiir


Trenell Troutman

Twitter: @FlyyNell


Quen Head

Twitter: @quen_42


Nigel Kilby

Twitter: @NigelKilby_82


Tyler Harrell

Twitter: @EasyMoneyTy_


Jordan Travis

Twitter: @JTravis10


Thurman Geathers

Twitter: @TJTherm


Cards in the NBA: December 22nd

Welcome back everyone, to your weekly look at how our former Cards are faring in the NBA! (Spoiler alert, it’s pretty dang good!) Let’s get into it!

*All stats are accurate for games played through December 21st.

Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves)

MPG (Minutes Per Game): 17.7

PPG (Points Per Game): 6.1

APG (Assists Per Game): 1.2

RPG (Rebounds Per Game): 4.8

SPG (Steals Per Game): 0.8

BPG (Blocks Per Game): 0.2

TPG (Turnovers Per Game): 1.0

FG%: 48.6

3P%: 20.0

FT%: 74.4

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Signee Breakdown: Quen Head

IMG_20171220_081437Photo Courtesy of Quen Head’s Twitter Account (@quen_42)

Coach Petrino likes to have LBs that are versatile. Guys that can do multiple things well so that they are useful in multiple ways. Quen Head, a 6’2 215 lbs OLB, fits the mold and signed his Letter of Intent.

Head is a speedy OLB. When watching his highlights the speed is evident. He flies around the field and can cover a lot of ground quickly. He’s a triple threat in that he can play coverage, stuff the run, and rush the passer.

He seems to have good instincts and isn’t fooled often on option runs and fake hand offs. Even if he is, he can make up for it with his speed. His gap discipline seems sound. When he sees a running lane, he fills it. In fact, he runs through it like a RB would and gets in the backfield to create havoc and tackles for loss.

FB090717Photo Courtesy of Joel Powers/Hutchinson Community College Blue Dragon Sports Information

His tackling is fundamentally sound. Every highlight I saw, he wrapped up ball carriers with a near perfect form tackle. Head is also a vicious tackler. He likes to drop the hammer on ball carriers. When he hits someone, it looks painful. Head has a nasty streak and I like it.

I expect UofL to use him in coverage on TEs and as an edge rusher. His speed is really special from what I saw and he could cause issues for QBs and offensive linemen.

Coach Petrino has been looking to add speed to his team. With Quen Head, he has added speed in the linebacking corps. He also gets a solid tackler and big hitter rolled into one. This is another solid pickup for the Cards on the recruiting trail.

Check out his highlights courtesy of Hudl below and see what you think.


Signee Breakdown: Jatavious Harris

IMG_20171220_101525Photo Courtesy of Jatavious Harris’ Twitter Account (@screamtaaye)

Thank you Tennessee for the gift of Jatavious Harris. Coach Petrino may have signed his very own Devante Parker. The UofL receiving corps should be special for years to come with Harris in the fold.

The 6’3 184 lbs Harris is tall and athletic. Speed is a recurring theme in this class and Harris has a ton of it.

Watching highlights of Harris, it’s pretty easy to see why Petrino coveted him. He has excellent size at 6’3. Harris is quite physical and seems hard to press on the outside. He has great ability to get through the press coverage and get behind the defense.

Harris seems great at tracking the ball in the air and making adjustments to make the catch. Even if it’s a little behind him or low, he will catch it. Reminds me of Dez Fitzpatrick in this regard.

Another trait Harris shares with nearly our entire class of WRs is his catch radius. He has sure hands, great leaping ability, and long arms. He’s excellent at high pointing the ball and snatching it over smaller DBs.

Drops and fumbles should be a rarity for him as he usually uses his hands to make catches and seems to protect the ball instinctively in traffic. Harris has the potential to be a matchup nightmare for secondaries because of his abilities, much like Devante Parker once was.

IMG_20171222_133124Photo Courtesy of Jatavious Harris’ Twitter Account (@screamtaaye)

Harris should be a devastating yards after catch WR. He’s difficult to bring down and has some nifty moves in the open field. His high school team used him quite a bit on end around runs and he made nice cuts. This should serve him well developing his route running skills which are good, but will get better with Lonnie Galloway teaching him.

Harris has one other weapon. That weapon is speed. Harris is fast and on the tape he actually used his speed to beat a double coverage. If the QB had thrown the ball in stride, Harris would’ve had an easy TD. His speed is also evident in the return game where he had a few kick return TDs. He could help UofL immediately as a kick returner.

Bobby Petrino is really doing a great job of finding playmakers for whoever the QB will be next year. Harris seems like he can come in and play early as a returner. He may also get reps at WR.

However, with UofL relatively deep at WR, they may red shirt him and let him develop a little more physically. Regardless, UofL got themselves a high quality WR who will undoubtedly make an impact.

Check out his senior season highlights courtesy of Hudl below and see what you think.


Signee Breakdown: Allen Love

IMG_20171222_113823Photo Courtesy of Allen Love’s Twitter Account (@rfy_55) 

Coach Petrino did a great job in filling a big need with big DT Allen Love joining UofL. To get a guy with so much potential so late in the game is a huge coup for UofL.

Love is a big, but athletic 6’3 285 lbs DT. For such a large man, he’s very quick and nimble on his feet. The potential he has, in my opinion, is off the charts.

IMG_20171214_150327Photo Courtesy of Allen Love’s Twitter Account (@rfy_55)

As UofL has demonstrated from past classes, they love versatile defensive linemen. Love fits that mold perfectly. He will primarily line up as a DT, but he can also line up as a DE from time to time.

Love’s first step and initial burst upon the snap of the ball is insane. He’s often on the offensive linemen so quickly that they can’t even block him. He just seems to bounce off would-be blockers and makes the play.

When he is blocked, Love has power and can shed blocks with ease or bull rush the offensive linemen into the backfield. He also demonstrated a few pass rush moves such as a swim move to get over a block. Love is an interior defensive lineman who will stuff the run, but he has the ability to rush the passer too. His strength is also evident when tackling. Once he gets his big paws on a ball carrier or QB, they do not escape his grasp.

The trait the I really noticed is his ability to recognize who has the ball. He rarely seems to get fooled by option type plays. He identifies the ball carrier quickly and engulfs them. He’s not one to be easily fooled with read options from what I saw of his highlights.

UofL is obviously in need of DTs and Love is the perfect guy to get. Like all incoming freshmen, there will be things to work on. However, he seems to have a great base to build on. Welcome to the Ville Allen Love.

Check out his Hudl highlights below and see what you think.

Signee Breakdown: Nigel Kilby

IMG_20171220_081941Photo Courtesy of Nigel Kilby’s Twitter Account (@NigelKilby_82)

TEs are very important in Coach Petrino’s offense. He likes athletic, pass catchers. He got an excellent TE for his system with the signing of JUCO player Nigel Kilby.

Kilby, at 6’8 and 250 lbs, is gigantic and athletic. Though he can be an effective blocker, his ability as a pass catching TE is what makes him special. He has very good hands and uses them to catch the ball away from his body. At 6’8, hes great at catching jump balls. He can high point the ball with the best of them and he’s a potential matchup nightmare for opposing defenders.

Kilby has a knack for getting open even though he’s not a precise route runner. Then again, at his size, he’s practically always open. Garden City didn’t just line him up at TE, they also lined him up in the slot. He’s almost a hybrid TE/WR.

IMG_20171222_112550Photo Courtesy of Nigel Kilby’s Twitter Account (@NigelKilby_82)

UofL will most assuredly use him as a red zone target. However, I think UofL could use him more effectively than Garden City did. I think it’s possible his numbers will see a dramatic increase in Petrino’s system.

Kilby will be expected to replace the production of Charles Standberry, whom he reminds me of. He also reminds me of former UofL TE Gary Barnidge with his size, athleticism, and catching ability. Kilby will be one of four TEs on the roster along with Kemari Averett, Jordan Davis, and Mickey Crum.

Check out his highlights courtesy of his YouTube channel and see what you think.


Signee Breakdown: Tyler Harrell

IMG_20171220_082352Photo Courtesy of Tyler Harrell’s Twitter Account (@EasyMoneyTy_)

Coach Petrino loves speedy WRs. This class has a few. One of them is Tyler Harrell; a 6’1 175 lbs speed demon.

Tyler Harrell is a good route runner with great hands. He uses his hands when catching the ball rather than his body.

His main weapon appears to be speed. ESPN lists his 40 time at 4.5, but his film makes him seem much faster. Many of his highlights are simply running right by DBs.

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Harrell can high point the ball. A skill many UofL fans remember Devante Parker had. He is also very good at adjusting to the ball while it’s in the air to make difficult catches.

Harrell is very strong. He uses his hands and strength to get separation from press coverage. He’s a ferocious blocker and seems to relish blocking downfield.

He also has some elusiveness and ability to break tackles. This allows him to get yards after the catch.

DLuTV80VwAAPSuA-1Photo Courtesy of Tyler Harrell’s Twitter Account  (@EasyMoneyTy_)

He has a very high motor. He finishes blocks and never goes down easily. Harrell has a nasty streak, which I think will make him invaluable in the run game.

All in all, he’s a well-rounded WR. UofL might have found themselves a diamond in the rough. It’s rare you find a speedy WR that also enjoys being physical. It appears Harrell is that rarity.

You can view Tyler Harrell’s midseason highlights below courtesy of Hudl and see what you think.

Lamar Jackson Highlights

Lamar Jackson

Need something to get you through the last day of work till Christmas? Enjoy some Lamar Jackson highlights courtesy of the ACC Digital Network.