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Going into this past week, the No.1 Louisville Baseball Cardinals had set a school record for best start to the season, going 19-0. However, the Cards had yet to play a road game this season, and faced two equally solid teams in Cincinnati and North Carolina State on the road this past week. They finished the week 2-2 after dropping the game to Cincinnati as well as the series opener to NC State, but went on to and win the series 2-1, to put them at 21-2 on the season.
Yesterday we got to hear from head coach Bobby Petrino for the first time since National Signing Day last month, and we came away with a few interesting tidbits thus far.
Cornerback Shaq Wiggins and offensive lineman Chandler Jones will both be transferring for the University of Louisville. It is unknown whete they will heading, but we wish them both the best of luck.
Cornerback Alphonso Carter has been suspended from the team. Last month, he was found to have a loaded gun in his possession with no license to carry after he was pulled over for running a red light.
Wide receiver Jaylen Smith and outside linebacker Jonathan Greenard will miss all of spring ball due to both of them in recovery from surgeries. Smith had surgery of stress fracture in his foot while Greenard had hip surgery.
On the positive side, Petrino announced that defensive end James Hearns has fully recovered from his surgery and is now a “full go”. Henry Famurewa is still in partial recovery, but will see some action on the practice field. Trevon Young will also see some work on the practice field after missing all of last season with a hip injury.
5′ 10″, 175lbs
A two-way star, Russ Yeast is a speedy and agile playmaker at the Wide Receiver, Running Back and Cornerback positions out of Center Grove HS in Greenwood, IN. His senior season, he helped lead Center Grove HS to a 12-2 record, and lead them all the way to the IHSAA 6A title game. That season while both an offensive and defensive specialist, his specialization was on the offensive side of the ball, where he averaged 8.2 yards per carry as well as 18.8 yards per catch. He totaled 2,127 offensive yards and 27 total offensive touchdowns. When matched up against Russ Yeast, you better be ready for a track meet, cause he will beat you with his speed and elusiveness on the gridiron. The son of former UK great Craig Yeast, Russ decided to pave his own path and commit with their in state rival. He cited his fondness for Louisville growing up and them being the best fit both academically and athletically for him as his main reason for committing to the University of Louisville.
The No.1 ranked Louisville Cardinals baseball team continues on their hot streak to start the 2017 season by setting a school record for most wins to start the season without a loss. Behind 7 shutout innings from pitcher Kade McClure, the Cards fended off a furious late inning comeback against the Boston College Eagles, and went on to win the game 6-4. The win puts them at 18-0 on the season, which breaks the tie with the 1957 squad for best start to the season.
The Cards are ranked No. 1 in four major college baseball polls, and look for their second consecutive ACC sweep on the season when they face Boston College at 1pm tomorrow at Jim Patterson Stadium.
For the first time in school history, the Louisville Cardinals baseball team is the number one team in the polls. The Baseball America polls were released this morning, and the Cards jumped Oregon State, Florida, Florida State and preseason number one TCU to take the top spot. The National College Baseball Writers Association, Perfect Game College Baseball and the USA Today Coaches Poll also have the Cards atop the college baseball polls. This past week, they went 4-0 as they defeated Fort Wayne and swept ACC foe Pittsburgh. They stand at 15-0 on the season and are the only remaining undefeated team in baseball. They play Xavier this Wednesday at noon, where they look to chase down the school record to best start to the season (17-0 in 1957).
Of the six major polls, only Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and D1baseball.com prevented the Cards from earning a consensus #1 ranking. CBN had the Cards at #2, one point behind top-rank Oregon State (14-1). D1baseball has the Cards rising one spot to #4 behind Florida State, Oregon State and TCU.
According to Las Vegas oddsmaker Jeff Sherman, the Louisville Cardinals have the eighth best odds to win the NCAA National Championship at 12/1. The Cards take on Jacksonville State this Friday in Indianapolis, with a time TBD.
The Louisville baseball Cardinals continue their hot streak to open the 2017 season by going 4-0 the past week against the Fort Wayne Mastodons and the Pittsburgh Panthers. The scheduled Tuesday game at Eastern Kentucky had to be postponed due to inclement weather. Their record on the season now stands at 15-0, and are currently the only remaining undefeated team in Division I baseball
This morning, the fine folks over at CourtsideFilms.com released the mixtape for Class of 2018 PG/SG and University of Louisville commit Anfernee Simons. Simons is the 30th ranked prospect in the Class of 2018 according to ESPN, and is joined by 5* PG Courtney Ramey for the Cards’ recruiting Class of 2018.
6’1″, 200 lbs
An enforcer on the defensive side of the ball, CJ Avery is a hard-hitting safety out of Grenada HS in Grenada, MS. His senior season, he helped lead Grenada HS to a 9-3 overall record, as well as a berth in the Mississippi Class 5A state playoffs. That season, he made his presence known to opposing offenses, logging 57 solo tackles (61 total), averaging 5.1 tackles a game. He also forced 2 fumbles and recovering 1, as well as intercepting 2 passes with 1 being a pick six. Avery is defensive back who’s not afraid to line up in the box with the linebackers, pin his ears back and make the hard hit, having a specialty in stopping the run. Facing tremendous pressure to stay in state and attend either Ole Miss or Mississippi State, he made the gutsy decision to take his talents out-of-state, citing his love of the coaching staff and their involvement in the recruiting process, as well as calling Louisville “like home” on his official visit.
In an offensive show of force, the Louisville Cardinals defeated the Morehead State Eagles by an astounding 18 runs, in which 4 separate players drove in at least 3 RBIs. The Cards drove in 5, 7 and 4 runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings respectively. Game MVP Drew Ellis totaled 5 RBIs, where he had an RBI sacrifice fly in the 5th inning, as well as a grand slam in the 7th inning. Ellis was the fourth Cardinal to have a home run, with Colin Lyman having a 3 run homer in the 5th, Colby Fitch having a 2 run homer in the 6th, and Michael Bollmer having a 3 run home run in the 8th. In relief of starting pitcher Bryan Hoeing, pitcher Jake Sparger came away with the W, moving to 1-0 on the season.
In case you missed it, UofL has announced that this Saturday’s senior day game against Notre Dame is officially a Red Out. Plan your wardrobes accordingly.
In the latest round of NCAA Baseball polls, the Louisville Cardinals have jumped up to as high as the 6th ranked team in the country, trailing only Florida State in 5 out of 6 polls, and North Carolina in 1 poll as the best team in the ACC. NINE ranked teams from the ACC!
6’0″, 187 lbs
One of the first recruits to commit for the class of 2017, Malik Cunningham is an explosive dual threat quarterback out of Park Crossing HS in Montgomery, Alabama. His senior year, he lead Park Crossing HS to a 13-1 record, with their lone loss coming in the state semifinal game. During that season, he threw for almost 3,000 yards while rushing for over 1,000 yards. Through the air, he threw 30 touchdowns to 8 interceptions, while on the ground he ran for 19 touchdowns while fumbling the ball only once. Essentially, if you need a touchdown, let Malik Cunningham work his magic. He is precisely the kind of explosive playmaker that Bobby Petrino loves, and has shades of Lamar Jackson in his game. Him and Tre’Sean Smith were very active and vocal during the recruiting cycle in getting fellow recruits to come check out Louisville.
According to Scout.com, former leading Tennessee Volunteers rusher Jalen Hurd will be paying a visit to the University of Louisville this weekend.
Hurd has also paid visits to Ohio State and California. He was on pace to become Tennessee’s all time leading rusher, until a falling out with his coach Butch Davis spurned his decision to transfer schools. He is also looking to switch positions at wherever school he chooses.
According to the official list of 2017 NFL Combine participants, 7 Louisville players have received an invite to this year’s edition of the NFL’s predraft combine. Surprisingly, DeAngelo Brown was not one of the players invited. Those invited are listed down below:
This past weekend, the Toronto Raptors recently acquired Serge Ibaka in a trade with the Orlando Magic. However, Ibaka was almost traded to Boston, and the only reason he landed in Toronto was because the Celtics were unwilling to give up on second year point guard and Louisville product Terry Rozier.
Rozier is currently in year 2 of a 3 year/$5.7 million contract with a 4th year club option, and is averaging 5.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game with the Celtics. While Ibaka is averaging 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, he is also set to become a free agent after this season, so that also played a role in him not donning the green and white. Still though, it’s nice to see the Celtics not wanting to give up Rozier so easily, and perhaps they see the potential in him further down the road.
Some people will do everything and ignore anything just to keep slandering your name.
Like most Louisville fans and supporters, I’ve reached a point where I’ve just grown tired of constantly hearing about UK fan Katina Powell and that whole scandal. We know that there was a grad assistant that paid for strippers/dancers for recruits and players. We know that Rick Pitino had an extramarital affair in the past. We know that Bobby Petrino also did the same thing, even if he wasn’t even our coach at the time. We know about Porcini. We know about the motorcycle. We know.
How do we know? Well, we have our good friends at all facets of the national sports media to always be there and remind us. Everyone from ESPN, to CBS Sports, to FS1, and so on and so forth reminding us nearly every time Louisville takes the court of all the acts that went down in Minardi Hall, with every single mention of it being followed up by vehement criticism. We have the likes of Michael Rosenberg crafting slam pieces with obvious negative bias. Even as recent as last night, we have people like Jay Williams criticizing Louisville’s culture simply because a player missed curfew.
The NFL’s 2016 season saw action from 22 former Louisville Cardinals on 15 different teams, with at least one player representing each position in football. The 2016 NFL Draft also felt the Louisville Cardinals’ presence, with the selection of Sheldon Rankins with the 12th overall pick. The Bills, Steelers and Jets feature multiple former Cards on their rosters, with the Steelers having 2 and both the Bills & Jets having 4 (The Bears also had multiple prior to Greg Scruggs being waived). 3 postseason teams have former Cards on their rosters (Steelers, Dolphins, Patriots), as well as the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (Greg Scruggs).
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6’0″, 187 lbs
Other Schools of Interest: LSU