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Photo Courtesy of Nigel Kilby’s Twitter Account (@NigelKilby_82)
UofL Football picked up a huge commitment this evening from Garden City Community College (KS) TE Nigel Kilby.
The 6’8 250 lbs Kilby chose the Cards over offers from Central Florida, FIU, East Carolina, and SMU among others. The lead recruiter for UofL was Chris Klenakis.
Kilby had 458 yards receiving and 10 TD catches in 12 games for Garden City Community College per their website. He averaged 38.2 yards receiving a game.
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UofL Commit Tutu Atwell led the Miami Northwestern Bulls to their first state title since the days of Teddy Bridgewater. He looked great doing it too.
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Regardless of what happens Saturday night at the Heisman Ceremony in NYC, take joy UofL fans in the fact we all witnessed one of the greatest football players in history. Is this hyperbole on my part? Perhaps. Then again, it is hard to deny what mine eyes have seen. Lamar Jackson is a Heisman person off the field and a Heisman player on it.
Photo Courtesy of UofL Football Twitter Account (@UofLFootball)
Just when you thought you couldn’t love Lamar Jackson any more than you already do, he does something that makes you love him even more.
Today, Lamar visited The West End School where he doled out advice about striving for As and not just Bs. He also led students in a rousing “Go Cards” cheer before later showing them all how to strike the proper Heisman pose.
Lamar Jackson keeps on proving he is a Heisman person off the field and a Heisman player on it.
Below you can see video clips of his visit courtesy of UofL Football’s Twitter account.
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2018 UofL QB Commit Jordan Travis of the Benjamin School, was named the Lou Groza Palm Beach County Player of the Year tonight at the Lou Groza Awards Banquet.
Travis, a dual threat QB, had an excellent year throwing and running the ball. Per Scout.com, he completed 62% of his passes for 2190 yards, 24 Passing TDs, and just 6 interceptions. Travis rushed for 905 yards and 16 TDs while averaging 11.9 yards a carry.
The award has been given annually to the best player in the county of Palm Beach, FL. The winner is selected by a panel of Palm Beach County football coaches and local media.
Past winners include former NFL RB Fred Taylor, former NFL WR Anquan Boldin, NFL S Matt Elam, and UofL’s current Heisman QB Lamar Jackson.
Jordan Travis continues the trend of excellent dual threat QBs to attend UofL and seems to be following in the footsteps of Lamar Jackson. That’s not a bad person to follow. Congrats Jordan Travis on your award.
You can see the video of the announcement of his winning of the award at the awards banquet below, courtesy of Adam Lichtenstein of the Palm Beach Post.
UofL Commits DT Dejmi Dumervil Jean, OT Tyler Steen, and S Trenell Troutman, along with top target OLB Nik Bonnito, fell short in their quest to win their fourth consecutive FL Class 7A state title. Their team, the St Thomas Aquinas Raiders fell to the Venice Indians 27-20 in the state semifinal.
Photo Courtesy of Tutu Atwell Twitter Account (@c5_atwell)
Congrats to UofL Commit Tutu Atwell as his team, the Miami Northwestern Bulls, routed Naples High School Friday night 42-7 to advance to the FL 6A Title game. It’s the first time Northwestern has played in the title game since 2008, when a sophomore QB by the name of Teddy Bridgewater led them.
Atwell played well rushing 5 times for 45 yards and a TD. He also was 3 of 6 passing for 32 yards. He didn’t play the entire second half, however, as he injured his ankle late in the first half.
Both Atwell and his coach told the Miami Herald he would’ve gone back in, but with the lead the team had built he was held out for precautionary reasons.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish him luck in the title game.
I have seen all the jive talk on Twitter from certain fans of a certain team based in Lexington. They are thanking their lucky stars Lamar Jackson is likely gone to the NFL. They now think UofL is about to hit a decline.
Well, sorry about your rotten luck. Guess what? UofL is Jawon Pass(ing) you by. He’s no Lamar, but he’s definitely got mobility. Oh and he can launch bombs with his arm and destroy your defense.
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As all UofL fans know, Lamar Jackson was not a finalist for a couple of prominent college football awards; the Davey O’Brien Award for the best NCAA QB and the Maxwell Award for best all-around college player. However, Lamar is a finalist for another prestigious player of the year award.
Jackson has been named 1 of 5 finalists for the Walter Camp Award; along with Saquon Barkley, Bryce Love, Baker Mayfield, and Rashaad Penny. He won the award last year and now has a chance to be a two-time winner which has only been done 3 times previously. The other two-time winners were Colt McCoy, Archie Griffin, and OJ Simpson.
The Walter Camp Award is given annually to the collegiate player of the year. The award winner is decided upon by a group of both NCAA Division 1 FBS head coaches and sports information directors under the auspices of the Walter Camp Football Foundation per Wikipedia.
You can see Brett McMurphy’s tweet announcing the finalists below.
You can also read gocards.com story on Lamar being a finalist for the Walter Camp Award below courtesy of Rocco Gasparro.
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Jatavious Harris, an ESPN 4 Star WR and former Tennessee commit, has scheduled dates for 2 official visits as well as for the announcement of his college choice.
Harris is set to visit Pittsburgh on December 8th and then UofL a week later on December 15th. His announcement of his college choice is set for December 19th.
Despite a glut of WRs both on the roster and committed currently, Harris is a type of player you make room for. A 6’2 176 lbs WR with good speed and excellent size, his offer list is impressive.
Mark December 19th on your calendar Cards fans. It could be a nice early Christmas gift from Santa to our favorite college football team.
Last year, going into the Governor’s Cup game, UofL was coming off a low. They were destroyed on national TV by Houston. They hadn’t really been playing all that well. UofL fans thought we would just waltz into PJCS, crush UK, and move on to a good bowl; maybe even the Orange Bowl. None of that happened. We saw a 3 game losing streak to end the year.
This year, we feel the same way. The difference is we are justified in the feeling. Bobby Ball 1.0 appears to be back. UofL is rolling right now after 2 blowout wins against Virginia and Syracuse. They played their most complete game this year against Syracuse.
The defense got all kinds of turnovers. Syracuse could not move the ball against them. Jaire Alexander was playing like the best CB in the nation.
Lamar Jackson gave UofL fans a heck of a show in what was likely his final home game in a Cardinal uniform. Syracuse did not stand a chance against the reigning Heisman winner.
Lamar carved up the Orange defense with beautiful passes to Reggie Bonnafon and Jaylen Smith for TDs. Then he used his seemingly superhuman running ability to teleport through the Orange defense for 2 long rushing TDs. He finished the game with 270 yards passing and 111 yards rushing to go with his 4 total TDs.
Lamar has been so ridiculously great we fans have kind of taken for granted games like this one he had against Syracuse.
Check out the YouTube highlight video of Lamar doing what Lamar does versus Syracuse below, courtesy of GoCards YouTube account.
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As if UofL fans needed another reason to adore Donovan Mitchell. Donovan surprised his mother with a new Audi SUV yesterday. As you will see in the video below from ESPN via Donovan’s Instagram account, she was taken aback and loved her gift from her son.
UofL has been blessed to have outstanding young men join our sports programs and school the last few years and Donovan is proving to be another great one on the basketball court and off of it. It’s always nice to see an athlete with a heart like Donovan Mitchell.
Head Coach Bobby Petrino, senior running back Reggie Bonnafon, senior linebacker James Hearns, senior running back Malik Williams, junior quarterback Lamar Jackson, and junior cornerback Jaire Alexander all spoke to the media Saturday after the blowout 56-10 victory over Syracuse. Hear what they had to say in the video below from GoCards YouTube account.
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The 2017 UofL Football senior class was given some love by the official UofL Football Recruiting Twitter account, @ULFBRecruiting, today.
They are tweeting out pictures of each of the 17 seniors with short biographical information about what they accomplished while at UofL.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish all the best to our awesome senior class in their future endeavors.
UofL football meandered through much of this season like a lost puppy trying to find its way home through lonely streets and alleys. They looked great at times and looked horrendous at others. Sometimes within a single game they could look like world beaters and then like broken men.
Inconsistent play was a problem for the offense. It was a combination of player focus and disjointed play calling. For the defense, horrid fundamentals and bland play calling consistently made the defense look like an electric fence with the power turned off. The problem for the team and coaching staff as a whole was there seemed to be a lack of fire. Players and coaches sometimes looked like they’d rather be anywhere, but on the field. It obviously showed in an undisciplined and unfocused approach to the game at hand.
Despite a future clouded by the possibility of NCAA investigation and the uncertainty of his own job status after the season, David Padgett is trying to salvage UofL Basketball’s recruiting classes for 2018 and beyond. It may be an uphill battle, but there are two highly thought of former commits still interested in the Cards.
With UofL’s final home game of the season coming Saturday, they are having quite a few recruits visiting. There is a lot of local flavor with the bulk of visitors from within the city and state. There is also a current 2019 QB commit visiting. Here is the list below.
YEAR-NAME-POSITION-HIGH SCHOOL/JUNIOR COLLEGE-STATE
2018-Shannon Bishop-CB-PRP HS-KY
2018-Nick Bohn-QB-Trinity HS-KY
2018-Jackson Burke-OL-Owensboro HS-KY
2018-Charles Cameron-DT-Copiah-Lincoln CC-MS
2018-Joe Comer-ATH-West Georgia-GA
2018-Jimmy Edmonds-DE-Ballard HS-KY
2018-Gunner Henderson-WR-McAllen HS-TX
2018-Chad Holleran-LB-Franklin County HS-KY
2018-Christion Horton-ATH-Ballard HS-KY
2018-Ethan Hull-LB-Trinity HS-KY
2018-Nigel Kilby-TE-Garden City CC-KS
2018-Zach Rodgers-RB-Floyd Central HS-IN
2018-Leonard Taylor-TE-Springfield HS-OH
2018-Russell Thomas-WR-Manual HS-KY
2018-Evan Walton-DT-Boardman HS-OH
2018-Tyrese Wynn-WR-Bendle HS-MI
2019-Keevan Bailey-ATH-Salem HS-GA
2019-Daniel Balanganayi-OL-Palatine HS-IL
2019-Tanner Bowles-OL-Glasgow HS-KY
2019-Drew Brenowitz-LS-Good Counsel HS-MD
2019-Jared Casey-LB-Ballard HS-KY
2019-Charles Coleman-RB-Oswego HS-IL
2019-DJ Dale-DL-Clay-Chalkville HS-AL
2019-Moses Douglas-SAF-Springfield HS-OH
2019-Jonathan Fells-RB-Carroll HS-AL
2019-Andrew Gaylor-OLB-Dora HS-AL
2019-Isaiah Gibson-DT-Springfield HS-OH
2019-MJ Griffin-CB-Saline HS-MI
2019-Nolan Groulx-WR-Hough HS-NC
2019-Brett Hiatt-ATH-Timberland HS-MO
2019-Treyvion Houston-QB-Greer HS-GA
2019-Bryan Hudson-OL-Scott County HS-KY
2019-Ben Jackson-OL-Clark County HS-KY
2019-Jehdon Jenkins-LB-Clark County HS-KY
2019-Thomas Kiessling-LB-St Xavier HS-OH
2019-Shawnkel Knight-Goff-ATH-Doss HS-KY
2019-Devin Lester-RB-Graham HS-VA
2019-AJ McCorkle-CB-Salem HS-GA
2019-Jevin Murray-CB-Shadow Creek HS-TX
2019-Frederick Orr, Jr.-RB-Rossview HS-TN
2019-Adonis Otey-CB-Blackman HS-TN
2019-Nathan Presnell-QB-Hiram HS-GA
2019-Adam Renfro-ATH-Paris HS-KY
2019-Aidan Robbins-RB-Manual HS-KY
2019-Wandale Robinson-WR-Western Hills HS-KY
2019-David Russell-DE-Father Ryan HS-TN
2019-Matt Salopek-WR-Archbishop Hoban HS-OH
2019-Nitavius Thomas-RB-Clark County HS-KY
2019-Shemar Thompson-RB-Williams HS-NC
2019-Marquel Tinsley-WR-Daviess County HS-KY
2019-Bryson Washington-ATH-C.E. King HS-TX
2019-Jashon Watkins-SAF-East Nashville HS-TN
2019-JJ Weaver-DE-Moore HS-KY
2019-Von Williams-RB-Owensboro Catholic HS-KY
2020-Landen Bartleson-RB-Boyle County HS-KY
2020-Alexander Collett-OL-Ballard HS-KY
2020-Izayah Cummings-WR-Male HS-KY
2020-Marcus Hodge-RB-Hilliard Bradley HS-OH
2020-Skyelar Johnson-WR-Woodford County HS-KY
2020-Aiden Moore-DE-Central HS-KY
2020-Vito Tisdale-CB-Bowling Green HS-KY
2020-John Young-OL-Christian Academy of Louisville-KY
2021-Junious “JuJu” Johnson-ATH-Kirby HS-TN
2021-Julius Orr-ATH-Rossview HS-TN
2018-Brandon Wellington-OL-Jeffersonville HS-IN
2019-Jaden Johnson-QB-Kirby HS-TN
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Jatavious Harris, a 3 Star WR from Baldwin High School in Milledgeville, GA, has released a list of the final three schools he is considering and UofL made the cut. Along with UofL, Harris has Pittsburgh and Mississippi State rounding out his final three. He visited UofL last weekend for the Virginia game.
The 6’3 184 lbs Harris, a one-time Tennessee Volunteer commit, is ranked the number 111 WR in the nation and the 68th best player in the talent rich state of GA per 247 Sports composite rankings.
Besides the schools listed above, Harris had offers from Miami (FL), Michigan State, NC State, and Florida among others.
Despite the fact UofL seems to have a glut of WRs, Harris would be a great get due to his versatility. He plays a multitude of positions besides WR though WR is likely his best position. CB, Nickel CB, and S are the other positions he plays and he is adept at all of them from what I have seen. He is a dangerous kick and punt returner as well.
His recruitment is worth keeping an eye on Cards fans. Here is a highlight video, courtesy of Hudl, from his junior season to give you an idea of why UofL wants him.
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2018 3 Star JUCO DT Antar Thompson decommitted from the UofL Football today.
Thompson had been committed to UofL since June 11. His lead recruiter was Cort Dennison. Thompson had chosen UofL over the likes of Alabama, Florida State, and a host of other big name programs.
The loss of Thompson’s commitment is a blow to UofL as the staff is trying to restock the defensive line due to the impending departures of players like Trevon Young, James Hearns, and Drew Bailey.
UofL already appears to be looking to fill the spot vacated by Thompson. They have an official visit scheduled with 6’2 290 JUCO DT Charles Cameron this weekend.
Cameron has offers from Florida Atlantic, Texas Tech, Colorado; among a host of other programs according to 247 Sports.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish Antar Thompson all the best in his future endeavors.