Author Archives: Jeff Nunn
As if things surrounding the Louisville basketball program haven’t been tough enough, there is still a season to be played. So far the schedule hasn’t been daunting but the ACC conference portion of the schedule has yet to begin. This is both a curse and a blessing.
The blessing is that Louisville’s strength of schedule will skyrocket and playing tougher competition makes you better. It also presents many opportunities to build your resume for March by upsetting a couple of higher ranked team or just compiling top 50 wins.
The curse is that there is potential for many more losses. Also playing tough, physical games night in and night out tend to lead to fatigue and injury. Read the rest of this entry
This week’s edition is more of a rant rather than an informational, educational, entertainment or editorial piece.
I’ve had all I can take of the negative talk and bashing of our current men’s basketball coach. I don’t get on the message boards because I can only take so much before I call out people’s ignorance but I do get on Facebook and Twitter and that’s enough for me. It seems that after every game, I see many people complaining about this team, their performance and especially their coach. It’s a bad look and Lord knows we don’t need anymore of that.
It is my belief that most of these people are diehard Rick Pitino fans. I get that some of you will back Rick to the day you die but this isn’t about him. This is about the University of Louisville. Nobody is bigger than the University, – not me – not you – not Rick – not Tom – not Dr. Postel – NOBODY! It’s time to move on and put all of this behind us. Support the school you love unconditionally. But we can’t do that if we are divided.
That’s why we can’t have people calling out our basketball coach after just a few games. I understand the frustration and I believe it’s OK to call out the coaches, who get paid a lot of money, if they are not performing up to their pay grade but at least give coach Padgett a chance. Read the rest of this entry
Please don’t think that this article is saying that Lamar Jackson will return to Louisville for his senior year because nobody knows what he will decide. I’m just simply pointing out that there is plenty of reasons for him to return. As much as I would love another year with him, I won’t be upset either way. Whatever is best for Lamar is what I am in favor of. But I am not ready to say that it’s a foregone conclusion that Lamar will enter this years NFL draft. I believe there is a decent chance he returns.
If you follow the NFL mock drafts then you already know that Lamar is projected to go as high as the 2nd pick and as low as late second round. Personally, I only put stock into the mock drafts that use information from NFL scouts. Most of those mock drafts don’t have Lamar being drafted in the first round. The consensus is that there will be 3, possibly 4, quarterbacks taken in the first round and 2 taken in the second. Many of those say that Lamar will be the fifth quarterback taken. But all this is assuming that Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold decides to enter the draft. The rumor is that he is leaning towards returning to school. That means the supply of quarterbacks in the first round might not fit the demand therefore benefitting Lamar. However, if Darold does decide to enter the draft, it seems as though the consensus is that the first 2 quarterbacks taken would be Darnold and Josh Rosen from UCLA. Read the rest of this entry
It appears as though Louisville will sport the red chrome with the white jersey for their trip to Lexington. #BeatUK
The last time the Cards traveled to Lexington things didn’t start out very good. UK scored a school record 21 first quarter points. Freshman Lamar Jackson entered the game late in the first quarter. Louisville erased a 24-7 halftime deficit with 31 unanswered points for a 38-24 victory. Jackson finished with 186 yards rushing and TDs of 16 and 13 yards on 17 carries. He also threw for 130 yards and another touchdown. Louisville gained 489 yards, including 325 in the second half, and the defense clamped down to hold Kentucky to three points and 143 yards over the final three quarters.
Here is the highlight video I put together from that game. UK thought they had a Yahtzee but they didn’t count on Lamar Jackson…
The disrespect of the reigning Heisman trophy winner continues. The latest is the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien award. Yes, Lamar Jackson was not named a finalist for either award this year. Jackson won the 2016 Maxwell award and was 1 of 3 finalists for the 2016 Davey O’Brien award with Deshaun Watson and Baker Mayfield.
Jaire Alexander and Jonathan Greenard spoke with the media after practice today.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – While the University of Louisville football team’s offense consistently has been among the country’s elite, the Cardinals’ defense is seemingly hitting its stride.
Over the last three games, the group has totaled 17 tackles for loss. In the past two victories, wins over Virginia and Syracuse, Louisville’s defense held both teams to a little more than four yards per play, and a combined 14 second-half points.
Jaylen Smith and Malik Williams spoke with the media following practice today.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Football head coach Bobby Petrino has been highly successful as the head coach at the University of Louisville, winning 74 games to be exact.
The high-octane offense can be attributed to a lot of the victories over the last eight seasons. While Petrino likes to throw the ball, he loves to be able to run the football, and that’s been one of the reasons why the Cardinals have had success in recent weeks.
After rushing for a season-best 411 yards versus Syracuse last weekend, the Cardinals have moved up to 19th nationally with an average of 241.2 yards per game, and senior running back Malik Williams has played a big part of it.
“It makes it a lot easier to move the football because you have the ability to hand the ball off to a running back and make yards,” Petrino said. “You’ve got the ability to use some of our option game and get yards, and then, still throwing the ball and being very efficient throwing the ball. We haven’t had as many yards throwing the ball lately. We’ve had great touchdown plays and big plays throwing the football. I think those plays have been opened up by our ability to throw the football.” Read the rest of this entry
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – There is a different feeling around the University Louisville football team heading into its rivalry game against Kentucky on Saturday at Kroger Field.
Last season, the Cardinals were coming off a disappointing 34-10 loss at Houston and beaten in every phase of the game.
Following a pair of dominating victories over Virginia and Syracuse, the Cardinals feel good about themselves leading into the 30th meeting of the Governor’s Cup.
The Cards will be in all Red for senior day vs Syracuse on Saturday. Be sure to be in your seats early to honor our seniors.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Seniors Chucky Williams and Stacy Thomas know their careers with the University of Louisville football program are coming to a close.
The duo, part of Louisville’s senior class, play their final game in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Saturday against Syracuse at 3:30 p.m. The group has combined for a 32-17 record and became bowl-eligible for the fourth-consecutive season.
Thomas, over the last two seasons, has been a pivotal piece to that success. The Miami, Fla., native has gradually excelled into one of the defense’s crucial components. He totaled 85 tackles a year ago and boasts 43 stops through seven games this year. He missed a string of two key games – Boston College and Florida State – with an injury, but has totaled 16 tackles, 3.5 for loss since his return.
Not only has Thomas’ production on the field been an incredible lift for the defense, but his work ethic has been a spark for the unit as well.
“He’s a very intelligent football player and recognizes routes,” Petrino said. “It was great to see him back at practice at full speed because I think that everybody else recognized that and gave us a lot of energy.” Read the rest of this entry
Short answer - Yes, Yes, No and Hope So.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The writings & musings of Jeff Nunn do not necessarily reflect those of CSZ.
On Saturday, we will honor our senior class that has won 32 games over a four-year span and will make its fourth-straight appearance in a bowl game. The game against Syracuse at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium is set for a 3:30 kick off and the seniors will be honored prior to the game. Louisville officially announced that a total of 14 seniors will walk on to their home field for the final time as a player. I hope that every fan gets in their seat early to show their appreciation for these student athletes. Also, during the game, former University of Louisville quarterback Stefan LeFors will become the 23rd football player to have his jersey honored.
Football Seniors Ready for Farewell at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
The Cardinals’ 14-member senior class will be honored before Saturday’s kickoff.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In what is sure to be an emotional time, the University of Louisville football team will honor its senior class before prior to the 3:30 p.m. kickoff against Syracuse at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
A total of 14 seniors will walk on to their home field for the final time in their careers, which has been filled with many fine moments and accomplishments.
“It’s kind of overwhelming,” senior tight end Charles Standberry said following Tuesday’s practice. “These four years really flew past and I didn’t expect it to go this fast, but I’m very excited. I want to go out there and leave it all on the field.”
For senior running back Reggie Bonnafon, a Louisville, Ky., native, the emotions will be wide-ranging. He played at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium growing up, playing little league football and for local powerhouse Trinity High, so his feelings are a little different than the other seniors on the team.
Cardinals to Honor Former QB Stefan LeFors on Saturday
Stefan LeFors led the nation in completion percentage in 2004.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Former University of Louisville quarterback Stefan LeFors will become the 23rd football player to have his jersey honored, when the Cardinals face Syracuse in their final home game of the year at 3:30 p.m.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The mood around the University of Louisville football program is positive heading into Saturday’s regular-season home finale against Syracuse after the 38-21 win over Virginia last Saturday.
“I think it was our overall best game of the year when you look at offense, defense, (and) special teams,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. “Defensively, I liked the way we played. I thought our defensive front set the tone early, getting the pass rush out of (redshirt senior linebacker) James (Hearns) and (redshirt sophomore) Jonathan Greenard and (senior linebacker) Trevon (Young).”
“Offensively, I was happy with our offensive line. They had a lot of new looks for us, some crazy stuff, and our offensive line did a good job of sorting it all out and blocking well. We ran the ball with a lot of physicalness.”
Saturday, November 11
There is a very real possibility that Lamar Jackson could play his final game as a Cardinal in Lexington. I know it’s not what I want either but we must brace ourselves for that fact. Selfishly, I want to see him play his senior year but the kid has given so much to the University and it’s fans, I will support any decision he makes – He has earned it.
There are several scenarios that could happen but the one I hate the most is that Lamar walks off the C.M. Newton Grounds at Kroger Field inside Commonwealth Stadium, to a chorus of Boo’s because he just handed them another loss. Or even worse, the fans cheering because, despite Lamar’s efforts, our defense just couldn’t get the job done.
Scenarios for Lamar’s last game as a Cardinal
- Louisville doesn’t become bowl eligible and he decides to enter the 2018 NFL draft.
- Louisville goes to a bowl but Lamar doesn’t play to prevent injury and protect draft status.
- Louisville goes to a lower level bowl and Lamar’s competitive juices refuse to let him sit out despite risk of injury.
- Lamar decides to come back for his senior year and plays his last game in PPJC vs UK.
- Lamar decides to come back for his senior year and plays his last game in a bowl game.
* Two of these scenarios would result in Lamar playing his last game in Lexington. Read the rest of this entry
Cort Dennison, Drew Bailey and Stacy Thomas spoke with the media following today’s practice.
Louisville Football’s Defense Paying Extra Attention to Formations, Personnel Groups
The Cardinals hold a 3-2 series lead over the Cavaliers.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The answers from inside linebackers coach Cort Dennison and linebacker Stacy Thomas make one item clear about Saturday’s game against Virginia: pay attention to detail.
The Louisville football team has played plenty of teams this year that featured one or multiple elite athletes that could change the dynamic of a game.
When the Cardinals take on the Cavaliers in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Louisville’s defensive unit knows it has a bit of a different task at-hand.
“Mainly, it will be the formations,” Thomas said. “They’ll run 20 different formations. With that, you have to be dialed in on your keys and know what’s coming.”