Category Archives: Football
Have you been wondering how the Howard Schnellenberger Complex has been coming along? Here’s your chance to take a peek thanks to UofL athletics.
Teddy Bridgewater is trading in his purple and gold uniform and the sound of Viking horns for a green and white uniform and the sound of thousands of taxi cab horns. Teddy has moved on from the Minnesota Vikings and has joined the New York Jets.
Will Lamar Jackson win more games than any other rookie quarterback this season? How many yards will he throw for? Those are just some of the bold predictions made by the guys on Free Agency Frenzy.
After pushing through a leg and hand injury during his last season as a UofL Cardinal, Jaire Alexander is ready to let everyone know he is healthy. Jaire sat down with Peter King with Sport Illustrated to talk about what what Jaire says is the difference between being confident and what is arrogant.
Today, Coach Bobby Petrino & staff announced the dates for their annual summer camps. Get your kids signed up at http://www.cardinalfootballcamps.com for an awesome time to get coached by this coaching staff!!
The flooding in Louisville experienced during February will go down as some of the worst in Louisville history. Bobby Petrino announced last week that between the Petrino Family Foundation and his own personal help – they will be making a $100,000 donation to help the flooding victims. Yesterday, around 40 players went to help rake debris and hand out cleaning supplies to the victims as well. You can read the full story thanks to WDRB below.
Many UofL fans kept up with how well our 5 invitees have been doing at the NFL Combine this past weekend. Lamar Jackson, Trevon Young, Jaire Alexander, Geron Christian, and James Hearns all participated in the big showcase of talent before the draft.
Below we will give official measurements, highlights of drills, interviews, and other information about UofL’s 5 invitees.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks you’ve probably heard that Lamar Jackson is not going to hire an agent heading into his rookie season in the NFL. Instead, his mom will be his manager but he will represent himself. Take a listen below for his full explanation courtesy of our friends at 247 Sports.
University of Louisville’s head football coach, Bobby Petrino announced yesterday that the Petrino Family Foundation will be making a $50,000 donation to help the victims of the recent flooding in Louisville. He also announced that his family will be matching that donation of $50,000 to make a grand total of $100,000 going to make a difference in the recovery efforts.
Thank you to coach Petrino and his family for giving back to the Louisville community.
James Simpson who is a NFL writer for Sky Sports NFL put together a clip of all of Lamar’s rushing touchdown from his final season as a cardinal.
I miss him already.
Photo Courtesy of Stephen Field’s Twitter Account (@CoachField)
UofL Football recruited the state of Florida, especially south Florida, well. The man who had a huge influence on this was south Florida native Stephen Field. He and the rest of the staff brought in possibly UofL’s best ever recruiting class with a good number of the recruits from Florida.
It was announced today that Coach Field was leaving UofL for a position on Oregon’s staff. There he will reunite with Cort Dennison.
In April of last year, Field was hired to the position of “Director of High School Relations” for UofL. Judging by the talent in this class, he did an excellent job in that role.
Coach Field was kind enough to tweet out a nice good-bye to the UofL community proving what a classy man he is.
UofL has some big shoes to fill with the loss of Coach Field. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish Coach Field all the best at his new home.
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two-time all-Southeastern Conference defensive back Tramain Thomas was named a defensive quality control coach at the University of Louisville, football head coach Bobby Petrino announced on Friday.
A four-year letterwinner at Arkansas, Thomas was a standout safety for Petrino, who served as the head coach of the Razorbacks from 2008-11.
Ryan Day with SBNation predicted what would happen if the top ten picks in the NFL draft – picked Lamar Jackson. While it is still too early to get a grasp on what the draft will look like, I think this is a solid start.
Photo Courtesy of Demontae Crumes Twitter Account (@FyFlgTaeTae)
UofL Football Coach Bobby Petrino is recruiting the city of Louisville hard for 2019. He just picked up his first commitment from Butler Traditional High School 3 Star WR Demontae “Tae Tae” Crumes.
Marcus Smith, Preston Brown, Senorise Perry and Jamon Brown will hosting a meet and greet on Saturday, February 24th at Savory Fitness. The event will take place from 1-3 PM and proceeds will go towards the foundations of the athletes present. For more information go to LouisvilleSugarBowlReunion.eventbrite.com.
According to petrinofamilyfoundation.org –
University of Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino is playing host to the 2018 Petrino Family Foundation Spring Golf Classic, on Friday, April 13 at the University of Louisville Golf Club.
The tournament features two different sets of tee times – one at 8:30 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m.
A four-person scramble starts with registration for the morning session at 7 a.m. and the afternoon stint at 12:30 p.m. For anyone playing in the morning, breakfast begins at 7 a.m., and the shotgun start is set for 8:30 a.m. Lunch for players teeing off in the afternoon session will begin at 12:30 p.m.
Cardinal forever and current Pittsburgh Steeler, William Gay, has teamed up with former Vice President Joe Biden to put an end to domestic violence. Kelley Evans with The Undefeated wrote a great piece talking about how domestic violence has impacted Gay’s life from an early age. His mother was killed by her boyfriend when William was just 8 years old. On Thursday, February 8th, William Gay was named to the advisory council for the Biden Foundation, which focuses on ending sexual assault and violence against women, among other causes. You can read more about Gay’s story below and find out more about what the Biden Foundation is set out to do.
Photo Courtesy of Michael Reaves/Lexington Herald Leader
Many people on social media wondered why UofL was not getting in on some highly rated guys we have in the city of Louisville. One name in particular that kept coming up was Jairus Brents, a 4 Star CB out of Waggener High School.
Well, wonder no more UofL fans as Coach Petrino was able to swoop in late and beat the likes of Alabama, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Michigan State, among many others for the 5’10 178 lbs CB.
Brents played a variety of positions at Waggener. He was a RB, QB, and WR. However, his best and most likely position in college will be CB. He can play either in the slot or the outside and is great at either.
He’s also a track star which, as you will see, definitely contributes to his play making ability as a football player.
As a CB, and probably because he played WR as well, Brents tracks the ball perfectly in the air. He’s always getting his head around, finding the ball, and making the play.
Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech/Courier Journal
Brents also has great ball skills. He’s a great leaper and can go up and highpoint the ball just like a WR.
Brents can play press or off coverage and is adept at either. In press, he is powerful. He knocks WRs viciously off their routes disrupting the timing of the offense. In off coverage, he has the speed to break on short routes to either knock the ball down, intercept it, or make the tackle holding the WR to a minimal gain. If Brents gets an interception, his speed, quickness, and agility make him a threat to get a pick 6 every time.
Brents ability to recognize routes and read the QB’s eyes make him nearly impossible to throw on. As I previously mentioned, he’s great at breaking on routes and making plays. He’ll have to be aware in college of the double moves teams love to run though.
Brents is also a great tackler. Even if the WR he’s covering catches the ball, they aren’t getting past him. He loves helping in the run game. His highlights show numerous plays of him coming in and tackling RBs. They aren’t weak tackles either. He wallops the RB.
Brents is also a punt returner and he’s a really good one. Once again, his speed quickness, and agility make him a threat for long punt returns. However, he is a bit of a gambler as he picked a couple of punts up off the ground to return them which obviously can be a dangerous proposition.
UofL got a very good player in Brents. The guy has potential to be a stud. His ability to return punts and play either in the slot or on the outside as a CB make him potentially invaluable. Plus, it’s nice to see a Louisville kid play for the city’s university.
Check out his Hudl highlights below and see what you think.
Bobby Petrino and UofL Football officially announced 21 signees for the 2018 recruiting class.
Headliners include Under Armour All-Americans Robert Hicks III and Chandler Jones, Jordan Travis, Tutu Atwell, Trenell Troutman, Dejmi Dumervil Jean, Tutu Atwell, and Jatavious Harris.
This class looks to be the best Bobby Petrino has had in his second stint here. Check out the official press release below.
Photo Courtesy of Javian Hawkins Twitter Account (@JavianHawkins)
Javian Hawkins, a composite 3 star prospect out of Titusville, FL, committed to Louisville back on 8/7/2017. He’s out of Cocoa High school, where he was also a track and field star. Today, he officially signed with Coach Bobby Petrino and UofL Football.
On the gridiron Javian shows great patience waiting for his linemen to open holes for him, then with excellent acceleration he bursts through those holes and out runs DBs using his 4.36 speed. Standing 5’9 and weighing in at 185 lbs, Javian is very shifty and deceptively strong. Most tacklers have a difficult time bringing him down in the backfield or on first contact. He has a low center of gravity.
Photo Courtesy of Charles King/Orlando Sentinel
Javian also brings a nice and welcoming change of pace back to the Louisville backfield. He compliments both Dae Williams and Colin Wilson well as more of the speed/scat back. However, his strength makes labelling him that kind of hard. He’s like George Stripling with more power.
Javian Hawkins also had offers from Boston College, Syracuse, Missouri, East Carolina and most recently Nebraska along with a plethora of other schools. Nebraska and newly acquired Coach Scott Frost made a serious push to sway Javian in the late moments, but Javian stayed strong and signed with Louisville.
Coach Bobby Petrino got himself a legit RB. Hawkins plays bigger than his actual size. I wouldn’t doubt he could contribute this year, but I would also not be shocked if he’s red-shirted. It is great to see UofL continuing to have great success in the state of Florida.
Check out his highlights below courtesy of Bobby Petrino and see what you think.