Category Archives: Football

State of Louisville Football

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Man, what a wild ride this season was.

The 2016 season for the Louisville Football Cardinals was certainly a memorable one, although at times, it was for both the right and wrong reasons. Now that the dust has settled on one of the more noteworthy seasons in Cardinal Football history, its time to look back and ask ourselves: “Where are we now? Are we on the right track? What is the current state of the Louisville Football program?”

The piece was originally supposed to be a tag team live stream open discussion with Jeremy and I, following the Houston game. Prior to that game, Louisville was 9-1, and we had every reason to believe that we still had a legitimate shot to crack the top 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings. While we still needed help from other teams, we still had hope that with our Heisman candidate quarterback and our high-octane offense, that we could still find a way.

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Caleb Chandler Commits Plus…

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Great news on the recruiting front!

The Nest Episode 3: Duke & CoachSwap

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On this weeks episode of the Nest Paige takes a siesta to watch the Women’s Basketball team take on FSU. Have no fear, Matt McGavic is here. The latest addition to the podcast roster had a ton of hot takes. He joined LJ, myself, Jeff Nunn & Justin Krueger as we recapped Pitt, tried to sort out the DC swap, previewed Duke & put to rest the year old notion that a hot dog is a sandwich. Tune in below!

Louisville And Miss State Swap Defensive Coordinators

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Breaking News…

Adam Rittenberg of ESPN reports  “Mississippi State and Louisville are swapping defensive coordinators. Mississippi State announced Todd Grantham will be its new defensive coordinator after three seasons with Louisville. Peter Sirmon is expected to take Grantham’s spot at Louisville after one season as Mississippi State’s defensive coordinator. FootballScoop.com first reported Sirmon’s move to Louisville. Sirmon had been in the mix for Colorado’s defensive coordinator vacancy.”

Under Armour All-American Game MVP To Visit Louisville This Weekend

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Most of the top football recruits have already verbally committed to the college of their choice but a few still have not decided. One of those still undecided is wide receiver Jeff Thomas of East St. Louis (Ill). Thomas is rated by 247sports as the #7 wide receiver in this years class. With three weeks left until signing day, Thomas has visits planned to Louisville (this weekend), Miami and Tennessee. It’s widely believed that the final decision is between Louisville and Miami. It’s also believed that the thought of playing with the Heisman Trophy winner is very intriguing to Thomas. Here is an article from USATODAY about the remaining uncommitted top recruits in this years class. Read the rest of this entry

Cards Drop In Final AP Football Poll

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After a Citrus Bowl loss to LSU, the Cards drop from # 15 to #21. Despite losing the last three games of the season, a top 25 finish to the season isn’t terrible.

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Early 2017 College Football National Title Odds

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This years National title game hasn’t even been played yet & the odds for next years winners are already out:

Bama 3-1

FSU 7-1

OhioSt/OU/USC 8-1

UL/LSU/Mich 12-1

Clem 18-1

Texas 25-1

Aub/OkSt/PSU 30-1 via

AP Men’s Top 25 1/9/16

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(###) Number of first place votes
 
1
Baylor (55)
Record: 15-0
PV Rank

2

Points

1,608

2
Kansas (8)
Record: 14-1
3
1,517
3
Record: 15-1
1
1,499
4
UCLA (1)
Record: 16-1
4
1,433
5
Record: 15-0
5
1,366
6
Record: 13-2
6
1,327
7
Record: 14-2
8
1,173
8
Record: 15-1
10
1,111
9
Record: 15-1
12
1,071
10
Record: 13-2
7
972

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Jaire Alexander 2016 Season Highlight Video

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Photo: Twitter

Opponents passed against Louisville 31.6 times per game and gained an average of 207.1  yards. The majority of those pass attempts were nowhere near cornerback Jaire Alexander.  He has quickly become one of the best corners in the country in only his sophomore year. I would go as far to say that he is a shut down corner. Very impressive considering he started his high  school career as wide receiver. He has the hands of a receiver, the footwork of Fred Astaire and closing speed that lures opposing quarterbacks to believe their receiver is open. However, opposing quarterbacks are now wise to this and rarely throw in his direction. The risk is just too great.

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Citrus Bowl Wrap-Up: LSU Dominates Louisville

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In what was a fitting end to U of L’s major collapse in the 2016 season, the Cardinals fell to LSU 29-9. Derrius Guice led the Tigers with 138 yards and two total touchdowns, while Malachi Dupre also had a stellar game with 139 yards against a depleted Louisville secondary.

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5 Positive Takeaways From The Citrus Bowl

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The season didn’t end the way we had hoped. The Citrus Bowl was supposed to be the positive springboard into next season just as the Music City Bowl was last year. When I saw that Josh Harvey-Clemons, Shaq Wiggins and Trumaine Washington were all in street clothes, I knew the defense would have some issues. What I hoped to see was improvement from the offensive line. I did not.  Read the rest of this entry

Bobby Petrino Presser 12/30

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Here is Head Coach Bobby Petrino’s press conference from today in Orlando for the 2016 Citrus Bowl.

Go Cards!

The Nest Ep2: CardMaggedon

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On this episode we recap the Cards big win over UK. We also talk about the Virginia let down. We preview CardMeggedon and discuss the bowl game against LSU and the basketball game against IU. Joined by Nunn, Krueger, and Jeremy55. Tune in!

 

Louisville Uniform Report – Citrus Bowl

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I like the red with the White pants a little better but this is still solid. #BeatLSU #L1C4

 

BW3 Citrus Bowl Presser

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Today the press got to talk to coaches and players from the University of Louisville Football team. Coach Grantham, Klenakis, SR’s Keith Kelsey & Jamari Staples were at the podium.

Nunnsense: “Unstoppable” A Lamar Jackson Heisman Tribute Video

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Lamar Jackson put up numbers in a regular season that we have never seen before. Before the season started, we had high expectations based on his Music City Bowl performance, but nobody expected what we all witnessed. Coming into the first game of this season vs Charlotte, sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson had not started two consecutive games. Despite that fact, Lamar tied an ACC single game record with 6 passing touchdowns and tied the ACC record of 8 touchdowns responsible for. He would then go on to set another ACC single game record with 610 total yards vs Syracuse.  Read the rest of this entry

Citrus Bowl Post Practice Interviews 12/28/16

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Here are a few of the interviews that were done after today’s bowl practice with the team as they gear up to face LSU on Saturday morning at 11 am.

Josh Harvey-ClemonsPost-Practice Interview

 

DeAngelo Brown Post-Practice Interview

 

Drew Bailey Post-Practice Interview

 

 

Jeremy Smith Post-Practice Interview

 

Tobijah Hughley Post-Practice Interview

 

 

Citrus Bowl Preview (ACC Digital Network)

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Our fine friends at The ACC Digital Network put together this video package for the Citrus Bowl match up between Louisville and LSU on New Years Eve. The Cards will feature your Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson who will be going up against last years September Heisman Leonard Fournette….Oh wait, he is not playing. Well they will go up against a solid back up in Guise. Should be a fun one! Go Cards!

The Nest Ep1: No Blue Friends

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Last night we recorded the inaugural episode of the Nest. The Nest will come to you whenever LJ feels like producing it. (His words) Myself & LJ got together one day because him & a few of the other contributors were wanting to come on the radio show and talk sports. We don’t normally have a ton of extra time plus the other contributors didn’t have enough experience. I suggested for him to host a CSZ affiliated podcast since he had experience. The rest is history. He suggested a few people to be on the inaugural edition, I said yes to everyone but Nunn. He invited him anyways. We hope you enjoy The Nest and be patient because LJ is very bossy in the studio and mutes Krueger (rightfully so) multiple times. In our first episode we talk the Basketball rivalry. LJ, Paige, Justin & Jeff tell you about their first memories, who they think need to step up, their X-factor, MVP’s and much more!  Give it a listen, you won’t be disappointed!

Cardinal Sports Zone Show On 93.9 FM The Ville (12-17-16)

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Here is the podcast from todays edition of the Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville. Your Host Steve Rummage was in the house alongside the social media extraordinaire, Jeremy Wahman. We had a bunch of great guests today. Marques Maybin was in the house again breaking down your Louisville Cardinals needs. We had our guy Damon from JB’S come in & talk about some future events at the pub and Birdgang Brand COO Dan Mosby came in and talked with the crew for a few. We talk LSU & Fournette as well. All that and much more.

 

If you missed it earlier then you MUST check it out now! The Cardinal Sports Zone show is brought to you by JB’S Pub on Central alongside of Doug Budd at Red Edge Realty and homesforsaleinlouisville.net.

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