The 2016 Louisville Football Kickoff Luncheon was held today at the Downtown Marriott. Nearly 1,400 fans packed the ballroom eager to hear from Coach Bobby Petrino and the players.
Here are a few takeaways I gathered from today’s luncheon:
Last year’s secondary had high expectations to live up to after Gerod Holliman tied the NCAA record for interceptions. Josh Harvey-Clemons was the guy to fill that void, but he had help. The secondary was young and experienced many growing pains, more often in missed tackles than blown coverages. The Louisville defense intercepted 17 passes last season which ranked them 14th in the nation. The safety duo of Chucky Williams and Josh Harvey-Clemons each had 3 interceptions, Trumaine Washington added 3 as well, while Shaq Wiggins had 2, and Jaire Alexander and Jermaine Reve each had 1. Of the 17 interceptions, 12 came from defensive backs, and the only defensive back with an interception not returning is Jermaine Reve (graduated).
Here is my game by game predictions for the 2016 football season. Las Vegas has set the regular season win total at 9.5 games. I believe it’s a wise bet to take the over. Usually when I say to take the over it’s my heart talking but after looking at each game I believe the Cards can very realistically win eleven games but my head says that there might be one game that we slip up that we shouldn’t so ten wins is a safer bet. It’s still over the Vegas total. I pride myself in not getting caught up in the hype and I always keep it real with you even though you might not always like me for it. So here is the ugly truth. Since Petrino returned to Louisville they are 0-4 vs Clemson and Florida State. They are 0-6 vs ranked teams (No, Notre Dame was not ranked and we were ranked 24th). I believe this is the year that all changes. As of now we have 3 chances to beat a ranked team. I think we win 2 of them. I truly believe Louisville wins 11 regular season games this year. That look that Petrino has in his eye, that grin he carries with him at every media appearance and that slightly elevated happy tone in his voice reminds me of Rick Pitino just before the start of the 2013 year and we all know how that turned out (No I don’t think Louisville will win a championship but it could be one of the best years ever). Just like Pitino, Petrino knows he has something special with this team.
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Here are the top 9 breakout stars from the ACC brought to you by the ACC Digital Network. There is a Cardinal on this list. Is it who you thought? Watch and enjoy….
First off, shout out to Drake for inspiring that title.
***Editors note: Jacob is banned from posting for one week for referencing Drake….ok, carry on. Lol
As a lot of you know, I do not attend our beloved University of Louisville, even though I am a die-hard fan. The strange thing is, I honestly have fallen more in love with the University through my experiences at my college, rather than attending the University itself. Let me explain myself.
Here is a tour of the Thorntons Academic Center Of Excellence With Cards Quarterback Kyle Bolin.
Here’s the latest in the Get To Know series from UofL Football. This time we get to know WR Jaylen Smith. Enjoy…
The news was just reported by our guy Jeff Greer:
And Steve’s reaction:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tickets to the University of Louisville’s Dec. 31 men’s basketball game against Indiana at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. will go on sale beginning Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 9 a.m.
If you listened to Middays with Marques Maybin with Marques, Steve and Brian Hall then you heard the big news. If you didn’t let me make you aware. The Cardinal Sports Zone has taken pride in giving you exactly what you asked for. This time was no different. Starting this week, the Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville moves to 2 hours! You no longer have to be angry when Steve is in mid-hot take and we have to sign off. This means more Steve, more Jeremy & more CSZ on the weekends. Thank you all for your help in helping us achieve this dream. Its’s the Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville every Saturday from 10-noon now. CSZ is brought to you by Doug Budd at Red Edge Realty and homesforsaleinlouisville.net &…..well you will find that out this Saturday. Another week, another BIG announcement.
Last Season: After a stellar 2014 season from the position, the running backs suffered a setback in 2015, with inconsistencies at quarterback and offensive line weighing them down. While four different running backs had 100-yard games in the 2014 season, only Brandon Radcliff had 100-yard games from the position in 2015 (117 against Syracuse, 146 against Virginia).
ESPN’s Jared Shanker is doing an ACC position rankings. He starts this week with the quarterbacks. Most everything I have read so far has Lamar as the third best QB in the ACC but Jared doesn’t agree with the masses. I agree with Jared. Here is his list…..
The #12 overall pick in the NFL draft, Sheldon Rankins, breaks his fibula in a goal-line drill. Reports say he should be back in week 6 after surgery. The Saints have a bye in week 5 so he would likely only miss 4 games. All the Louisville family wishes Sheldon a speedy recovery. #L1C4 Read the rest of this entry
Louisville has competed in the ACC for two years now. They are 0-4 vs. Clemson and Florida State. Louisville is perceived as the best of the rest in the ACC but hopefully things will change this year. Jon Solomon wrote this article for CBS Sports talking about how Louisville could change that perception this year. In the article, Bobby Petrino says “Our offense needs to get to the point that every time we take the field we expect to score, because that’s the tradition of Louisville offenses.” With that being said, I love our chances. Click on the link below for the full article. Read the rest of this entry
Football is so close we can almost taste it. 17 days away and we know you all are as ready as we are to talk Football and have a good time with the rest of CardNation. That’s why we did what we did. On Friday August 26th at 8 p.m. CardNation will take over JB’s Pub on campus at 307 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208 as we kick off the 2016 University of Louisville Football season. There will be giveaways, specials on food and the people of CSZ will be there with an open mic so we can have a great time and great food and talk Cards. There is no admission charge for this event. Parking is behind & beside the building plus there is a gravel lot directly across the street. There will be a variety of former UofL Football Cards in the house that night so you will NOT want to miss this! For more info on this check out Cardinal Sports Zone on Facebook, there is an event set up there. On Twitter you can contact any member of Cardinal Sports Zone including @Jeremy_CSZ, @StevenRummage @Darylfoust4, @kruegermania or @PaigeS_502 to name a few. Our marketing department of @Tammaland @LVilleShawn & @misse713 can help you as well. (Yes I just made that department up). So join us that night for food, fun and Football at JB’s Pub! More details to come as we get closer….
Here is a little taste of what you can expect:
Another fine video from @UofLFootball today. This time they spotlight the defense. I’m so ready…..
Sheldon Rankins anchored a dominant (at times) front line last season. The losses of Rankins and Pio Vatuvei left arguably the biggest question mark on the roster. Rankins was first on the defensive line in total tackles, tackles for loss, and sacks. Vatuvei played his role well at defensive end and recorded 14 more tackles than the two starting ends on this year’s depth chart, Juniors Drew Bailey and Johnny Richardson. Perhaps the most unheralded but most proven player returning from last year is Deangelo Brown at defensive tackle. Brown finished 2nd on the defensive line in tackles and 8th on the team, all while playing behind first round draft pick, Sheldon Rankins.
With inexperience at the defensive ends, Deangelo Brown is going to have to anchor the defensive line. He may have some big shoes to fill but his solid performance last season and his work in the offseason has led to Brown receiving a lot of praise. While Drew Bailey and Johnny Richardson will start at the defensive ends, look for redshirt freshman G.G. Robinson to potentially make some noise. These positions may contain the least amount of experience on the roster, but the talent is there and with Brown in the middle, opposing offenses should have a hard time between the tackles. It starts in the trenches, and though there may be questions up front, I think we’ll like the answers.
I am not a huge fan of Athlon. I feel they are not Louisville friendly and this list proves it. Louisville makes 3 appearances on this list. I only agree with 1 of them. Trust me when I say that Bobby will have them ready for Marshall. It may be closer than we would like but an ugly win is still a win.
Here is Athlons top ten ACC upsets….. Read the rest of this entry