UofL Defensive Coordinator Peter Sirmon resigned today. Sirmon lasted one year with the Cardinals after having spent one year at Mississippi State as defensive coordinator.
Sirmon had drawn the ire of UofL fans during the season as his defense was shredded by the likes of Wake Forest and Boston College.
Though they showed some improvement the last 3 games of the year with a healthy Jaire Alexander, they reverted in the bowl game when Alexander and starting LB James Hearns sat out.
Here is the official press release from UofL Athletics.
Louisville Football Defensive Coordinator Peter Sirmon Resigns
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville football defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon has resigned effective immediately.
“I would like to thank Peter Sirmon for all of his work this season at the University of Louisville,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. “I wish him and his family all the best.”
UofL Receiver Traveon Samuel announced today his intention to transfer and play his senior year at another school. Samuel has already received his degree and will be eligible immediately at whatever school he chooses.
Samuel, an AL native, was a speedy, shifty WR who also returned kicks. One of his greatest moments was the 100 yard kick return TD he had against Clemson in 2015 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish Traveon all the best in his future endeavours.
Below is his tweet officially announcing his transfer.
The University of Louisville Cardinals have been in Jacksonville preparing for their game against Mississippi State this coming Saturday. Check out the best pictures so far courtesy of UofL Football twitter!
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – While most of the country prepares for the Christmas holiday, the University of Louisville football program has been hard at work.
Not only are the Cardinals preparing for Mississippi State in the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl, the coaching staff was occupied by putting together a top-25 recruiting class during the first early signing period from Dec. 20-22
“It’s been a busy time for us,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. “Our staff and everyone in the football program have been involved in getting ready for our bowl game, but we also had to be out on the road for recruiting. We had to adjust some things with our practice schedule, but we also had to get ready for this signing day.”
Typically, the focus at this time of the year is on the bowl game. However, with a change in the recruiting schedule, most of the attention was put on the 20-player class that signed on Wednesday.
The Cardinals had an emphasis on the state of Florida, as was evident by the 11 signees from the Sunshine State. They also had six players from Georgia ink National Letters of Intent. Read the rest of this entry
Senior running back, Jeremy Smith will be transferring from UofL. His father announced this on Monday night. He maintains that he loved his time at the University of Louisville but after having to take a medical red shirt for this season, he wants to use his last year of eligibility at a school he will get more playing time at. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish him nothing but the best for Jeremy moving forward and thank him for the last three years.
Lamar Jackson has a lot on his plate at the moment. Finals just took place, he is currently in New York enjoying being a finalist for the Heisman for the second year in a row, preparing for Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Yet, we live in a world that is always looking ahead, so people are ready to find out if Lamar will be playing on Saturday or Sundays next year.
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is seeking to become the second player in college football history to win consecutive Heisman Trophy awards.
The junior was named on Monday night during ESPN’S Monday Night Countdown as one of the three finalists for college football’s most prestigious honor, the Heisman Trophy Trust announced.
The University of Louisville football team is heading to Jacksonville to take on Mississippi State in the Taxslayer Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for Noon on December 30th. Get your tickets below!
After the disappointing home loss to in-state rival Kentucky last season, the Cards traveled to Lexington and brought the Governor’s Cup back home to Louisville. Louisville dominated from the beginning, they never turning the ball over and scored on every drive except the one that ran out the final seconds. Louisville defeated Kentucky 44-17.
Lamar Jackson started and remained hot throughout the game. After a scuffle in the first half, Lamar let his game do the talking, and talk it did. In what was likely his last regular season game as a Cardinal, Lamar did what we all have been blessed to watch over the last 3 seasons, dominate. He finished the game with 216 yards passing with 15 completions on 21 attempts, good for 2 touchdowns. On the ground, Lamar racked up 156 yards on 18 carries.
Senior Reggie Bonnafon had a great day as well. He rushed the ball 9 times for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns. Dae Williams had an impressive day too, he finished with 62 yards on 6 carries and a touchdown. Jaylen Smith caught 6 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. Dez Fitzpatrick hauled in Lamar’s other touchdown pass.
All in all, today was overwhelming successful. Most importantly, Louisville got a big win against Kentucky. Lamar showed why he should win the Heisman in a huge rivalry game. And lastly, Louisville bounced back from the team’s struggles to finish 8-4 with 3 impressive victories to close the season. No, it’s not quite how we all expected it to go, but ending the season on a 3-game win streak going into the bowl is a much better feeling that what we were feeling last year.
Check out the box score for the game courtesy of ESPN.com.
Louisville vs. Kentucky – Box Score – November 25, 2017 – ESPN https://t.co/MZAy7SnBJ2
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.
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.
In the last home game of the season, Louisville turned in its best total performance of the season. The Cards defeated the visiting Orange by a final score of 56-10.
Louisville started early, scoring within the game’s first minute on a 46-yard touchdown run by Malik Williams. The Cards never looked back and routed Syracuse behind Lamar Jackson’s 4 total touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing) and 381 total yards (270 passing, 111 rushing). Jawon Pass even threw a dime of a touchdown. Malik Williams had a fantastic day running the ball, finishing with 180 yards on only 9 carries for 2 touchdowns. Jaylen Smith, Reggie Bonnafon, and Dez Fitzpatrick caught the touchdown passes. Smith had 3 receptions for 95 yards with the touchdown, Seth Dawkins caught 3 passes for 60 yards, and Dez Fitzpatrick reeled in 3 catches of his own for 51 yards and his touchdown.
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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.
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.”
Here is a TweetCap of today’s press conference from University of Louisville Head Coach, Bobby Petrino via @UofLFootball.
Head Coach Bobby Petrino, sophomore linebacker Jon Greenard, senior linebacker James Hearn, senior running back Reggie Bonnafon, freshman running back Dae Williams, junior wide receiver Jaylen Smith, and junior quarterback Lamar Jackson all sat down with the media after the win against Virginia. Listen to what they had to say below.
The Louisville Cardinals defeated the visiting Cavaliers of Virginia today by a final score of 38-21. After the bye week, Louisville bounced back from the loss at Wake Forest two weeks ago with a solid performance today.
Lamar Jackson did Lamar Jackson things today, accounting for 4 touchdowns (3 passing, 1 rushing) with 195 passing yards (15/26) and 147 rushing yards on 15 attempts. I hope everyone is enjoying watching this guy in a Louisville uniform because his legendary time as a Cardinal is nearing its end.
How to Watch: Kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU
Spread: Louisville -11.5
Last Time: In a tougher than expected contest, the Cardinals got all they could handle against a gritty Virginia Cavaliers team. Trailing 17-14 heading into the final quarter, the Cards responded with 18 points in the final quarter, including the game-winning 25-yard pass from Lamar Jackson to Jaylen Smith. Jackson finished with 361 yards and four touchdowns, as #5 U of L escaped Charlottesville with a 32-25 victory.
Louisville leads the all-time series 3-2. All three games in the ACC have been decided by one possession.
Here is a TweetCap of today’s press conference from University of Louisville Head Coach, Bobby Petrino and junior offensive tackle, Geron Christian via @UofLFootball.
It was announced today that the final home game of the 2017 season will kick off at 3:30 PM. The game is against Syracuse and the television slot is still being finalized. Clear your schedules and make sure you make it out to support this outstanding senior class.