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Louisville’s Pass Rushers (Video)

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The names you hear coming into this season when talking about pass rushers are James Hearns and Drew Bailey. I would to take this time to remind you that they are both phenomenal players but they will have help. Welcome back Trevon Young. Trevon sat out all of 2016 due to hip surgery but he is back and healthy. Before his injury in the Music City bowl, he had 10 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and 1 interception. Stacy Thomas is as solid as they come. He took over for James Burgess Jr after a terrible targeting call in that infamous Music City bowl. Since then he has been nothing short of amazing. Also look for guys like Chris Williams, Jonathan Greenard, Amonte Caban, De’Asian Richardson and Henry Famurewa to contribute this year. Read the rest of this entry

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Nunnsense: A Better Lamar, A Better Line And Better Receivers = CFB Playoffs?

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The question remains, can the Cards make the college football playoffs? Well, their goal is to win a national championship and let’s face it, if that isn’t every teams goal, then why are you playing?

Last year Louisville was so close to making the playoffs but fell flat on their face in the last 2 games of the regular season. You can blame the O-line, dropped passes, fumbles, effort, coaching or whatever you want but the fact remains that everyone needs to get better. No one has taken that to heart more than Lamar Jackson. Read the rest of this entry

Louisville Is Stacked At Wide Receiver… Again

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Louisville lost receivers James Quick, Jamari Staples and tight end Cole Hikutini to graduation. They accounted for a total of 131 receptions (out of 248), 2052 yards (out of 3777), and 16 touchdowns (out of 32 receiving TD’s). That’s a lot of production to replace. Louisville also lost senior Ja’Quay Savage who transferred. The leading returner is Jaylen Smith. Jaylen had 599 yards and 6 touchdowns. After Jaylen, the most productive receiver is Traveon Samuel with 230 yards and 1 touchdown. At most schools, this would seem like a problem but at Louisville it’s just an opportunity for some younger studs to showcase their talent – And they have plenty of talent on this team.

Seth Dawkins is the guy to watch. He will have a breakout year. Dez Fitzpatrick will have some highlight catches and he is the best route runner I have seen in quite a while. Dez is the future and will contribute behind Jaylen, Seth and Traveon this year. Devante Peete, Emonee Spence, Javonte Bagley and Keon Wakefield should all contribute as well. Corey Reed, Justin Marshall and Josh Johnson are all going to be studs but are true freshman this year. And don’t forget senior Reggie Bonnafon will be at running back this year. Don’t be shocked if you see him at receiver and maybe taking a few snaps at QB.

The future is bright at the receiver position for the University of Louisville.

Enjoy this video that coach Petrino posted on Twitter about his receivers. Read the rest of this entry

Behind The Scenes At ACC Media Day (Video)

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Follow Jaire, Lamar and coach Petrino behind the scenes st ACC media day on the Mic’d up series from the GoCards Youtube channel.

 

Nunnsense: Can Lamar Win The Heisman Again?

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Can he – YES.  Will he – Maybe. The Heisman Trophy has been given out annually since 1935 to “the most outstanding player in college football in the United States whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.” In the 81 year history of the Heisman trophy, there have been 80  players who have won the trophy. The reason is that only 1 player has ever won the award twice – Archie Griffin  (1974 and 1975).

Lamar Jackson is not the first player to have a chance to repeat as the award winner but he is currently the only player with a chance to repeat. I know that statement is obvious but I make it to remind you just hard it’s  going to be to repeat. If that statement is obvious to you and I, then think about every opponent he and the Cards will face this year. They are all aware too and would love nothing more than to beat the reigning Heisman trophy winner or, at minimum, would love to sack him. If Lamar is going to repeat, he will have to do so with a target on his back. Read the rest of this entry

Cards Land Oklahoma CB Transfer

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The University of Louisville Football team landed a transfer this morning. Former Oklahoma defensive Back P.J. Mbanasor ( last name pronounced em-BAN-uh-sore) announced he would be joining the Cards via Twitter.

Mbanasor was a 4 star recruit out of high school. He played in 10 games with the Sooners in 2015 but redshirted the entire 2016 season. We here at CSZ welcome PJ to the VILLE!!!

Alphonso Carter Announces Transfer

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Cardinal cornerback Alphonso Carter announced via Twitter that he was released from the team after meeting with Coach Bobby Petrino and will be transferring to another school to continue his eligibility.  Carter was suspended indefinitely last fall after he was pulled over by LMPD and there was a loaded gun found in the car.  Although he was facing felony gun possession, he was eventually charged with misdemeanor gun charges to which he plead guilty to.

Carter,  6’3 corner who originally transferred from Tennessee to Louisville has already earned his Bachelor’s degree and will be eligible to play immediately in the fall of 2017.  Carter is the second cornerback to transfer in the past few weeks as Shaq Wiggins also announced he will be leaving UofL.   We here at CSZ wish Alphonso good luck wherever he winds up playing next season.

Five Stories to Watch in Spring Football

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Spring football is underway in Louisville, as Bobby Petrino looks to return with Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and a bevvy of studs. A new defensive coordinator, depth at skill positions and offensive line play will headline the top stories of U of L’s spring football in 2017. Louisville will also have open practice for fans on March 24th, March 28th and April 4th, with the Spring Game set for April 15th.

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ICYMI: News & Notes From Petrino’s Spring Ball Press Conference

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Yesterday we got to hear from head coach Bobby Petrino for the first time since National Signing Day last month, and we came away with a few interesting tidbits thus far.

Cornerback Shaq Wiggins and offensive lineman Chandler Jones will both be transferring for the University of Louisville. It is unknown whete they will heading, but we wish them both the best of luck.

Cornerback Alphonso Carter has been suspended from the team. Last month, he was found to have a loaded gun in his possession with no license to carry after he was pulled over for running a red light.

Wide receiver Jaylen Smith and outside linebacker Jonathan Greenard will miss all of spring ball due to both of them in recovery from surgeries. Smith had surgery of stress fracture in his foot while Greenard had hip surgery.

On the positive side, Petrino announced that defensive end James Hearns has fully recovered from his surgery and is now a “full go”. Henry Famurewa is still in partial recovery, but will see some action on the practice field. Trevon Young will also see some work on the practice field after missing all of last season with a hip injury.

Nunnsense: Meanwhile, Over At The Football Complex…

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It’s March and all eyes are on the top 10 men’s basketball team, the top 12 women’s basketball team and the number 1 college baseball team. All three of those teams deserve every ounce of praise and respect that the get. They have earned it and we are all very proud of them.  Read the rest of this entry

A Tale Of Two Cultures

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Some people will do everything and ignore anything just to keep slandering your name.

Like most Louisville fans and supporters, I’ve reached a point where I’ve just grown tired of constantly hearing about UK fan Katina Powell and that whole scandal. We know that there was a grad assistant that paid for strippers/dancers for recruits and players. We know that Rick Pitino had an extramarital affair in the past. We know that Bobby Petrino also did the same thing, even if he wasn’t even our coach at the time. We know about Porcini. We know about the motorcycle. We know.

How do we know? Well, we have our good friends at all facets of the national sports media to always be there and remind us. Everyone from ESPN, to CBS Sports, to FS1, and so on and so forth reminding us nearly every time Louisville takes the court of all the acts that went down in Minardi Hall, with every single mention of it being followed up by vehement criticism. We have the likes of Michael Rosenberg crafting slam pieces with obvious negative bias. Even as recent as last night, we have people like Jay Williams criticizing Louisville’s culture simply because a player missed curfew.

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National Signing Day Analysis

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Yesterday, Louisville signed one of its top recruiting classes in the football program’s history. With a Heisman Trophy winner, new offensive line coach and defensive coordinator, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding Louisville’s 2017 season. Who else is buzzworthy from this year’s recruiting class?

(Click on more below for the breakdown)

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2017 NSD Press Conference: Bobby Petrino

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Here is today’s signing day wrap-up from the man himself, Head Coach Bobby Petrino:

2017 UofL Football Signing Day Party

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PRESS RELEASE

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino will present the newest members of the Louisville Cardinals football team during U of L’s day-long coverage of National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

 

Highlighted by an open public event at 6:00 p.m. ET, Cardinals fans will hear first-hand from the Louisville coaching staff about this year’s incoming class, which is expected to be among the nation’s top-ranked groups.

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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

Cards Bowl Game Announced

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It’s official!

Get your tickets here!

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Nunnsense: UK Loss A Result Of Coaching Or Culture?

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I am one of the most positive people you will ever meet. I also call it like I see it. I try not to be a homer but sometimes my heart overtakes my head. Coming into the UK game I didn’t really think there was a chance Louisville could lose. Then I listened to the talk shows, read the tweets and listened to everyone’s over exuberant confident proclamations about the outcome of the game. I kept hearing “we are going to make it six in a row” and thinking how hard it is to do that and how UK was due to win one. I quickly brushed that thought out of my head and carried on with my own confidence. I figured there is no way we lose at home with the Heisman favorite. There is no way we come out uninspired or flat after the beat-down from Houston and Bobby doesn’t lose to Kentucky. Right? Read the rest of this entry

Louisville vs Kentucky: Postgame Recap

Photo Credit: Charles Bertram, Lexington Herald-Leader

Photo Credit: Charles Bertram, Lexington Herald-Leader

In the shock of the season, the Kentucky Wildcats came into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium a 26.5 point underdog, but left victors of the Battle for Governor’s Cup by a final score of 41-38. With barely over a minute to go, the Cardinal offense had the ball at the UK 9-yard line and it appeared as though the Cards would escape with a narrow victory. A Lamar Jackson fumble, followed by a 47-yard field goal from Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis with 12 seconds left sealed the fate of the home team.

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Louisville v. Kentucky Preview

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Last Time: Down 21-0, Bobby Petrino replaced Kyle Bolin with Lamar Jackson, and the Cardinals completed the largest comeback victory in the rivalry’s history. Louisville scored 31 unanswered points in the second half, en route to a 38-24 win in Lexington. Jackson ran for a then-school record 186 yards as a quarterback with two rushing touchdowns, and added a passing touchdown to James Quick. Louisville held Kentucky’s passing game down, keeping starting quarterback Drew Barker at 6-for-22 for 128 yards.

The Cards and the Cats are currently tied 14-14 all-time, but Louisville has won the last five games.

About the Kentucky Wildcats

The Kentucky Wildcats enter this week’s game at 6-5, finally bowl eligible for the first time in the Mark Stoops era. It was noted that the last two seasons, Louisville ended Kentucky’s bowl aspirations each time, but now it will be interesting to see where Stoops’ team will be mentally, after achieving bowl eligibility against Austin Peay last week.

It didn’t start out that way, though. After two crushing losses to Southern Miss and Florida, Stoops turned to JUCO transfer Stephen Johnson as the new quarterback, who has since given the Kentucky offense a new wrinkle that has kept them alive. The offense doesn’t go into a pass-first mode anymore; they now run the ball with an impressive stable of running backs, and then parlay that into deep shots down the field with guys like Jeff Badet. It’s a simple formula, but it’s given Kentucky its best offense in the Stoops era and why they’re bowl eligible.

On defense, Mark Stoops was known as a great mind at Florida State, but Kentucky’s has not been as impressive in 2016. They have a solid linebacker group and a decent duo at cornerback, but the rest leave a lot to be desired going against better, faster athletes in space. But a good running game will grind the clock and keeps opposing offenses – and respectively, Kentucky’s maligned defense – off the field; it’s why the Dallas Cowboys have been so successful in the NFL, and why Kentucky can realistically compete against Louisville tomorrow.

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Louisville At Houston: Post Game Recap

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Well, I put off writing this as long as I could but here it is. Even after a full day to let what took place on Thursday fully sink in, I still am dumbfounded at what I watched happen. In my lifetime as a Louisville fan, I have never seen a performance like the one on Thursday, regardless of sport. Everything was right there for this team to take and make an undeniable case for their inclusion in the College Football Playoff, and the lack of preparation, execution, and adjustment is just unacceptable. Lamar Jackson has every right to personally put the Offensive Line through sprints and I sincerely hope he voiced his frustrations (in a leadership way, of course). 11 sacks allowed (a school record for most allowed) against the most elusive quarterback in college football (possibly in the history of college football) is impressive for all the wrong reasons.

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