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Louisville Football Breakdown, Part 8: Tight Ends


Last season:

If anyone knows Bobby Petrino as a coach, they know he absolutely loves to use his tight ends in the passing game. Last season was a perfect example of that. Four players saw a lot of time and produced when called upon. Cole Hikutini, Charles Standberry, Micky Crum and Keith Towbridge all made big plays both in the passing game and blocking for the run. Cole Hikutini was for 4th on the team in receptions with 19 and first on the team in yards per catch with 18.3. Micky Crum had a solid freshman season with 14 receptions for an average of 11.6 yards per catch, and we can’t forget about the monster block he laid on that poor Clemson player. Keith Towbridge reeled in 10 passes and Charles Stanberry finished the season with 6 receptions. Hikutini, Crum, and Towbridge were all tied for 2nd on the team in reception touchdowns with 3. So of the 21 touchdown passes we saw thrown last season, 9 of them were caught by the tight ends.


This season:

Cole Hikutini is a freak athlete and put that on display multiple times last season. He enters his senior year as the starting tight end according to the depth chart and rightfully so. His impressive yards per catch metric speaks for itself on what the guy can do with the ball in his hands and an open field.  He and Keith Towbridge enter their final season as Cardinals and the expectations couldn’t be higher. Micky Crum looks to build on a solid freshman season as he sits in the 3rd position on the depth chart. Charles Stanberry, the tight end who was utilized the least of anyone in the group had a successful spring and enters his junior season as the number 2 option at the position. Towbridge come in at 4, but don’t let the depth chart fool you, Bobby will be using all of these guys. Hikutini should and will get the most snaps but the coaching staff can put any of these guys in the game with the knowledge that they will perform and get the job done. Bobby Petrino loves to use the play action to free up the tight ends (both of Lamar’s touchdown passes in the Music City Bowl came from a play action pass to a tight end, Crum and Towbridge). Look for these guys to really anchor the passing game when things get hectic, personally I’ve never seen such a stacked group at this position but since when is that a problem? Lamar will always have safety valve with anyone of these guys on the field and look for some big plays to be made by the powerful and elusive Cole Hikutini at any point in time. The depth at tight end only adds to the arsenal of weapons Lamar Jackson will have at his disposal. We have less than a week until the wait is over.

Go Cards!

Louisville Has The Most Returning Production In The Country

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Bill Connelly of SB Nation has reevaluated his prior projection and updated the formula. His changes include “Injuries, transfers and dismissals from the last six months have been accounted for, as well as possible.
Now that I have compiled offensive line information, I have added it, with tiny weight, to the offensive production figures. That hasn’t affected many teams, but it’s dinged a few”. Read the full article below.

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http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2016/8/25/12638526/2016-ncaa-football-returning-starters-experience-lsu-louisville-ohio-state

Nunnsense: Pump The Brakes Or Ride The Hype Train?

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One week from today all the talk and speculation of what this years version of  Louisville football has to offer will be over. Actual football will be played and I am giving you this week to decide if you want to continue with all the hype or if you want to pump the brakes a bit. I understand either way but if you decide to jump off the hype train please don’t try to jump back on when we take down FSU because you will be met with more resistance than a Miami defensive back from a Mario Urrutia stiff arm.  Read the rest of this entry

Louisville Football Daily Newsletter 8/24/16

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PRESS RELEASE

Rocco Gasparro

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – During his coaching career, University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino hasn’t had a lot of freshmen start on the offensive lin.
Petrino’s offense, which is known for its complexity, is difficult for a true freshman to understand to be able to get on the field. However, rising sophomore Geron Christian not only was able to get on the field – he excelled at one of the most difficult positions.

 
The Ocala, Fla., product, started all 13 games at offensive tackle – the only person on a young, revamped line to accomplish such a feat.

 

Not only did Christian play every game, he played well enough to garner all-ACC accolades as a rookie.

 

Looking back at 2015, even Christian is astonished on how much he learned in his first season.

 

“Even just terminology and technique, looking back on last year even when I watch the film, I still kind of laugh at how far I’ve come and pretty much how I got away with just ability and not knowing as much and learning on the run,” Christian stated after practice.

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Focus On Special Teams (Video)

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Photo: oneononekickingcamps.com

 

Here is the latest video from UofL Football. It focuses on the Special Teams of UofL. These videos this year have been great. Here are the Louisville Special Teams.

Louisville Football Breakdown, Part Five: Running Backs

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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).

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Is The ACC Only About Clemson And FSU? Not If UofL Has A Say

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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

Athlon Predicts ACC’s Top Ten Biggest Upsets For 2016

727061a13e82d2fade9075bec6ae5d6bI 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

Louisville Football Newsletter 8/6/16

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PRESS RELEASE

Rocco Gasparro

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino brought his full football team together for the first time on Saturday afternoon after the team participated in split practices for the first three days.

After practicing with the rookies in the morning and the veterans in the afternoon, the whole team came together on Saturday after the team met with the media and took pictures during their Annual Media Day.

It was a little fun break for the team, who has been grinding through the first couple days of a hot and humid camp.

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Friday Practice Photo Gallery

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Here are some pictures of the veterans practice for Friday August 5th. The team looked eager to get to work today. It appears to me that Lamar throws the ball much harder this year and Trumaine Washington made an interception that got a big reaction from the fans that made it out.  It was a great practice. Looking forward to September 1st.  Read the rest of this entry

Louisville Daily Newsletter (Aug. 5)

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PRESS RELEASE

Rocco Gasparro

LOUISVILLE, Ky. For the second-straight day, rain played havoc with the University of Louisville football practice schedule.

With practice delayed for about 15 minutes to let a storm pass through the area, the veterans took the field and looked more comfortable, and with shoulder pads coming on for the first time, the speed and intensity of practice was elevated to a different level.

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#ULCardsCamp Officially Opens With Two Practices On Wednesday

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PRESS RELEASE

Rocco Gasparro

Head coach Bobby Petrino pleased with the team after first day of practice

Louisville, Ky. — Winners of eight of its last 10 games last season, the University of Louisville football team returned to the practice fields on Wednesday for a pair of practices as the 2016 season officially opened. 


As has been tradition during head coach Bobby Petrino‘s tenure, the newcomers and a select number of second-year players worked out in the morning, while the veterans came out in the afternoon for a separate practice.

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Lamar Jackson Sleeper For Heisman?

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Lamar Jackson my not be invited to the Heisman ceremony this year but he is really gaining a lot of supporters. He is currently listed at odds of 100-1 in Vegas. My guess would be that before next season he will be around 10-1. Bill Bender of Sporting News got a chance to talk to Lamar at ACC media days. He was very impressed. Read his story below.

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Cards Report For Duty As @UofLFootball Camp Officially Opens

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PRESS RELEASE

Rocco Gasparro

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Coming off an 8-5 season a year ago and winners of eight of its final 10 games, the University of Louisville football team — with 17 starters returning — officially reported to campus for the start of fall practice, which begins Wednesday morning.

The newcomers will hit the field at 8:50 a.m. and the vets will practice at 4:20 a.m.
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Bobby Petrino On Finebaum (ESPN Car Wash)

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Here is the podcast from today’s trip to Bristol for Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino as he took time to be on the Paul Finabaum show. Enjoy!

 

Petrino Goes Through The ESPN “Car Wash”

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Bobby Petrino was a very busy man on Monday. He went through what ESPN calls the “Car Wash.” A full day of interviews where he promoted the The University Of Louisville and his football team. Here was his schedule for the day, videos and pics of different interviews. Football season is almost here!

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Nunnsense: Petrino Is On The Verge Of Taking Louisville To Another Level Of Respect

 

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Bobby Petrino is revered as a top-level college football coach. He has the reputation of an offensive genius and has earned the national respect of his coaching peers and everyone associated with college football. He was just about to take himself, along with the University of Louisville football program, to that level in 2007 but in January of 2007 his abrupt and selfish departure to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons cost both Petrino and the University that perceived national respect they both so strongly coveted. The Petrino led Cards had just finished the 2006 season with a 12-1 record, an Orange Bowl victory and a school-high ranking of #3 in the country after beating the then #3 team WVU in the Blackout game at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. On the night before my birthday, Louisville had 1 heartbreaking loss at Rutgers that most likely costs them a spot in the national championship game (I still hate Ito). Together, Petrino and Louisville seemed to be headed for a constant spot near the top of the college football rankings. But it wasn’t meant to be. Well, at least not then. Read the rest of this entry

Campus Insiders: Top 10 Breakout Teams In 2016

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The people at Campus Insiders put together their list of the top 10 teams that they thought would breakout in 2016. I won’t disclose their spot on the list as I want to direct traffic to their site too. Here are their thoughts on Louisville:

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Nunnsense: New Hype/Highlight Football Video

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I miss PJCS. I miss tailgating. I miss the sound of the band. I miss DJ K-Dogg. I miss the intro video. I miss the train horn. I miss the inebriated young man in front of my seat that refuses to sit down because “this isn’t Commonwealth Stadium.” I miss my beer vendor. I miss giving high fives to the closest 20 people around me after every score.  I miss the Ladybirds. I miss seeing Robert Patrick Petrino giving the business to a referee after a bad call. I miss the incredible student athletes competing at the highest level in an effort to bring home a victory. I miss all of you. I miss everything about the game day experience at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium.  If you are like me then you are itching for some Cardinal football right about now. In 2 short months the season will finally get under way. Until then all we have are memories of last season and hope for this one. I put together a hype/highlight video for you to enjoy……..

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High Praise For UofL Offense

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Everybody I know is starving for football. It’s for a variety of reasons. We want to forget the disappointment of basketball. We want to forget fizzing out in baseball. We just flat-out are ready for some football. Whatever your reason is, I know you too are ready. I’m excited for all of the above. Another reason I’m pumped is the year three Offensive Spike. That’s the trend. There was a jump at every stop. That’s what excites me. There’s not another coach in the country who can put up points like CBP. Today SB Nation’s Bill Connelly put out a wonderful spread that you can find at THIS link.

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