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Louisville Football Preview: Running Backs

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Louisville enters this season with a void to fill at the Running Back position. That void is there because Louisville lost its leading rusher from the RB position in Brandon Radcliff. At one point in the season, Radcliff was at the top of the nation in yards per carry. He finished the season with 903 yards on 138 carries (6.5 YPC) and 6 touchdowns. Radcliff was a workhorse for the program for pretty much all 4 years and he has left big shoes to fill for the guys this year.

However, I’m very confident that the position is in good hands. Jeremy Smith showed a lot of promise last season, the now-Senior rushed for 382 yards on 57 carries (6.7 YPC) and 8 touchdowns. Smith is currently recovering from a Jones’ fracture, but is expected to play in the opener against Purdue. I believe Smith will have a monster year, he’s a big back with good speed and proven ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

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Brandon Radcliff Signs Deal with Titans

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Former Louisville running back Brandon Radcliff has signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans, according to a statement from the team.

Radcliff, who went undrafted this spring, was signed to the Indianapolis Colts, but released in June. He was linked to a workout and potential deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, but opted to sign with the Titans instead.

As a member with the Titans, Radcliff will be fighting for a spot on the 53-man roster, alongside former Pro Bowler DeMarco Murray and former Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry.

Radcliff ended his collegiate career with a career-high 903 yards and six touchdowns in 2016, and posted 12 TDs in 2014. The former Louisville back ended his career with 2365 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns on the ground.

The Titans open their preseason schedule on August 12th against the New York Jets. The Titans also host the Panthers (Aug. 19) and Bears (Aug. 27), before closing the preseason on the road against the Chiefs (Aug. 31).

Brandon Radcliff Signs UDFA Deal With Colts

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After being passed up in the draft, running back Brandon Radcliff has signed as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts.

Pro Day Interviews

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Hear from Cards forever  Jamari Staples, Cole Hikutini, Brandon Radcliff, Colin Holba, Keith Towbridge, James Quick and Deangelo Brown after their Pro Day workouts.

Brandon Radcliff On College Football Live

Photo: Garry Jones/AP

Photo: Garry Jones/AP

They had my guy Brandon Radcliff on ESPN College Football Live today. He talks about believing the Cards are a top 4 team, Lamar & Houston. Here is the link to the video.

http://es.pn/2gerlPz

Brandon Radcliffs Career Game (Video)

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Here are Brandon Radcliff’s highlights from Saturday’s win over Wake Forest at PJCS.

Players Post Game Presser: Radcliff,Kelsey,Lamar, Brown & Bonnafon

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I posted the presser from Coach Petrino last night. Here are the players reactions led off by an excerpt from Coach Petrino.

Louisville vs N.C. State: Postgame Recap

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Photo Credit NorthwestGeorgiaNews.com

After what many considered to be a sub par performance against Duke last week, the Louisville football team bounced back in impressive fashion. The Cardinals thumped the Wolfpack from the opening snap and never looked back. The final score read Louisville 54-N.C. State 13, and it could’ve been worse had it not been for a scoreless 3rd quarter from the Cards.

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Louisville vs Clemson: Postgame Recap

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For the first time this season, the Cardinals found themselves on the losing end of the scoreboard when the final whistle blew. It started the way the past two match-ups between these two teams had gone. Louisville’s offense was held without a point in the first quarter for the first time all season, but the defense held the Clemson offense scoreless through the first 15 minutes as well. The 2nd quarter began with the Cardinals deep in Tiger territory. It didn’t take long for the offense to punch in the first touchdown of the game on a Jeremy Smith 1 yard burst. The rest of the 2nd quarter, did not follow the same script.

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Louisville at Marshall: Postgame Recap

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For the first time all season, the Louisville offense appeared out of sorts in the first quarter. Lamar started the game missing receivers, forcing passes, and the running game was never really there for the speedy quarterback. Once the offense settled down, we saw the nation’s top ranked offense do what we’ve become accustomed to, put a lot of points on the scoreboard.

Louisville’s offense recorded a season low 7 points in the first quarter. Then the second quarter began. Lamar found his tight end, Cole Hikutini in the end zone twice, ran for a score, and then found Reggie Bonnafon in the end zone to close out a 28 point second quarter to go into halftime up 35-7. The announcers were not shy in their disappointment in the Louisville offense early on. It seemed as though no matter what the offense did right, there was always something they could’ve been doing better. As a fan, I’ve never experienced a team being so critiqued while building an insurmountable lead but that’s where we are now in the program which is a great thing.

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Proof That Louisville Is Much More Than Just Lamar Jackson

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The fine folks at The ACC Digital Network are at it again. The accolades are piling up for Sophomore QB Lamar Jackson. If you watch TV or listen to the radio you may think this is a one man team. Lamar would not want it that way. Very humble, classy and easy going, Lamar has indeed been the spark the Cards need this year. But it brings up the question: Is this a one man team? The answer is a very resounding no. The Cards have a smothering Defense, great O-line (That felt good to say), great special teams and a balanced rushing stable and it seems like just about every wide receiver has a TD. That is balance. In this video The ACC DN gives you the video evidence to back up my claims. (facts) Enjoy!

 

Nunnsense: Card Nation Supports 7-Year Old Boy Before And After Brain Surgery

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Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium set an attendance record with 55,632 people watching Louisville defeat 2nd ranked Florida State on Saturday September 17th. Even though it was the largest crowd ever, there was one person not in attendance. 7-year old Bryson Betts is a huge Cardinal fan but wasn’t able to witness history because he was resting in his hospital bed after approximately 8 hours of brain surgery.  Read the rest of this entry

The Key To All 8 TD’s? Simple: Finding The Playmakers (Video)

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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Player Interviews On Media Day (Video)

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Here is the video from today’s coverage of media day. This time it’s the players.

#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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2016 UofL Football Captains Announced

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Today the 2016 UofL Football captains were named today: (Click on More for the Pic)

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Top 5 Rushing Plays Of 2015 UofL Football

Here are the top 5 rushing plays brought to you by Louisville Football. How many involve Lamar? Watch and enjoy.

Teddy Bridgewater Is A Great Human

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I seen this tweet earlier from Brandon Radcliff to Teddy Bridgewater:

 

This is just one of a plethora of reasons to love and tout Teddy Bridgewater. He didn’t want to get to the league only to make a lot of money. He wanted to make it to the league to make a difference. Teddy is a prime example of Louisville First Cardinal Forever. Thanks for being a great human in a time where all we hear about are bad humans doing bad things.

Spring Football Hype Video #DoWork

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The end of the 2015 season was promising. With all the young talent and then the decision for several key players to pass on the NFL and return to Louisville, excitement is at an all time high. I am as excited as anybody so I put together a hype\highlight video for you to enjoy. It starts with the end of the 2015 season, then some of the 2016 Cards working hard and finally some highlights from returning players. Card forever James Burgess brought in his #DoWork motto and this team has adopted his motto and attitude. It’s going to be a great year. Spring game is April 16th at 1:00 p.m. After that we will have to wait 5 months to see the Cards again. Hopefully this video will help you get through those 5 months.

ENJOY!

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