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Louisville Football Individual Game Tickets On-Sale

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UofL announced today that they tickets for individual games for their home games and for the Alabama game are now on sale.

In addition to single game tickets, there are also three-game mini-plans and season ticket packages still available.

The full press release with more detailed information can be read below.

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King and Creque Have the Ability to Change the Game

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino typically spends a bulk of his practice time focusing on special teams because of the impact it has on the game.

The ninth-year head coach has dedicated scholarships on a punter and placekicker, which isn’t normal in most programs, and it’s paid off with spectacular production.

“Coach Petrino always preaches in meetings how important special teams are, and how you can win or lose a game because of special teams,” punter Mason King said. “We don’t take it for granted. We try to get a huge chunk of land on special teams. We just have to take advantage of the opportunity to make a play.”

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Louisville’s Becton Ready to Take Next Step in His Second Season

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Initially looking at Mekhi Becton last year, it was tough to fathom that the mammoth offensive lineman didn’t boast an ounce of collegiate experience.

The Highland Springs, Va., native towered over the opposition as a 6-foot-7, 345-pound rookie. Based on his physique, most pegged him as a veteran – not an 18-year old freshman.

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3 Star NJ WR Stanley King Commits To Cards

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UofL Football’s wide receiving corps just got a big new weapon today with the commitment of 3 star WR Stanley King out of Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, NJ.

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Federal Judge Dismisses Pitino’s Case VS Adidas

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Rick Pitino is finally down to just one lawsuit after a federal judge announced today that his case against Adidas will have to be handled in arbitration. According to the Courier Journal, judge David A. Hale of the Western District of Kentucky granted the motion. Pitino filed the lawsuit in October of 2017 claiming that the shoe company deliberately damaged his reputation. The lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice, meaning Pitino is free to file the same claims again. You can read the Courier Journal’s full report below.

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Men’s Basketball Buffs Up

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Sooooo, it looks like Coach Mack made the right choice in his strength and conditioning coach…

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UofL Football Picks Up Big Commitment From FL DT Denzel Daxon

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Bobby Petrino got some good recruiting news Saturday night when 3 star FL DT Denzel Daxon committed to UofL Football.

The 6’1 315 lbs Daxon was previously committed to Miami (FL). He plays high school football at Carol City in Miami, FL. Daxon chose UofL over Miami, Florida, Georgia, UK, and others. LD Scott was his lead recruiter per 247sports.com.

In watching Daxon’s highlights, he is a unique blend of power and quickness. He is nearly impossible to block one on one because he will either push the OL straight back into the backfield or use his quick feet to beat the OL to a spot and get free run at the QB or RB.

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CSZ’s Coverage Of UofL Football Media Day (Video)

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CSZ’s Jeff Nunn, myself Shawn Barbour, and Daniel Spencer were all at UofL Football media day providing coverage for all our loyal readers.

We were able to interview numerous coaches and players, asking some football related questions and some off the wall questions.

Check out our video below to see interviews with Coach Lonnie Galloway, Brian Van Gorder, Jawon Pass, Jaylen Smith, Dee Smith, and a host of others.

New Era Of UofL Football Breakdown With ACC Digital Network (Video)

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Our friends at the ACC Digital Network sat down with Bobby Petrino and Jaylen Smith to  talk about what the newest era of UofL football will look like. Take a look below to see what he has to say!

DL Jared Goldwire Is Stabilizing Defensive Line For UofL

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:

Goldwire’s Addition Stabilizes the Defensive Line

Jared Goldwire was one of the nation’s top defensive line prospects.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 9, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When the University of Louisville football program hit the recruiting trail last year, there was a glaring need for defensive linemen.

Gone were defensive ends James Hearns and Trevon Young and defensive tackles Drew Bailey and De’Asian Richardson. The returning players lacked major playing experience.

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2018 Louisville Football Preview: Special Teams

Last season, we saw the consistency of Blanton Creque and Mason King in their unheralded, but all important roles. While the return game was managed by the likes of Reggie Bonnafon and Seth Dawkins, we missed out on the excitement of Jaire Alexander due to his injury suffered in the first game. The first two names mentioned are back in their roles and look to build on already successful careers. The return game will be an interesting decision when the depth chart is released.

Redshirt-Junior Blanton Creque is as good a kicker that the Louisville football program has seen. His accuracy and dependability is up there with former Lou Groza winner, Art Carmody. For his career, Creque is 97-99 on extra points and 33-39 on field goals good for 84.6%. When Creque takes the field, the Louisville fans should feel confident that he’s going to throw points on the board.

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Jaylen Smith Requires Emergency Appendectomy

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First and foremost – we here at Cardinal Sports Zone, wish Jaylen a speedy and successful recovery.

It was reported early Friday morning that Jaylen had undergone surgery to remove his appendix. According to WDRB, head trainer Matt Summers says he is expected to make a full recovery. At this time, there is no time table for his return.

UofL Football To Host A Season Preview Day On August 11th

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville football will give fans their first glance of the team at the Louisville Football Season Preview at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11 in Cardinal Stadium.

Fans activities on the field are scheduled from 6-7 p.m. before the team begins its open workout.

The skills showcase, which lasts until 8:15 p.m., will feature a position-by-position look at the Cardinals, who open the season in the Camping World Kickoff in Orlando against preseason No. 1 and defending national champion Alabama on Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.

Following practice, head coach Bobby Petrino and the Cardinals will be available to sign autographs on the field for approximately 45 minutes. Schedule posters will be distributed at the entrances.

Gates to the preview will open at 6 p.m., and fans should enter the stadium through gates 4-8.

Bobby Petrino, Dee Smith And Juwan Pass Talk About Start Of Fall Camp (Video)

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Bobby Petrino sat down with the media earlier this week to discuss the start of the 2018 fall camp. He also addresses taking on Alabama in a few weeks, how well conditioned this year’s team is. You can also hear from Dee Smith and Juwan Pass on what they are feeling heading into the season.

ACC Coaches Talk About Conference Competition – Anonymously

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Have you ever wondered what the coaches of the ACC truly think about one another’s teams? Here is your closest chance to ever finding out. Athlon Sports recently sat down with all 14 coaches and you can read below what they had to say about UofL and everyone else.

https://athlonsports.com/college-football/acc-coaches-talk-anonymously-about-conference-foes-2018?amp&__twitter_impression=true

Cardinal Football Takes Field In First Practice Of Fall 2018

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville football team held its first practice of the 2018 season Friday afternoon, wrapping up a two-hour practice session in shorts and helmets at the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex.

The veterans, coming out in the afternoon, set the pace with an intense practice under sunny skies and high humidity.

Despite the difficult conditions, the Cardinals got through the first day without a hitch.

“It was a good first day,” defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder said. “We are trying to develop good work habits and we have high expectations for this football team. We are looking for guys who have good instincts and have a comfort for the game. It was good to be out there today.”

VanGorder, in his first season leading the defense, is adjusting to his new personnel and used this first practice to see what exactly he has to work with this season.

“We are still evaluating our talent,” VanGorder said. “We will keep looking for guys to step in. We are going to be in pads very soon and we will get a better idea of the direction we are headed in.”

One player who is anxious to get out on the field to impress his new coach is sophomore Rodjay Burns, who sat out last season after transferring from Ohio State. The former Trinity High product is excited to play and thinks this defense can show major improvement.

“I think we can be a lot better,” Burns said. “I feel like we are closer. We are more as a family. We are able to take coaching better. I think the sky is the limit. We just have to keep practicing and getting better.”

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Eli Rogers Re-Signs With The Steelers

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Cardinal Forever, Eli Rogers is staying in the steel city. After testing the free agency water, it was announced today that Rogers has signed a one-year deal with the Steelers.

Congrats to Eli!

Blanton Creque Named To Lou Groza Award Watch List

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville placekicker Blanton Creque was one of 30 kickers named to the Lou Groza Award watch list, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced Tuesday.

The honor, presented to the nation’s top placekicker, is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns

Creque, a semifinalist for the award a year ago, had a breakthrough season as a sophomore. He connected on 17-of-20 field goal attempts and 58-of-59 extra points, capping the season with 109 points. Creque’s 17 field goals were the third most in school history.

The Shelbyville, Ky., native converted 85.0 percent of his attempts last season – the third-highest mark in school history – and was good on 13-of-16 attempts beyond 30 yards, including a career-long 48-yarder against NC State.

A redshirt junior, Creque is one of three kickers from the Atlantic Coast Conference on the watch list, joining Florida State’s Ricky Aguayo and Clemson’s Greg Huegel.

For his career, Creque has made 33-of-39 field goals, an 84.6 percent conversion rate, which stands as the top mark in school history. His 33 made field goals are the sixth most in school history, and he stands fifth in points by a kicker with 196.

The 27th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl, recognizes the three finalists during a celebration in Palm Beach County, Florida. It culminates with a gala awards banquet at West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 3.

Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.

Jaylen Smith Named To All-ACC Preseason Team

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville senior wide receiver Jaylen Smith has been named on the 2018 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Football Team by a panel of 148 voters at last week’s ACC Football Kickoff, the league announced on Tuesday.

Three-time defending conference champion Clemson led all schools with eight selections, while Boston College sophomore running back AJ Dillon received the nod as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year.

Smith, a senior, is one of three wide receivers on the team, joining NC State’s Kelvin Harmon and Clemson’s Hunter Renfrow.

A first team all-ACC selection in 2017, Smith paced the Cardinals with 60 receptions for 980 yards and seven scores. He finished 32nd nationally in yards, while placing second in the league with an average of 98.0 yards receiving per game.

Despite missing three games with an injury, he finished third in the league in receiving yards and was ninth in receptions. His 16.3 yards per reception was the fifth-best mark in the conference.

Named last to the 2018 Biletnikoff Award Watch List, Smith registered a career-best four 100-yard receiving contests, establishing career highs with nine receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown in a 47-35 win over North Carolina. He caught a pair of touchdowns in a win over Virginia and closed the season with seven catches for 107 yards and a touchdown against Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

Heading into his final season, Smith has totaled 116 career receptions for 1,955 yards and is tied for 11th in school history with 14 touchdowns.

The Cardinals open the 2018 campaign on Sept. 1 versus Alabama in the Camping World Kickoff Game in Orlando, Florida. The nationally televised game will kick off on ABC at 8 p.m.

2018 LOUISVILLE FOOTBALL SEASON TICKETS
It’s the 100th season Louisville Football, and you don’t want to miss any of the action this year. The Cardinals’ exciting seven-game schedule at Cardinal Stadium includes Florida State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, NC State, and Kentucky.

Click here for season tickets and secure your seats today.

2018 LOUISVILLE FOOTBALL MINI PLAN
Can’t make it to all seven Louisville football home games this season? Take advantage of the three-game mini-plans on sale now.

Fans select their choice of attending either the Florida State game on Sept. 29 or the regular-season finale versus Kentucky on Nov. 29 along with two of the remaining five home games.

Click here to secure your plan now.

Photo Gallery: Kylee Shook 17-18

Kylee had a productive year in 2017-18 as she played in 37 games, averaging 5 points and 4 rebounds. She is a weapon from outside, as she shot close to 40% from 3 last year and she creates a match up problem against opposing post players. Look for big things from her next season as a junior.