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While The Cards Are Away, You Can Watch Local Recruiting Targets Play

Louisville vs Indiana State (2 of 68)

Card Nation, while our Cards are on the road preparing for battle against Virginia let’s hit the roads ourselves.

Here’s a list of some local high school games where a few Louisville targets will be playing tonight. Show these young kids some of the support Louisville fans have to offer.

Ballard Bruins (2-3) vs Eastern Eagles

7 pm at Eastern 

  • 3* Jared Casey
  • 3* WR Elijah Downing
  • 3* WR Josh Minkins Jr. (2020)
  • Justice Thompson unranked sophomore LB

Moore Mustangs (4-1) vs Valley Vikings 

7 pm at Moore 

  • 4* JJ Weaver (top defensive target left on Louisville’s board)

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Louisville Football’s Cunningham Prepares for First Start at Quarterback (Video)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – 

Malik Cunningham’s dreams become reality in just four days, when the University of Louisville football program travels to Virginia on Saturday.

On Monday, UofL head coach Bobby Petrino announced that the 6-foot-1 quarterback will be the starter against the Cavaliers in the Cardinals’ ACC opener in Charlottesville, Va.

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Bobby Petrino Tweetcap: Virginia Preview

Louisville vs WKU (56 of 60)

Bowl Projections: 9-6-18

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USA Today released their bowl projections after week one of the college football season. They have UofL in a bowl fans are quite familiar with against an opponent the Cards have beaten down once before.

That’s right Card Nation, it’s the Belk Bowl on December 29th. UofL fans have bad memories of Teddy Bridgewater getting pummeled by NC State in the 2011 game and Nick Chubb wrecking our defense in Bobby Petrino’s first season back as coach.

The projected opponent is Florida; the team UofL beat down in the 2013 Sugar Bowl to make Kirk Herbstreit eat his words.I don’t mind this projection at all. UofL gets to beat Florida again, which their neighbors down the road haven’t done in over 30 years, and we fans get to exorcise the Belk Bowl demons that haunt our memories.

Bring on the Belk Bowl and bring on Florida…unless, of course, the Cards go 10-1 the rest of the season and make a New Year’s Six bowl.

UofL Football Looks For Offensive Improvements Moving Forward (Video)

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – LOUISVILLE, Ky. A short-term memory isnt always a desirable trait, but in order to grow and move forward, its one the University of Louisville football teams offense is adopting.

While the unit didnt experience the success its achieved on a weekly basis under head coach Bobby Petrino, the Cardinals are ready to move forward and attack the 11 regular-season games that await and that begins with Saturdays home opener against Indiana State.

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Bobby Petrino Reflects On Alabama And Previews Indiana State In Weekly Press Conference

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic director:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – There’s no question University of Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino was disappointed in the outcome last Saturday versus Alabama.
However, Petrino was able to pull some positives away from the 51-14 loss to the defending national champions.|

“Alabama is a very good football team,” Petrino said at his Monday press conference. “They are solid in all three phases. I was happy Jawon Pass stayed in there and competed. He finished the game and I was impressed with his mindset.

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A Familiar Face Returns to UofL Football In Running Back Jeremy Smith

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RB Jeremy Smith, who announced back in December that he would be transferring from UofL for his final year of eligibility, has instead returned to UofL to finish out his college career.

Smith played in the opener against Purdue last year, but suffered an injury to his foot before the next game and was forced to miss the rest of the season. He originally intended to apply for a medical redshirt and finish his career at UofL.

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UofL Announces Bobby Petrino Radio Show Will Air On Thursdays

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. The Bobby Petrino Radio Show, originating from The Sports & Social Club at Fourth Street Live!, will kick off a new season of University of Louisville football when the popular event begins Thursday at a new time.

The Sports & Social Club, located at 427 S. Fourth Street, once again will again be the exclusive location for all 12 broadcasts. New this season, all shows will air live from 6-7 p.m. and can be heard on 790 WKRD AM and GoCards.com.

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Bobby Petrino Season-Opening Press Conference, TweetCap

 

Bobby Petrino - @UofLNunnMissed Bobby Petrino’s season-opening press conference on Monday? No worries, you can see the full tweetcap below of what he had to say.

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UofL Football Releases First Depth Chart Ahead Of Season Opener

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Head Coach Bobby Petrino has released the first depth chart for UofL’s upcoming 2018 season.

UofL 2018 Alabama Game Depth Chart

Photo Courtesy of University of Louisville Athletic Department (Rocco Gasparro)

There are not too many surprises, but there are a few.

Quarterback and Running Back:

Jawon Pass and Trey Smith are your starters in the backfield. Smith has consistently been mentioned as the number 1 RB by both Coach Petrino and Running Backs Coach Kolby Smith.

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Jaylen Smith Hits the Practice Field In Preparation for Alabama

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A bit of good news for UofL Football tonight as senior WR Jaylen Smith has returned to practice after having an emergency appendectomy back on August 3rd.

Check out UofL’s press release below for all the details and thoughts from Coach Petrino and Jaylen himself.

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UofL Tight Ends Coach Chris Klenakis Placed on Administrative Leave

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:

Klenakis Placed on Administrative Leave

LOUISVILLE, Ky. University of Louisville tight ends coach Chris Klenakis has been placed on administrative leave of absence on Sunday for driving under the influence and related charges.

Coach Klenakis approached me this morning and informed me of the situation that occurred over the weekend, UofL football head coach Bobby Petrino said. I informed our administration and Coach Klenakis was placed on an administrative leave of absence effective immediately. There are high standards in our program for our coaching staff and we must adhere to those standards on a daily basis.

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 isnt normal in most programs, and its 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 dont 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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Louisvilles 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 didnt 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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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.

DL Jared Goldwire Is Stabilizing Defensive Line For UofL

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:

Goldwires Addition Stabilizes the Defensive Line

Jared Goldwire was one of the nations 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 DeAsian Richardson. The returning players lacked major playing experience.

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Coach Bobby Petrino Pleased With UofL Football Team After First Day Of Practice In Full Pads

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UofL held its first practice of fall camp in full pads today. Coach Bobby Petrino came away feeling good at where his team stands early on in camp and talked about it after practice.

Petrino mentioned that he looked forward to watching film of a live tackling drill. He talks about the progression of the passing game and about the four team captains that have been chosen by the team.Petrino speaks of Cole Bentley and his progress as well.

Lukayas McNeil speaks about being a leader and what it takes to be in that role as he is now a captain.

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Bobby Petrino Announces Four Team Captains For 2018

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Bobby Petrino tweeted out the names of four players chosen to be 2018 team captains by the team. They are Redshirt Senior OL Lukayas McNeil, Redshirt Sophomore QB Jawon Pass, Senior S Dee Smith, and Redshirt Junior LB Jon Greenard.

McNeil is arguably the leader of the offensive line, Smith is arguably the leader of the secondary, Greenard is arguably the leader of the front seven, and of course Pass is the leader of the offense despite having played sparingly last year.

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