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UofL Football Team Helps Louisville Flood Victims

Louisville Football

The flooding in Louisville experienced during February will go down as some of the worst in Louisville history. Bobby Petrino announced last week that between the Petrino Family Foundation and his own personal help – they will be making a $100,000 donation to help the flooding victims. Yesterday, around 40 players went to help rake debris and hand out cleaning supplies to the victims as well. You can read the full story thanks to WDRB below.

Coach Petrino And Petrino Family Foundation Help Louisville Flood Victims

Bobby Petrino

University of Louisville’s head football coach, Bobby Petrino announced yesterday that the Petrino Family Foundation will be making a $50,000 donation to help the victims of the recent flooding in Louisville. He also announced that his family will be matching that donation of $50,000 to make a grand total of $100,000 going to make a difference in the recovery efforts.

Thank you to coach Petrino and his family for giving back to the Louisville community.

Tramain Thomas Added To UofL Football Staff

Louisville Football

Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two-time all-Southeastern Conference defensive back Tramain Thomas was named a defensive quality control coach at the University of Louisville, football head coach Bobby Petrino announced on Friday.

A four-year letterwinner at Arkansas, Thomas was a standout safety for Petrino, who served as the head coach of the Razorbacks from 2008-11.

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UofL Football Lands Commitment From Local 2019 WR

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UofL Football Coach Bobby Petrino is recruiting the city of Louisville hard for 2019. He just picked up his first commitment from Butler Traditional High School 3 Star WR Demontae “Tae Tae” Crumes.

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Petrino Family Foundation Golf Scramble Tickets

Bobby Petrino

According to –

University of Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino is playing host to the 2018 Petrino Family Foundation Spring Golf Classic, on Friday, April 13 at the University of Louisville Golf Club.

The tournament features two different sets of tee times – one at 8:30 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m.

A four-person scramble starts with registration for the morning session at 7 a.m. and the afternoon stint at 12:30 p.m. For anyone playing in the morning, breakfast begins at 7 a.m., and the shotgun start is set for 8:30 a.m. Lunch for players teeing off in the afternoon session will begin at 12:30 p.m.

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UofL Signee Breakdown: Jairus Brents

Jairus Brents(2)Photo Courtesy of Michael Reaves/Lexington Herald Leader

Many people on social media wondered why UofL was not getting in on some highly rated guys we have in the city of Louisville. One name in particular that kept coming up was Jairus Brents, a 4 Star CB out of Waggener High School.

Well, wonder no more UofL fans as Coach Petrino was able to swoop in late and beat the likes of Alabama, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Michigan State, among many others for the 5’10 178 lbs CB.

Brents played a variety of positions at Waggener. He was a RB, QB, and WR. However, his best and most likely position in college will be CB. He can play either in the slot or the outside and is great at either.

He’s also a track star which, as you will see, definitely contributes to his play making ability as a football player.

As a CB, and probably because he played WR as well, Brents tracks the ball perfectly in the air. He’s always getting his head around, finding the ball, and making the play.

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Brents also has great ball skills. He’s a great leaper and can go up and highpoint the ball just like a WR.

Brents can play press or off coverage and is adept at either. In press, he is powerful. He knocks WRs viciously off their routes disrupting the timing of the offense. In off coverage, he has the speed to break on short routes to either knock the ball down, intercept it, or make the tackle holding the WR to a minimal gain. If Brents gets an interception, his speed, quickness, and agility make him a threat to get a pick 6 every time.

Brents ability to recognize routes and read the QB’s eyes make him nearly impossible to throw on. As I previously mentioned, he’s great at breaking on routes and making plays. He’ll have to be aware in college of the double moves teams love to run though.

Brents is also a great tackler. Even if the WR he’s covering catches the ball, they aren’t getting past him. He loves helping in the run game. His highlights show numerous plays of him coming in and tackling RBs. They aren’t weak tackles either. He wallops the RB.

Brents is also a punt returner and he’s a really good one. Once again, his speed quickness, and agility make him a threat for long punt returns. However, he is a bit of a gambler as he picked a couple of punts up off the ground to return them which obviously can be a dangerous proposition.

UofL got a very good player in Brents. The guy has potential to be a stud. His ability to return punts and play either in the slot or on the outside as a CB make him potentially invaluable. Plus, it’s nice to see a Louisville kid play for the city’s university.

Check out his Hudl highlights below and see what you think.

UofL Football Officially Announces 21 Signees For The 2018 Class

Bobby Petrino and UofL Football officially announced 21 signees for the 2018 recruiting class.

Headliners include Under Armour All-Americans Robert Hicks III and Chandler Jones, Jordan Travis, Tutu Atwell, Trenell Troutman, Dejmi Dumervil Jean, Tutu Atwell, and Jatavious Harris.

This class looks to be the best Bobby Petrino has had in his second stint here. Check out the official press release below.


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UofL Signee Breakdown: Javian Hawkins

IMG_20180207_102656Photo Courtesy of Javian Hawkins Twitter Account (@JavianHawkins)

Javian Hawkins, a composite 3 star prospect out of Titusville, FL, committed to Louisville back on 8/7/2017. He’s out of Cocoa High school, where he was also a track and field star. Today, he officially signed with Coach Bobby Petrino and UofL Football.

On the gridiron Javian shows great patience waiting for his linemen to open holes for him, then with excellent acceleration he bursts through those holes and out runs DBs using his 4.36 speed. Standing 5’9 and weighing in at 185 lbs, Javian is very shifty and deceptively strong. Most tacklers have a difficult time bringing him down in the backfield or on first contact. He has a low center of gravity.

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Javian also brings a nice and welcoming change of pace back to the Louisville backfield. He compliments both Dae Williams and Colin Wilson well as more of the speed/scat back. However, his strength makes labelling him that kind of hard. He’s like George Stripling with more power.

Javian Hawkins also had offers from Boston College, Syracuse, Missouri, East Carolina and most recently Nebraska along with a plethora of other schools. Nebraska and newly acquired Coach Scott Frost made a serious push to sway Javian in the late moments, but Javian stayed strong and signed with Louisville.

Coach Bobby Petrino got himself a legit RB. Hawkins plays bigger than his actual size. I wouldn’t doubt he could contribute this year, but I would also not be shocked if he’s red-shirted. It is great to see UofL continuing to have great success in the state of Florida.

Check out his highlights below courtesy of Bobby Petrino and see what you think.

UofL Signee Breakdown: Marlon Character, Jr

IMG_20180207_094434Photo Courtesy of Marlon Character’s Twitter Account (@riptrizzle)

UofL picked up a big time player who may start from day 1 in 4 Star JUCO S Marlon Character, Jr. Character is originally from Atlanta, GA and played this past season at Northwest Mississippi Community College.

The 6’1 195 lbs S, who was primarily recruited by Lorenzo Ward, chose UofL over West Virginia and South Carolina.

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2018 UofL Football Signing Day Updates

Jairus Brents:

Jairus Brents(2)Photo courtesy of Michael Reaves/Lexington Herald Leader 

  • Position: CB
  • Hometown: Louisville, KY
  • Height: 5’10
  • Weight: 178
  • Considered: Pittsburgh, Alabama, Florida, Wisconsin, UK, USC, South Carolina, Oregon, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Michigan State, South Florida, NC State, TCU, West Virginia, Virginia Tech
  • Twitter: @JiggaTheShow9
  • Highlights:

Marlon Character, Jr:IMG_20180207_094434Photo Courtesy of Marlon Character’s Twitter Account (@riptrizzle)

  • Position: S
  • Hometown: Senatobia, MS (Northwest Mississippi Community College). Originally from Atlanta, GA
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 195
  • Considered: West Virginia, South Carolina, Arkansas
  • Twitter: @riptrizzle
  • Highlights: 

Javian Hawkins:

IMG_20180207_102656Photo Courtesy of Javian Hawkins Twitter Account (@JavianHawkins)

  • Position: RB
  • Hometown: Titusville, FL
  • Height: 5’9
  • Weight: 185
  • Considered: Nebraska, UCF, Syracuse, Boston College, Cincinnati, Missouri, Florida Atlantic
  • Twitter: @JavianHawkins
  • Highlights:  

Four Football Players Named To All-ACC Academic Team

Louisville Football

Congratulations to all the student-athletes!

Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Four University of Louisville football players have been named to the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Football Team, as announced by the league commissioner John Swofford.

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UofL Football Hosting Signing Day Party

Louisville Football

Press Release from the University of Louisville Athletic Department:

Louisville Football to Host Signing Day Party
Head coach Bobby Petrino will introduce the entire class at a fan party in the Brown and Williamson Club.

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  National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

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UofL Officially Announces Brian VanGorder As New Defensive Coordinator

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Reports popped up from various college football media outlets over the weekend that UofL Football Head Coach Bobby Petrino had found his new Defensive Coordinator in Brian VanGorder.

Today, UofL football officially announced VanGorder as UofL’s new DC.

VanGorder has been a DC at various stops collegiately including at Georgia, Auburn, and most recently at Notre Dame with various degrees of success. At Georgia, he was a recipient of the Broyles Award for the best assistant coach in the nation.

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Coach Bobby Petrino Releases Statement About Eric Wood

Bobby Petrino

Press Release from the University of Louisville Athletic Department:

“Eric Wood enjoyed a tremendous career in the NFL, playing nine seasons with the Buffalo Bills. Eric always played the game the right way, worked extremely hard and was a tremendous leader of young men. He was a pleasure to coach because he came to work every day willing to get better and was a key component in a great run for the University of Louisville football program. Off the field, Eric was an even better young man and a great ambassador for the university. I’m saddened his NFL career was cut short, but I know the next chapter of his life will be just as successful.
-University of Louisville Head Football coach Bobby Petrino

UofL Defensive Coordinator Peter Sirmon Has Resigned

Peter Sirmon

UofL Defensive Coordinator Peter Sirmon resigned today. Sirmon lasted one year with the Cardinals after having spent one year at Mississippi State as defensive coordinator.

Sirmon had drawn the ire of UofL fans during the season as his defense was shredded by the likes of Wake Forest and Boston College.

Though they showed some improvement the last 3 games of the year with a healthy Jaire Alexander, they reverted in the bowl game when Alexander and starting LB James Hearns sat out.

Here is the official press release from UofL Athletics.

Press Release 

Louisville Football Defensive Coordinator Peter Sirmon Resigns

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville football defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon has resigned effective immediately.

“I would like to thank Peter Sirmon for all of his work this season at the University of Louisville,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. “I wish him and his family all the best.”

Highlights From Day 2 Of TaxSlayer Bowl Prep

Louisville Football

The University of Louisville Cardinals have been in Jacksonville preparing for their game against Mississippi State this coming Saturday. Check out the best pictures so far courtesy of UofL Football twitter!

Jeremy Smith Transferring From UofL

Jeremy Smith

Senior running back, Jeremy Smith will be transferring from UofL. His father announced this on Monday night. He maintains that he loved his time at the University of Louisville but after having to take a medical red shirt for this season, he wants to use his last year of eligibility at a school he will get more playing time at. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish him nothing but the best for Jeremy moving forward and thank him for the last three years.


Lamar Focusing On Bowl Game

Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson has a lot on his plate at the moment. Finals just took place, he is currently in New York enjoying being a finalist for the Heisman for the second year in a row, preparing for Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Yet, we live in a world that is always looking ahead, so people are ready to find out if Lamar will be playing on Saturday or Sundays next year.

Lamar Is Heading Back To New York


Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is seeking to become the second player in college football history to win consecutive Heisman Trophy awards.

The junior was named on Monday night during ESPN’S Monday Night Countdown as one of the three finalists for college football’s most prestigious honor, the Heisman Trophy Trust announced.

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UofL Football Heading To The TaxSlayer Bowl

Jaire Alexander / Ronald Walker / Stacy Thomas

The University of Louisville football team is heading to Jacksonville to take on Mississippi State in the Taxslayer Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for Noon on December 30th. Get your tickets below!