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100 Years Of UofL Football

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville football program has enjoyed a long history and will celebrate its 100th season in 2018.

Thursday is just the start of the year-long celebration, which also marks 100 days before the Cardinals open the season against defending national champion Alabama on Sept. 1 in the Camping World Kickoff game in Orlando, Fla. The nationally televised game will kick off at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Time And TV Channel Announced For UofL VS Alabama

Jawon Pass

Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville football’s season opener against Alabama in the 2018 Camping World Kickoff Game has been scheduled for an 8 p.m. ET start on ABC, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Wednesday morning.

The Cardinals and Crimson Tide are scheduled to face off at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 1 – the first time in school history the Cardinals will open the season against the defending national champions.

Louisville and Alabama will meet for the fourth time in program history, with the Crimson Tide holding a 2-1 advantage in the series. The last pairing came on Jan. 1, 1991 with the Cardinals claiming a 34-7 win in the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. Alabama defeated the Cardinals in consecutive home games – winning 24-3 in 1976 and 55-6 in 1977.

The Cardinals return 15 starters from last season’s 8-5 team, highlighted by wide receiver Jaylen Smith, who led the Cardinals with 60 receptions for 980 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensive end Jonathan Greenard returns on defense after totaling a team-high 15.5 tackles for loss and equaling the team lead with 7.0 sacks.

Get all the latest information on the team by following @UofLFootball on Twitter and Facebook and @UofLFootball on Instagram.

Highlights From UofL Football Spring Game Postgame Presser

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UofL held its annual football spring game last night and afterwards Coach Bobby Petrino, red shirt sophomore QB Jawon Pass, and red shirt sophomore WR Dez Fitzpatrick gave some of their thoughts on the game.

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Itinerary For Spring Game Released (Including Details On A Chris Mack Autograph Session)

Dez Fitzpatrick - Jaylen Smith

Heading out to the UofL football spring game on Saturday? Wondering what the day will consist of? Here is your schedule for the day – including information on the Chris Mack autograph signing that will be held on the Papa John’s concourse when gates open.

The University of Louisville football team will conduct its annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game on April 14 at 1 p.m. at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Admission to the game is FREE.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

  • 8 a.m.: Parking lots open
  • 8 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Carnival FanFest
  • 11:30 a.m.: New Season Ticket Select-A-Seat Event
  • 12 p.m.: Stadium gates open
  • 12 p.m.: Coach Mack autograph signing – Stay tuned for details
  • 1 p.m.: Kickoff for the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game
  • Postgame: Autograph session
  • 3-6 p.m.: Carnival FanFest re-opens

STADIUM INFORMATION

PARKING: Free and open to all fans; lots around the stadium open at 8 a.m.

STADIUM GATES: Fans can enter Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at noon.

KICKOFF: The game begins at 1 p.m.

CONCESSIONS: $3 Happy Hour draft specials inside the stadium throughout the game.

CARNIVAL FANFEST

Fans are encouraged to head to BudLight StreetFest, located between Gates 3 and 5, for Fan Fest. Visit before and after the game for food vendors and drink specials in addition to carnival rides, music, family friendly games, and rides.

It is open 8 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Fan Fest is closed during the game and resumes from 3-6 p.m.

CARDINAL AUTHENTIC SALE

Looking to give your closet an upgrade? Shopping for an early present for a family member or fellow fan?

Cardinal Authentic, the official team store of the Louisville Cardinals, is having a spring sale at Fan Fest. Purchase officially licensed merchandise for up to 70 percent off.

SEASON TICKETS

Fans interested in purchasing new season tickets can participate in the Select-A-Seat event inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 11:30 a.m. This is the first time showcasing available seating locations for 2018 campaign.

Staff from the ticket office will be available at Gate 2A prior to gates opening or on the concourse and at the box office throughout the day to answer questions.

General public on sale begins April 16.

RSVP FOR THE SELECT-A-SEA

 

COACH MACK AUTOGRAPH SESSION

Meet the newly named Louisville men’s basketball head coach Chris Mack. When the stadium gates open, Coach Mack will be on the concourse signing autographs. Details coming soon. Follow Louisville basketball on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for updates.

POSTERS

Get your hands on this year’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game poster, showcasing some fan favorites and Louisville’s 2018 schedule.

The posters are available at Fan Fest, throughout the concourse of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (Gates 3, 4, 5), and on the field after the game for autographs (while supplies last). A donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation is encouraged.

LOUISVILLE FOOTBALL AUTOGRAPH SESSION

Meet the 2018 Louisville football team after the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game. The players are signing autographs on the field for 45 minutes after the game, and head coach Bobby Petrino is available for autographs on the field following his postgame media duties.

There is a maximum of two items per person to ensure the autograph lines moves in an efficient manner.

New UofL Football Facility Walk Thru (Video)

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With a little over a week until UofL hosts the spring game for the 2018 season, it is time for a check in on the new facilities. Take a look below and let us know what you think!

UofL Football Releases Details For Upcoming Spring Game

Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium

UofL Football’s annual Spring Game is upon us. It is set for April 14 at 1 pm. UofL has issued a press release detailing all the planned events and festivities for the day.

Among the information is when the parking lots will open and that Coach Bobby Petrino and players will sign autographs at the conclusion of the game.

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UofL Football Announces Football Series With UCF

Dez Fitzpatrick

Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville and UCF have agreed to a two-year home-and-home football series to be played in 2021 and 2022, Interim Athletic Director Vince Tyra announced on Monday.

The Cardinals will play host to the Knights in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Sept. 18, 2021, and will travel to Orlando on Sept. 17, 2022 to complete the series.

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Bobby Petrino Previews Upcoming Spring Practice And The 2018 Season (Video)

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The head coach of the University of Louisville football team sat down with the media on Monday, March 18th to preview spring practice – which starts tomorrow as well as the upcoming 2018 season. Take a listen below!

UofL Football Team Helps Louisville Flood Victims

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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

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According to petrinofamilyfoundation.org –

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.

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4526814/57fa913e3bd81463c4767039

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

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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:

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4526814/57fa913e3bd81463c4767039

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

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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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