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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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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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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.

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UofL Football Picked To Finish 5th In ACC

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What do you think about this prediction?

Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville football team was picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference football preseason poll, the league announced on Monday afternoon.

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Montrezl Harrell Signs Extension With LA Clippers

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Over the weekend, Montrezl Harrell, agreed to a two year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. Congratulations to Trezl and keep up the hard work!

Kemari Averett And Micky Crum Named To John Mackey Award Preseason Watch

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville tight ends Kemari Averett and Micky Crum were named to the 2018 John Mackey Award preseason watch list Friday.

The John Mackey Award has been given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end since 2000.

Averett and Crum were one of 63 players on this year’s watch list.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Averett played in 10 games as a true freshman in 2017. Making one start, Averett finished his rookie campaign with seven receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown. He caught a pair of passes in games versus Murray State and Wake Forest, while scoring his first career touchdown on a 22-yard catch against Boston College.

Hampered by injuries last season, Crum recorded eight catches for 99 yards, while averaging 12.4 yards a reception. The Columbus, Ohio native caught a season-high three passes for 30 yards in a win over Murray State.

Throughout his career, Crum has appeared in 28 games, recording 23 receptions for 269 yards and three touchdowns.

Given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2018 Mackey Award recipient will be announced on Dec. 5 and then presented live on Dec. 6 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU. All future announcements can be found at www.johnmackeyaward.com.

NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA.

The John Mackey Award recognizes fifteen alumni that have played in the NFL: two-time Super Bowl Champion Daniel Graham (’01), 2006 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Clark (’02), Kellen Winslow II (’03), two-time Super Bowl Champion Heath Miller (’04), Marcedes Lewis (’05) of the Green Bay Packers, 2008 Super Bowl Champion Matt Spaeth (’06), Fred Davis (’07), Chase Coffman (’08), D.J. Williams (’10), Dwayne Allen (’11) of the New England Patriots, Tyler Eifert (’12) of the Cincinnati Bengals, Austin Seferian-Jenkins (’13) of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Nick O’Leary (’14) of the Buffalo Bills, Hunter Henry (’15) of the Los Angeles Chargers, Jake Butt (16′) of the Denver Broncos and 2017 John Mackey Award recipient Mark Andrews of the Baltimore Ravens.

Jaylen Smith And Dez Fitzpatrick Named To 2018 Biletnikoff Award Watch List

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville football wide receivers Jaylen Smith and Dez Fitzpatrick were named to the 2018 Biletnikoff Award Watch List, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation announced Thursday.

The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award.

Smith, a senior from Pascagoula, Miss., earned first team all-ACC honors last season after leading the Cardinals with 60 receptions for 980 yards and seven scores. Despite missing three games with an injury, he finished third in the league in receiving yards and was ninth in receptions, while averaging 16.3 yards a reception.

A starter in 10 games, 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.

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Donovan Mitchell Wins Breakthrough Athlete Of The Year At 2018 ESPYS

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Donovan Mitchell continues to live his best life. Spida was voted breakthrough athlete of the year at the 2018 ESPYs and wore a killerrrrrr suit to top it off.

Keep it up Donovan, you continue to make the University of Louisville proud!

Sales Tax Now Required to be Charged on UofL Ticket Purchases

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Beginning July 1, the Kentucky Department of Revenue will require all non-profit organizations to collect sales tax on services including admission to sporting events.

With this new legislation, the University of Louisville will be required to add an additional six percent to the price of tickets to its athletic events.  This change will affect both season and single games tickets, but will not affect parking or donations.

The UofL ticket office will be making adjustments to ticket invoices as well as printed tickets.  The six percent sales tax will be added to the value of the ticket, showing one price inclusive of the tax.

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Mack Continues To Work To Dissolve “Eras” Of UofL Basketball

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Chris Mack promised at his opening press conference, there would no longer be “eras” when it came to UofL basketball. Three months on the job, and he has already shown how determined he is to keep that promise. The 2013 National Championship team held their 5 year celebration on Friday night and the former players talked about how Mack has gone above and beyond to make them feel welcomed on campus and in the program.

Damion Lee And The Phone Call That Changed His Life

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Cardinal Forever, Damion Lee, sat down with the Player’s Tribune recently to talk about all he has overcome to get his shot in the NBA. Resiliency does not come easy for everyone, but it has become part of Lee’s DNA – and that isn’t going to change anytime soon.

Nunnsense | What To Expect From Louisville Football This Season

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As we get closer and closer to the start of the college football season, every major publication will tell you how your team will perform this season. I just want to let you in on a little secret – They don’t really know. They just want to get clicks, sell subscriptions or magazines. They cover every college team and often times don’t do their due diligence but rather just give you the obvious, like ” Lamar Jackson’s production will be tough to replace.”

In about a month or so I will give you my annual game by game predictions. While I am not a college football coach, I’ll give you what I believe to be the truth no matter if it hurts or not. My predictions will be based what I have observed and from information I have obtained through conversations with both Louisville staff and student athletes and not an attempt to sell you on anything.

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UofL Expands Deal With ANC For Video Boards At PJCS

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A farther look at the new expansion. At the top of the two towers (behind the seating area), two 40′ x 80′ LED videoboards will be installed, replacing the old video board from the 2006 season.

It was announced on Monday that UofL will use ANC for the video boards for the newly expanded Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. This is the same company that installed and operates the video boards at Jim Patterson, Lynn Stadium and Ulmer Stadium. You can see the full details of the agreement below.

http://anc.com/detail.html?sub_id=c50416160f

Jamon Brown Foundation Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon

Cardinal Forever, Jamon Brown continues to do big things for this city!

Inaugural Jamon Brown Foundation Celebrity Bowl A Thon. $1500 Prize! Sat July 14th at KingPin Lanes Taylorsville Rd. 8-10pm with Dance Party immediately Following!

For more info and to register contact danny.mosby@gmail.com

UofL Football Away Tickets Now On Sale

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Follow the Cards on the road by purchasing your tickets today!

What game are you heading to this fall?