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.
On Saturday, August 11th, University of Louisville football team held its annual media day. Here are a few pictures we captured from the event.
Last Season: Louisville’s pass defense went from 14th in 2016 to 66th overall last season, allowing approximately 225 yards per game. The average was the worst ranking for the Cardinals since 2011, and the third lowest in their last ten seasons.
The Cardinals struggled a lot in the first half of 2017 due to a combination of injuries (mainly with star cornerback Jaire Alexander) and a lackluster scheme from former defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon. While Alexander was sidelined, the Cardinals allowed 290+ passing yards in four of their first six games, as well as 461 yards and five touchdowns to Wake Forest. They rebounded in their final four games with solid performances, allowing 147.25 yards per game and a 1:6 TD-INT ratio in that stretch.
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.
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.
The day started with the jersey ceremony for Card forever Anthony Floyd. Then Card forever, Eric Wood, spelled out the C-A-R-D-S cheer. Louisville scored early and looked good because Boston College entered the day scoring 16.3 points per game and were 121st in the country in scoring before Saturday. But the Card defense gave up 45 points, 555 total yards (364 of those rushing yards). AJ Dillon ran for more yards (272) than any other Louisville opponent had before. Lamar was 19 of 39 passing for 332 yards and 2 passing touchdowns. He rushed for 180 yards on 22 carries and scored 3 rushing touchdowns. Dez Fitzpatrick finished with 7 catches , 127 yards and a touchdown.
Here are some pictures of the day…
Full photo gallery will be posted within the next few days. Until then, enjoy these pics from the victory over Kent State.
Defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon, Trumaine Washington and Dee Smith spoke with the media following today’s practice.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Both Louisville’s and Purdue’s offenses have received plenty of attention ahead of Saturday’s matchup in Lucas Oil Stadium.
Last season, we saw the emergence of a star and playmaker in Jaire Alexander. Alexander had 5 interceptions, 9 passes defended, and finished 11th on the team in total tackles with 39 (31 solo). Because of his breakout season, Alexander has received numerous preseason accolades and has been named to multiple award watch lists. While Alexander headlines the group that has appropriately named themselves the “Tax Boys”, his surrounding cast is full of elite players also.
The lone loss from the secondary was Josh Harvey-Clemons, who played both linebacker and safety last season. JHC was bitten by the injury bug at times last season, which called for, then Sophomore, Dee Smith to step in and play meaningful snaps, while earning crucial experience for this upcoming season. While he wasn’t lost from the team, there was another loss from the secondary that was announced recently, Cornelius Sturghill was removed as Cornerback and re-positioned at receiver.
All that being said, the Tax Boys are more than ready to collect. As mentioned, Jaire Alexander led the team with an impressive 5 interceptions. Senior Safety Chucky Williams also has a nose for the ball, he was second on the team in interceptions with 3, and first on the team in fumbles recovered with 4 and he led the team in total tackles with 107, 61 of those were solo and 46 were assisted, both also, team leaders. Zykiesis Cannon joins Williams as the other safety, he was fourth on the team in total tackles with 67. And the man who will be the opposite corner of Alexander is arguably the most under-appreciated Cardinal on the team, Trumaine Washington. Washington is a senior this season, and part of the criticism he receives is due to the impressive sophomore season we saw from him. He may have taken a step back last season, but his leadership and experience will certainly be crucial for this group’s success this season.
We will also see a lot of Dee Smith this season, probably in the heavier DB packages and rotations. Smith is a hard-hitting Safety, with a good nose for the ball and will definitely earn a solid amount of playing time. Another name to look out for is true freshman Russ Yeast. Alexander wowed us in limited capacity in his freshman season, and Yeast is definitely capable of the same type of season.
It’s hard to imagine any QB feeling good about airing it out against this group. If anyone dares to be so bold, best believe the Tax Boys will be collecting this season.
Head coach Bobby Petrino pleased with the team after first day of practice
Louisville, Ky. — Winners of eight of its last 10 games last season, the University of Louisville football team returned to the practice fields on Wednesday for a pair of practices as the 2016 season officially opened.
As has been tradition during head coach Bobby Petrino‘s tenure, the newcomers and a select number of second-year players worked out in the morning, while the veterans came out in the afternoon for a separate practice.