We at CardinalSportsZone.com & the Cardinal Sports Zone Radio Show, brought to you by Doug Budd at Red Edge Realty & homesforsaleinlouisville.net, do not like to ever look over a show. We are in fact NOT looking over the June 25th episode of the Cardinal Sports Zone Show hosted by Steve Rummage on ESPN 93.9 FM The Ville. This however is a very special edition we will bring you. On July 2nd we will bring you the people behind the AFRO Academy. We will welcome: Lavell Boyd, Deion Branch, Arnold Jackson, Mario Urrutia & Ibn Green into the 93.9 studios and we will talk football ALL DAY (hour) LONG. Over 800 receptions, 10,000 yards receiving and over 100 Touchdowns between the AFROs who will be on plus Lavell has made Steve and Jeremy honorary AFRO’s so their stats are included. Do not forget to tune in though, 10 am on 93.9 FM. If you can’t get to a radio then please do one of the following:
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A.F.R.O.S. stands for America’s Finest Receivers On Saturdays. It was a phrase coined by former UofL Football WR Lavell Boyd. Lavell Boyd is a part of Prestigious 300 (P300), a company that puts on camps and helps out youth get to college and achieve their dreams. On July 10th & 11th, P300 is putting on the first annual A.F.R.O. Academy. On July 2nd, Lavell Boyd, Deion Branch, Mario Urrutia & Arnold Jackson will join Steve Rummage & myself at 10am on ESPN 93.9FM The Ville. Tune in and Go Cards! The official release is below:
P300 sports in association with the Deion Branch Foundation & the A.F.R.O.S. will be hosting the 2016 Afro Academy July 10th and 11th at the Louisville sports academy outdoor facility.
It is no secret that Devante Parker was one of the best receivers EVER at the University of Louisville. Of course you can throw in guys like Deion Branch, Mario Urrutia, Harry Douglas or even an unheralded guy like Lavell Boyd (I did not include LB because he was in my wedding but because he deserved the mention) who is top 10 all-time in almost every category. I am certain I left a few out and just as certain you will tweet me at @Jeremy_CSZ and tell me. Devante undeniably changed the game for the Cards. A deep threat that you could just throw it up to or a guy you could throw a jump ball to in the end zone from 10 yards away and he was just flat-out go get it. Enough of what he did at Louisville though. The rookie WR in Miami had a rough time due to injuries. This year will be different. He will be healthy and ready to go from 1 to 100 straight out of the gate. This week QB Ryan Tannehill had some great things to say about our Cardinal Forever:
We have just seen a college career come to an end that we won’t soon forget. There are surely going to be some good wide receivers come in and play for UofL over the next several years. And the best ones will undoubtedly be compared to DeVante Parker. He has set a bar that will be nearly impossible to reach. The combination of his talent along with him being a hometown kid just make him one of the biggest fan favorites to ever come through the UofL football program.
Although he missed the first 7 games of his senior season, Parker still climbed to (or near) the top of many different categories in the UofL history books. So there will always be that “what if” factor with Parker’s numbers, especially because 6 of those first 7 games were said to be the “easier” part of the 2014 schedule. No telling what kind of numbers he would have put up against teams like Murray State, Syracuse, and Miami (again).
Here are where his final numbers rank in some of the wide receiver categories in UofL history…
As we enter the final week of the regular season, here is where DeVante Parker ranks in some of the receiving categories in UofL history. We are only left to wonder “what if” when it comes to these records and Parker, as he missed the first 7 games this season with his foot injury.
1. 299 Arnold Jackson, 1997-00
2. 217 Ibn Green, 1996-99
Back in July, I posted some of the all-time receiving records at UofL and showed where DeVante Parker ranked in those categories. Obviously, there wasn’t any need to update them during the season since he missed the first 6 games. But now since he is back, and back with a vengeance, I figured it would be ok to update the stats now. So here is where DeVante ranks among the all-time UofL greats. Keep in mind, he still has 3 games to play.
1. 299 Arnold Jackson, 1997-00
2. 217 Ibn Green, 1996-99
3. 187 J.R. Russell, 2001-04
It’s only July, but with the Cards officially in the ACC now, that opening football game against Miami on September 1 feels like it’s right around the corner. Because of that, it seemed like a good time to update you on the wide receiver record books at UofL. Senior DeVante Parker has a chance to put his name at or near the top of a lot of lists for the Cards this season. These are only the career lists, but of course he can make his way onto season-leading lists as the season goes on. Let’s see where he stands right now entering the 2014 season.
The 4th annual Deion Branch skills and drills football camp will be held this Saturday June 1st at St X high school in Louisville, KY. Details can be found in the flyer below with more info being available at Deionbranchfoundation.org. There are only 3 days left to sign up with limited spots available. I caught up with Deion and asked him why was it so important to have this camp in Louisville.
Deion: Louisville is my second home. It’s a blessing to come home and give back to the city that has supported me throughout my entire career! Go Cards!
Follow Deion on Twitter at @DeionBranch84
By Justin Renck:
No matter who wins in this weekend’s NFL playoffs and makes it to the Super Bowl and wins that, the Louisville Cardinals will have a player that gets a Super Bowl ring this year. Why? Because of the final four teams remaining, there is a former Card on each team! Here is the rundown of who plays on which team…
The Countdown to Kickoff is now down to 9 days! Here is former UofL Wide Receiver Deion Branch!
Deion Branch: (2000-2001)
Career Stats at Louisville: 23 games played, 143 receptions, 2204 yards (15.4 avg), 18 TDs, 95.8 yards per game
Awards: Team MVP in 2000, Two-time First-team All-Conference USA (2000-2001), 2nd team All-American (1998 at Jones County College),
In the NFL: 2nd Round pick (65 overall), Super Bowl MVP (XXXIX), Two-time Super Bowl Champion, 502 receptions, 6,499 yards, 39 TDs