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DeVante Parker Is More Than Just A Deep Threat (Video)

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LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 14: DeVante Parker #9 of the Louisville Cardinals catches a touchdown pass during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on September 14, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

 

The Miami Dolphins posted this video on their Facebook page. Apparently I am not the only one excited to see what Parker can do this year. Football season is getting closer.Enjoy this video, Read the rest of this entry

Miami Dolphins QB Says: Fear Devante Parker

Photo: Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post

Photo: Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post

 

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:

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Cardinals On The NFL Breakout List

AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt

AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt

USA TODAY posted a list of their predictions for the top 10 breakout players for the 2016 season. 2 of them were former Cards. 1 of them was on his way to super-stardom last year. The other had the potential to be a big star but didn’t get an opportunity.

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Get your DeVante Parker StraitPinkie shirt

Photo: Charles REx/Arbogast

Photo: Charles Rex/Arbogast

Louisville fans can rally around one of our own long after his or her days of competing in the red and black are over.  With the 14th pick in the draft, the Miami Dolphins select, DeVante Parker, wide receiver…University of Louisville.

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’d understand how absolutely giddy I was to see him taken by my Dolphins. After continuing to battle his foot injury just weeks before the season began and directed to the PUP list (physically unable to perform), I wasn’t so sure Parker would see much playing time this season with rising star Jarvis Landry also in the roster.

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2014 Louisville vs Kentucky – Full Game

Pregame scuffle, Kyle Bolin, DeVante Parker. That is your summary for the 2014 game. Enjoy!

Comparing the stats: Louisville vs Kentucky football

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Here are some interesting stats comparing UL and UK football from CFBStats.com. These stats are also filtered to get averages against POWER 5 teams only. This takes away Louisville’s game against Samford and Kentucky’s game against Charlotte. Stats in those games can be very misleading.

Total Defense

18 UL    325.2 ypg

50 UK   395.8 ypg

Total Offense

60 UL    381 ypg

75 UK    351 ypg

The common response when you tell a UK fan about these stats and how we are better is something about SOS or asking who we have played. Well……

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Louisville: The First Round Draft Pick Factory

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Seems like a cool factory.

Former Cardinal James Sample has Arm Surgery

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

From Jaguars.com

The Jaguars’ rookie class has sustained another injury.

And while this one isn’t as serious as the first, it is expected to keep a member of the Jaguars’ draft class out of the early part of training camp.

James Sample, a safety selected in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft from the University of Louisville, underwent surgery Friday on a fractured right arm. He sustained the injury late in Thursday’s organized team activities practice at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields.

Sample, who Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said following Thursday’s practice was expected to get some first-team repetitions next week in Week Three of OTAs, is expected to miss part of training camp, which is scheduled to begin in late July.

Sample had been working in OTAs along with unrestricted free-agent signee Sergio Brown at the free-safety position.

Two surgeries in one day for former Louisville football players. DeVante Parker also had surgery this morning.

DeVante Parker Has Foot Surgery; Expected Back for Week 1

Photo: Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post

Photo: Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post

Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker underwent foot surgery on Friday morning and will miss the rest of the offseason program. He is expected to be back and ready for week one of the NFL season.

It sounds like the surgery was just to replace the screw that was put in his foot last season. The following is from Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com.

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Cleveland Browns passed on DeVante because he isn’t tough enough?

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Photo: jsportsblogger.wordpress.com

Last year, the Cleveland Browns passed on Teddy Bridgewater. This year, they had the chance to draft DeVante Parker. They passed on him as well. While nearly all Louisville fans breathed a sigh of relief (I say nearly because I have family that are Browns fans…sorry!), apparently the Parker family was also relieved.

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Petrino + Strong = 10 NFL Draft Picks

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Petrino photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com Strong photo: livestream7.com

The Louisville Cardinals had a school record 10 players selected in this past weekend’s NFL Draft. They had the second most of any team, behind Florida State’s 11 picks. Regardless, that looks great for the program. But who do you think should get the most credit? The guy who coached them last season? Or the guy who brought most of those guys to UofL and developed them?

Just for the record, when I refer to Bobby Petrino or Charlie Strong in this, it obviously includes their whole staff as well. Clearly guys like Todd Grantham and Clint Hurtt have a lot to do with the success of those head coaches, but for the sake of time, I will just refer to Petrino and Strong.

Let’s take a look at the 10 draft picks and try to figure out who is most responsible for them getting drafted…

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Football Notebook: Recapping the NFL Draft for UofL

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

It was a very eventful weekend for the city of Louisville as well as the University of Louisville football program. If you are like me, you were focused on the Derby festivities, but kept an eye on the NFL Draft at least. The Kentucky Derby is what this city is known for, and I was lucky enough to have tickets, so of course that was where my attention was. But I also get mobile alerts, and somehow my phone was working at Churchill Downs, so I was aware when former Louisville players were getting drafted, which was a plus.

In all, a school record 10 players from UofL were drafted. Florida State had the most players with 11. On top of those 10 for the Cards, four (so far) have also signed free agent deals and will have a chance to make a team.

Here is just a quick rundown of where the players were selected.

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Reaction on DeVante Parker from the Miami area

Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

DeVante Parker was selected 14th overall by the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night. It certainly sounds like Louisville fans are generally happy for that spot with Parker. If it couldn’t be the Vikings, at least it wasn’t the Browns. That is the feeling I got from social media, and rightfully so.

We already know about DeVante and how good he is. I decided to check in on a couple of media outlets from down in Florida to see what they thought of him. Most of it is quotes from Dolphins management, but also some opinion thrown in there.

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DeVante Parker Drafted by the Miami Dolphins!

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

DeVante Parker has been selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Despite missing the first 7 games of his senior year, Parker finished his career at UofL with 33 touchdowns, tied for 1st all-time with Ibn Green. He finished 4th all-time with 2,775 receiving yards and 156 receptions, which is 8th all-time. For more of his stats in the UofL record books, check out this post.

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Day 1 NFL Draft Question: Where Will DeVante Go?

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The 2015 NFL Draft begins Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. It has turned into a three-day extravaganza recently and Thursday will only bring you the first round of the draft. The Louisville Cardinals could see a record number of players drafted this year, but all of that will take place over the course of three days. Tonight’s only real interest for Louisville fans will be finding out where wide receiver DeVante Parker gets drafted.

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DeVante Parker NFL Draft Hype Video

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

One of the greatest to ever wear a UofL uniform. The 2015 NFL Draft begins on Thursday April 30.

Report on Louisville’s Pro Day

Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

The Louisville Cardinals had their football pro day on Wednesday inside the Trager Center, and there were representatives in attendance from all 32 NFL teams. There were three head coaches there: New England’s Bill Belichick, Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, and Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis. The cool thing about that to me is that they easily could have been somewhere else since both Alabama and Southern California also had their pro days on Wednesday. I am sure they sent team personnel to those also, but to have any head coaches here is a pretty big deal.

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All NFL Combine Links for Louisville Players from CSZ

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Over the last few days, there have been plenty of posts on the NFL Combine with information on former Louisville players and how they performed. That is what happens when you send 11 players up to Indianapolis for the event. Here are links to all of the posts from CSZ regarding the NFL combine…

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Ultimate DeVante Parker Highlights

I hadn’t seen this video yet. Pretty awesome. Amazes me that anyone ever covered him one on one, but thanks for that.

NFL Combine Measurements and Analysis on DeVante Parker

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

A few days ago, I posted DeVante Parker’s results from the NFL Combine in the tests he participated in. This one is a little different. This will show his measurements and the analysis on him from NFL.com. It also gives his grade, and what that number means as a projection for him as a pro.

Height: 6’3″

Arm Length: 33 1/4″

Weight: 209 lbs

Hands: 9 1/4″

Analysis from NFL.com

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