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…
The last few weeks have been rough. There’s no hiding it. Today, some of the Cardinal football players sent out some tweets reminding everyone why we cheer for them and why they deserve our unwaivering support.
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Dez Fitzpatrick was a highly touted, highly sought after high school recruit. A 4 Star Wide Receiver with offers from the likes of Michigan, Nebraska, and Pittsburgh, to name a few. In the end, it came down to UofL and Nebraska.
We all remember the very stylish commitment video when Dez held up a football emblazoned with the familiar UofL Cardinal head. UofL coaches got the receiver they desperately wanted. UofL fans were ecstatic to get a 4 Star Wide Receiver and beat out a “blue blood” for him.
Fitzpatrick seemed to be an incredible route runner that always found himself open. He seemed to have the speed to break long ones. Most importantly, he seemed to have great hands. If the ball was in his vicinity on the field, 9 times out of 10 he was catching it.
Of course, this was in high school. As we all well know, the brutal truth of football is that success on one level does not necessarily translate to the next level. We have all seen highly regarded recruits that end up busts in college.
Dez, however, is not a bust. He is living up to the hype that surrounded him as a recruit. Actually, you can say he’s surpassing it. Lamar Jackson trusts him so much that Dez has arguably become his favorite target. Number 87 is now Lamar’s security blanket.
Half way through this season, Dez Fitzpatrick has 26 receptions for 414 yards and, most importantly, 6 TDs per gocards.com. Dez leads the entire team in total receptions, receiving yards, and TD receptions. He has 4 more TDs than the next closest receivers on the team. All impressive stats.
However, what’s even more impressive is where his 6 TDs ranks him both in the ACC and nationally. According to ACC Digital Network, his 6 TD receptions are 1st in the ACC and tied for 8th in the entire country. Those ranks are insane for a guy who is just Redshirt Freshman.
I had a pretty good idea Dez would be special, but not so quickly. I thought he would have some nifty catches and maybe one huge game. I did not expect him to step in his first season and become arguably the team’s best receiver. Nor did I expect him to become arguably the second best player on the offense behind Lamar Jackson.
It’s wonderful to think that we likely have Dez Fitzpatrick for 2 more years. The young man is a budding star. Cardinal Sports Zone’s own Jeremy Wahman has come up with a pretty good nickname, Dez Sixpatrick. It’s a befitting nickname for this young man. He’s averaging a touchdown per game…as a Redshirt Freshman Receiver on a squad full of talented receivers.
The future for Dez Fitzpatrick is brighter than the glorious majesty that is the Sun. Believe it or not, I think next year he may put up more ridiculous numbers than he will likely end this season with. It matters not whether Lamar Jackson or Jawon Pass is throwing the ball; all that matters is that Dez will catch it.
All hail Dez Sixpatrick. For we who are about to watch UofL football games, salute you.
The football season is at the halfway point. The Cards are 4-2 and still have 6 very winnable games remaining in the regular season. I think it’s time to look back at some of CSZ’s best photo’s from this season including a few from media day. Enjoy… Read the rest of this entry
It has been a rough time for the University of Louisville over the past two weeks. Last night’s game, unfortunately, followed the same script. Louisville’s defense continued to struggle, the offense never appeared to establish a rhythm, and the same fundamental miscues, going back to last season, were once again painfully obvious. NC State was the better team last night, and the final score of 39-25 in favor of the Wolfpack clearly shows that.
Louisville allowed an abysmal 520 yards of offense (to Louisville’s 470). Once again, tackling was a huge issue, as was defending the pass (367 passing yards allowed). Lamar Jackson finished 26/47 passing for 354 yards with 1 touchdown and a pick-6 that put the game away for good. Lamar also rushed for 73 yards on 19 carries and 2 touchdowns. Dez Fitzpatrick reeled in 10 passes for 134 yards and his counterpart Seth Dawkins had 5 catches for 133 yards and the lone receiving touchdown for the Cardinals.
After the defense got a stop with about 3 minutes left to go, Louisville had an opportunity late in the game to put together a tying drive. As mentioned above, that’s when the most untimely of errors occurred and a tipped pass was hauled in by an NC State LB and returned for a touchdown, putting the game permanently out of reach. Linebacker Stacy Thomas went out with an injury, as did Running Back Malik Williams, sending thoughts to both of them.
Once you’re at the bottom, the only way you can go is up. The past 2 weeks for everyone involved with UofL have been weeks we wish we could move on from and forget forever. Keep the faith, CardNation, things will get better.
On Saturday, September 30th, the Louisville Cardinals defeated the Murray State Racers 55-10 at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. Lamar Jackson led the Cards with 4 touchdowns. Here are some pictures from the victory. Read the rest of this entry
Full photo gallery will be posted within the next few days. Until then, enjoy these pics from the victory over Kent State.
Athlon Sports released their second awards from this season of College Football. Once again, Lamar Jackson was the offensive player of the week in the ACC portion. Dez Fitzpatrick made his debut on the chart with the Freshman of the week honor. Check out the rest of the awards below and let us know what you think of them.
Lamar Jackson sure did look like, not only the reigning Heisman winner, but a top contender for the award this year.
393 passing yards
132 rushing yards
525 total yards
Here’s another fantastic video from the good people from the University of Louisville!
Todays game was an odd one. You thought on one hand it should be easy but then on the other hand you know we don’t make anything easy. The Cards pull off the 47-35 victory in Chapel Hill over a terrible UNC team that put up 400 yards of offense. That would be one of the only negatives but here at quick hitt5r5 we tackle both the positive and negatives. Here we go:
(Stats provided by Chris Mull because I cannot Multi-task)
- This is the first edition of Quick Hitt5r5, kind of like a mini version of 55………..You.Are.Welcome.
- Lamar went Super Saiyan on their @$$, He threw for 393 yards through the air & put up 132 on the ground. Amazing!
- We asked for the O-Line to improve and boy did they. 1 infraction as opposed to the plethora last week. 6 penalties this week as opposed to 16 last week.
- We asked for a rushing game last week and we got it this week. 132 for Lamar, 149 for Malik & 22 for Reggie
- Lamar’s accuracy is the difference between 47 points and 60 this week. That is saying a bunch
- The Cards did not turn the ball over. That’s good football.
- Seth Dawkins played a live action version of Mortal Kombat today:
- Looking forward to seeing #10 back on the sidelines this week
- The WR’s came up big today! Jalen with 9 for 183 & a TD & Dez has 4 for 78 & 2 TD’s
- Defense wins championships. Our defense gave up 400 to UNC but when you have Action Jackson you may be able to get away with it
- The Defense played inconsistent. Had some key stops, gave up some key plays. It’s still earl though in the season.
- Get out and tailgate and hang out with CardNation before the kick next week. These big games are special and coming more often
- Gameday looks like it is heading to the Ville
- As good as special teams played last week they played equally as poor this week. Not too worried about this unless it becomes a trend.
- We had 2 drives end in FG’s that started near mid-field then had 2 drives that were 90+yards long.
- Last year we were a first half team & this year we are a 2nd half team. Imagine if we could do a little of both???
- D-Line got little to no penetration again. That has to be fixed now.
- Our Db’s look like lost little puppies out there
- Higgys girlfriend is not fictional as we all suspected. Plus, he does own shirts that fit. This has nothing to do with the game but I had to throw it in. Oh yeah, he also likes boneless wings and bleu cheese. Everyone follow suit & block & unfollow him.
- Thank Goodness somebody else had a lineman inexplicably fall down out their stance. Im looking at you Kiona.
- Repeat, I repeat: Dez is gonna be a star. Call him 6Patrick from this day forward
- Creque was automatic today
- Lamar set a bunch of records today and threw the longest passing TD of his career:
- Had a great time at Diorio’s with the CSZ crew, Sam, Marissa & even Boombox Mike showed up to secure the victory.
- *Penalty Flag Thrown* Boombox called into Mark Ennis’s show on 93.9 The Ville & told him he had fun with the Crunch Zone guys. I’m not even mad. Those dudes are good people.
That is all for my account of tonight’s game. Thanks for reading.
Go Cards, Beat Clemson
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Well, it may not have been pretty and there were certainly some head-scratching moments. But the #17 Louisville Cardinals went into North Carolina and took care of business, beating the Tar Heels 47-35.
Once again, it was the Lamar Jackson show. Jackson compiled 525 total yards (393 passing and 132 rushing) and added 6 touchdowns evenly split through the air and on the ground. We also saw the emergence of the running game in Malik Williams. Williams showed great vision, finishing with 149 yards on 13 carries, none bigger than his 74-yard burst in the 4th quarter. The receiving trio of Jaylen Smith, Dez Fitzpatrick and Seth Dawkins proved themselves once again. Smith finished with 9 receptions for 173 yards, including a 75-yard bomb for a touchdown. Fitzpatrick continued his breakout year with 78 yards on 4 catches and 2 touchdowns. Dawkins was quiet but reliable today, he finished with 3 catches for 45 yards and a mean stiff-arm.
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According to Bleacher Report, Louisville receiver, Dez Fitzpatrick had the second best college football debut this past weekend.
Check out Bleacher Report’s tweet and video.
Here are some pictures from the Cards opening game vs Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis…. Read the rest of this entry
I can finally breathe. We pull out a win vs a team we should’ve destroyed and it is all due to overconfidence imo. The things we did wrong are very fixable. They’ve been working all summer so why do they need to be fixed? You might say. Playing against another team is different from playing against your own in practice. I sat down to write this story and I was like crap, i am not good at breakdowns, that’s Mitch &JK thing. Since my entire team went to Indianapolis for the game & are probably passed out somewhere I decide to give it a shot. I would not call it a recap though but I will call it a summary. Here are my takeaways (Honorary Tax Boy) from tonight’s game…
- Lamar picked up where he left off amassing 485 yards & 2TD
- Center struggled hearing count but all in all not a bad night from the O-Line
- You can work on the penalties we had, most were due to inexperience
- There was no rushing game except from Lamar BUT he made the right decisions/reads on when to hand off or keep
- Lamar’s accuracy looks improved
- Special teams were a few blocks away from blowing this game open, that too can be worked on
- 1-0 is 1-0
- The Tax Boys came to collect on that a** tonight, Should’ve called them the IRS instead
- Defense Wins Championships
- Hopefully J’aire is out a week max and is back for Clemson
- D-Line got little to no penetration (giggety) until Purdue fatigued, this needs to change
- Need to secure the ball better. The turnovers were preventable and this game could’ve, should’ve been out of hand
- STOP FAVORING US BY LARGE MARGINS VEGAS!!!
- Dez is gonna be a star. They keep doubling Jaylen & Dez gonna make them pay…
- For the love of God Louisville Twitter stop overreacting, that is what use to set us apart from uk fans. Use to…..
- WR made a few erroes but looked like they were seeing the ball well and making effortless catches. As a former TE I like to see that.
- We marched into a difficult city & Stadium for us to win in and turned Indianapolis into Windianapolis
That is all for my account of tonight’s game. Thanks for reading.
Go Cards, Beat The Tar Heels
P.S.-Don’t Forget to check CSZ tomorrow for Photo Galleries from the staff! Jeff Nunn was on the field for this one.
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In the final installment of position breakdowns by Justin & Mitch, Justin breaks down the Breadwinners.
Last Year: Louisville native James Quick led the team in receiving yards (769), while leading the position group with six touchdowns. Jamari Staples and Jaylen Smith had nearly 600 yards each, with the latter scoring six touchdowns in 2016 (one of which was a game-winner at Virginia). Smith also averaged 22.2 yards per catch, emerging as a consistent deep threat for Louisville.
Reggie Bonnafon only had 13 receptions as the #4 wideout, but also had five touchdowns in 2016.
Listed Starters: Jaylen Smith (Jr.), Seth Dawkins (Soph.), Traveon Samuel (Jr.)
Dubbing themselves “The Breadwinners,” the Louisville wide receiver group is one of the deepest in the ACC. But despite their upside, the Cardinals have to replace three of their top four spots from last year, with Quick and Staples graduating and Bonnafon moving to running back (for now).
The question remains, can the Cards make the college football playoffs? Well, their goal is to win a national championship and let’s face it, if that isn’t every teams goal, then why are you playing?
Last year Louisville was so close to making the playoffs but fell flat on their face in the last 2 games of the regular season. You can blame the O-line, dropped passes, fumbles, effort, coaching or whatever you want but the fact remains that everyone needs to get better. No one has taken that to heart more than Lamar Jackson. Read the rest of this entry
Louisville lost receivers James Quick, Jamari Staples and tight end Cole Hikutini to graduation. They accounted for a total of 131 receptions (out of 248), 2052 yards (out of 3777), and 16 touchdowns (out of 32 receiving TD’s). That’s a lot of production to replace. Louisville also lost senior Ja’Quay Savage who transferred. The leading returner is Jaylen Smith. Jaylen had 599 yards and 6 touchdowns. After Jaylen, the most productive receiver is Traveon Samuel with 230 yards and 1 touchdown. At most schools, this would seem like a problem but at Louisville it’s just an opportunity for some younger studs to showcase their talent – And they have plenty of talent on this team.
Seth Dawkins is the guy to watch. He will have a breakout year. Dez Fitzpatrick will have some highlight catches and he is the best route runner I have seen in quite a while. Dez is the future and will contribute behind Jaylen, Seth and Traveon this year. Devante Peete, Emonee Spence, Javonte Bagley and Keon Wakefield should all contribute as well. Corey Reed, Justin Marshall and Josh Johnson are all going to be studs but are true freshman this year. And don’t forget senior Reggie Bonnafon will be at running back this year. Don’t be shocked if you see him at receiver and maybe taking a few snaps at QB.
The future is bright at the receiver position for the University of Louisville.
Enjoy this video that coach Petrino posted on Twitter about his receivers. Read the rest of this entry
First, let’s start by defining what a big or successful season is. To me I measure success by the win total set by Las Vegas. This year the total is 9 so if we win 9 regular season games then the season is successful. However, early season success often raises our expectations. It shouldn’t but it just does – it’s human nature. * See last season.* Maybe you have a different definition of a successful season and that’s perfectly okay. I love our fans having high expectations. Our goal every season should be nothing less than a national championship but there is absolutely nothing wrong with being happy after a 10 win season. Read the rest of this entry
While we continue to countdown the days until Louisville is set to square off against Purdue up at Lucas Oil Stadium, get to know wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick. He talks about everything from his favorite food, what his hometown is known for, and even his favorite emoji.