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.
I have been doing theses predictions for several years and this if by far the hardest one that I have done. There are so many questions that I need answered before I can be give you a true and accurate prediction.
Here is what I know… Louisville is going to lose to both Alabama and Clemson and they are going to beat Indiana State and WKU.
(Nunns opinion, not CSZ’s)
Other than that, all 8 remaining games are winnable. Those remaining 8 games are all possible losses too. Do I really think Louisville will lose all 8 of those games? Of course not, but I do believe all of those games could be decided by 10 points or less.
I also know that the wise-guys in Las Vegas do not believe that Louisville is going to have a great year. They set the projected win total at 6.5 games. Most major publications predict Louisville to win 7 games. A few predict 8 games. Personally, I could see as many as 10 wins and as few as 6.
Traditionally the Vegas guys are very accurate. However, this year I believe they are factoring in the loss of Lamar Jackson a bit to heavy into their formula. I believe Louisville will have a top 5-10 offense. The question I have is on defense. Mainly the defensive line. I worry about teams with strong running games. My fear is that a team can control the clock with a slow methodical running game and keep the high powered Louisville offense off the field. I also believe the defense will be better than last year.
So, by my calculations, Louisville won’t lose much, if anything, on offense and should be better on defense. If I am correct, then Louisville should win 9 games. Yes, my prediction is 9 wins. But 8 would not shock me in the least.
Here are my game by game predictions, Read the rest of this entry
It’s seems that every national article that I read about Louisville football starts with ” What will Louisville do without Lamar Jackson.” Or something of that nature.
I have an answer for them – Keep on winning!
Not because a player like Lamar Jackson is easily replaced but I see a group of guys who have accepted the challenge to step up and replace the production not only from Lamar but also all the others who graduated or left early for the NFL.
With guys like Lamar, Jaire, Geron, Chucky, Trevon, James, Reggie, Zykesis and Stacy all gone, you could easily say that Louisville is doomed. Well, I like to look at it as there are plenty of opportunities for guys to step up.
So who is going to step up? Let’s take a look at who you and I think that will be… Read the rest of this entry
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.
Football season is rapidly approaching and it’s time for everyone to set their expectations. When it comes to Louisville football, for most people, expectations have generally been very high with Louisville falling just short of those expectations. I would say that Louisville has pretty much finished the last 4 seasons right on the realistic expectations set by Las Vegas. Louisville has won either 8 or 9 games each of the last 4 seasons under Petrino (34 wins). In his previous tenure (2003- 2006), Louisville had 41 victories including an 11-1 season and a 12-1 season, but that wasn’t against ACC competition.
This season is shaping up to be a season with very low expectations. Louisville just lost both their Heisman winning quarterback and their defensive All-American as they were both selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. They also lost 7 starters on defense, including their 2 leading tacklers. Louisville is entering the season with their 3rd defensive coordinator in 3 years. They also have a very daunting schedule where they will open the season against the 2017 national champions, Alabama, and will play the 2016 national champions, Clemson, in the middle of three road games in four, going to Boston College, Clemson and Syracuse, with only six days to get ready for the Orange after the battle in Death Valley.
Las Vegas has set the win total for Louisville at 7 while a few other national publications have predicted Louisville to finish the regular season with a 6-6 record. Needless to say, some of the “experts” are lazy and just look at what Louisville has returning and not looking at the potential of the talent on this team when making their predictions.
Locally, there have been some rumblings that Petrino’s seat may be getting a little warm. While I don’t totally agree, I can see where his 1-11 record versus ranked teams and his 1-3 bowl record could be reason for concern. He also just finished a season where he had the best college football player on his team and they could only win 8 games – and he sent said player out with his best career victory being a Music City Bowl game.
I understand, as a fan, that this can be frustrating.
But we all know that Petrino is widely regarded as an offensive genius and that he can coach. With expectations being what they are, I expect Petrino to make a statement this year that he is still a great coach and that his team is being slightly overlooked. I don’t expect Louisville to be in the college football playoffs but I do expect them to win 8 games.
While 8 wins isn’t a huge difference from the 7 Vegas predicted, it’s not about the number of wins but rather how Louisville gets those victories.
The definition of best is “of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality.” As a fan you can use any number of factors to determine who you think is the best. Most fans just use their heart.
I prefer to use my eyes and statistics.
Based on my research, and what I have witnessed, it is my opinion that Louisville has the best receivers in the ACC. I want to also say that they could be top 5 in the country but I have not seen enough of the other receiving corps to fairly make that assessment. So I’ll just stick with my opinion that Louisville has the best receivers in the ACC and that they compare favorably with the top receivers in the country. Read the rest of this entry
UofL held its annual football spring game last night and afterwards Coach Bobby Petrino, red shirt sophomore QB Jawon Pass, and red shirt sophomore WR Dez Fitzpatrick gave some of their thoughts on the game.
The University of Louisville football team will conduct its annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game on Friday, April 13 at 7:30p.m. inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Admission to the game is FREE.
Parking lots will open at 2:30 p.m. and gates open at 6:30 p.m. Drink specials will be available on the Norton Healthcare Terrace for only $3. StreetFest will open at 5:30.
All of the events and fan-friendly entertainment is awesome but I’m just here for some football. This will be your first and last look at the 2018-2019 edition of the Louisville football team until probably August. Because the public has not been allowed to any of the spring practices, you will have to watch closely for the answers to all your questions and try to take in as much as you can. Here are the top 10 things that I will be looking for or paying attention to… Read the rest of this entry
First of all, I wanted to say thank you for all your hard work and dedication during your time here at Louisville. I’m sure I speak for all of Cardnation when I say we appreciate you.
I also wanted to say congrats on getting your degree. That is a great accomplishment and you should be proud.
Now for some questions…
CSZ – Was the main reason you transferred to be closer to home for your final season or were you seeking more playing time?
TS – Yes, to seek more playing time and set me up in a better position to show my talents. Wasn’t used to my abilities at UofL.
CSZ – Was Troy an easy decision because of the proximity to your family?
TS – No choice is easy to make when u trying to be in the position to showcase your talent. Troy just happened to be the place.
Well, we made it through another calendar year – and what a year it’s been.
Lets’s look back at some of the Nunnsense posts over the year and I’ll point out where I was right, and where I was wrong. We can also look at some of the most viewed posts as well as my top 10 favorite pictures of the year.
We started off the year with interviewing 3 of the 2017 men’s basketball class…
- Nunnsense: Q&A With Louisville Basketball Signing Class of 2017, Part 1 – Lance Thomas
- Nunnsense: Q&A With Louisville Basketball Signing Class of 2017, Part 2 – Darius Perry
- Nunnsense: Q&A With Louisville Basketball Signing Class of 2017, Part 3 – Jordan Nwora
One of the highs of the 2017 season was watching Dez Fitzpatrick make play after play. You always knew if Lamar needed to make a tight throw, Dez would be there to make the catch that left the rest of us cheering! Take a look at his highlights from his freshman season courtesy of our friends at WR Nation (there’s a lot of them)!
Press Release from the University of Louisville:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and wide receiver Jaylen Smith were selected to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s first team, highlighting seven Cardinals named to the league’s postseason awards list on Monday in a vote by the league’s head coaches and media members.
Wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick, offensive tackle Geron Christian, placekicker Blanton Creque, and cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Trumaine Washington were named honorable mention recipients.
Through the first 11 weeks of the college football season, wide receivers across the country have gone above and beyond to help pack their quarterback’s stats, as well as their own. Seth Dawkins and Dez Fitzpatrick have some of the highest passer ratings when targeted thus far in the ACC. PFF helps break down the numbers.
Redshirt freshman, Dez Fitzpatrick has been one of the bright spots this year. Earlier I wrote that I though he would have a few highlight reel catches and maybe a big game but he was still a year away with Jaylen Smith and Seth Dawkins in front of him. With both Smith and Dawkins battling minor injuries this season, Fitzpatrick has made the most of it. However, they way he played vs Purdue let everyone know that he was ready for big time college football right now. He has become a solid receiver and he is definitely the future.
Dez currently has 39 receptions for 610 yards and 7 touchdowns. Against N.C. State he accumulated 10 receptions for 134 yards. He followed that up with a 7 reception, 127 yard game against Boston College.
As Always, GO CARDS!
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There is about a month of football left to be played and the race for ACC rookie of the year is heating up. The Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, as voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA), will be awarded prior to the ACC championship game on December 2nd in Charlotte, NC.
Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois won the award in 2016.
This year it appears the top 3 candidates are Dez Fitzpatrick (WR -Louisville), Josh Jackson (QB – V-Tech) and Greg Dortch ( WR – Wake Forest). Read the rest of this entry
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.
Photo Courtesy of Grant Halverson/Getty Images
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.