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
The legacy of James Quick is one that can be interpreted in many different ways. It all depends if compare his college career to the expectations most people had for him or if you compare his actual statistics and contributions during his time at Louisville to every other receiver that came before him.
It all began at Trinity High School when James became the first-ever freshman to start a game for the storied football powerhouse. He also won the state championship in the 200 meter dash in both his freshman and sophomore years. James became the first player in Kentucky high school football history to score a touchdown in four straight state championship games (’09 -’12) and had received offers to play at almost every major college school. 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
Former-Louisville standouts, WR James Quick and Safety/LB Josh Harvey-Clemons have signed their rookie contracts with the Washington Redskins for the upcoming NFL season. Harvey-Clemons was drafted in the 7th round, while Quick was later signed as an Undrafted Free Agent.
Harvey-Clemons’ contract is for 4 years and $2,484,306 total, with $84,306 as the signing bonus. The Redskins look like they will be playing the former-safety/LB hybrid as more of a Linebacker. Harvey-Clemons will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
James Quick’s contact is for 3 years and $1,665,000 total, with no signing bonus. Quick will look to add a much-needed spark to Washington’s WR corps. He will be a restricted free agent in 2020.
While there weren’t as many Louisville players drafted as originally thought, that isn’t stopping the former-Cardinals from making deals. Congrats to James and Josh and best of luck going forward.
With the 2017 NFL Draft just days away, our own Matt McGavic looks at the draft eligible Cards.
6’1″, 317 lbs
Being one of the strongest players in all of college football, Brown has a tremendously strong lower body and can bully his way around an offensive lineman at the point of attack. However, his strong lower body is also his Achilles’ heel, as he can be a bit stiff at times and lack explosiveness.
Projected Draft Position: Round 7, Pick 243 (Texans)
Hear from Cards forever Jamari Staples, Cole Hikutini, Brandon Radcliff, Colin Holba, Keith Towbridge, James Quick and Deangelo Brown after their Pro Day workouts.
On Thursday, Dec. 15, 36 current or former University of Louisville student-athletes will participate in the fall graduation ceremony at the KFC Yum! Center.
“We are proud of the sustained academic success of our student-athletes,” said Marvin Mitchell, Louisville’s Senior Associate Director for Student Services and Diversity. “They have worked hard to achieve goals in their sport as well as in the classroom. Congratulation to this year’s graduating class!”
The 2016 All ACC football teams were announced today. The teams were voted upon by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). Louisville had one player voted to the first team offense ans one to the first team defense. “ Florida State junior Dalvin Cook, the ACC’s rushing leader with 1,620 yards, leads the overall voting with 139 points. He is joined on the first team by Louisville sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson, who leads the conference in total offense with 410.7 yards per game and set a conference record for touchdown responsibility with 51 (30 passing, 21 rushing).” Check out the lists and see how much you agree or disagree with their selections.
Last Time: Down 21-0, Bobby Petrino replaced Kyle Bolin with Lamar Jackson, and the Cardinals completed the largest comeback victory in the rivalry’s history. Louisville scored 31 unanswered points in the second half, en route to a 38-24 win in Lexington. Jackson ran for a then-school record 186 yards as a quarterback with two rushing touchdowns, and added a passing touchdown to James Quick. Louisville held Kentucky’s passing game down, keeping starting quarterback Drew Barker at 6-for-22 for 128 yards.
The Cards and the Cats are currently tied 14-14 all-time, but Louisville has won the last five games.
About the Kentucky Wildcats
The Kentucky Wildcats enter this week’s game at 6-5, finally bowl eligible for the first time in the Mark Stoops era. It was noted that the last two seasons, Louisville ended Kentucky’s bowl aspirations each time, but now it will be interesting to see where Stoops’ team will be mentally, after achieving bowl eligibility against Austin Peay last week.
It didn’t start out that way, though. After two crushing losses to Southern Miss and Florida, Stoops turned to JUCO transfer Stephen Johnson as the new quarterback, who has since given the Kentucky offense a new wrinkle that has kept them alive. The offense doesn’t go into a pass-first mode anymore; they now run the ball with an impressive stable of running backs, and then parlay that into deep shots down the field with guys like Jeff Badet. It’s a simple formula, but it’s given Kentucky its best offense in the Stoops era and why they’re bowl eligible.
On defense, Mark Stoops was known as a great mind at Florida State, but Kentucky’s has not been as impressive in 2016. They have a solid linebacker group and a decent duo at cornerback, but the rest leave a lot to be desired going against better, faster athletes in space. But a good running game will grind the clock and keeps opposing offenses – and respectively, Kentucky’s maligned defense – off the field; it’s why the Dallas Cowboys have been so successful in the NFL, and why Kentucky can realistically compete against Louisville tomorrow.
After the first College Football Playoff Rankings were released on Tuesday, the Louisville Cardinals found themselves on the outside looking in, as expected. What wasn’t expected was how far outside they were. After spending the majority of the season in the top 5 of the polls (#5 in the AP Poll for last few weeks), Louisville was jumped by Ohio State and Texas A&M in the first installation of this year’s College Football Playoff Rankings. Ranked 7th, the Cards still have a shot to get in, but they have to be impressive (I don’t buy the committee saying “margin of victory doesn’t factor in”, Bobby put the committee on the spot with his sportsmanship comment). Anyways, the Louisville Cardinals were exactly that yesterday, impressive. The Cards made a statement with a 52-7 victory over Boston College on the road.
For the first time this season, the Cardinals found themselves on the losing end of the scoreboard when the final whistle blew. It started the way the past two match-ups between these two teams had gone. Louisville’s offense was held without a point in the first quarter for the first time all season, but the defense held the Clemson offense scoreless through the first 15 minutes as well. The 2nd quarter began with the Cardinals deep in Tiger territory. It didn’t take long for the offense to punch in the first touchdown of the game on a Jeremy Smith 1 yard burst. The rest of the 2nd quarter, did not follow the same script.
For the first time all season, the Louisville offense appeared out of sorts in the first quarter. Lamar started the game missing receivers, forcing passes, and the running game was never really there for the speedy quarterback. Once the offense settled down, we saw the nation’s top ranked offense do what we’ve become accustomed to, put a lot of points on the scoreboard.
Louisville’s offense recorded a season low 7 points in the first quarter. Then the second quarter began. Lamar found his tight end, Cole Hikutini in the end zone twice, ran for a score, and then found Reggie Bonnafon in the end zone to close out a 28 point second quarter to go into halftime up 35-7. The announcers were not shy in their disappointment in the Louisville offense early on. It seemed as though no matter what the offense did right, there was always something they could’ve been doing better. As a fan, I’ve never experienced a team being so critiqued while building an insurmountable lead but that’s where we are now in the program which is a great thing.
Tonight the Cards traveled to the very hostile Joan & dominated Marshall 59-28. Despite it taking awhile to get in hand, the Cards took control and imposed their will. Lamar accounted for 7 more touchdowns tonight putting him at 25 total. The #3 Cards next face #5 Clemson Saturday night in Death Valley. Here are today’s highlights.
The fine folks at The ACC Digital Network are at it again. The accolades are piling up for Sophomore QB Lamar Jackson. If you watch TV or listen to the radio you may think this is a one man team. Lamar would not want it that way. Very humble, classy and easy going, Lamar has indeed been the spark the Cards need this year. But it brings up the question: Is this a one man team? The answer is a very resounding no. The Cards have a smothering Defense, great O-line (That felt good to say), great special teams and a balanced rushing stable and it seems like just about every wide receiver has a TD. That is balance. In this video The ACC DN gives you the video evidence to back up my claims. (facts) Enjoy!
The ACC released their players of the week awards this morning. One writer jokingly said: We will need to have two offensive players of the week, a second for other than Lamar Jackson. Maybe he wasn’t joking. It was true again this week as 4 Cards were selected out of a possible 8 categories. If this keeps up, Coach Howard’s premonition may come to fruition sooner than later.
First things first, wow. What happened inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium yesterday still hasn’t fully hit me yet. The No. 2 ranked Florida State Seminoles came to Louisville having beaten the Cardinals two times in a row since Louisville joined the ACC. For the first time ever, College Gameday was in town and the city, fans, and players in Louisville uniforms were electric.
In case you missed it….Lamar Jackson is good. The entire team is. Here is Lamar’s highlight reel from today’s historic win over #2 FSU. The highest attended game in PJCS history.
One play, 16 seconds, and 72 yards is all it took for the Cardinals to get on the scoreboard on the road against the Orange. A perfectly sold fake (just ask the cameraman) to Brandon Radcliff led to Lamar Jackson finding James Quick in stride en route to the end zone. The Louisville offense looked absolutely unstoppable at times last night. On the contrary, the offense was wildly infuriating at time as well.