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Notes From The Spring Game

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Louisville Football put on a semi-competitive showcase for the first time since the Citrus Bowl in the annual spring game, and as expected, reigning Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson did what he did best and lit up the scoreboard in front of the announced crowd of 14,000.

The junior quarterback was 19-36 through the air for 346 yards and three touchdowns, as well as a rushing score for the Red team. Second string quarterback Jawon Pass, who started for the White team, didn’t have quite the outing that Jackson did, as he threw for 20-37, as well as 4 interceptions, including a pick-six by Jaire Alexander. However, it is worth noting that 3 of his 4 picks came off of deflected balls.

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Nunnsense: 10 Things To Watch At The Spring Game

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On Saturday, April 15th, Louisville football will hold it’s annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game. This will be our last chance as fans to see the team for about 5 months.

It’s tough to determine in this glorified scrimmage just how much the team has improved or how well certain players will adapt in their new roles, whether it be as a starter or at a new position. The coaching staff will be trying different personnel packages, implementing different schemes and calling a variety of experimental plays.

Take it for what it is, a chance to see our guys in action. Even though it’s tough to gauge how great this team can be by the outcome or stats from this game, we can get a look at certain players of interest and individual position battles. Here are 10 things that I will watching with great interest.  Read the rest of this entry

Post Practice Football Interviews – Day 4

 

cardinal-birdInterviews of coaches and players after practice number 4. Coach Summers talks about making progress and  the battle at the center position, Jawon Pass talks about learning from Bolin and Jackson, playing with his brother and getting in the weight room.

 

#ULCardsCamp Officially Opens With Two Practices On Wednesday

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Rocco Gasparro

Head coach Bobby Petrino pleased with the team after first day of practice

Louisville, Ky. — Winners of eight of its last 10 games last season, the University of Louisville football team returned to the practice fields on Wednesday for a pair of practices as the 2016 season officially opened. 


As has been tradition during head coach Bobby Petrino‘s tenure, the newcomers and a select number of second-year players worked out in the morning, while the veterans came out in the afternoon for a separate practice.

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Is Bobby Petrino Building An Offense Around Lamar?

(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Well it is well after midnight on the night that the 2016 Men’s basketball season so unfairly ended. I will try to contain myself and save that for another post. As I sit here thumbing through Twitter and planning out my schedule for the next few months I can’t help but to get excited for Spring. I go to almost every University of Louisville Baseball game and will be in attendance at the YUM for the Lady Cards if we get that far but Spring is in the air. Spring practice leads to the Spring game. The Spring game leads to summer. Summer leads to the beginning of the 2016 College Football season. How will we handle a season without a QB controversy? Will we have yet another QB controversy. How will Jawon pan out? Those are the questions on my mind. I seen an article by the Courier-Journals Steve Jones that got me excited as well. Is CBP building a team around Lamar Jackson? I would have to say the answer is yes. Did you see the WR core he just signed? I will say now that they have the potential to be the best group of all time. That’s high praise but just I feel. I will share with you the article below and you tell me how you feel. I am somehow ready for Football about 4 months too early

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List of visitors for huge football recruiting weekend

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Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

National Signing Day for college football is Wednesday, February 3, meaning that this is the final weekend of official visits for recruits before they sign the dotted line and choose where they will be attending school. In other words, this is a HUGE weekend for programs across the country, and Louisville is no exception. The Cards will be hosting commits, as well as recruits that have yet to make their verbal pledge anywhere. The weekend is highlighted by Jawon Pass and Desmond Fitzpatrick being on campus.

Here is a quick rundown of who will be in town this weekend. *Subject to change, as is everything with recruiting*

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Jawon Pass is “not wavering…still committed to Louisville”

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National Signing Day is coming up on Wednesday, February 3rd. So when your big time commits take visits to powerhouse programs like an Alabama, some people get a little nervous. Now obviously, if you listened to Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville this past Saturday morning, you heard me say that a recruiting expert from down south was still believing that Pass was solid to Louisville, and to not make much of his visit to ‘Bama. If you didn’t listen, and you were freaking out, well then maybe it’s lesson learned?

Steve Jones of the Courier Journal spoke to Pass’ mother (Kershena Thomas) about the visit to see Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Here are a few things that she had to say about the trip and where the recruitment stood with Jawon.

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QB Tyler Ferguson transferring from Louisville

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

According to Scout.com, quarterback Tyler Ferguson will be transferring from the University of Louisville. Ferguson is the former Penn State QB that transferred to Louisville, sat out last season, and was eligible to play this season. At 6’4 and 225 lbs, and with a big arm, Ferguson has great size for the position.

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 8/1/15

93.9 The Ville

We have survived the “slow” part of the year and got through June and July! And even then, I think our shows were pretty good. Now we are in August, and that one hour just flies by! Today, we talked a lot about the Alabama game in 2018, the upcoming Auburn game, the fact that Auburn fans are buying our tickets, and much more. Click the soundcloud link below and give it a listen. Oh, and I love our ending music of “Today was a good day” by Ice Cube, but it was different today and it was fantastic.

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 7/25/15

93.9 The Ville

On today’s edition of the Cardinal Sports Zone, Steve and I talk a LOT of football. We talk about some of the recent commits, how important it is to keep local kids here, and ticket sales for the Auburn game. Click below to listen!

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QB Tylin Oden decommits from Louisville

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247sports.com

This isn’t a huge surprise, but 2016 QB Tylin Oden has decommitted from Louisville, according to 247 Sports. Oden did just give a couple of interviews where he said he was still a solid commit to Louisville and was looking forward to the competition, but you really can’t blame him for looking elsewhere. UofL will have six other quarterbacks on the roster in 2016 that will be competing for playing time.

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List of football commits, their ratings, and class rankings

Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

This is a page that you can view anytime by clicking the “Football Recruiting” tab, but I wanted to bring it to the front page to give people an update since we have had a couple of commits lately.

The Cards have 14 commits for the 2016 class right now. I have listed their star ratings from Rivals, 247 Sports, ESPN, and Scout. At the bottom of the page, you can view the class rankings from each of the four major recruiting sites.

Commits (13)

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 7/18/15

93.9 The Ville

Today on the show, Steve and I obviously talked a lot about Jawon Pass. Woody Womack from Rivals.com joined us in the second segment to talk more about Pass and if Auburn or Alabama really did want him. We then got random and talked Harvey Updyke, Toomer’s Corner, Maverick Rowan, and more. Click below to listen!

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South Carolina linebacker commits to Louisville

Photo: Rivals.com

Photo: Rivals.com

Jawon Pass committed to Louisville on Thursday, and that may have started a trend that will roll on through this weekend. On Friday, it was linebacker T.J. Brunson, a 3-star player from Columbia, South Carolina. Brunson is in town for Louisville’s Friday Night Lights football camp, along with plenty of other prospects that the Cards are looking at.

Brunson plays inside linebacker and is listed at 6’0 and 220 lbs. He also had offers from South Carolina and NC State, among other smaller schools in the area.

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“This one was different” A perspective of Jawon Pass choosing Louisville

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Photo: bleacherreport.com

Card Nation has been here before, hopes of football glory hinged on a high school football star picking up the hat with the “L” or the Cardinal bird on it and placing it on his head.

Sometimes it went our way, and other times the young man just made the wrong choice. 😉

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Jawon “Passes” on Alabama and Auburn; Picks Louisville

Photo: bleacherreport.com

Photo: bleacherreport.com

Full disclosure: that title was sort of Steve’s idea…

Big-time quarterback recruit Jawon Pass has made his decision, and that is to commit to the Louisville Cardinals. In the end, he chose Louisville over Auburn and a strong, late push from Alabama. I repeat: Louisville beat out Auburn and Alabama for a football recruit from Columbus, Georgia. Weird, huh?

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My prediction on where Jawon Pass will decide today

Photo: Justin King/AL.com

Photo: Justin King/AL.com

Jawon Pass will make his decision today at 4:00 p.m. ET on where he will play his college football. He will be choosing between Louisville, Auburn, and Alabama. Normally when you see a list like that, you are just happy that Louisville is mentioned with the big boys of college football. But this time, the Cards have a legit chance to go down and get a recruit right from their territory.

I have said for a while that Jawon Pass is a name that I would get tired of hearing when it came to his recruitment. Now that it is the day he will announce, I can’t get enough of it. And most of that “me being tired of it” was due to the fact that it seemed like every time there was a new “top 5” or “these two schools are in the lead” with him, the list was different. But it was mainly reporters that were putting these lists out that were constantly changing, not necessarily Jawon himself. So I wasn’t tired of Jawon Pass. I was just tired of hearing about the recruitment.

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Latest on Jawon Pass’ recruitment from his mother: Wednesday night

Photo: Wesley Sinor/AL.com

Photo: Wesley Sinor/AL.com

Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal spoke with Jawon Pass’ mother, Kershena Thomas, on Wednesday evening and got some last minute insight into the recruitment of Jawon. The quarterback will announce his decision on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET. He will be choosing between Louisville, Auburn, and Alabama.

Here are a few of the question and answers with Steve Jones and Kershena Thomas…

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 7/11/15

93.9 The Ville

On today’s episode of Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville, we discussed our favorite Bobby Petrino season opening game since he is 10-0. We talked Maverick Rowan, Jawon Pass, and more. Howie Lindsey from CardinalSports.com joined us in the second segment and gave us some great insight into the Maverick Rowan recruitment and how there may have been “miscommunication.” Click below and give it a listen!

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Mother of Jawon Pass gives insight into his recruitment

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

If you follow football recruiting, then by now you know who Jawon Pass is. And you know that he is down to three schools: Louisville, Auburn, and Alabama. Pass is set to announce his decision on July 16.

Steve Jones of the Courier Journal posted a very insightful article on Friday afternoon about Pass and his recruitment. He has quotes from one very important person: Jawon’s mother.

Kershena Thomas seems to think that Louisville could have an advantage already on campus, and that is Jawon’s brother Khane, who is a freshman safety on the football team.

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