Last Season: With a ton of seniors graduating from the program last season, Louisville turned to a plethora of young, raw receivers to turn some production for the passing game. Jamari Staples, in spite of missing half the season due to injury, led all receivers with 638 yards and three touchdowns, while James Quick led the team with five touchdowns.
While Staples and Quick were the key contributors for Louisville at that position, they also had a ton of true freshmen contribute right away. Devante Peete, Jaylen Smith and Traveon Samuel all saw major playing time and delivered on touchdowns for the team. It should be of note that wide receiver coach Lamar Thomas left in the offseason to coach at Kentucky.
Here’s the latest in the Get To Know series from UofL Football. This time we get to know WR Jaylen Smith. Enjoy…
We saw the emergence of two stars on special teams. Jaire Alexander proved himself to be both sure handed and elusive when returning punts. He returned 23 punts for 223 yards giving him a solid average of 9.7 yards per return. The true freshman cornerback had explosive returns against both UK and Texas A&M last year to end the season and he’ll be looking to pick up where he left off. Traveon Samuel showcased his speed returning kickoffs last season. Samuel, a true freshman receiver, had his biggest play when he returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Clemson. Samuel returned the second most kickoffs (12, 4 behind Corvin Lamb’s 16) but had the most yards of any returner with 321, giving him an average of 26.8 yards per return.
Football season is still over two months away but it’s on my mind everyday. I recently received an email for the University ticket office that stated my request for Clemson tickets was approved and would be mailed at the end of August. I felt like a six-year-old on Christmas morning upon reading that email. Football has always been my first love even though I have come to enjoy Cardinal softball since I started covering it for CSZ. You should really go to a softball game. It’s a great time and you will be pleasantly surprised with the product on the field. Read the rest of this entry
We all have been waiting for Bobby to come back to Louisville so that we can see the 50’s and 60’s on the scoreboard. Even here he said what he would do to the scoreboards the day he talked to the fans the week he got re-hired. At every other stop year 3 is when things come together so it is not crazy to expect the same thing here…again. Coach Petrino had a ton of issues last year with injuries as well. 3 starting QB’s & an OLine that was pretty much a patchwork job. An O-Line however by the time we get to Orlando against Alabama that could be very, very good. Andrea Adelson had an opinion this morning on this topic as well. She talked about the only times a Bobby offense had averaged fewer than 30 ppg.
When I was told I had been named a new writer for CSZ, I thought about what my first post should be about. This is such a great time of year, with basketball in full swing as another Cardinal team enters December with high aspirations and for the 6th straight year, Cardinal Football is going to a bowl. There was no bad choice for me to make, both teams are heading in positive directions and are exciting (though frustrating at times) to watch and talk about.
While basketball holds a special place in my heart, I decided to write about football. I decided to write about football because all I’ve been able to think about while watching this team play is, “wow we have this team for the next 2-3 years!” For the Cardinal fans, that is music to our ears. For the rest of the nation, that’s a scary thought. The Cards came into the season receiving praise from more than a few analysts. Some even picked the Cards to win the ACC Atlantic division over previous ACC champion Florida State and now ACC champion Clemson.
After finishing their 2015 home slate with a 38-31 win over Virginia, Louisville has now won six of their last seven games. Now, the Cardinals will start a two-game road trip to close the regular season with a visit to the Steel City, facing a 7-3 Pitt Panthers team with bowl implications. Read the rest of this entry
Bobby Petrino met with the media on Monday afternoon. He talked about Florida State, how the freshmen wide receivers are doing, the excitement of playing in Tallahassee, and more. Jamari Staples also spoke for a few minutes. Both videos below.
Transcript of Bobby Petrino’s comments:
Get to know freshman wide receiver Jaylen Smith in this episode of “The Red Zone.”
The 2014 football season may be over, but the recruiting season never seems to end. With National Signing Day coming up on February 4, the Cards are hosting a lot of big visitors on campus this weekend. Some are already committed to UofL, so the staff will do what they can to solidify those commitments. Some are committed to other schools and some are not yet committed anywhere.
The four recruiting sites used are ESPN, 247 Sports, Rivals, and Scout. As of right now, there will be 18 official visitors. Here is who will be on campus this weekend…
Bobby Petrino and his staff are certainly picking things up when it comes to recruiting. He just landed another verbal commit, the 14th of the class and the second one on Thursday night (G.G.Robinson committed earlier). This one is from Jaylen Smith, a 6’3 wide receiver out of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Smith is rated as a 3-star player on 247 Sports, ESPN, and Scout. Rivals has him as a 2-star player.
Smith recently named his final 6 schools, and ultimately chose the Cards over Nebraska, Cincinnati, Arizona State, Temple, and South Alabama.