Things didn’t go as planned against WKU but the end result was a victory. The Cards trailed 14-0 before they even completed a pass and were outgained 428 yards to 292. They needed a blocked punt, a goal line stand and a WKU 51 yard field goal to come up short, just to sneak out with a 3 point win despite being a heavy favorite. It wasn’t pretty but at least it wasn’t raining. Here are some pics from the evening… Read the rest of this entry
I have been asked several times if I would be making a hype video for this football season. I’m sorry to all of you but my commitments as a father and my job, have not allowed me the time to put one together.
Our friends over at House of Cards have put one together that should help you get ready for some Cardinal football. I did manage to make 2 short hype videos for Dez Fitzpatrick and Jaylen Smith (posted below). Happy game week! Enjoy…
It’s getting so close to the start of the 2018-19 season. Let’s take a look back at some of our favorite photos from last season. If this doesn’t get your football juices flowing then you need to consult your doctor… Read the rest of this entry
Last Season: The Louisville receivers, compounded with Lamar Jackson’s stellar season, led a group that finished third in total offense, and 15th in passing offense (299.8 yards per game).
Despite missing three games due to injury, Jaylen Smith finished with 60 receptions for 980 yards and seven touchdowns. Smith also earned All-ACC First Team honors with his stellar season.
Dez Fitzpatrick burst onto the scene as a breakout performer for the Cardinals, making 45 catches for 699 yards and nine touchdowns.
A bit of good news for UofL Football tonight as senior WR Jaylen Smith has returned to practice after having an emergency appendectomy back on August 3rd.
Check out UofL’s press release below for all the details and thoughts from Coach Petrino and Jaylen himself.
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
First and foremost – we here at Cardinal Sports Zone, wish Jaylen a speedy and successful recovery.
It was reported early Friday morning that Jaylen had undergone surgery to remove his appendix. According to WDRB, head trainer Matt Summers says he is expected to make a full recovery. At this time, there is no time table for his return.
It’s no secret that there are plenty of questions about this years Louisville football team. All you have to do is pick up any college football magazine or google ACC college football and you read all about how Louisville doesn’t have Lamar Jackson. If you keep reading, you will be reminded of how Louisville lost so many starters on the defensive side of the ball and how they will have their 3rd defensive coordinator in 3 years.
They were kind enough to point out that the Louisville receivers, led by Jaylen Smith, are very good. They also point out that Jawon Pass is a highly touted quarterback that should thrive under Bobby Petrino.
However, besides the receivers, most of the talent that Louisville will run out onto the field is unproven. At least unproven as a unit.
There is plenty of talent on both sides of the ball but without seeing them produce as a team, these national publications will not predict Louisville to be anything more than a middle of the pack ACC team. 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
LOUISVILLE, Ky. University of Louisville senior wide receiver Jaylen Smith has been named on the 2018 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Football Team by a panel of 148 voters at last week’s ACC Football Kickoff, the league announced on Tuesday.
Three-time defending conference champion Clemson led all schools with eight selections, while Boston College sophomore running back AJ Dillon received the nod as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year.
Smith, a senior, is one of three wide receivers on the team, joining NC State’s Kelvin Harmon and Clemson’s Hunter Renfrow.
A first team all-ACC selection in 2017, Smith paced the Cardinals with 60 receptions for 980 yards and seven scores. He finished 32nd nationally in yards, while placing second in the league with an average of 98.0 yards receiving per game.
Despite missing three games with an injury, he finished third in the league in receiving yards and was ninth in receptions. His 16.3 yards per reception was the fifth-best mark in the conference.
Named last to the 2018 Biletnikoff Award Watch List, 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. He caught a pair of touchdowns in a win over Virginia and closed the season with seven catches for 107 yards and a touchdown against Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl.
Heading into his final season, Smith has totaled 116 career receptions for 1,955 yards and is tied for 11th in school history with 14 touchdowns.
The Cardinals open the 2018 campaign on Sept. 1 versus Alabama in the Camping World Kickoff Game in Orlando, Florida. The nationally televised game will kick off on ABC at 8 p.m.
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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.
Jaylen Smith and Jon Greenard spoke with the media after today’s practice. Here is a little bit of what they had to say…
“Papa” John Schnatter has come under a storm of controversy after he admitted to using the N-word during a conference call. He resigned from the UofL Board of Trustees and from the position of chairman of the company he founded.
There is, however, another thorny issue that remains unresolved. His name adorns the football stadium UofL plays in and, by contract (click here for contract details), it will remain there in some form until at least 2040.
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
The University of Louisville football team will conduct its annual Wendys Wonderful Kids Spring Game on Friday, April 13 at 7:30p.m. inside Papa Johns 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
While Lamar Jackson will not be wearing a UofL jersey in the fall, that does not mean all hope is lost. UofL football still has some key players returning for the 2018-2019 season, and Bobby Petrino is really excited about how the team is already shaping up.
Ever since Jaylen Smith set foot on a football field in a UofL uniform, he’s been a big play receiver.
He’s the guy that stretches defenses, goes long, and catches deep balls. He’s also known to have a few spectacular catches.
One of those catches happened against Virginia this past year when he caught a beautiful Lamar Jackson TD pass with just one hand. It really was something to behold.
In honor of Jaylen announcing that he will return for his senior season at UofL, the ACC Digital Network released a video clip of that specific catch. It’s even more beautiful the second and third time around. You can check out the clip below.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone agree with our brethren at the ACC Digital Network; we too hope to see more beautiful catches from Jaylen in his senior campaign.
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