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UofL Football Has Big Names Returning

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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.

Is This Jaylen Smith’s Catch Of The Year?

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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.

Nunnsense | Year In Review – Plus Top 10 Photos Of 2017

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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…

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The Barbour Shop: No Matter The Outcome Saturday Night, Lamar Is Still Legend…Wait For It…ary!

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Regardless of what happens Saturday night at the Heisman Ceremony in NYC, take joy UofL fans in the fact we all witnessed one of the greatest football players in history. Is this hyperbole on my part? Perhaps. Then again, it is hard to deny what mine eyes have seen. Lamar Jackson is a Heisman person off the field and a Heisman player on it.

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UofL Football Heading To The TaxSlayer Bowl

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The University of Louisville football team is heading to Jacksonville to take on Mississippi State in the Taxslayer Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for Noon on December 30th. Get your tickets below!

ACC’s Best Football Plays Of November

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Our friends at the ACC Digital Network put together the 5 best plays of November that came out of ACC football. All 5 of them were spectacular but number one is the catch heard around the world. Lamar to Jaylen that earned a spot on SportsCenter Top 10! Take a look below.

UofL Football Receives All ACC Honors

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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.

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Post Practice Interviews: 11-21-17

 

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Jaylen Smith and Malik Williams spoke with the media following practice today.

Press Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Football head coach Bobby Petrino has been highly successful as the head coach at the University of Louisville, winning 74 games to be exact.

The high-octane offense can be attributed to a lot of the victories over the last eight seasons. While Petrino likes to throw the ball, he loves to be able to run the football, and that’s been one of the reasons why the Cardinals have had success in recent weeks.

After rushing for a season-best 411 yards versus Syracuse last weekend, the Cardinals have moved up to 19th nationally with an average of 241.2 yards per game, and senior running back Malik Williams has played a big part of it.

“It makes it a lot easier to move the football because you have the ability to hand the ball off to a running back and make yards,” Petrino said. “You’ve got the ability to use some of our option game and get yards, and then, still throwing the ball and being very efficient throwing the ball. We haven’t had as many yards throwing the ball lately. We’ve had great touchdown plays and big plays throwing the football. I think those plays have been opened up by our ability to throw the football.” Read the rest of this entry

The Barbour Shop: The Real UofL Stood Up Against Virginia

UofL football meandered through much of this season like a lost puppy trying to find its way home through lonely streets and alleys. They looked great at times and looked horrendous at others. Sometimes within a single game they could look like world beaters and then like broken men.

Inconsistent play was a problem for the offense. It was a combination of player focus and disjointed play calling. For the defense, horrid fundamentals and bland play calling consistently made the defense look like an electric fence with the power turned off. The problem for the team and coaching staff as a whole was there seemed to be a lack of fire. Players and coaches sometimes looked like they’d rather be anywhere, but on the field. It obviously showed in an undisciplined and unfocused approach to the game at hand.

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Lamar To Jaylen: #SCTop10

Lamar Jackson threw an insane pass to Jaylen Smith, which ended in one of the greatest catches you will see this season. It was good for #7 on the SportsCenter Top 10!

Post Game Press Conference – Virginia

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Head Coach Bobby Petrino, sophomore linebacker Jon Greenard, senior linebacker James Hearn, senior running back Reggie Bonnafon, freshman running back Dae Williams, junior wide receiver Jaylen Smith, and junior quarterback Lamar Jackson all sat down with the media after the win against Virginia. Listen to what they had to say below.

Post Practice Interviews – 11-7-17

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Kolby Smith, Jaylen Smith and Malik Williams spoke with the media after today’s practice.

Press Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The open week was a good opportunity for the University of Louisville football team to get back to the fundamentals and prepare for the final three game of the 2017 season – the first coming Saturday against Atlantic Coast Conference foe Virginia at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

“You never get a chance to relax,” running backs coach Kolby Smith said following Tuesday’s practice. “However, it was a good chance for us to take a step back and become a better football team. We focused a lot on ourselves and just tried to get better as we close out the year.”

Coming off a disappointing loss to Wake Forest, the Cardinals are one victory shy of securing eight-consecutive seasons of being bowl eligible. At 5-4, one might think that the team’s attitude is down, but wide receiver Jaylen Smith said it’s quite the opposite. Read the rest of this entry

Louisville Vs Boston College Photo Gallery

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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…

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Cardinal Football Players Supporting Each Other

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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.

Midseason Highlight Photo Gallery

The football season is at the halfway point. The Cards are 4-2 and still have 6 very winnable games remaining in the regular season. I think it’s time to look back at some of CSZ’s best photo’s from this season including a few from media day. Enjoy… Read the rest of this entry

Louisville Vs Kent State Photo Gallery – Part 2

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Here are a few more photos from Saturday’s victory over Kent State. Read the rest of this entry

Top Stories 9-22-17

Here are the top stories from yesterday September 22nd at CardinalSportsZone.com!

UofL Football Uniform Report

Everything You Need To Know: Louisville v. Kent State

Nunnsense: The Aftermath Of A Loss

Lady Birds Light It Up

The Barbour Shop: Never Give Up Card Fam

CardNation: Keep Your Head Up

Clemsoning Just Ain’t What It Used To Be

Bilal Powell’s Success On & Off The Field

Michael Bush Reveals His Alternate Plans

Baseball Tickets ON SALE NOW!!

Post Practice Interviews 9-20-17

Beat The Buzzer: Malik Williams

Baseball Tickets ON SALE NOW!!

James Burgess Seizing Opportunity In Cleveland

Post Practice Interviews 9-19-17

Jeremy Smith Taking A Medical Redshirt

Red-White Scrimmages Announced

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Preseason Top 25

Men’s Basketball Tickets On Sale Now

Louisville vs. Purdue Photo Gallery

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Top Stories 9-21-17

Here are the top stories from yesterday September 21st at CardinalSportsZone.com!

Nunnsense: The Aftermath Of A Loss

Post Practice Interviews 9-20-17

Beat The Buzzer: Malik Williams

Baseball Tickets ON SALE NOW!!

Post Practice Interviews 9-19-17

Jeremy Smith Taking A Medical Redshirt

Red-White Scrimmages Announced

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Preseason Top 25

Men’s Basketball Tickets On Sale Now

Louisville vs. Purdue Photo Gallery

The Rivalry Games College Basketball Needs Right Now

Teddy Bridgewater May Return by Midseason

CardNation: Keep Your Head Up

Clemsoning Just Ain’t What It Used To Be

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Top Stories 9-20-17

Here are the top stories from yesterday September 20th at CardinalSportsZone.com!

Post Practice Interviews 9-19-17

Jeremy Smith Taking A Medical Redshirt

Red-White Scrimmages Announced

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Preseason Top 25

Men’s Basketball Tickets On Sale Now

Louisville vs. Purdue Photo Gallery

The Rivalry Games College Basketball Needs Right Now

Teddy Bridgewater May Return by Midseason

CardNation: Keep Your Head Up

Clemsoning Just Ain’t What It Used To Be

Tickets For UofL Men’s Basketball Home Games, Now Available

Dae Williams Announces He Is Cleared To Practice

TWICA: September 18

Stone Cold Steve Austin Talks Louisville vs Clemson

Lamar Jackson, The Human Highlight Reel

ACC Announces Murray State Game Time

Bobby Petrino Press Conference

Lamar Jackson Breaks Another Record

Best Of ESPN’s College GameDay

Louisville Football Presser: Tweetcap September 18th

UofL Postgame Interviews: Clemson

The Barbour Shop: 10 Things I Hate About You Clemson

Card Fam: A Member of Our Flock Needs Our Help

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Top Stories 9-19-17

Here are the top stories from yesterday September 19th at CardinalSportsZone.com!

The Rivalry Games College Basketball Needs Right Now

Teddy Bridgewater May Return by Midseason

CardNation: Keep Your Head Up

Clemsoning Just Ain’t What It Used To Be

Tickets For UofL Men’s Basketball Home Games, Now Available

Dae Williams Announces He Is Cleared To Practice

TWICA: September 18

Stone Cold Steve Austin Talks Louisville vs Clemson

Lamar Jackson, The Human Highlight Reel

ACC Announces Murray State Game Time

Bobby Petrino Press Conference

Lamar Jackson Breaks Another Record

Best Of ESPN’s College GameDay

Louisville Football Presser: Tweetcap September 18th

UofL Postgame Interviews: Clemson

The Barbour Shop: 10 Things I Hate About You Clemson

Louisville vs. Purdue Photo Gallery

Nunnsense: Louisville Football Culture Change

Card Fam: A Member of Our Flock Needs Our Help

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