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Jaylen Smith Requires Emergency Appendectomy

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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.

Jaylen Smith Named To All-ACC Preseason Team

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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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Jaylen Smith And Dez Fitzpatrick Named To 2018 Biletnikoff Award Watch List

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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.

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Two UofL Football Players Want Papa John’s Name Removed From Cardinal Stadium

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“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.

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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.

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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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.

UofL Postgame Interviews: Clemson

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Bobby Petrino, Lamar Jackson, Stacy Thomas, Jon Greenard, Jaylen Smith, Charles Standberry all met with the media after Saturday’s loss to Clemson. You can hear the frustration in their voices as they replay the game in their minds. Take a look at what they had to say below.

Jaylen Smith Talks With Marty Smith About His Jersey Number And Prep For Clemson

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Junior wide receiver, Jaylen Smith, sat down with Marty Smith this week to talk about how the team has prepped for the big game against Clemson. He also talks about the tragedy he experienced his freshman year that lead him to wear the number 9. Check out the videos below.

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Jaylen Smith And Lamar Jackson Receive ACC Player Of The Week Honors

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Jaylen Smith was named the ACC Receiver of The Week. Smith had a career high 9 catches and 183 yards against the Tar Heels this past weekend, including a career long 75 yard touchdown before halftime. Lamar Jackson was named ACC Offensive Back of The Week. Lamar has been unstoppable thus far into the season. Jackson threw for 393 yards and ran for 132 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win this weekend. Congratulations to both student-athletes!

Fast Facts With Jaylen Smith

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Today, UofL athletics sit down with Jaylen Smith and find out more about the Wide Receiver. Th fans get to know where his hometown is, and what it’s known for. Who is his favorite superhero? And most importantly, does he prefer tacos or hamburgers? Here is Fast Facts with Jaylen Smith.

2017 Louisville Football Media Day Interviews – Jaylen Smith

 

 

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Four members of the Cardinal Sports Zone staff attended Louisville football media day. We were able to talk to several players and coaches. In this interview we talked to Wide receiver Jaylen Smith. He talks about overcoming his injury, being a leader for his fellow wide receivers, going up against Jaire Alexander in practice and tells us about the nickname ” The Breadwinners.” Read the rest of this entry

Tecmo Bowl Recreates Win Over Virginia

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Everyone loves to remember good times in your life. Spending time with loved ones, playing outside or even just playing games. One of the things I loved growing up was playing Tecmo Bowl. Stayed up all night on the weekends playing entire seasons with my brother Joey and my best friend Roman. Great times. So imagine the thrill when I seen the fine people at Tecmo Bowl recreated “The Drive” from Saturday that kept Lamar firmly atop the Heisman leaderboard and may have solidified it. I had to share it. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

(Click more below for both versions: With or without Paul Rogers)

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Get To Know: Jaylen Smith

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Here’s the latest in the Get To Know series from UofL Football. This time we get to know WR Jaylen Smith. Enjoy…