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Nunnsense | Highlights Of The ‘18 – ‘19 Louisville Football Schedule

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Ky Derby week is over and now it’s time to get back to all things Louisville. For me, it’s time to start looking ahead to football season. Yes, we still have all summer but football season will be here before you know it.  That’s why I want to go ahead and take a quick look at the highlights of the football schedule. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | KY Derby 144 Preview And Contenders

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Photo: Jeff Nunn

I want all of you to win money. In order to do that you need 2 things. 1) Knowledge 2) Luck. No matter how much you know, you still need a little bit of luck. Also keep in mind that an uneducated bet has very little chance of returning a profit. That’s where I come in. I want to give you enough information (without getting too technical) to make an educated wager that will improve your chances of making money this Derby.

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Nunnsense | Lamar And Reggie Will Become Steelers

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With the NFL draft only 1 week away, the NFL mock draft sites are getting more traffic than Shelbyville road during the week before Christmas. And with the University of Louisville having several players that are likely to get drafted, us Louisville fans are contributing to that traffic. Most of us are trying to figure out where Lamar Jackson will be tormenting defenses for the next few years.

The 2018 NFL draft officially begins on Thursday, April 26, and runs through Saturday, April 28. The starting times for each day are:  Round 1, Thursday: 8 p.m. – Rounds 2-3, Friday: 7 p.m. – Rounds 4-7, Saturday: 12 p.m. It will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

You can watch it live,

Thursday: NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Friday: NFL Network, FOX Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Saturday: NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

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Nunnsense | 10 Things To Watch At The Spring Game

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The University of Louisville football team will conduct its annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game on Friday, April 13 at 7:30p.m. inside Papa John’s 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

Photo Gallery: Football Pro Day 2018

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Press Release

Louisville Football Welcomes All 32 NFL Teams to Pro Day

The Cardinals had 21 work out in front of NFL teams in the Trager Center.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With the National Football League Draft drawing near, the University of Louisville football program hosted its annual Pro Day on Thursday at the Trager Center.

Twenty-one players worked out in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams, including Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

Players started the day at 9 a.m., with the measurables, including their heights, weights, and hand measurements. The group then moved on to the 225-pound bench press followed by the vertical and broad jump.

Louisville native Reggie Bonnafon put together impressive marks, with a 10-foot-7 broad jump and a 38-inch vertical. Charles Standberry also excelled in the exercises, which included a 34-inch vertical and 25 repetitions on the bench press. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | How Does The Rest Of The World View Louisville?

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Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich, Andre McGee, Katina Powell, Chuck Smrt, Dr. Postel, David Padgett and Vince Tyra are all names associated with the University of Louisville that have dominated the media over the last 2 years. For better or worse these are the facts.

For the majority of the people who read this, you all know almost everything that has happened in full detail. We all can have differing opinions on who should still have a job and who should have been fired – I’m fine with that. What I’m not fine with is how the rest of the sports world views the University in athletics and as a whole.  Read the rest of this entry

Photo Gallery: WBB vs Stanford – NCAA Third Round

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Louisville women’s basketball continued their march towards a championship with a third round victory over Stanford in Lexington on Friday night. Click Here for full recap.

Couldn’t make it to the game? We got you covered from both ends of the court. Here is another great photo gallery from Jeff Nunn & TJ Barr from Cardinal Sports Zone. Enjoy!

Nunnsense | David Padgett was Louisville’s Batman

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David Padgett is not a hall of fame coach but, like Batman to Gotham, he was exactly what Louisville needed him to be.

“I’m whatever Gotham needs me to be.” – Batman

He willingly accepted the head coaching position at a program that was in complete turmoil. Some media outlets went as far as to call the program a “dumpster fire.” He willingly accepted the job knowing there was a small chance to succeed. He willingly accepted the job knowing the high expectations of the fan base. He willingly accepted the job knowing he had to follow 40+ years of a hall of fame coach pacing the sidelines. He willingly accepted the job knowing it would only be for 1 season. He willingly accepted the job knowing he had about 27 minutes till the season started and he had exactly 0 assistant coaches. He willingly accepted the job knowing two of his family members were battling cancer. He willingly accepted the job because he knew the team needed him and the fans needed him. Read the rest of this entry

Photo Gallery: MBB NIT vs MTSU

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This second round NIT game at the KFC Yum! Center was probably one of the best atmosphere’s I have ever been a part of. I am so proud of my fellow Card fans. It could have been so easy to just brush this season off because it didn’t turn out the way we expected. The team could have just quit and turned their attention to next year – but they didn’t. And I believe it’s because they saw that the fans didn’t give up on them. Once the truest of true fans finally got the opportunity to show their support, the team took notice and it elevated their play. The smile on Ryan McMahon’s face as he stood near the free throw line and watched the crowd flawlessly perform the wave, was absolutely the best thing I saw all day.

For a full recap of the victory over MTSU, CLICK HERE.

Below are some sights and sounds from this glorious night (You will have to make your own sounds). Read the rest of this entry

Photo Gallery: WBB vs Boise State – NCAA First Round

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The University of Louisville women’s basketball team had a pretty successful first round victory in the 2018 NCAA tournament. For a full recap click here.

But if you are more into pictures telling the story, you are in luck. For the first time ever at any UofL sporting event, the incomparable TJ Barr and I were both in attendance with our cameras. You will get a look at the game from both ends of the court. I present to you the WBB Mega-gallery.

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Nunnsense | Lamar To The Bengals?

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CBS Sports writer, Sean Wagner-McGough, released an article and his mock draft where he has Lamar Jackson going 12th overall to the Cincinnati Bengals.

12. Cincinnati Bengals

Lamar Jackson, QB, LouisvilleThe Bengals do the unexpected by drafting Dalton’s successor in Jackson, who is definitely a quarterback and definitely not a receiver. It’s time to move on from Dalton — if not this year then next year. Once the Bengals do move on from Dalton, Jackson will be their quarterback of the future, most likely under a new coach too. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | The Banner Is Gone – Time To Move On

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I’ve been dreading the appeals decision just like most kids dread going to the dentist. At least when you go to the dentist, you have an appointment and you can prepare your mind prior to going in. The NCAA left us hanging and then dropped the news on a random Tuesday without warning. Although most of us knew what the outcome would be, we still held out a little bit of hope that we could keep the banner – It didn’t happen.

So what now?

Well, many folks are screaming that Louisville needs to fight by suing the NCAA. Many are saying that if this administration doesn’t fight then they don’t care about us or the University. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Louisville Upsets UNC and Virginia Before Elite 8 Run

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Photo: Another fantastic photo by TJ Barr

That’s right. I said it! Louisville will upset both North Carolina (2/17) and Virginia (3/1) inside the KFC Yum! Center. They will make it to the semi-finals of the ACC tournament and then make a NCAA tournament run that ends in the Elite 8.

I’m crazy, you say. Well, maybe, but that’s a story for another day. How could I predict such an outcome? It’s easy – I have faith. I have faith in this team. I have faith in this fan base. I have faith in our coach. And if everyone has the same faith, then anything is possible. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | The Interim’s: Tyra, Padgett & Postel

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** Everything you are about to read are strictly my views and opinions. They do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of CSZ or any of the CSZ staff **

Sometimes I just gotta keep it real

I have loved the University of Louisville for a very long time. I have lived in this city my whole life and spent about 5 years living on campus. The University is very dear to my heart and that’s why this whole thing is killing me and just wearing me out. I have fatigue and am in dire need of some normalcy. But I also understand that sometimes things must get worse before they can get better. I also know that I don’t want them to rush on making decisions just for the sake of  trying to get back to normal. Although I am fatigued, I’ll wait a little longer if that means getting things done the right way – Ya know, with integrity, morals and a plan. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Q&A With Louisville Football Signing Class of 2018 Part 2 – Adonis Boone

 

 

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Photo courtesy of Adonis Boone

The name Adonis Boone, or Dondeezy, is a name that every Cardinal fan will learn very quickly and never forget. A product of nationally recognized Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland high school, Boone originally committed to USF in late July but Louisville made him a priority and went after him hard. He flipped his commitment in September and signed in the early signing period. Boone was rated by most as a 3 star but we all know the coach Petrino cares not for the star ratings. When he sees talent, he goes after it no matter the ratings. In September, Bonne told Chris Hays of the Orlando Sentinel, “My junior year was my first year starting for Mainland and I’ve gotten better and better and I’ve gained 40 more pounds since the end of the season and I’ve gotten faster and strong too,” Boone said. “At the Nike camp [in March], that was my first time ever doing one-on-ones without pads, so then I was like, ‘OK, I can get use to this,’ so I kept progressing and progressing. I learned a lot about playing tackle from the camps.” So I guess this is the reason everyone says he has tremendous upside.

My take is that he will be great on the field and he will be loved off the field. He is active on social media and seems to be the type that is very fan friendly. I like to say that he will be beloved like Lorenzo Mauldin was and still is. Definitely one to watch.

Be sure to follow him on Twitter – @Ajb1_

  • Jersey #: 74
  • Positions: G, T
  • Height & Weight: 6’5″ 285lbs 
  • 40 Yard Dash: 5
  • Vertical: 35
  • Powerball: 36
  • Bench: 320
  • Clean(LBS): 275

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Exit Interview With Traveon Samuel

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Photo: Jeff Nunn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First of all, I wanted to say thank you for all your hard work and dedication during your time here at Louisville. I’m sure I speak for all of Cardnation when I say we appreciate you.

I also wanted to say congrats on getting your degree. That is a great accomplishment and you should be proud.

Now for some questions…

CSZ – Was the main reason you transferred to be closer to home for your final season or were you seeking more playing time?

TSYes, to seek more playing time and set me up in a better position to show my talents. Wasn’t used to my abilities at UofL.

CSZ – Was Troy an easy decision because of the proximity to your family?

TSNo choice is easy to make when u trying to be in the position to showcase your talent. Troy just happened to be the place.

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Nunnsense | Q&A With Louisville Football Signing Class of 2018 Part 4 – Dez Dumervil-Jean

Photo from Dumervil-Jean Twitter

Dejmi “Dez” Dumervil-Jean is a flat-out beast. For the next four years he will be clogging up the middle, taking on double teams and making running backs change direction. He is the nephew of Louisville Legend, Elvis Kool Dumervil. Dez hopes to someday have his name hanging in PJCS next to his uncles and I’m not betting against it. He isn’t resting on his name but rather wants to make a name for himself.  He had offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Oregon, Purdue, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Syracuse, UCF, Rutgers, Oregon State and others.

 

 

  • Jersey #: 59
  • Positions: DT, NG
  • Height & Weight: 6’6″ 405lbs
  • Powerball: 46
  • 185 Bench (Reps): 28
  • Squat(LBS): 475
  • Deadlift(LBS): 540

* Stats from Dumervil-Jean HUDL page

 

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Nunnsense | Q&A With Louisville Football Signing Class of 2018 Part 1 – Jordan Travis

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Photo courtesy of Jordan Travis

Louisville picked up another great quarterback when Jordan Travis signed during the early signing period. Travis is rated as the top dual-threat quarterback in Florida by Scout.com. He was named Palm Beach County High School Player of the Year ( Lamar Jackson won the award in 2014). He completed 130-of-213 passes for 2,190 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 905 yards (on 70 carries – an average of 11.8 yards) and 16 more scores in his senior year.  Read the rest of this entry

Lamar Jackson Photo Gallery

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This past college football season, T.J. Barr and I had the privilege of witnessing the greatness of Lamar Jackson from the sideline. We also got to be around him at other events over the last 2 years. During those times, we were lucky enough to have our cameras with us. Now that Lamar is moving on, all we have is memories and we want to share some of our memories that we captured with all of our Cardinal family. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Will Lamar Stay Or Go?

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There is a lot going on at The University of Louisville but the question everyone is asking is, “Will Lamar declare for the NFL draft or will he return for his senior year?”

It’s funny that everyone seems to have the answer. Everyone knows someone who knows someone who said that they know what he is going to do. Don’t believe anything you hear because nobody really knows, including Lamar.

Lamar said that he wouldn’t even entertain the idea until after the bowl game. While I believe that he and his mom probably didn’t start talking about it till after the bowl game, you would be crazy to believe that he hasn’t spent a few restless nights pondering what he should do by weighing the pros and cons. It’s just human nature.

Let’s be honest here. The only reason to leave is money and the only reason to stay is to put yourself in a better position to make more money in the future.  Read the rest of this entry