The fine folks at The ACC Digital Network are at it again. The accolades are piling up for Sophomore QB Lamar Jackson. If you watch TV or listen to the radio you may think this is a one man team. Lamar would not want it that way. Very humble, classy and easy going, Lamar has indeed been the spark the Cards need this year. But it brings up the question: Is this a one man team? The answer is a very resounding no. The Cards have a smothering Defense, great O-line (That felt good to say), great special teams and a balanced rushing stable and it seems like just about every wide receiver has a TD. That is balance. In this video The ACC DN gives you the video evidence to back up my claims. (facts) Enjoy!
Many cameos tonight from Louisville Football during Lamar Jackson’s feature on SportsCenter. Kelsey, Bolin & Bonnafon to name a few. Lamar is as entertaining off of the field as he is on. Click on more below to watch in its entirety!
Last Season: With Lorenzo Mauldin leaving for the NFL, Louisville recruited former Big XII Defensive Player of the Year Devonte Fields to replace him. While Fields struggled in the first half of the season to find some rhythm, he eventually led the team with 10.5 sacks last season, including 7.5 in the final three games against Pitt, Kentucky and Texas A&M. Keith Kelsey led all Cardinals with 106 tackles, and Louisville saw a bevvy of linebackers come in and have a major impact on the team. Louisville also saw Trevon Young have a nice spurt of 8.5 sacks in a four-game stretch, as the linebacker group became the strongest group in Louisville’s defense.
James Burgess is the lone starter gone from last season’s team, now signed as an undrafted free agent by his hometown Miami Dolphins. Keith Brown and Nick Dawson-Brents, who Louisville saw used in a reserve role last season, both transferred to Western Kentucky.
This Season: It goes without saying that this is not only Louisville’s strongest position on the entire team, but this may be the strongest linebacker group in the country.
As mentioned, Devonte Fields leads the group as the main edge rusher for Louisville. Fields has the potential to be yet another first-round pick for the Cardinals; the senior has strong hands at the point of attack, and has some great agility to sidestep pass blockers. Fields has received a lot of praise as an All-American and All-ACC candidate, and could be in for an outstanding 2016 season if he stays consistent for all 12 games.
The other edge rusher remains a mystery to most. With Trevon Young sitting out the 2016 season due to a hip injury suffered in the Music City Bowl, James Hearns will be the guy to replace him. Hearns was a highly touted prospect when he signed with the team in 2013, but hasn’t quite cracked the starting lineup due to so much talent at the position the last three seasons. He got a lot of playing time as a reserve last season and got to audition for his role, after Trevon Young was injured. Hearns has also lined up as a 3-4 defensive end, so it’ll be interesting to see if Todd Grantham will occasionally move Hearns there in certain blitz packages and get more speed from reserves like Henry Famurewa and Jonathan Greenard.
Keith Kelsey and Stacy Thomas are the starting inside linebackers, and both figure to be solid All-ACC candidates. Kelsey is an outstanding tackler, and a consistent, reliable playmaker for Louisville’s defense. Kelsey is a solid leader and has been an all-around threat for Louisville. It will be interesting to see what Kelsey does this season without his fellow “Bash Brother” Burgess, but most fans are excited to see what Stacy Thomas has to offer as his replacement. Thomas had an impressive showing in the Music City Bowl, and possibly stands as the X-factor for this defense after being a special teams ace. He was thought to miss a couple games to start the season, but he recently returned to practice and is ready to go for Thursday’s game against Charlotte.
Even if injuries and transfers left the linebacker position without more players, the team has amazing depth in their two-deep lineup that will allow them to compete. Henry Famurewa and Jonathan Greenard are two guys that could see more time as edge rushers this season; both were highly touted . Amonte Caban and Isaac Stewart are two young, impressive linebackers who could spell Kelsey and/or Thomas this season, and they figure to be the future for Louisville at the position once those two graduate.
Gary McCrae, who was featured in the Netflix hit documentary Last Chance U, signed with Louisville after failing to qualify academically for Georgia. McCrae is a guy that could see time this year as a reserve, but this is a very deep group and most of the incoming players may see a redshirt this season.
In this video the fine people from the ACC Digital Network Says that the Louisville Cardinals Defense is ready to dominate the ACC. If Kelsey, Fields, Brown, Harvey-Clemons, Wiggins or Washington has a day, I agree.
The University Of Louisville football team could be in this seasons college football playoff. They could also be playing in the Music City Bowl again. There is a lot of hype around this years team but there is still a lot to be proven. Will they live up to the hype? Personally, I am a believer in this years team. I have seen the team come together as one. I have seen players like Reggie Bonnafon and Kyle Bolin make decisions based on the betterment of the team and not themselves. I saw four players turn down the NFL to come back for one more chance. Usually we think in Read the rest of this entry
LOUISVILLE, Ky. For the second-straight day, rain played havoc with the University of Louisville football practice schedule.
With practice delayed for about 15 minutes to let a storm pass through the area, the veterans took the field and looked more comfortable, and with shoulder pads coming on for the first time, the speed and intensity of practice was elevated to a different level.
This is the Get To Know that I’ve been waiting for. #55 has been well represented the past 8 years but especially the past 4. (No disrespect Mario) Keith Kelsey has worn the number and worn it proud. Teams top tackler the past 2 years & no sign that he won’t do it a 3rd. So get ready and Get To Know: Keith Kelsey.
When I first seen the title of the article, I was angry then curious. Near miss? I wonder if anyone has ever called him that directly? I disagree just off of the title.
I then read the story and was angry for a different reason.
Today the 2016 UofL Football captains were named today: (Click on More for the Pic)
Three Cards Selected to All-ACC Preseason Squad
The three members on the preseason squad were the most for the Cardinals since joining the league in 2014.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville football team had three players selected to the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Team announced Wednesday by the conference office.
The team was selected by a vote of 191 media members who were credentialed for last week’s ACC Football Kickoff in Charlotte.
Three defensive players – linebackers Keith Kelsey and Devonte Fields and defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown were selected to the All-ACC squad for the first time. The three members were the most for the Cardinals since joining the league in 2014.
Here is a Tweet-Cap with tweets from @UofLFootball from today’s coverage of ACC Football Media Day. Enjoy!
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2 Cards were named to the Bednarik Watch list today:
Mel Kiper is a guy we all hear about when it comes to evaluating talent. Some people respect him and some people think he is way off. I hope he is way on in some of his latest rankings. Kiper rated 3 of the Cards Defensive players very highly. Kiper rated Keith Kelsey the #3 inside linebacker, Devonte Fields the #3 outside linebacker and Josh Harvey-Clemons the #5 safety. This defensive is gonna be an issue for college football this year with these guys leading the charge. Potent Offense, smothering Defense. Are we in for a year of the Cardinal Part Deux? I really think so. Go Cards!
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You have heard everyones thoughts and opinions on the spring game. If you haven’t read ours, click here (Cheap pop). It was one of the most exciting spring games that I can remember as Lamar threw 8 TD’s and amassed 1st half video game numbers. 23-28, 454 yards & 7 TD. WOW! Even though the attendance was super disappointing, the sights and action were not. Our guy Jeff Nunn came out and took some photos at the spring game and we hope that you enjoy them!