If anyone knows Bobby Petrino as a coach, they know he absolutely loves to use his tight ends in the passing game. Last season was a perfect example of that. Four players saw a lot of time and produced when called upon. Cole Hikutini, Charles Standberry, Micky Crum and Keith Towbridge all made big plays both in the passing game and blocking for the run. Cole Hikutini was for 4th on the team in receptions with 19 and first on the team in yards per catch with 18.3. Micky Crum had a solid freshman season with 14 receptions for an average of 11.6 yards per catch, and we can’t forget about the monster block he laid on that poor Clemson player. Keith Towbridge reeled in 10 passes and Charles Stanberry finished the season with 6 receptions. Hikutini, Crum, and Towbridge were all tied for 2nd on the team in reception touchdowns with 3. So of the 21 touchdown passes we saw thrown last season, 9 of them were caught by the tight ends.
Cole Hikutini is a freak athlete and put that on display multiple times last season. He enters his senior year as the starting tight end according to the depth chart and rightfully so. His impressive yards per catch metric speaks for itself on what the guy can do with the ball in his hands and an open field. He and Keith Towbridge enter their final season as Cardinals and the expectations couldn’t be higher. Micky Crum looks to build on a solid freshman season as he sits in the 3rd position on the depth chart. Charles Stanberry, the tight end who was utilized the least of anyone in the group had a successful spring and enters his junior season as the number 2 option at the position. Towbridge come in at 4, but don’t let the depth chart fool you, Bobby will be using all of these guys. Hikutini should and will get the most snaps but the coaching staff can put any of these guys in the game with the knowledge that they will perform and get the job done. Bobby Petrino loves to use the play action to free up the tight ends (both of Lamar’s touchdown passes in the Music City Bowl came from a play action pass to a tight end, Crum and Towbridge). Look for these guys to really anchor the passing game when things get hectic, personally I’ve never seen such a stacked group at this position but since when is that a problem? Lamar will always have safety valve with anyone of these guys on the field and look for some big plays to be made by the powerful and elusive Cole Hikutini at any point in time. The depth at tight end only adds to the arsenal of weapons Lamar Jackson will have at his disposal. We have less than a week until the wait is over.
Bill Connelly of SB Nation has reevaluated his prior projection and updated the formula. His changes include “Injuries, transfers and dismissals from the last six months have been accounted for, as well as possible.
Now that I have compiled offensive line information, I have added it, with tiny weight, to the offensive production figures. That hasn’t affected many teams, but it’s dinged a few”. Read the full article below.
One week from today all the talk and speculation of what this years version of Louisville football has to offer will be over. Actual football will be played and I am giving you this week to decide if you want to continue with all the hype or if you want to pump the brakes a bit. I understand either way but if you decide to jump off the hype train please don’t try to jump back on when we take down FSU because you will be met with more resistance than a Miami defensive back from a Mario Urrutia stiff arm. Read the rest of this entry
Last Season: With a ton of seniors graduating from the program last season, Louisville turned to a plethora of young, raw receivers to turn some production for the passing game. Jamari Staples, in spite of missing half the season due to injury, led all receivers with 638 yards and three touchdowns, while James Quick led the team with five touchdowns.
While Staples and Quick were the key contributors for Louisville at that position, they also had a ton of true freshmen contribute right away. Devante Peete, Jaylen Smith and Traveon Samuel all saw major playing time and delivered on touchdowns for the team. It should be of note that wide receiver coach Lamar Thomas left in the offseason to coach at Kentucky.
We all have heard Petrino say he wants to light up the scoreboard. We all want to see the scoreboard on tilt. Bill Connelly of SB Nations breaks it down for you in this exciting article. A must read for Card fans.
Last year’s secondary had high expectations to live up to after Gerod Holliman tied the NCAA record for interceptions. Josh Harvey-Clemons was the guy to fill that void, but he had help. The secondary was young and experienced many growing pains, more often in missed tackles than blown coverages. The Louisville defense intercepted 17 passes last season which ranked them 14th in the nation. The safety duo of Chucky Williams and Josh Harvey-Clemons each had 3 interceptions, Trumaine Washington added 3 as well, while Shaq Wiggins had 2, and Jaire Alexander and Jermaine Reve each had 1. Of the 17 interceptions, 12 came from defensive backs, and the only defensive back with an interception not returning is Jermaine Reve (graduated).
First off, shout out to Drake for inspiring that title.
***Editors note: Jacob is banned from posting for one week for referencing Drake….ok, carry on. Lol
As a lot of you know, I do not attend our beloved University of Louisville, even though I am a die-hard fan. The strange thing is, I honestly have fallen more in love with the University through my experiences at my college, rather than attending the University itself. Let me explain myself.
Last Season: After a stellar 2014 season from the position, the running backs suffered a setback in 2015, with inconsistencies at quarterback and offensive line weighing them down. While four different running backs had 100-yard games in the 2014 season, only Brandon Radcliff had 100-yard games from the position in 2015 (117 against Syracuse, 146 against Virginia).
The #12 overall pick in the NFL draft, Sheldon Rankins, breaks his fibula in a goal-line drill. Reports say he should be back in week 6 after surgery. The Saints have a bye in week 5 so he would likely only miss 4 games. All the Louisville family wishes Sheldon a speedy recovery. #L1C4 Read the rest of this entry
Louisville has competed in the ACC for two years now. They are 0-4 vs. Clemson and Florida State. Louisville is perceived as the best of the rest in the ACC but hopefully things will change this year. Jon Solomon wrote this article for CBS Sports talking about how Louisville could change that perception this year. In the article, Bobby Petrino says “Our offense needs to get to the point that every time we take the field we expect to score, because that’s the tradition of Louisville offenses.” With that being said, I love our chances. Click on the link below for the full article. Read the rest of this entry
Sheldon Rankins anchored a dominant (at times) front line last season. The losses of Rankins and Pio Vatuvei left arguably the biggest question mark on the roster. Rankins was first on the defensive line in total tackles, tackles for loss, and sacks. Vatuvei played his role well at defensive end and recorded 14 more tackles than the two starting ends on this year’s depth chart, Juniors Drew Bailey and Johnny Richardson. Perhaps the most unheralded but most proven player returning from last year is Deangelo Brown at defensive tackle. Brown finished 2nd on the defensive line in tackles and 8th on the team, all while playing behind first round draft pick, Sheldon Rankins.
With inexperience at the defensive ends, Deangelo Brown is going to have to anchor the defensive line. He may have some big shoes to fill but his solid performance last season and his work in the offseason has led to Brown receiving a lot of praise. While Drew Bailey and Johnny Richardson will start at the defensive ends, look for redshirt freshman G.G. Robinson to potentially make some noise. These positions may contain the least amount of experience on the roster, but the talent is there and with Brown in the middle, opposing offenses should have a hard time between the tackles. It starts in the trenches, and though there may be questions up front, I think we’ll like the answers.
I am not a huge fan of Athlon. I feel they are not Louisville friendly and this list proves it. Louisville makes 3 appearances on this list. I only agree with 1 of them. Trust me when I say that Bobby will have them ready for Marshall. It may be closer than we would like but an ugly win is still a win.
Here is Athlons top ten ACC upsets….. Read the rest of this entry
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
CSZ writer, Paige Sherrard, was featured in, “Humans of UofL.” The campaign, which is based on the popular Facebook page, “Humans of New York,” features current students, alumni and staff members who tell their unique UofL story.
Sheldon Rankins isn’t wasting anytime introducing himself to one of the best quarterbacks in The NFL. He is proving that drafting him 12th was a little too low. Here is the article on ESPN talking about his interception and showing off his moves. Also, here is the video of his touchdown vs Boston College. Read the rest of this entry
I know it’s almost football season but I’ll just leave this little article right here for you to enjoy. Who says the Cards can’t get NBA caliber players? Read the rest of this entry
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After putting the pads on for the first time on Sunday, the University of Louisville football team was back on the practice fields Monday afternoon for another full pads workout that lasted just over two and a half hours.
Kyle Bolin has done everything that has been asked of him. He has worked hard and deserves to play but he knows he is the backup to Lamar. He could have transferred and started at many division 1 schools. He chose to stay at Louisville. ” it says something about the mentality in sports today that Bolin’s return to U of L actually could be listed as a surprise. ” He tells Eric Crawford of WDRB why he stayed in this article.
Here are some pictures of the veterans practice for Friday August 5th. The team looked eager to get to work today. It appears to me that Lamar throws the ball much harder this year and Trumaine Washington made an interception that got a big reaction from the fans that made it out. It was a great practice. Looking forward to September 1st. Read the rest of this entry
Eli Rogers played for Louisville from 2011-2014. He had 2020 yards and 12 touchdowns and averaged 11.5 yards per reception in his career. Eli Rogers signed a 3-year contract worth $1.575 million as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015. He got injured in training camp last year after making it all the way to taking first team snaps in practice. He is taking first team reps in training camp once again after rehabbing from his injury. He shocked the world last summer after taking the Mini-camp world by storm:
“We’ll see when we get to the games,” Todd Haley said, “but everything we’ve seen to this point, we haven’t had a slot guy like him since I’ve been here. It hasn’t been close.” Here is the story from the Pittsburgh Gazette……
EDITOR’S NOTE: @Jeremy_CSZ: I have been talking to Eli throughout his rehabilitation and he has been positive, upbeat and focused. Do not be surprised if Eli Rogers goes from undrafted to a Pro-Bowler in a matter of years. Read the rest of this entry