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UofL Football Lands A Big Commitment From 2018 AL Defensive Lineman

IMG_20171214_144659Photo Courtesy of Allen Love’s Twitter Account (@rfy_55)

UofL Football picked up a huge addition to the defensive line today adding 3 Star DT Allen Love out of Huffman High School in Birmingham, AL. Don’t let the last name fool you though. He’s a beast.

The 6’3 285 lbs Love, a one-time Ole Miss commit, had offers from a plethora of schools including Arkansas, Michigan State, Baylor, NC State, and UK. LD Scott was the lead recruiter for UofL.

IMG_20171214_150327Photo Courtesy of Allen Love’s Twitter Account (@rfy_55)

As UofL has demonstrated from past classes, they love versatile defensive linemen. Love fits that mold perfectly. He will primarily line up as a DT, but he can also line up as a DE from time to time.

Love’s first step and initial burst upon the snap of the ball is insane. He’s often on the offensive linemen so quickly that they can’t even block him. He just seems to bounce off would-be blockers and makes the play.

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UofL QB Commit Wins Another Player Of The Year Award

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UofL QB Commit Jordan Travis was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 3A Player of the Year and is now one of 9 Finalists for Florida’s Mr. Football award. The finalists are chosen from all 8 classes of Florida football and one from an independent school.

According to floridahsfootball.com, a statewide panel of high school football coaches and prep media voted for each finalist. Those that finish with the most votes in each class are that class’ player of the year. There will be another round of voting to determine the winner of Mr. Football award. No specific date was given for the voting or announcement, though it will likely be later this month.

Travis posted excellent numbers this season per floridahsfootball.com. In the passing department, Travis completed 130 of 213 passes for 2190 yards and 24 TDs with only 7 interceptions. When rushing the ball, Travis had 905 yards on 70 carries (11.8 yards per rush) and had 16 rushing TDs.

According to Sun Sentinel writer David Furones, Travis beat out an Auburn RB commit and an Alabama WR commit for 3A Player of the Year honors. That’s some very exalted company and should show UofL fans just how good Travis is.

Travis was previously named the Lou Groza Awards Palm Beach County Player of the Year. Congrats to Jordan Travis on this great honor and good luck in the next round of voting!

Mekhi Becton Named Freshman All-American

Congratulations are in order for freshman offensive lineman, Mekhi Becton. He was named today to the 247Sports True Freshman All-American Team! Becton was the 11th-ranked tackle in the ACC and graded out as the nation’s No. 42 pass blocker, per PFF College. You can see the full list below.

Steve Spurrier Loves Lamar Jackson

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Hall of Fame coach and former Heisman winner, Steve Spurrier has nothing but great things to say about Lamar Jackson. Not only does he think Jackson will be a first round draft pick, he believes he will be a great NFL quarterback. You can read everything he had to say below thanks to the Courier Journal.

Why UofL Fans Should Be Proud Of Lamar Jackson

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Sure, Saturday night did not go the way any UofL fan wanted it to. Seeing Lamar lose the Heisman (by coming in third!?) But our friends at All Sports DACC bring up some great reminders of why UofL fans should still be extremely proud of Lamar and the year he had.

Jeremy Smith Transferring From UofL

Jeremy Smith

Senior running back, Jeremy Smith will be transferring from UofL. His father announced this on Monday night. He maintains that he loved his time at the University of Louisville but after having to take a medical red shirt for this season, he wants to use his last year of eligibility at a school he will get more playing time at. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish him nothing but the best for Jeremy moving forward and thank him for the last three years.

 

Lamar Jackson Gives A Post-Heisman Ceremony Interview

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Right after Saturday’s Heisman Ceremony, Spectrum Sports KY caught up with Lamar Jackson and they were able to ask a few questions and get his thoughts on various things.

In typical Lamar fashion, he answers every question and comments on everything with great poise, humility, and humor. Of course, he also does it with his trademark smile.

Never change Lamar, never change.

You can view the interview below.

Jaire Alexander Ranked The Number One CB By One NFL Draft Analyst

Jaire Alexander

Despite Jaire Alexander missing a significant portion of this season due to an injury suffered in the first game, one draft analyst has him ranked as the best CB in this year’s draft class.

Luke Easterling of Draft Wire has Jaire atop his list of best CBs at this point in time. However, Easterling cautioned These rankings aren’t set in stone.

“These rankings will be fluid throughout the predraft process, based on film work, all-star performances, workouts numbers and other factors,” Easterling wrote.

Still this is lofty praise for Jaire Alexander and points to the fact this year may be his last in a UofL uniform.

You can read Luke Easterling’s complete list below.

Lamar Jackson Named To Two All-American Teams

Lamar Jackson has been named a Second Team All-American QB by the Associated Press and the Football Writers Association of America. Baker Mayfield was named the First Team All-American QB by both.

Jackson was the only UofL player selected as an All-American by the AP and FWAA.

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UofL True Freshman Linebacker Named to ESPN Freshman All-American Team

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ESPN released their list of True Freshman All-Americans today. One Cardinal made the list; LB Dorian Etheridge.

According to gocards.com, Etheridge had 77 tackles including 3 tackles for loss, 2 pass break ups, and a fumble recovery.

According to ESPN’s David Hale, aside from Arizona’s two freshmen LBs, “no power five true freshman recorded more tackles this season than Etheridge.”

You can read David Hale’s entire story and UofL Football’s story about Etheridge and his achievement below.

Single Game Tickets Go On Sale For UofL Men’s Basketball ACC Games Wednesday

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Single Game Tickets for UofL Men’s Basketball ACC Games on Sale Wednesday

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Single-game tickets for the University of Louisville’s home men’s basketball Atlantic Coast Conference games in the KFC Yum! Center this season will go on sale on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at noon.

 Tickets for eight home ACC games are $65 each, and tickets for the Cardinals’ Feb. 17 game against North Carolina are $85 each.  Remaining non-conference weekday games are currently on sale for $35 each, and non-conference weekend games are $40.

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UofL Football Picks Up Commitment From Huge JUCO TE

IMG_20171210_175706Photo Courtesy of Nigel Kilby’s Twitter Account (@NigelKilby_82)

UofL Football picked up a huge commitment this evening from Garden City Community College (KS) TE Nigel Kilby.

The 6’8 250 lbs Kilby chose the Cards over offers from Central Florida, FIU, East Carolina, and SMU among others. The lead recruiter for UofL was Chris Klenakis.

Kilby had 458 yards receiving and 10 TD catches in 12 games for Garden City Community College per their website. He averaged 38.2 yards receiving a game.

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UofL Football Commit Helps Team Win First State Title In A Decade

IMG_20171209_155123Photo Courtesy of Tutu Atwell’s Twitter Account (@c5_atwell)

UofL Commit Tutu Atwell led the Miami Northwestern Bulls to their first state title since the days of Teddy Bridgewater. He looked great doing it too.

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Louisville vs Indiana: Postgame Recap

Despite trailing by 1 at halftime, Louisville took the lead on its first possession of the 2nd half and never looked back en route to a 71-62 win over visiting Indiana.

Louisville started the game slowly and found themselves down 25-15 with less than 10 minutes to go in the 1st half. The Cards began their run at that point and continued it throughout the game to get the team’s first “big” win of the year.

It was an all-around scoring effort from the Cards today, with 6 players contributing 7 points or more. Ray Spalding added another double-double to his name with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Anas Mahmoud chipped in 10 points, but fouled out. Deng Adel led the team with 16 points. Quentin Snider added 13 points of his own. And Freshman Malik Williams scored 9 points on 3 3-pointers in the first half to ignite the Cardinals’ run.

Up next: Louisville plays Bryant at home on Monday at 7pm on ESPNU.

Go Cards!

Louisville vs Indiana: Pregame Breakdown

Today, Louisville will look to earn its first “big” win of the season. The Hoosiers of Indiana travel to the Yum! Center to take on the hometown Cardinals at 2pm on ESPN. Louisville is currently favored by 9 points.

This is Archie Miller’s first year in Bloomington and the talented young coach has had his struggles but is seeing improvement in a squad that lost 3 players from last year’s roster.

While I do believe Miller will have Indiana back in the national landscape at some point, I don’t think that process will begin today. In order to win today, Louisville will need to limit turnovers and extend their leads instead of allowing the Hoosiers to change momentum like Louisville has allowed several times this season.

Prediction: Louisville 74-Indiana 64.

Go Cards!

Lamar Focusing On Bowl Game

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Lamar Jackson has a lot on his plate at the moment. Finals just took place, he is currently in New York enjoying being a finalist for the Heisman for the second year in a row, preparing for Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Yet, we live in a world that is always looking ahead, so people are ready to find out if Lamar will be playing on Saturday or Sundays next year.

Day One Of Lamar In New York Recap

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Lamar Jackson, whenever a cardinal fan hears, reads or sees his name, their faces light up. Rightfully so. Lamar is currently in New York preparing for the Heisman ceremony, hoping to become only the second person to ever win the Heisman twice. Throughout all of his interviews, one thing has remained constant in the craziness, the love he has for his teammates and coaches. Not only is Lamar a once in a lifetime player, he is a once in a lifetime young man. No matter what the voters decide, I want Lamar on my team, every day, all day.

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.

Jaylen Smith

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Beat The Buzzer: Dwayne Sutton

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What would Sutton be doing if he didn’t play basketball? Who is the most serious of all his teammates? What is his comfort food? We the fans get the answer to these questions and more on today’s Beat the Buzzer thanks to UofL Athletics.

Lamar Jackson Highlight Video

Lamar Jackson

Our friends at the ACC Digital Network put together an awesome highlight reel of Lamar Jackson. Help yourself get through the end of the week and watch the greatness unfold.