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Photo Gallery: 2017-18 Football

It’s getting so close to the start of the 2018-19 season. Let’s take a look back at some of our favorite photos from last season. If this doesn’t get your football juices flowing then you need to consult your doctor… Read the rest of this entry

Louisville 2018 Football Preview Pt. 6: Running Backs

Last season: Last season the running game was very obviously dominated by Quarterback, Lamar Jackson. He dominated the ground to a tune of 1601 yards, while the leading 5 running backs after him only accounted for 1418 yards. Although that stat is seemingly damning to the unit, Louisville’s offense was clearly at its best when Lamar had the ball, so the coaches very wisely gave it to him, a lot.

Though the reps weren’t quite there for the running backs, they did well when the ball was in their hands. Reggie Bonnafon led the running backs with 459 yards on 93 carries (4.9 yards per carry) with 7 touchdowns. Fellow senior, Malik Williams showed spurts of excitement with 531 yards on 67 carries (7.9 yards per carry) with 4 touchdowns. Then came the miracle man, Dae Williams.

Dae had torn his ACL early in the offseason and somehow worked his way to recovery in record time to show us all what we will see this season. He only saw meaningful snaps in 3 games last year and finished with 38 carries for 235 yards (6.2 yards per carry) with 3 touchdowns as a freshman. Then, there was freshman, Colin Wilson who burst onto the scene with some explosive runs and averaged 11.5 yards per carry on 6 carries before he suffered a season ending leg injury. Add Trey Smith (21 carries for 124 yards) to the equation and entering this season, the Cards have a three-headed monster at running back.

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Nunnsense | Louisville Football Has Plenty Of Motivation And Talent

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It’s no secret that there are plenty of questions about this years Louisville football team. All you have to do is pick up any college football magazine or google ACC college football and you read all about how Louisville doesn’t have Lamar Jackson. If you keep reading, you will be reminded of how Louisville lost so many starters on the defensive side of the ball and how they will have their 3rd defensive coordinator in 3 years.

They were kind enough to point out that the Louisville receivers, led by Jaylen Smith, are very good. They also point out that Jawon Pass is a highly touted quarterback that should thrive under Bobby Petrino.

However, besides the receivers, most of the talent that Louisville will run out onto the field is unproven. At least unproven as a unit.

There is plenty of talent on both sides of the ball but without seeing them produce as a team, these national publications will not predict Louisville to be anything more than a middle of the pack ACC team. Read the rest of this entry

Lamar Jackson Speaks To Media After Practice

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Lamar Jackson, after a recent practice, stopped by to answer some questions for reporters. Among the topics were the Baltimore fans, if the game has slowed down for him some since spring, and what he has learned from fellow QBs Joe Flacco and Robert Griffin III.

You can check out the entire Q and A below.

Nunnsense | Breakout Players For Louisville Football 2018-19

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It’s seems that every national article that I read about Louisville football starts with ” What will Louisville do without Lamar Jackson.” Or something of that nature.

I have an answer for them – Keep on winning!

Not because a player like Lamar Jackson is easily replaced but I see a group of guys who have accepted the challenge to step up and replace the production not only from Lamar but also all the others who graduated or left early for the NFL.

With guys like Lamar, Jaire, Geron, Chucky, Trevon, James, Reggie, Zykesis and Stacy all gone, you could easily say that Louisville is doomed. Well, I like to look at it as there are plenty of opportunities for guys to step up.

So who is going to step up? Let’s take a look at who you and I think that will be… Read the rest of this entry

Lamar Jackson Collects Another ACC Accolade As He’s Named ACC Male Athlete Of The Year

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Lamar Jackson may now be a NFL QB after being selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round, but he just received another college accolade; this time from the ACC.

Lamar was bestowed with the Anthony J. McKevlin award for Male Athlete of the Year. He was given the honor after having a junior year in which he had nearly identical statistics to his sophomore, Heisman winning season.

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Nunnsense | What To Expect From Louisville Football This Season

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As we get closer and closer to the start of the college football season, every major publication will tell you how your team will perform this season. I just want to let you in on a little secret – They don’t really know. They just want to get clicks, sell subscriptions or magazines. They cover every college team and often times don’t do their due diligence but rather just give you the obvious, like ” Lamar Jackson’s production will be tough to replace.”

In about a month or so I will give you my annual game by game predictions. While I am not a college football coach, I’ll give you what I believe to be the truth no matter if it hurts or not. My predictions will be based what I have observed and from information I have obtained through conversations with both Louisville staff and student athletes and not an attempt to sell you on anything.

Until then, I want to give you a few things you can expect from the 2018-2019 version of the Louisville football team. Read the rest of this entry

Lamar Jackson Lining Up At Different Positions For The Ravens

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Photo Courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel

While Lamar and the Ravens were very vocal about Jackson being a quarterback, it seems other options are being tested. According to Jamison Hensley who is the Ravens’ ESPN reporter says John Harbaugh is enjoying seeing the possibilities of having two quarterbacks on the field at once.

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Lamar Jackson Inks Deals With Ravens

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Photo courtesy of The Ringer

It looks like Lamar going without the agent continues to have been an okay move for him. Jackson’s deal is reported to be worth $9,471,649 with a $4,968,472 signing bonus. Congrats to Lamar and his family!

Lamar Jackson Meets With Media After Rookie Minicamp

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Photo courtesy of The Ringer

Lamar Jackson is transitioning into his role as a Baltimore Raven. After his first two days of rookie minicamp, he met with the media, see what all he had to say below!

Lamar’s Introductory Press Conference (Videos)

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Photo Courtesy of ClutchPoints

Lamar Jackson was formally introduced as a Raven today along with his new coaches and fellow draft pick, Hayden Hurst. While the coaches are still keeping things tight lipped about what they plan to do with all of Lamar’s talents, one thing is for sure. Lamar will be a quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens. Check out all of the videos from Lamar’s first NFL press conference below!

Lamar Receives Surprise Message From His Brother After Being Drafted (Video)

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Photo Courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel

Good luck watching this without tearing up.

Jaire Alexander And Lamar Jackson Go First Round Of 2018 NFL Draft

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We at CardinalSportsZone.com wish these two young men & the one drafted today the very best if luck in their journeys. Here is a press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. University of Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander and quarterback Lamar Jackson were selected in the first round of the 2018 National Football League DraftThursdayevening AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The two first-round selections for the Cardinals are the second most in school history, one shy of equaling the 2014 draft, when three players went on the first day.

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Lamar Jackson Is A Baltimore Raven

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Photo Courtesy of UofL Football Twitter Account (@UofLFootball)

Lamar Jackson, possibly the greatest football player to ever don a UofL Football uniform, was drafted 32nd overall by the Baltimore Ravens tonight.

The former Heisman winner was electric as a college player. He was the first player in college football’s long history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in back to back seasons. Lamar has the arm strength to make every throw a QB needs to make combined with unreal agility, quickness, speed, and running ability.

Baltimore has Marty Mornhinweg as their OC. He was OC in Philadelphia when Michael Vick had arguably his best years as an NFL QB.

Joe Flacco may also be on his way out after this year, allowing Lamar to learn for a year before taking the reigns.

Lamar appears to have found a perfect fit with the Ravens and he appears he’s ready to prove his doubters wrong.

Congrats from Cardinal Sports Zone, the UofL fans, and Coach Bobby Petrino to the great Lamar Jackson! We are happy for you and wish you the best.

Here are some interviews Lamar did just after having his name called as well as they official draft card for Lamar from the Ravens.

Here is a tweet from Lamar himself with his instant draft card.

Lamar Jackson Highlights (Video)

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Need something to get you through this Monday? How about 20 minutes of Lamar Jacksons greatest moments? Thanks to Just Bomb Productions, weve got just that for you.

Lamar Is Ready For The NFL, Is The NFL Ready For Him?

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Lamar Jackson is a once in a life time athlete who made his mark not only on the University of Louisville record books, but college football record books as well. With the NFL draft just one week away, Lamar remains the draft’s biggest story. Lamar Jackson is ready for the NFL, but is the league ready for him? Mina Kimes and Domonique Foxworth with The Undefeated talk about how Lamar can change the NFL, if it’ll allow it.

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Nunnsense | Lamar And Reggie Will Become Steelers

Lamar Jackson at PJCS

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 draftofficially 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. Itwill 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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Lamar Was Born To Be A Quarterback

Lamar Jackson

When Lamar Jackson was a sophomore in high school, his coach ran an offense especially created for him. His coach called Lamar transferring to Boynton Beach “it was a gift from the football gods.” Jonathan Jones with Sports Illustrated talks about how different Lamar’s pre-draft experience has been different than most, but it doesn’t take away from his abilities.

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

Lamar Jackson Talks Pro Day, Combine And NFL Impact

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NFL analyst, Mike Mayock is self admittedly Lamar Jackson’s biggest fan. Mayock sat down with Lamar after his Pro Day at the University of Louisville and talked about everything that has happened in the last few months and what could happen in the next few.