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BucketHatism: Spring Game

ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”

Please be seated.  Saturday afternoon marked the beginning of the long 4 1/2 month wait for tailgating, horrible football taeks, bold ACC predictions, and CARDS-FIRST-DOWN chants (more on this later).   Sure the baseball team is rolling through Spring with it’s eyes set on Omaha.  The NBA Playoffs also known as “when the pros actually try” has begun but lets not act like the dead period is not quickly approaching.  So if you didn’t make it out to the Spring Game I would suggest you invest in YouTube and catch some old games. Fact of the matter is, the Spring Game is just a nice fix until September.

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Notes From The Spring Game

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Louisville Football put on a semi-competitive showcase for the first time since the Citrus Bowl in the annual spring game, and as expected, reigning Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson did what he did best and lit up the scoreboard in front of the announced crowd of 14,000.

The junior quarterback was 19-36 through the air for 346 yards and three touchdowns, as well as a rushing score for the Red team. Second string quarterback Jawon Pass, who started for the White team, didn’t have quite the outing that Jackson did, as he threw for 20-37, as well as 4 interceptions, including a pick-six by Jaire Alexander. However, it is worth noting that 3 of his 4 picks came off of deflected balls.

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Nunnsense: Observations From The Sideline (Open Practice #3)

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I attended the third and final open football practice on Tuesday afternoon. My goal was to bring you pictures from what I saw accompanied with my thoughts on how the team looked and what you might be interested in. Moments into warm-ups, I was approached and told there was no photography allowed. I tried explaining that millions of Nunnsense and Cardinal fans would be disappointed but my plea fell upon deaf ears and the no photography order remained in place. So I will just tell you what I witnessed with the promise of bringing Spring Game photos in about 10 days or so. Thanks for understanding. That’s why I love you Card family.

The first thing that stood out to me is running back Dae Williams. His size is unbelievable. He has been compared to a young Michael Bush as far as physical structure. To me, the red-shirt freshman resembles a young Marshawn Lynch. Maybe it’s just the combination of the hair hanging out the back of the helmet and the power beastmode style of running. Whatever it is, it caught my eye and I liked what I saw. Although there was basically no contact, he still hit the holes with authority and never dodged a would be tackler. I think this guy would run through a wall for you. He is the perfect fit for the Petrino pro-style offense that loves the power back. He also caught a lot of balls in this practice. I never saw him drop, or ever bobble a pass no matter if it came from Lamar of Jawon. Jeremy Smith was not on the practice field and I couldn’t get an explanation as to why, so big #40 took most of the first-team reps.

 

The second thing that stood out to me was the defense. It’s so hard to tell what the play or drill was supposed to be in a practice but the whole day just had the vibe that the defense was getting the better of the offense. Not sure if they were practicing short passes or defensive coverage was that good but it seemed the quarterbacks had to check down and throw a lot of short passes. The usual suspects remained at their spots but I noticed the absence of Chucky Williams. Not sure why he was not out there but P.J. Blue filled in nicely at safety. I think P.J. is going to see a lot of playing time and I am happy about that.

Stacy Thomas had a nice interception of Jawon Pass and nearly held on to a second interception. He is poised for a big year.

The receivers on this team are a dream come true for Lamar. Jaylen Smith is still out recovering from a broken foot so other receivers are getting a chance to prove themselves. Javonte Bagley continues to look good this spring.I really enjoyed watching Dez Fitzpatrick go up against Jaire Alexander. You want to be a better receiver? Go practice against the best cover corner in college football. Dez did exactly that and did it well. This kid runs such clean and precise routes and has the ability and size to go get the ball at it’s highest point. He is definitely going to be a super star before he heads to the NFL. But the receiver who looked the best was Seth Dawkins. I can’t count how many passes he caught. I didn’t see him drop a pass all day. Having Jaylen on one side with Seth on the other and Reggie in the slot will make for many sleepless nights for ACC defensive coordinators.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, C.J. Avery is a beast. This kid is an early enrolee. He should still be in high school getting ready for prom. Instead he is out there looking like he has been here for 3 years. He is a physical specimen and he just looks like he wants to hit somebody. Keep an eye out for #9 on defense this year. I’d say he end up starting at the “star” position. I think that’s great news for the good guys and terrible news for the bad guys.

I think it shows just how far this program has come and how many great prospects are on this team when you don’t even hardly notice that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner is just out there flinging balls around. Yes. Lamar looked great and you would think that most of the 200 people in attendance were there just to see him but most people came out to see the whole team. I know they lost a lot on defense and the offensive line was, well, offensive last year but I truly believe that this team has the potential to be right there on the verge of the playoffs again this year.

I hope to see all of you out at the Spring Game on Saturday, April 15th at 1:00.

 

As Always, GO CARDS!

Nunnsense: 10 Things To Watch At The Spring Game

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Photo: Athlon Sports

On Saturday, April 15th, Louisville football will hold it’s annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game. This will be our last chance as fans to see the team for about 5 months.

It’s tough to determine in this glorified scrimmage just how much the team has improved or how well certain players will adapt in their new roles, whether it be as a starter or at a new position. The coaching staff will be trying different personnel packages, implementing different schemes and calling a variety of experimental plays.

Take it for what it is, a chance to see our guys in action. Even though it’s tough to gauge how great this team can be by the outcome or stats from this game, we can get a look at certain players of interest and individual position battles. Here are 10 things that I will watching with great interest.  Read the rest of this entry

Five Stories to Watch in Spring Football

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Spring football is underway in Louisville, as Bobby Petrino looks to return with Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and a bevvy of studs. A new defensive coordinator, depth at skill positions and offensive line play will headline the top stories of U of L’s spring football in 2017. Louisville will also have open practice for fans on March 24th, March 28th and April 4th, with the Spring Game set for April 15th.

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BucketHatism: Spring Practice

“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”

Please be seated, the BHK is back off his weekend bender of wings, basketball and busted brackets to announce that the joy that is football is back for the month of April.  Today Bobby Petrino held his presser to give us all a glimpse of what to expect and what the team will be working on.  I know I am not the only Card fan that still has a sour taste in my mouth from how last season ended. We went from the highs of curb stomping FSU, receiving a visit from College Gameday, and a prime-time game in Death Valley to seeing Lamar nearly decapitated in Houston, watching the Governor’s Cup get kidnapped, and watching LSU do the cha-cha slide in our backfield for 4 quarters………but I digress.

The thing is, as young as this team was last year they are back and more experienced. More importantly they are pissed off at how they ended the season after being 9-1 on the verge of the playoffs.  Lamar winning the Heisman salvaged the disappointing ending but you have to think the team is still very much hungry for redemption.  Here some things, and players that the BHK is interested to see in the Spring game.

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Nunnsense: Dear Syracuse, Sorry Not Sorry For The Memories

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This past Saturday afternoon the Louisville Cardinals polished off the Syracuse Orange with an unimaginable dunk from Donovan Mitchell. Many of you didn’t see it because you were on your way to your car but that’s a story for another time. Anyway, after Mitchell threw down that dunk, I couldn’t help but think that Syracuse has been on the wrong end of many great sports memories for the fans of Louisville athletics. Let’s reminisce over those good times. Read the rest of this entry

Louisville Among Top Offenses In 2017

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Bleacher Report released their top 20  list of college football offenses for the 2017. No surprise that the schools near the top have Heisman candidates on their teams. What do they think about Louisville? Here is some of what they said,” Last season’s late collapse by Louisville could go one of two ways: First, it could mean college defenses around the country are learning how to scheme star quarterback Lamar Jackson. Or, it could mean Jackson spent this offseason working on diversifying his skill set to improve.

If it’s option B, the rest of the college football world should be scared.”

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2017 Heisman Odds (Bovada)

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The odds came out for the 2017 Heisman Trophy from Bovada & the 2016 winner is not the favorite. Shocked? I’m not. After the 3 game slide to the end of the 2016 year I already thought they would do whatever it took to make sure he doesn’t win next year. It is almost impossible from a statline point of view for him to improve. We will see. Here are this years odds:

Odds to Win the 2017 Heisman Trophy

Baker Mayfield (QB Oklahoma)                          11/2

JT Barrett (QB Ohio State)                                 6/1

Lamar Jackson (QB Louisville)                           7/1

Sam Darnold (QB USC)                                     9/1

Saquon Barkley (RB Penn State)                        10/1

Jake Browning (QB Washington)                        10/1

Trace McSorley (QB Penn State)                        10/1

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Top 10 Heisman Candidates For 2017

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(BleacherReport.com)

Lamar Jackson will enter the 2017 season looking to do what only one college football player has ever done. That is the tall task of repeating as the Heisman Trophy winner. Several players have been invited back to New York as a Heisman finalist the year after winning the award but only Ohio State’s Archie Griffin has heard his name called in consecutive years (1974 and 1975).

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State of Louisville Football

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Man, what a wild ride this season was.

The 2016 season for the Louisville Football Cardinals was certainly a memorable one, although at times, it was for both the right and wrong reasons. Now that the dust has settled on one of the more noteworthy seasons in Cardinal Football history, its time to look back and ask ourselves: “Where are we now? Are we on the right track? What is the current state of the Louisville Football program?”

The piece was originally supposed to be a tag team live stream open discussion with Jeremy and I, following the Houston game. Prior to that game, Louisville was 9-1, and we had every reason to believe that we still had a legitimate shot to crack the top 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings. While we still needed help from other teams, we still had hope that with our Heisman candidate quarterback and our high-octane offense, that we could still find a way.

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Early 2017 College Football National Title Odds

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This years National title game hasn’t even been played yet & the odds for next years winners are already out:

Bama 3-1

FSU 7-1

OhioSt/OU/USC 8-1

UL/LSU/Mich 12-1

Clem 18-1

Texas 25-1

Aub/OkSt/PSU 30-1 via

Citrus Bowl Wrap-Up: LSU Dominates Louisville

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In what was a fitting end to U of L’s major collapse in the 2016 season, the Cardinals fell to LSU 29-9. Derrius Guice led the Tigers with 138 yards and two total touchdowns, while Malachi Dupre also had a stellar game with 139 yards against a depleted Louisville secondary.

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Nunnsense: “Unstoppable” A Lamar Jackson Heisman Tribute Video

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Lamar Jackson put up numbers in a regular season that we have never seen before. Before the season started, we had high expectations based on his Music City Bowl performance, but nobody expected what we all witnessed. Coming into the first game of this season vs Charlotte, sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson had not started two consecutive games. Despite that fact, Lamar tied an ACC single game record with 6 passing touchdowns and tied the ACC record of 8 touchdowns responsible for. He would then go on to set another ACC single game record with 610 total yards vs Syracuse.  Read the rest of this entry

Citrus Bowl Post-Practice Interviews

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Interviews with Lamar Jackson, Jaylen Smith and Kahlil Hunter after today’s practice in Orlando. Lamar said he doesn’t get into trash talk, he just plays football.

Citrus Bowl Preview (ACC Digital Network)

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Our fine friends at The ACC Digital Network put together this video package for the Citrus Bowl match up between Louisville and LSU on New Years Eve. The Cards will feature your Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson who will be going up against last years September Heisman Leonard Fournette….Oh wait, he is not playing. Well they will go up against a solid back up in Guise. Should be a fun one! Go Cards!

Lamar Jackson Is Your AP Player Of The Year

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From Rocco Gasparro,
University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson added to his trophy case on Tuesday as the sophomore became the school’s first player to be named the Associated Press Player of the Year. Read the rest of this entry

Lamar At The Airport

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Lamar will now greet people at the airport. This makes me want to fly somewhere soon just so I can come home to this.

Lamar Jackson On The Dan Patrick Show

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Here’s the clip of Heisman Trophy Winner Lamar Jackson on the Dan Patrick Show.

Pro Cards And Many Others Congratulate Lamar Via Twitter

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Lamar Jackson made history becoming the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy. Many former Cards, professional athletes and others have reached out to congratulate him on his accomplishment.  Here are a few …… Read the rest of this entry