PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:
Louisville Defense Prepares for Plenty of Unknowns in 2018 Season Opener
The Cardinals open the season on Saturday night on ABC.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - There are a lot of uncertainties for the University of Louisville football teams defense heading into Saturday nights season opener versus Alabama.
Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder has brought a new scheme and attitude on that side of the football. Despite the numerous question marks, UofL head coach Bobby Petrino likes what hes seen on defense this fall.
Bobby Petrino got some good recruiting news Saturday night when 3 star FL DT Denzel Daxon committed to UofL Football.
The 6’1 315 lbs Daxon was previously committed to Miami (FL). He plays high school football at Carol City in Miami, FL. Daxon chose UofL over Miami, Florida, Georgia, UK, and others. LD Scott was his lead recruiter per 247sports.com.
In watching Daxon’s highlights, he is a unique blend of power and quickness. He is nearly impossible to block one on one because he will either push the OL straight back into the backfield or use his quick feet to beat the OL to a spot and get free run at the QB or RB.
3 Star DE/OLB Shawnkel Knight-Goff out of Doss High School here in Louisville is a player UofL appears to be prioritizing in recruiting. He is a fast, powerful, highly versatile player. The kind of player UofL covets as well as other schools.
Knight-Goff is 6’4 210 lbs and runs an impressive 4.48 40 yard dash. Besides UofL and UK, IU, Purdue, Cincinnati, and WKU are among the other 9 schools to offer him. Mike Summers and LD Scott are currently UofL’s primary recruiters per 247sports.com.
Back on May 19, Knight-Goff committed to UofL’s arch rival UK. It seemed like UofL had lost one of the city’s best players to its biggest enemy. However, on May 31, Knight-Goff backed out of his commitment to UK. (Editor’s Note: Thank Goodness!)
University of Louisville Football held its annual National Signing Day party at the Brown and Williamson club inside Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium on Wednesday. The party wasn’t as exciting this year due to the first year of the new early signing period that took place on December 20th. Louisville signed 19 of their 22 member signing class on the early signing day. So there were only 3 players that signed on the day of the party. 2 signed early in the day while 1 player signed just as the party came to a close. Coach Petrino read the text that confirmed the signing as his last words to the crowd. The atmosphere was very upbeat despite awkwardness of having 2 signing days. Several of the players that committed early are already on campus and were introduced to the crowd last night. You can view a full list complete with breakdowns of each players that signed right here. Read the rest of this entry
UofL Receiver Traveon Samuel announced today his intention to transfer and play his senior year at another school. Samuel has already received his degree and will be eligible immediately at whatever school he chooses.
Samuel, an AL native, was a speedy, shifty WR who also returned kicks. One of his greatest moments was the 100 yard kick return TD he had against Clemson in 2015 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish Traveon all the best in his future endeavours.
Below is his tweet officially announcing his transfer.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. â The University of Louisville football team is becoming less and less a fan of the âtwo is better than oneâ mantra.
For the second-consecutive week to begin the season, the Cardinalsâ defense is facing a familiar challenge: preparing to see potentially two different quarterbacks in a game. Louisville opens its ACC schedule on Saturday at North Carolina, which trotted out Chazz Surratt and Brandon Harris as its signal callers in a season-opening loss to Cal.
The Tar Heelsâ duo combined to go 25 for 44 in the air, with one touchdown, while rushing 21 times for 71 yards and one score.
Fortunately, Louisville understands the importance of film study for this type of situation and it worked to the Cardinalsâ advantage last week. Louisville beat Purdue 35-28 to improve to 1-0, with the defense recording four sacks and three interceptions. Not to mention, the Cardinalsâ unit tallied seven quarterback hits.
After practice today the media got a chance to talk to coach, L.D. Scott, and redshirt sophomores, Jonathan Greenard and G.G.Robinson. L.D talks about the return ofÂ TrevonÂ Young and some of the younger guys. Jonathan talks about the leaders on defense and his redshirt year. G.G. talks about going against the much improved offensive line in practice.Â Read the rest of this entry
Video of Coach LD Scott & DC Todd Grantham speaking after practice today.
From the fine folks at University of Louisville Football. Enjoy!
This is a pretty cool little video with LD Scott, Kolby Smith, and James Burgess.
Today coach Bobby Petrino welcomed two guys home. Kolby Smith will return to coach Running backs and LD Scott will coach the OLB’s.
Kolby Smith started his coaching career in 2012 as a GA for Arkansas. In 2013 he went to WKU to coach RB for Bobby Petrino. Kolby spent 3 seasons in the NFL for 3 different teams. At Louisville, Kolby led the team his Sophomore year at 9.4 yard per carry.
L.D. Scott spent two years on the staff at Arkansas. In 2011 he was an intern who was coaching DT’s and in 2012 he moved to GA coaching D line. In 2013 he took the job at WKU as Defensive Ends coach.
Welcome home guys!
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This weekâŚ..on 55âŚ..
Once again I figured on having a pretty uneventful week. Name a new coach, get our recruits lined up and on board with the new staff and carry on. Boy was I wrong. In this weeks 55 I have so much info IÂ may notÂ be able to put a lot of pictures in, orÂ joke on Shawn during the monologue. (Sorry Pal) From Old friends to new ones and commitments given and taken away, this has been quite the week. So sit down and buckle up because this week’s episode is sure to take you on an emotional roller-coaster of a ride.
So once again, I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This is….55
1) Poona Ford de-committed
2) Chris Nelson de-committed
3) BOTH are now considering Texas
4) Thanks Charlie…..glad you are not cut like that
6) Sorry Charlie……
7) George Rushing de-committed from the Cards also as well as Isaiah Ford….hopefully both can find their way back home to the ‘Ville
8) It has been rumored thatÂ current Purdue U (PU for short) Â RB Dalyn Dawkins may be trying to find his way back home. It was a shame that Charlie didn’t recruit the in-stateÂ kids more than he did. More on this later…
9)Â He stated in an interview after being hired at Texas thatÂ he was glad to be in a state that has talent to recruit….or something along those lines. Classy move Chuck
10) Almost as classy as what he says during the followingÂ interview…..
12) Yep you heard him right, he was job hunting before our bowl game….SMH Read the rest of this entry