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Preview Of The TaxSlayer Bowl

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Our friends at ACC Digital Network put together an awesome preview of the TaxSlayer Bowl. The University of Louisville will take on Mississippi State at Noon on December 30th in Jacksonville. Are you going to the game?

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

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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.

 

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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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.

Lamar Jackson Highlight Video

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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.

2018 UofL QB Commit Wins A Player Of The Year Award

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2018 UofL QB Commit Jordan Travis of the Benjamin School, was named the Lou Groza Palm Beach County Player of the Year tonight at the Lou Groza Awards Banquet.

Travis, a dual threat QB, had an excellent year throwing and running the ball. Per Scout.com, he completed 62% of his passes for 2190 yards, 24 Passing TDs, and just 6 interceptions. Travis rushed for 905 yards and 16 TDs while averaging 11.9 yards a carry.

The award has been given annually to the best player in the county of Palm Beach, FL. The winner is selected by a panel of Palm Beach County football coaches and local media.

Past winners include former NFL RB Fred Taylor, former NFL WR Anquan Boldin, NFL S Matt Elam, and UofL’s current Heisman QB Lamar Jackson.

Jordan Travis continues the trend of excellent dual threat QBs to attend UofL and seems to be following in the footsteps of Lamar Jackson. That’s not a bad person to follow. Congrats Jordan Travis on your award.

You can see the video of the announcement of his winning of the award at the awards banquet below, courtesy of Adam Lichtenstein of the Palm Beach Post.

UofL Football Commits And Top Target Give Valiant Effort In State Semifinal Loss

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UofL Commits DT Dejmi Dumervil Jean, OT Tyler Steen, and S Trenell Troutman, along with top target OLB Nik Bonnito, fell short in their quest to win their fourth consecutive FL Class 7A state title. Their team, the St Thomas Aquinas Raiders fell to the Venice Indians 27-20 in the state semifinal.

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Lamar Releases Statement On Being A Heisman Finalist

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletics:

“I’m honored to be chosen as a finalist with these two outstanding players. They both had great seasons and deserve this tremendous honor. I want to thank all my teammates and coaches for achieving this honor together.”

Lamar Is Heading Back To New York

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is seeking to become the second player in college football history to win consecutive Heisman Trophy awards.

The junior was named on Monday night during ESPN’S Monday Night Countdown as one of the three finalists for college football’s most prestigious honor, the Heisman Trophy Trust announced.

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UofL Commit Leads His High School To First State Title Game Appearance Since 2008

IMG_20171204_072557Photo Courtesy of Tutu Atwell Twitter Account (@c5_atwell)

Congrats to UofL Commit Tutu Atwell as his team, the Miami Northwestern Bulls, routed Naples High School Friday night 42-7 to advance to the FL 6A Title game. It’s the first time Northwestern has played in the title game since 2008, when a sophomore QB by the name of Teddy Bridgewater led them.

Atwell played well rushing 5 times for 45 yards and a TD. He also was 3 of 6 passing for 32 yards. He didn’t play the entire second half, however, as he injured his ankle late in the first half.

Both Atwell and his coach told the Miami Herald he would’ve gone back in, but with the lead the team had built he was held out for precautionary reasons.

We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish him luck in the title game.

UofL Football Previews TaxSlayer Bowl

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Reggie Bonnafon, Charles Standberry, Chucky Williams and Vince Tyra all spoke with the media today to discuss the cardinal’s bid to the TaxSlayer Bowl and their opponent Mississippi State. Take a listen below.

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UofL Football Heading To The TaxSlayer Bowl

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The University of Louisville football team is heading to Jacksonville to take on Mississippi State in the Taxslayer Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for Noon on December 30th. Get your tickets below!

ACC’s Best Football Plays Of November

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Our friends at the ACC Digital Network put together the 5 best plays of November that came out of ACC football. All 5 of them were spectacular but number one is the catch heard around the world. Lamar to Jaylen that earned a spot on SportsCenter Top 10! Take a look below.