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Howard Schellenberger Complex Update (Video)

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Have you been wondering how the Howard Schnellenberger Complex has been coming along? Here’s your chance to take a peek thanks to UofL athletics.

Bold Predictions For NFL Rookies And Lamar Jackson (Video)

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Will Lamar Jackson win more games than any other rookie quarterback this season? How many yards will he throw for? Those are just some of the bold predictions made by the guys on Free Agency Frenzy.

Jaire Alexander Knows He’s The Best Corner In The Draft

Jaire Alexander

After pushing through a leg and hand injury during his last season as a UofL Cardinal, Jaire Alexander is ready to let everyone know he is healthy. Jaire sat down with Peter King with Sport Illustrated to talk about what what Jaire says is the difference between being confident and what is arrogant.

UofL Football Team Helps Louisville Flood Victims

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The flooding in Louisville experienced during February will go down as some of the worst in Louisville history. Bobby Petrino announced last week that between the Petrino Family Foundation and his own personal help – they will be making a $100,000 donation to help the flooding victims. Yesterday, around 40 players went to help rake debris and hand out cleaning supplies to the victims as well. You can read the full story thanks to WDRB below.

Lamar Explains Why He Isn’t Hiring An Agent (Video)

Lamar Jackson

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks you’ve probably heard that Lamar Jackson is not going to hire an agent heading into his rookie season in the NFL. Instead, his mom will be his manager but he will represent himself. Take a listen below for his full explanation courtesy of our friends at 247 Sports.

Coach Petrino And Petrino Family Foundation Help Louisville Flood Victims

Bobby Petrino

University of Louisville’s head football coach, Bobby Petrino announced yesterday that the Petrino Family Foundation will be making a $50,000 donation to help the victims of the recent flooding in Louisville. He also announced that his family will be matching that donation of $50,000 to make a grand total of $100,000 going to make a difference in the recovery efforts.

Thank you to coach Petrino and his family for giving back to the Louisville community.

Lamar’s Rushing Touchdowns Of 2017 (Video)

Lamar Jackson

James Simpson who is a NFL writer for Sky Sports NFL put together a clip of all of Lamar’s rushing touchdown from his final season as a cardinal.

I miss him already.

UofL Football Loses Staff Member To Oregon

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UofL Football recruited the state of Florida, especially south Florida, well. The man who had a huge influence on this was south Florida native Stephen Field. He and the rest of the staff brought in possibly UofL’s best ever recruiting class with a good number of the recruits from Florida.

It was announced today that Coach Field was leaving UofL for a position on Oregon’s staff. There he will reunite with Cort Dennison.

In April of last year, Field was hired to the position of “Director of High School Relations” for UofL. Judging by the talent in this class, he did an excellent job in that role.

Coach Field was kind enough to tweet out a nice good-bye to the UofL community proving what a classy man he is.

UofL has some big shoes to fill with the loss of Coach Field. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish Coach Field all the best at his new home.

UofL Spring Football Schedule Announced

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The 2018 football spring game and schedule have been announced!  Open practice days are not known at this time. Once those dates are announced, this story will be updated.

Tramain Thomas Added To UofL Football Staff

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two-time all-Southeastern Conference defensive back Tramain Thomas was named a defensive quality control coach at the University of Louisville, football head coach Bobby Petrino announced on Friday.

A four-year letterwinner at Arkansas, Thomas was a standout safety for Petrino, who served as the head coach of the Razorbacks from 2008-11.

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2013 Sugar Bowl Champions Reunite For Autograph Signing

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Marcus Smith, Preston Brown, Senorise Perry and Jamon Brown will hosting a meet and greet on Saturday, February 24th at Savory Fitness. The event will take place from 1-3 PM and proceeds will go towards the foundations of the athletes present. For more information go to

William Gay And Joe Biden Working Together To End Domestic Violence

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Cardinal forever and current Pittsburgh Steeler, William Gay, has teamed up with former Vice President Joe Biden to put an end to domestic violence. Kelley Evans with The Undefeated wrote a great piece talking about how domestic violence has impacted Gay’s life from an early age. His mother was killed by her boyfriend when William was just 8 years old. On Thursday, February 8th, William Gay was named to the advisory council for the Biden Foundation, which focuses on ending sexual assault and violence against women, among other causes. You can read more about Gay’s story below and find out more about what the Biden Foundation is set out to do.

UofL Signee Breakdown: Jairus Brents

Jairus Brents(2)Photo Courtesy of Michael Reaves/Lexington Herald Leader

Many people on social media wondered why UofL was not getting in on some highly rated guys we have in the city of Louisville. One name in particular that kept coming up was Jairus Brents, a 4 Star CB out of Waggener High School.

Well, wonder no more UofL fans as Coach Petrino was able to swoop in late and beat the likes of Alabama, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Michigan State, among many others for the 5’10 178 lbs CB.

Brents played a variety of positions at Waggener. He was a RB, QB, and WR. However, his best and most likely position in college will be CB. He can play either in the slot or the outside and is great at either.

He’s also a track star which, as you will see, definitely contributes to his play making ability as a football player.

As a CB, and probably because he played WR as well, Brents tracks the ball perfectly in the air. He’s always getting his head around, finding the ball, and making the play.

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Brents also has great ball skills. He’s a great leaper and can go up and highpoint the ball just like a WR.

Brents can play press or off coverage and is adept at either. In press, he is powerful. He knocks WRs viciously off their routes disrupting the timing of the offense. In off coverage, he has the speed to break on short routes to either knock the ball down, intercept it, or make the tackle holding the WR to a minimal gain. If Brents gets an interception, his speed, quickness, and agility make him a threat to get a pick 6 every time.

Brents ability to recognize routes and read the QB’s eyes make him nearly impossible to throw on. As I previously mentioned, he’s great at breaking on routes and making plays. He’ll have to be aware in college of the double moves teams love to run though.

Brents is also a great tackler. Even if the WR he’s covering catches the ball, they aren’t getting past him. He loves helping in the run game. His highlights show numerous plays of him coming in and tackling RBs. They aren’t weak tackles either. He wallops the RB.

Brents is also a punt returner and he’s a really good one. Once again, his speed quickness, and agility make him a threat for long punt returns. However, he is a bit of a gambler as he picked a couple of punts up off the ground to return them which obviously can be a dangerous proposition.

UofL got a very good player in Brents. The guy has potential to be a stud. His ability to return punts and play either in the slot or on the outside as a CB make him potentially invaluable. Plus, it’s nice to see a Louisville kid play for the city’s university.

Check out his Hudl highlights below and see what you think.

UofL Football Officially Announces 21 Signees For The 2018 Class

Bobby Petrino and UofL Football officially announced 21 signees for the 2018 recruiting class.

Headliners include Under Armour All-Americans Robert Hicks III and Chandler Jones, Jordan Travis, Tutu Atwell, Trenell Troutman, Dejmi Dumervil Jean, Tutu Atwell, and Jatavious Harris.

This class looks to be the best Bobby Petrino has had in his second stint here. Check out the official press release below.


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UofL Signee Breakdown: Javian Hawkins

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Javian Hawkins, a composite 3 star prospect out of Titusville, FL, committed to Louisville back on 8/7/2017. He’s out of Cocoa High school, where he was also a track and field star. Today, he officially signed with Coach Bobby Petrino and UofL Football.

On the gridiron Javian shows great patience waiting for his linemen to open holes for him, then with excellent acceleration he bursts through those holes and out runs DBs using his 4.36 speed. Standing 5’9 and weighing in at 185 lbs, Javian is very shifty and deceptively strong. Most tacklers have a difficult time bringing him down in the backfield or on first contact. He has a low center of gravity.

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Javian also brings a nice and welcoming change of pace back to the Louisville backfield. He compliments both Dae Williams and Colin Wilson well as more of the speed/scat back. However, his strength makes labelling him that kind of hard. He’s like George Stripling with more power.

Javian Hawkins also had offers from Boston College, Syracuse, Missouri, East Carolina and most recently Nebraska along with a plethora of other schools. Nebraska and newly acquired Coach Scott Frost made a serious push to sway Javian in the late moments, but Javian stayed strong and signed with Louisville.

Coach Bobby Petrino got himself a legit RB. Hawkins plays bigger than his actual size. I wouldn’t doubt he could contribute this year, but I would also not be shocked if he’s red-shirted. It is great to see UofL continuing to have great success in the state of Florida.

Check out his highlights below courtesy of Bobby Petrino and see what you think.

UofL Signee Breakdown: Marlon Character, Jr

IMG_20180207_094434Photo Courtesy of Marlon Character’s Twitter Account (@riptrizzle)

UofL picked up a big time player who may start from day 1 in 4 Star JUCO S Marlon Character, Jr. Character is originally from Atlanta, GA and played this past season at Northwest Mississippi Community College.

The 6’1 195 lbs S, who was primarily recruited by Lorenzo Ward, chose UofL over West Virginia and South Carolina.

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2018 UofL Football Signing Day Updates

Jairus Brents:

Jairus Brents(2)Photo courtesy of Michael Reaves/Lexington Herald Leader 

  • Position: CB
  • Hometown: Louisville, KY
  • Height: 5’10
  • Weight: 178
  • Considered: Pittsburgh, Alabama, Florida, Wisconsin, UK, USC, South Carolina, Oregon, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Michigan State, South Florida, NC State, TCU, West Virginia, Virginia Tech
  • Twitter: @JiggaTheShow9
  • Highlights:

Marlon Character, Jr:IMG_20180207_094434Photo Courtesy of Marlon Character’s Twitter Account (@riptrizzle)

  • Position: S
  • Hometown: Senatobia, MS (Northwest Mississippi Community College). Originally from Atlanta, GA
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 195
  • Considered: West Virginia, South Carolina, Arkansas
  • Twitter: @riptrizzle
  • Highlights: 

Javian Hawkins:

IMG_20180207_102656Photo Courtesy of Javian Hawkins Twitter Account (@JavianHawkins)

  • Position: RB
  • Hometown: Titusville, FL
  • Height: 5’9
  • Weight: 185
  • Considered: Nebraska, UCF, Syracuse, Boston College, Cincinnati, Missouri, Florida Atlantic
  • Twitter: @JavianHawkins
  • Highlights:  

Lamar Jackson Most Underrated Recruit From 2015 Class

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Kevin McGuire with Athlon Sports put together a list of how the 2015 class would be ranked today. With no surprise to anyone, Lamar came in at number one and Kevin highlights on what a steal Louisville got with Jackson.

Grady Brown Named Defensive Assistant, Recruiting Coordinator For UofL Football

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CardNation, welcome Grady Brown to the family!

Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Grady Brown, an up-and-coming mind and one of the nation’s top recruiters, was named defensive assistant and recruiting coordinator at the University of Louisville, head coach Bobby Petrino announced on Friday.

Brown, the safeties coach at Alabama State in 2017, made a name for himself in the coaching circles during his tenure at South Carolina (2012-15), teaming with current UofL secondary coach Lorenzo Ward– the defensive coordinator for the Gamecocks during that period.

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Four Football Players Named To All-ACC Academic Team

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Congratulations to all the student-athletes!

Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Four University of Louisville football players have been named to the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Football Team, as announced by the league commissioner John Swofford.

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