First things first, wow. What happened inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium yesterday still hasn’t fully hit me yet. The No. 2 ranked Florida State Seminoles came to Louisville having beaten the Cardinals two times in a row since Louisville joined the ACC. For the first time ever, College Gameday was in town and the city, fans, and players in Louisville uniforms were electric.
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One play, 16 seconds, and 72 yards is all it took for the Cardinals to get on the scoreboard on the road against the Orange. A perfectly sold fake (just ask the cameraman) to Brandon Radcliff led to Lamar Jackson finding James Quick in stride en route to the end zone. The Louisville offense looked absolutely unstoppable at times last night. On the contrary, the offense was wildly infuriating at time as well.
Bobby Petrino is widely revered as an offensive genius. He runs a very complex and sophisticated pro-style offense. The results speak for themselves. Petrino is the architect of the power spread offense even though that title was given to his offense by the media. He says it’s not a Read the rest of this entry
Teddy Bridgewater’s biggest fan is back with a new song for the injured quarterback.
In May, Obadiah Gamble (aka Skolbadiah), wrote Teddy a song inviting him to his birthday party.
After hearing about Teddy’s injury, the seven year old penned a new song for his favorite QB.
As explained in the video description, #CallGod is the hashtag Teddy uses on social media. It is also the sign he makes after scoring a touchdown.
I mean, can this kid be anymore adorable??
Louisville is with you, Obadiah, we hope Teddy is back and better than ever soon!!
I know I’m gonna get this question a million times today. What channel is the Louisville game come on tonight? I get it. Some of you don’t get off work until 7. Some of you work second shift. Well have no fear, here you go.
TWC: 70 or 521
AT&T (Uverse): 724 or 521
Direct TV: 646 or 660 or 661
How everyone has a great day and GOOOOOOO CARDS!
It seems like this football season is the most anticipated in the history of the University of Louisville. I might be wrong but I’m not. Even though Louisville was ranked 10th in the 2007 preseason rankings compared to 19th for this season, there are still higher expectations for this season. We have heard all the reasons for the expectations so I won’t break it down for you again. The day is finally upon us. It’s go time.
If anyone knows Bobby Petrino as a coach, they know he absolutely loves to use his tight ends in the passing game. Last season was a perfect example of that. Four players saw a lot of time and produced when called upon. Cole Hikutini, Charles Standberry, Micky Crum and Keith Towbridge all made big plays both in the passing game and blocking for the run. Cole Hikutini was for 4th on the team in receptions with 19 and first on the team in yards per catch with 18.3. Micky Crum had a solid freshman season with 14 receptions for an average of 11.6 yards per catch, and we can’t forget about the monster block he laid on that poor Clemson player. Keith Towbridge reeled in 10 passes and Charles Stanberry finished the season with 6 receptions. Hikutini, Crum, and Towbridge were all tied for 2nd on the team in reception touchdowns with 3. So of the 21 touchdown passes we saw thrown last season, 9 of them were caught by the tight ends.
Cole Hikutini is a freak athlete and put that on display multiple times last season. He enters his senior year as the starting tight end according to the depth chart and rightfully so. His impressive yards per catch metric speaks for itself on what the guy can do with the ball in his hands and an open field. He and Keith Towbridge enter their final season as Cardinals and the expectations couldn’t be higher. Micky Crum looks to build on a solid freshman season as he sits in the 3rd position on the depth chart. Charles Stanberry, the tight end who was utilized the least of anyone in the group had a successful spring and enters his junior season as the number 2 option at the position. Towbridge come in at 4, but don’t let the depth chart fool you, Bobby will be using all of these guys. Hikutini should and will get the most snaps but the coaching staff can put any of these guys in the game with the knowledge that they will perform and get the job done. Bobby Petrino loves to use the play action to free up the tight ends (both of Lamar’s touchdown passes in the Music City Bowl came from a play action pass to a tight end, Crum and Towbridge). Look for these guys to really anchor the passing game when things get hectic, personally I’ve never seen such a stacked group at this position but since when is that a problem? Lamar will always have safety valve with anyone of these guys on the field and look for some big plays to be made by the powerful and elusive Cole Hikutini at any point in time. The depth at tight end only adds to the arsenal of weapons Lamar Jackson will have at his disposal. We have less than a week until the wait is over.
4 star wide receiver from Roswell Ga. Commits to Louisville. Reed is 6’3″ 194 pounds and choose Louisville over Miami and West Virginia. He was rated the #77 receiver by 247sports. In his junior year he had 44 receptions for 684 yards and 6 touchdowns.
We all have heard Petrino say he wants to light up the scoreboard. We all want to see the scoreboard on tilt. Bill Connelly of SB Nations breaks it down for you in this exciting article. A must read for Card fans.
Last year’s secondary had high expectations to live up to after Gerod Holliman tied the NCAA record for interceptions. Josh Harvey-Clemons was the guy to fill that void, but he had help. The secondary was young and experienced many growing pains, more often in missed tackles than blown coverages. The Louisville defense intercepted 17 passes last season which ranked them 14th in the nation. The safety duo of Chucky Williams and Josh Harvey-Clemons each had 3 interceptions, Trumaine Washington added 3 as well, while Shaq Wiggins had 2, and Jaire Alexander and Jermaine Reve each had 1. Of the 17 interceptions, 12 came from defensive backs, and the only defensive back with an interception not returning is Jermaine Reve (graduated).
ESPN’s Jared Shanker is doing an ACC position rankings. He starts this week with the quarterbacks. Most everything I have read so far has Lamar as the third best QB in the ACC but Jared doesn’t agree with the masses. I agree with Jared. Here is his list…..
Louisville has competed in the ACC for two years now. They are 0-4 vs. Clemson and Florida State. Louisville is perceived as the best of the rest in the ACC but hopefully things will change this year. Jon Solomon wrote this article for CBS Sports talking about how Louisville could change that perception this year. In the article, Bobby Petrino says “Our offense needs to get to the point that every time we take the field we expect to score, because that’s the tradition of Louisville offenses.” With that being said, I love our chances. Click on the link below for the full article. Read the rest of this entry
Sheldon Rankins anchored a dominant (at times) front line last season. The losses of Rankins and Pio Vatuvei left arguably the biggest question mark on the roster. Rankins was first on the defensive line in total tackles, tackles for loss, and sacks. Vatuvei played his role well at defensive end and recorded 14 more tackles than the two starting ends on this year’s depth chart, Juniors Drew Bailey and Johnny Richardson. Perhaps the most unheralded but most proven player returning from last year is Deangelo Brown at defensive tackle. Brown finished 2nd on the defensive line in tackles and 8th on the team, all while playing behind first round draft pick, Sheldon Rankins.
With inexperience at the defensive ends, Deangelo Brown is going to have to anchor the defensive line. He may have some big shoes to fill but his solid performance last season and his work in the offseason has led to Brown receiving a lot of praise. While Drew Bailey and Johnny Richardson will start at the defensive ends, look for redshirt freshman G.G. Robinson to potentially make some noise. These positions may contain the least amount of experience on the roster, but the talent is there and with Brown in the middle, opposing offenses should have a hard time between the tackles. It starts in the trenches, and though there may be questions up front, I think we’ll like the answers.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After putting the pads on for the first time on Sunday, the University of Louisville football team was back on the practice fields Monday afternoon for another full pads workout that lasted just over two and a half hours.
Here are some pictures of the veterans practice for Friday August 5th. The team looked eager to get to work today. It appears to me that Lamar throws the ball much harder this year and Trumaine Washington made an interception that got a big reaction from the fans that made it out. It was a great practice. Looking forward to September 1st. Read the rest of this entry
As a Trinty man myself, I was lucky enough to see Reggie as a young man. As a U of L man , I have been lucky enough to watch him grow and evolve into the wonderful man he has become. He deserves all the accolades he has received and will receive. Here is Reggie’s interview with ESPN’s David Hale. Enjoy,
As University of Louisville fans, we would like to apologize for the thumping we are about to administer to you. It’s nothing personal but we need to do this for us. You see things have been a little chaotic here at Louisville and we must let out some frustration. You just happen to be at the right place at the wrong time. Read the rest of this entry
Lamar Jackson my not be invited to the Heisman ceremony this year but he is really gaining a lot of supporters. He is currently listed at odds of 100-1 in Vegas. My guess would be that before next season he will be around 10-1. Bill Bender of Sporting News got a chance to talk to Lamar at ACC media days. He was very impressed. Read his story below.