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2018 Louisville Football Posters Available

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UofL Football announced you can now pick up posters for the upcoming season at certain businesses throughout Louisville and the surrounding area. There are four different posters featuring different players that will be available.

The businesses that will have posters available are Kroger, Commonwealth Credit Union, and Buffalo Wild Wings. Only certain locations will have the posters.

Read the full press release from UofL below for all the details about which players will be featured and which locations will be carrying the posters.

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Louisville Football Individual Game Tickets On-Sale

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UofL announced today that they tickets for individual games for their home games and for the Alabama game are now on sale.

In addition to single game tickets, there are also three-game mini-plans and season ticket packages still available.

The full press release with more detailed information can be read below.

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King and Creque Have the Ability to Change the Game

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino typically spends a bulk of his practice time focusing on special teams because of the impact it has on the game.

The ninth-year head coach has dedicated scholarships on a punter and placekicker, which isn’t normal in most programs, and it’s paid off with spectacular production.

“Coach Petrino always preaches in meetings how important special teams are, and how you can win or lose a game because of special teams,” punter Mason King said. “We don’t take it for granted. We try to get a huge chunk of land on special teams. We just have to take advantage of the opportunity to make a play.”

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Louisville’s Becton Ready to Take Next Step in His Second Season

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Initially looking at Mekhi Becton last year, it was tough to fathom that the mammoth offensive lineman didn’t boast an ounce of collegiate experience.

The Highland Springs, Va., native towered over the opposition as a 6-foot-7, 345-pound rookie. Based on his physique, most pegged him as a veteran – not an 18-year old freshman.

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3 Star NJ WR Stanley King Commits To Cards

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UofL Football’s wide receiving corps just got a big new weapon today with the commitment of 3 star WR Stanley King out of Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, NJ.

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Federal Judge Dismisses Pitino’s Case VS Adidas

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Rick Pitino is finally down to just one lawsuit after a federal judge announced today that his case against Adidas will have to be handled in arbitration. According to the Courier Journal, judge David A. Hale of the Western District of Kentucky granted the motion. Pitino filed the lawsuit in October of 2017 claiming that the shoe company deliberately damaged his reputation. The lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice, meaning Pitino is free to file the same claims again. You can read the Courier Journal’s full report below.

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Men’s Basketball Buffs Up

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Sooooo, it looks like Coach Mack made the right choice in his strength and conditioning coach…

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UofL Football Picks Up Big Commitment From FL DT Denzel Daxon

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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.

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CSZ’s Coverage Of UofL Football Media Day (Video)

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CSZ’s Jeff Nunn, myself Shawn Barbour, and Daniel Spencer were all at UofL Football media day providing coverage for all our loyal readers.

We were able to interview numerous coaches and players, asking some football related questions and some off the wall questions.

Check out our video below to see interviews with Coach Lonnie Galloway, Brian Van Gorder, Jawon Pass, Jaylen Smith, Dee Smith, and a host of others.

UofL Announces Cardinal Stadium Job Fair

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT: 

UofL to Host Job Fair for Cardinal Stadium Job Opportunities

The job fair will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville will host a job fair on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Cardinal Stadium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to hire positions for the upcoming UofL football season.

Billed as the “Staff Signing Day,” Louisville and its partners – Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC), CenterPlate, and the Louisville Special Forces – will be looking for candidates to fill various positions for the seven-game home slate, which begins on Sept. 8 versus Indiana State.

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New Era Of UofL Football Breakdown With ACC Digital Network (Video)

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Our friends at the ACC Digital Network sat down with Bobby Petrino and Jaylen Smith to  talk about what the newest era of UofL football will look like. Take a look below to see what he has to say!

DL Jared Goldwire Is Stabilizing Defensive Line For UofL

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:

Goldwire’s Addition Stabilizes the Defensive Line

Jared Goldwire was one of the nation’s top defensive line prospects.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 9, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When the University of Louisville football program hit the recruiting trail last year, there was a glaring need for defensive linemen.

Gone were defensive ends James Hearns and Trevon Young and defensive tackles Drew Bailey and De’Asian Richardson. The returning players lacked major playing experience.

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2018 Louisville Football Preview: Special Teams

Last season, we saw the consistency of Blanton Creque and Mason King in their unheralded, but all important roles. While the return game was managed by the likes of Reggie Bonnafon and Seth Dawkins, we missed out on the excitement of Jaire Alexander due to his injury suffered in the first game. The first two names mentioned are back in their roles and look to build on already successful careers. The return game will be an interesting decision when the depth chart is released.

Redshirt-Junior Blanton Creque is as good a kicker that the Louisville football program has seen. His accuracy and dependability is up there with former Lou Groza winner, Art Carmody. For his career, Creque is 97-99 on extra points and 33-39 on field goals good for 84.6%. When Creque takes the field, the Louisville fans should feel confident that he’s going to throw points on the board.

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Quentin Snider To Play Professionally In Portugal

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Quentin Snider will continue his basketball playing career overseas in Portugal. He signed a pro contract with SL Benfica of the Portuguese league per his father Scott Snider. You can read the details from Scott Snider’s Facebook post below.

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This is excellent news for Q as he gets to continue playing the game he loves, get paid to do so, and do it at a high level.

We at Cardinal Sports Zone wish Q all the luck in the world and hope our hometown player makes waves in Portugal.

Coach Bobby Petrino Pleased With UofL Football Team After First Day Of Practice In Full Pads

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UofL held its first practice of fall camp in full pads today. Coach Bobby Petrino came away feeling good at where his team stands early on in camp and talked about it after practice.

Petrino mentioned that he looked forward to watching film of a live tackling drill. He talks about the progression of the passing game and about the four team captains that have been chosen by the team. Petrino speaks of Cole Bentley and his progress as well.

Lukayas McNeil speaks about being a leader and what it takes to be in that role as he is now a captain.

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UofL Football Reveals New Uniforms For Upcoming Season

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Photo Courtesy of UofL Football’s Twitter Account (@UofLFootball)

UofL Football and Adidas have unveiled the uniforms UofL will wear for the upcoming season. They are the Adidas Primeknit uniforms and they are nice.

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PJ Mbanasor Is Ready To Play College Football Again

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It’s been a long, long time since PJ Mbanasor has played in an actual college football game. In fact, the last time he played was in 2015 for Oklahoma. He then redshirted a year before transferring to UofL and, due to transfer rules, sat out a year.

Now, Mbanasor is eyeing one of the starting CB spots for UofL and is itching to get back out on the field and play college football again.

Check out this story by gocards.com about Mbanasor being ready to seize his opportunity to play below.

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Bobby Petrino Announces Four Team Captains For 2018

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Bobby Petrino tweeted out the names of four players chosen to be 2018 team captains by the team. They are Redshirt Senior OL Lukayas McNeil, Redshirt Sophomore QB Jawon Pass, Senior S Dee Smith, and Redshirt Junior LB Jon Greenard.

McNeil is arguably the leader of the offensive line, Smith is arguably the leader of the secondary, Greenard is arguably the leader of the front seven, and of course Pass is the leader of the offense despite having played sparingly last year.

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Jamon Brown Foundation Leads Others In Donating Funds To West Louisville 13U Baseball Team

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Photo Courtesy of Danny Mosby’s Facebook Account

The 13U West Louisville baseball team won the state tournament recently and will be going to the Babe Ruth Little League World Series to compete. However, they have been looking for donors to help with the expenses of the trip.

The Jamon Brown Foundation, along with other local businesses and citizens, are stepping forward and donating funds to help these wonderful young men live their dream and try to win the championship and bring it home to Louisville.

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Jaylen Smith Requires Emergency Appendectomy

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First and foremost – we here at Cardinal Sports Zone, wish Jaylen a speedy and successful recovery.

It was reported early Friday morning that Jaylen had undergone surgery to remove his appendix. According to WDRB, head trainer Matt Summers says he is expected to make a full recovery. At this time, there is no time table for his return.