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Nunnsense: Reggie Bonnafon Has To Be The MVP

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It goes without saying that Lamar Jackson is the most important player on this years team. Not only because he plays quarterback but because he is the returning best player in the country – And he has the Heisman trophy to prove it.

But is he the most valuable player on this team? I guess that depends on your definition of most valuable. Most people say that the quarterback is always the most valuable. While I won’t argue with you if that is your belief but it’s hard for me to believe that this team can make the playoffs without Reggie Bonnafon as the team’s MVP. Read the rest of this entry

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Nunnsense: The Legacy Of James Quick

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The legacy of James Quick is one that can be interpreted in many different ways. It all depends if compare his college career to the expectations most people had for him or if you compare his actual statistics and contributions during his time at Louisville to every other receiver that came before him.

It all began at Trinity High School when James became the first-ever freshman to start a game for the storied football powerhouse.  He also won the state championship in the 200 meter dash in both his freshman and sophomore years. James became the first player in Kentucky high school football history to score a touchdown in four straight state championship games (’09 -’12) and had received offers to play at almost every major college school. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: 2017 Louisville Football Game By Game Predictions

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Last year I wrote that I believed Louisville could win 11 games but I kept my prediction at 10-2 because I feared that one unexplainable loss. Well after a 9-1 start, I felt 11 wins was a definite. I was a firm believer that Louisville would beat an over hyped Houston team. I was wrong. I don’t think I was alone in believing that there was no way that the team 65 miles east of us could come into our house and win. I was wrong again.

 

This preseason is very similar to last years. Las Vegas has set our win total at 9.5 again this year. There is a lot of hype again also. I believe the difference this year is that this team is better than last years team and the schedule is not as tough. The key to the season is the first 3 games. If Louisville can go 3-0 then 11 wins seems more likely. A loss to UNC and Clemson could mean a 8 or 9 win season. Another factor that I think people are forgetting is that this is Bobby Petrino’s 4th season. In case you forgot what that means, let me remind you. In Petrino’s 4th year at Louisville the first time around,  Louisville went 12-1 and finished 6th in the country. In his 4th year at Arkansas, they were 11-2 and finished 5th in the country. So if my beliefs are correct, then it’s reasonable to predict that Louisville will go over the projected 9.5 win total set by Las Vegas. While I also believe there is a small chance that Louisville can run the table, I won’t predict that because I don’t want to be the hot take guy. I honestly believe that this team has a very good shot to be 11-1 but I fear that one game that nobody can explain what happened, so I’ll predict a 10-2 season although below I will predict 11 wins because I don’t know where the second loss will come from and I don’t want there to be a second loss.

Here are my game by game predictions,  Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: A Better Lamar, A Better Line And Better Receivers = CFB Playoffs?

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The question remains, can the Cards make the college football playoffs? Well, their goal is to win a national championship and let’s face it, if that isn’t every teams goal, then why are you playing?

Last year Louisville was so close to making the playoffs but fell flat on their face in the last 2 games of the regular season. You can blame the O-line, dropped passes, fumbles, effort, coaching or whatever you want but the fact remains that everyone needs to get better. No one has taken that to heart more than Lamar Jackson. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: Having Fun With The Preseason Depth Chart

 

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After looking at the first edition of the depth chart, I noticed some guy named Lamar at quarterback. I hear he is pretty good so I guess there is no need to discuss that position unless you noticed that the back up is officially listed as “Puma Pass.”

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Nunnsense: Keys For A Big 2017-18 Football Season

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First, let’s start by defining what a big or successful season is. To me I measure success by the win total set by Las Vegas. This year the total is 9 so if we win 9 regular season games then the season is successful. However, early season success often raises our expectations. It shouldn’t but it just does – it’s human nature. * See last season.* Maybe you have a different definition of a successful season and that’s perfectly okay. I love our fans having high expectations. Our goal every season should be nothing less than a national championship but there is absolutely nothing wrong with being happy after a 10 win season. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: Louisville Football Is An Early Favorite Over Clemson And Others

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This time of year is often referred to as the “Dead Period.” We are approximately 65 days away from college football and there is not much else going on. For me, it’s the time of year where I start watching games from the previous season on Youtube and start searching the internet to see what other conference rivals are saying about their expectations for the upcoming season. I always go on vacation the first week of July and it’s my yearly tradition to pick up a college and NFL football magazine at the airport to read on the plane. It’s my time to start preparing for my preseason predictions and brush up on transactions and projections for fantasy football. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: The NCAA Overreached, Now It’s Time To Fight

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A lot of people think that since we write for a website, we get information before it is released to the public. In some cases we do but when the NCAA Committee on Infractions released its ruling on the U of L case, I was just like you – A fan listening to the radio and scrolling social media with my stomach in knots. And when I heard the voice of Steve Rummage reading the verdict, I was confused as I didn’t get the clarity I needed to know that this whole mess was behind us.

I wanted to write something right away to let you know that everything was going to be okay and to voice my displeasure with the ruling. I decided to wait a week to gather more information and also to prevent from writing a reactionary piece. Well, its been a week and here it is …. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: DeVante Parker Is Ready To Be An Elite NFL Receiver

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After being drafted 14th overall in the 2015 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins, Card forever DeVante Parker has not exactly lived up to the elite receiver status that the Dolphins had hoped for. His 2 year career totals of 82 receptions, 1,238 yards and 7 touchdowns is more like what the Dolphins had hoped for in one year.

So what is the reason for Devante’s less than elite numbers? Well, it’s definitely Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: They’re Coming Out Of The Woodwork

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I’m not the biggest baseball fan in the world. I tend to stay more focused on football but as a Louisville Cardinal, I follow almost every sport. While I am not the baseball guy on this site, I know the line-up, rotation and some facts. I try to listen or watch most of the games but I only attend a game or two every year.

To be honest, I had never been to a Louisville baseball game until about 2002,  even though I attended Louisville in the early ’90’s. I don’t consider myself a fair weather fan but it’s human nature that winning drives increased interest and attendance. Everyone wants to be part of something special. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: Mitchell Is Gone -Is Adel Or Johnson Coming Back?

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Thanks to a new rule put in place last year, players can declare for the NBA Draft before April 23 and remove their names before the deadline on May 24th while still retaining their college eligibility. The NBA Draft is June 22nd. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: Cards In The NFL Draft Wrap-Up

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The NFL draft came and went last weekend and for the fourth-straight year the Cards had at least one player selected in the draft. This years draft went nothing like what everyone expected. Personally, I believed 5 or 6 Cards would be drafted and another 3 would receive free agent contracts. I expected Harvey-Clemons to be the first Card taken in about the fourth round. I was a little off. Here is a chart from NFL.com of the Cards drafted in the last 4 years. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: KY Derby 143 Preview

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I want you to win money on Derby day. The best way to win is to have a little bit of knowledge as to what you are doing. No matter if you are betting a lot of money or you are just betting $2 to show on a horse, you should be well-informed before making your choice. I want to help you win some money. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: What’s Your Take On The Spring Game Attendace Controversy?

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In the days after the 2017 Spring game, I have asked many people what was their take on the Spring Game attendance. Would you go if it were on a different day? Different time of day? Is it important to you? What kept you from going? Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: Observations From The Sideline (Open Practice #3)

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I attended the third and final open football practice on Tuesday afternoon. My goal was to bring you pictures from what I saw accompanied with my thoughts on how the team looked and what you might be interested in. Moments into warm-ups, I was approached and told there was no photography allowed. I tried explaining that millions of Nunnsense and Cardinal fans would be disappointed but my plea fell upon deaf ears and the no photography order remained in place. So I will just tell you what I witnessed with the promise of bringing Spring Game photos in about 10 days or so. Thanks for understanding. That’s why I love you Card family.

The first thing that stood out to me is running back Dae Williams. His size is unbelievable. He has been compared to a young Michael Bush as far as physical structure. To me, the red-shirt freshman resembles a young Marshawn Lynch. Maybe it’s just the combination of the hair hanging out the back of the helmet and the power beastmode style of running. Whatever it is, it caught my eye and I liked what I saw. Although there was basically no contact, he still hit the holes with authority and never dodged a would be tackler. I think this guy would run through a wall for you. He is the perfect fit for the Petrino pro-style offense that loves the power back. He also caught a lot of balls in this practice. I never saw him drop, or ever bobble a pass no matter if it came from Lamar of Jawon. Jeremy Smith was not on the practice field and I couldn’t get an explanation as to why, so big #40 took most of the first-team reps.

 

The second thing that stood out to me was the defense. It’s so hard to tell what the play or drill was supposed to be in a practice but the whole day just had the vibe that the defense was getting the better of the offense. Not sure if they were practicing short passes or defensive coverage was that good but it seemed the quarterbacks had to check down and throw a lot of short passes. The usual suspects remained at their spots but I noticed the absence of Chucky Williams. Not sure why he was not out there but P.J. Blue filled in nicely at safety. I think P.J. is going to see a lot of playing time and I am happy about that.

Stacy Thomas had a nice interception of Jawon Pass and nearly held on to a second interception. He is poised for a big year.

The receivers on this team are a dream come true for Lamar. Jaylen Smith is still out recovering from a broken foot so other receivers are getting a chance to prove themselves. Javonte Bagley continues to look good this spring.I really enjoyed watching Dez Fitzpatrick go up against Jaire Alexander. You want to be a better receiver? Go practice against the best cover corner in college football. Dez did exactly that and did it well. This kid runs such clean and precise routes and has the ability and size to go get the ball at it’s highest point. He is definitely going to be a super star before he heads to the NFL. But the receiver who looked the best was Seth Dawkins. I can’t count how many passes he caught. I didn’t see him drop a pass all day. Having Jaylen on one side with Seth on the other and Reggie in the slot will make for many sleepless nights for ACC defensive coordinators.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, C.J. Avery is a beast. This kid is an early enrolee. He should still be in high school getting ready for prom. Instead he is out there looking like he has been here for 3 years. He is a physical specimen and he just looks like he wants to hit somebody. Keep an eye out for #9 on defense this year. I’d say he end up starting at the “star” position. I think that’s great news for the good guys and terrible news for the bad guys.

I think it shows just how far this program has come and how many great prospects are on this team when you don’t even hardly notice that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner is just out there flinging balls around. Yes. Lamar looked great and you would think that most of the 200 people in attendance were there just to see him but most people came out to see the whole team. I know they lost a lot on defense and the offensive line was, well, offensive last year but I truly believe that this team has the potential to be right there on the verge of the playoffs again this year.

I hope to see all of you out at the Spring Game on Saturday, April 15th at 1:00.

 

As Always, GO CARDS!

Nunnsense: 10 Things To Watch At The Spring Game

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On Saturday, April 15th, Louisville football will hold it’s annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game. This will be our last chance as fans to see the team for about 5 months.

It’s tough to determine in this glorified scrimmage just how much the team has improved or how well certain players will adapt in their new roles, whether it be as a starter or at a new position. The coaching staff will be trying different personnel packages, implementing different schemes and calling a variety of experimental plays.

Take it for what it is, a chance to see our guys in action. Even though it’s tough to gauge how great this team can be by the outcome or stats from this game, we can get a look at certain players of interest and individual position battles. Here are 10 things that I will watching with great interest.  Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: Wrapping Up The Basketball Season

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The season is over and this the time when I am usually Mr. positive. This is the time when I would remind you that football practice has started and our team is led by the reigning Heisman trophy winner. This is the time I would also remind you that our baseball team is ranked #1 in the nation. This is also the time where I would point out that the swim and dive team just crowned another national champion for the sixth year in a row. I would also point out that the basketball team has some great recruits coming in and the team will probably be pre-season ranked in the top 3. Even though this is the time for me to be positive and lift you up, I just can’t do it. Not yet. I’m still hurting. I’m disappointed. I’m sad. I’m wounded. I need a hug.  Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: Meanwhile, Over At The Football Complex…

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It’s March and all eyes are on the top 10 men’s basketball team, the top 12 women’s basketball team and the number 1 college baseball team. All three of those teams deserve every ounce of praise and respect that the get. They have earned it and we are all very proud of them.  Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: March Mangok Is The Key To A Deep Tournament Run For Cards

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Mangok Mathiang is the only player on this years team that was on the 2013 championship team roster. Although he didn’t play he gained a wealth of experience. Mangok was ruled ineligible that year due to a delay in getting his high school transcript. Even though he was  ineligible for the 2012-13 season, he was allowed to train and practice with the team. Practicing against Gourgi Dieng on a daily basis could only help develop the 6’10” Mathiang. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: Dear Syracuse, Sorry Not Sorry For The Memories

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This past Saturday afternoon the Louisville Cardinals polished off the Syracuse Orange with an unimaginable dunk from Donovan Mitchell. Many of you didn’t see it because you were on your way to your car but that’s a story for another time. Anyway, after Mitchell threw down that dunk, I couldn’t help but think that Syracuse has been on the wrong end of many great sports memories for the fans of Louisville athletics. Let’s reminisce over those good times. Read the rest of this entry