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Post Practice Interviews 9-20-17

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Coach Peter Sirmon and Henry Famurewa spoke with the media after practice on Wednesday.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Henry Famurewa has been waiting patiently to be an asset to the University of Louisville football team.

 

The Powder Springs, Ga., native arrived on campus in 2014 and appeared in one game – a rout of Murray State. He earned a redshirt the following year, but kept working to attract enough attention from the coaching staff to warrant playing time.

That time came this year and the results are quite evident over the Cardinals’ last two games. Famurewa has totaled eight tackles in that span, including his first career sack in the victory at North Carolina.

“For everything I have been through since I was on campus in 2014, it’s kind of built me and molded me into the person I am today,” Famurewa said. “I’m just happy to be out there playing meaningful snaps and being able to give my team the best chance to win.”

The redshirt junior is not only helping Louisville’s defense set the tone in the trenches, but Famurewa has become an example when the stadium spotlights are off and the cameras are absent.

“He’s demonstrating the ability on the practice field, which is what practice is for – you need to put your player face on and demonstrate ability,” defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon said. “He’s shown that he’s starting to make those plays. He’s being more physical. He’s playing with more effort the last several weeks, and when you do that, you’re going to get more play time.”

After a rocky defensive performance against Clemson, albeit the unit was on the field for more than 35 minutes, Sirmon is getting his group to refocus. Before facing the reigning national champion, the Cardinals’ were one of the top run defenses in the country.

Much of that success is attributed to the defense’s effort.

“Every time they go on the field – effort is mandatory,” Sirmon said. “Effort has to be mandatory, and execution – you see the good teams execute over and over again.”

Fortunately, the Cardinals have obeyed the 24-hour rule and have showed the willingness to move forward. Practices, as head coach Bobby Petrino alluded to on Monday, were not going to be easy heading into Saturday’s matchup against Kent State.

“It’s been a positive attitude,” Famurewa said regarding the spirit of practice. “We continue to focus on getting better on every little thing – technique, running to the ball, communicating – and just getting ready for the next game.”

For Louisville to continue to develop – and excel – on defense, it’s going to come back to giving maximum effort. Defense isn’t always the most glamorous side of football, but the Cardinals’ have a group that is devoted to improving and making each play count.

“Coach Sirmon preaches on effort,” Famurewa said, “so each chance I get in the game – whether it’s one, two, or 10 – I try to give maximum effort and make as many plays as I can.”

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Post Practice Interviews 9-12-17

Louisville coach Nick Petrino, Malik Williams and Geron Christian spoke with the media following today’s practice.

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Something will have to give when No. 14 Louisville hosts No. 3 Louisville on Saturday night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in front of a nationally televised audience on ABC.

The Cardinals, with the No. 5 offense in the country, face the Tigers, which possesses the No. 2 total defense. The Tigers are coming off an impressive performance last weekend, sacking Auburn quarterbacks 11 times in a 14-6 win at Death Valley.

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Post Practice Interviews 9-6-17 (Video)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville football team is becoming less and less a fan of the ‘two is better than one’ mantra.

For the second-consecutive week to begin the season, the Cardinals’ defense is facing a familiar challenge: preparing to see potentially two different quarterbacks in a game. Louisville opens its ACC schedule on Saturday at North Carolina, which trotted out Chazz Surratt and Brandon Harris as its signal callers in a season-opening loss to Cal.

The Tar Heels’ duo combined to go 25 for 44 in the air, with one touchdown, while rushing 21 times for 71 yards and one score.

Fortunately, Louisville understands the importance of film study for this type of situation and it worked to the Cardinals’ advantage last week. Louisville beat Purdue 35-28 to improve to 1-0, with the defense recording four sacks and three interceptions. Not to mention, the Cardinals’ unit tallied seven quarterback hits.

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Post Practice Interviews 9-5-17

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Coach Lonnie Galloway, Seth Dawkins and Dez Fitzpatrick spoke with the media after practice….

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Post Practice Interviews 8-30-17

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Defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon, Trumaine Washington and Dee Smith spoke with the media following today’s practice.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Both Louisville’s and Purdue’s offenses have received plenty of attention ahead of Saturday’s matchup in Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Post Practice Interviews 8-29-17

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Coach Mike Summers, Lukayus McNeil and Jaylen Smith spoke with the media after today’s practice.

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Post Practice Interviews 8-24-17

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville running back Jeremy Smith suffered a foot injury in March, which caused him to be shut down for the final couple weeks of spring practice.

For a football player and a competitor, the hardest thing to do is sit back and watch their teammates every day in practice. But for Smith, it might have been a blessing.

“I don’t really like sitting out because I like to be out there with those guys,” Smith said. “Sometimes sitting out is the best thing for you because it allows your body to heal and rest up. Being out hurt me from a conditioning standpoint, but right now, I feel good out there.” Read the rest of this entry

Post Practice Interviews 8-23-17

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With a number of key veterans on the football team graduating, there were some key position battles at the University of Louisville to watch for during fall camp.

The Cardinals graduated a number of contributors on defense, but still brought back nine starters from a defense that allowed just over 300 yards of offense per game.

One area that didn’t have much mystery was in the secondary. Four starters return, including All-America candidate Jaire Alexander at cornerback.

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Post Practice Interviews 8-22-17

Robbie Bell and Kenny Thomas spoke with the media after Tuesday’s practice. They talk about the progress the O line has made since last year, the improved pass and run blocking as well as the learning experience.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Heading into fall camp looking to fill three positions on the offensive line, the University of Louisville football team had few experienced options to occupy those vacancies.

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Defense Looks to Continue Progress in Upcoming Practices, Saturday’s Scrimmage. Plus Post Practice Interviews

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Press Release – LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In the University of Louisville’s first football scrimmage last Saturday, first-year defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon wanted to see his players get to the football and tackle – a key component that’s helped the Cardinals sport a top-25 defense over the last seven seasons.

For the most part, Sirmon and head coach Bobby Petrino were pleased with the results in the team’s first major test under the lights at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Both coaches came away pleased with the ability to limit big plays and tackling, which were a cause for concern last season.

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King, Creque Serve as Answers to Special Teams’ Question And Post Practice Interviews

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The importance of special teams can never be underestimated. Football games can be won – and lost – because of poor execution or critical mistakes in that phase of the game.

Heading into last season, there were many questions surrounding the special teams unit at the University of Louisville, with no experience returning at the punter or placekicker positions.

Those questions were answered immediately with the emergence of punter Mason King and kicker Blanton Creque – a pair of Kentucky natives.

Despite their lack of playing, the duo stepped in and calmed the nerves of the coaching staff by making this unit a strength of the team.

 

King, who hails from Louisville, never took a snap during the regular season until he punted in the season opener versus Charlotte. Even as newcomer, King emerged as the punter of the future, setting a school mark for punting average at 43.9 yards per boot.

Despite a 37.5 yards average in his first game, King continued to improve as the season went on, averaging over 40.0 yards a punt in seven games, including a 48.0 yards average in Death Valley versus Clemson and 49.3 yards a punt against Kentucky.

“I look back at all the work I put in, and Austin Johnson challenges me every day in practice,” King said, “which has made me a better punter. We challenge each other every practice and that’s what helps us kick so well.”

With all the success that King enjoyed last season, his biggest accomplishment is the fact that he was voted as one of the team’s seven captains last weekend. The St. Xavier High product, King and Devante Peete were named to lead the special teams.

“To be named a captain is an absolute honor,” King said after Wednesday’s practice. “To know that the players voted for me is an absolute honor to go out there, and I’m going to take advantage of that opportunity and let them know how valuable special teams are.

“I’m so excited for this season, especially after being named captain, which is something I never dreamed of.”

Creque took over the placekicking duties in the fourth game of the season, and never relinquished his starting opportunity, hitting 16-of-19 attempts – tied for the third-most in school history.

After missing one of his first two career attempts, Creque went on to connect on 10 straight, including tying a school record with four field goals in a win over NC State. He closed the year by going 3-for-3 in the Citrus Bowl loss to LSU, including hitting a career-best 47-yarder in the 29-9 loss.

“I had to make that jump last year, Creque said. “After a few games, I was able to zone in and treat every kick the same. In practice, I visualized that every kick I took was a kick in the game. My second game kicking was Clemson, so anything after that really didn’t faze me.”

There wasn’t a lot that Creque needed to improve on after missing three kicks all of last season, but he did need to figure out how to extend the ball to the end zone on his kickoffs.

“My kickoffs have been a big focus for me this offseason,” Creque said. “Right now in camp, I’m trying to make every kick. I’ve gotten stronger, which has been a big help for this so far during camp.”

Head coach Bobby Petrino spends a lot of time in practice focusing on special teams, which has paid off on game day, and Creque thinks the Cardinals will be even better this season.

“We are so deep this year,” Creque said, “that we will have a lot of guys playing on special teams. We emphasize it a lot in practice. The more time you spend on it, the better you will be. I think we have a chance to be very good on special teams this year.”

 

Post Practice Interviews – Galloway, Smith And Dawkins

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Lonnie Galloway, Jaylen Smith and Seth Dawkins spoke with the media after today’s practice. The wide receivers know they have a very big role on this team if they want to have a special year.

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