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UofL Football Previews TaxSlayer Bowl

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Reggie Bonnafon, Charles Standberry, Chucky Williams and Vince Tyra all spoke with the media today to discuss the cardinal’s bid to the TaxSlayer Bowl and their opponent Mississippi State. Take a listen below.

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Bobby Petrino Press Conference 11-20-17

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Bobby Petrino, James Hearns and Reggie Bonnafon spoke with the media about the upcoming game at Kentucky.

Press Release 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – There is a different feeling around the University Louisville football team heading into its rivalry game against Kentucky on Saturday at Kroger Field.

Last season, the Cardinals were coming off a disappointing 34-10 loss at Houston and beaten in every phase of the game.

Following a pair of dominating victories over Virginia and Syracuse, the Cardinals feel good about themselves leading into the 30th meeting of the Governor’s Cup.

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Louisville Vs. Syracuse Photo Gallery

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Louisville defeated Syracuse 56-10 on Senior day. Get your full recap here. Here are some pics of a rainy, windy and exciting day… Read the rest of this entry

Post Game Press Conference – Virginia

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Head Coach Bobby Petrino, sophomore linebacker Jon Greenard, senior linebacker James Hearn, senior running back Reggie Bonnafon, freshman running back Dae Williams, junior wide receiver Jaylen Smith, and junior quarterback Lamar Jackson all sat down with the media after the win against Virginia. Listen to what they had to say below.

Top Stories: Weekend Edition

Here are the stories from this weekend at CardinalSportsZone.com!

2017-18 Louisville Basketball Media Day

Donovan Mitchell STUNS The Lakers

Photo Gallery: Second Red-White Scrimmage

Red-White Scrimmage #2: Press Conference

ACC Rookie Of The Year Race Heats Up On Saturday

UofL Commits Have A Showdown In The Sunshine State

Interim President Postel And ULAA Member Bill Stone Discuss Chuck Smrt

UofL Releases Tom Jurich’s Termination Letter

UofL Releases Vince Tyra’s Contract Details

Lamar Jackson 2X Heisman Winner

Current Heisman Odds 10/25/2017

Tom Jurich’s Team Fires Back Against Termination Letter

TweetCap: Coach Pitino’s Interview With Terry Meiners

Quit Sleeping On Lamar Jackson

A Letter From Pitino’s Nephew

Kevin Ware Stands Up For Pitino

Check Out Louisville Men’s Basketball Media Guide

Nunnsense | Give The O-Line Some Credit – UofL Leads Nation In First Downs

The Barbour Shop: Reg-gie, Reg-gie, Reg-gie

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This Weeks Top 10 Stories At CSZ (Week Beginning 10-23)

Here are the top 10 stories from this week at CardinalSportsZone.com!

10 UofL Commits Have A Showdown In The Sunshine State

T9 Interim President Postel And ULAA Member Bill Stone Discuss Chuck Smrt

T9 UofL Releases Tom Jurich’s Termination Letter

8 UofL Releases Vince Tyra’s Contract Details

7 Lamar Jackson 2X Heisman Winner

6 Current Heisman Odds 10/25/2017

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The Barbour Shop: Reg-gie, Reg-gie, Reg-gie

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In a day and age where so many football players are selfish divas, it’s nice to see one player that is the opposite. His name is Reggie Bonnafon. A young man born of the Ville who chose to play football at the University of Louisville.

Reggie came in as a dual threat QB. He had a great arm and appeared to be a dynamic playmaker. Unfortunately, along came a guy by the name of Lamar Jackson and he wrested control of the QB position away from Reggie.

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Post Practice Interviews: 10-24-17

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Coach Nick Petrino, Reggie Bonnafon and Robbie Bell spoke with the media after practice today.

Press Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Outside of a 34-point fourth quarter in last season’s football matchup, Louisville and Wake Forest have played a couple of games down to the wire.

 

The Demon Deacons led the Cardinals last year 12-3 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium before Louisville exploded for a 44-12 win. In 2015, Lamar Jackson threw two touchdown passes and Louisville forced five turnovers in the second half in a 20-19 victory over Wake Forest in its first trip to Winston-Salem.

In their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Cardinals battled to a 20-10 win at home in 2014.

“Wake Forest is a tough team,” quarterbacks coach Nick Petrino said. “It seems like it’s the same guys we’ve been playing for the last couple of years. They have the same guys on the defensive line and the same guys in the secondary. They are a well-coached team, and their two defensive ends are two of the best in the ACC.” Read the rest of this entry

UofL Football Celebrates Victory Over FSU (Videos)

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UofL Football went on the road to Doak Campbell Stadium and earned a hard-fought victory over Florida State University.

The defense, after being gashed by Boston College, held FSU to 21 points. Despite missing LB Stacy Thomas and All American CB Jaire Alexander, UofL was stingy. Trumaine Washington came up with 2 huge interceptions and a funble late in the game by FSU QB James Blackmon was recovered by UofL DL Henry Famuwera and led to the game winning FG.

The offense found a running attack and gashed FSU on the ground. Lamar Jackson led the way with 178 yards on 23 carries. Reggie Bonnafon had 16 carries for 74 yards. Dae Williams, returning from an ACL injury during spring practice, impressed in his college debut. He carried the ball 8 times for 41 yards. Each player had 1 touchdown a piece.

UofL Athletics as a whole has been reeling after the firing of Tom Jurich. The football team, in particular, has not had the year the everyone envisioned so far with 3 losses including one to lowly Boston College.

However, the team dug down deep and played perhaps their best defensive game of the year. Effort and heart were on display and UofL Football appears to be reclaiming what seemed like a lost season.

Below, in tweets from both the Louisville Football account and Bobby Petrino’s account, you can see just how much this win meant to Petrino and the team. The celebration is reminiscent of the Charlie Strong celebration after beating WVU in 2011.

Hopefully, this signals brighter days ahead for UofL Football.

Midseason Highlight Photo Gallery

The football season is at the halfway point. The Cards are 4-2 and still have 6 very winnable games remaining in the regular season. I think it’s time to look back at some of CSZ’s best photo’s from this season including a few from media day. Enjoy… Read the rest of this entry

Louisville Vs Murray State Photo Gallery

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On Saturday, September 30th, the Louisville Cardinals defeated the Murray State Racers 55-10 at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. Lamar Jackson led the Cards with 4 touchdowns. Here are some pictures from the victory. Read the rest of this entry

Louisville vs. Kent State Photo Gallery – Part 1

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Video: Lamar Jackson Highlights vs UNC

Photo Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Lamar Jackson sure did look like, not only the reigning Heisman winner, but a top contender for the award this year.
Stats:

25-39 passing

393 passing yards

3 TDs

132 rushing yards

3 TDs

525 total yards

Here’s another fantastic video from the good people from the University of Louisville!

Quick Hitt5r5: UofL Vs UNC

Todays game was an odd one. You thought on one hand it should be easy but then on the other hand you know we don’t make anything easy. The Cards pull off the 47-35 victory in Chapel Hill over a terrible UNC team that put up 400 yards of offense. That would be one of the only negatives but here at quick hitt5r5 we tackle both the positive and negatives. Here we go:

(Stats provided by Chris Mull because I cannot Multi-task)

  • This is the first edition of Quick Hitt5r5, kind of like a mini version of 55………..You.Are.Welcome.
  • Lamar went Super Saiyan on their @$$, He threw for 393 yards through the air & put up 132 on the ground. Amazing!

  • We asked for the O-Line to improve and boy did they. 1 infraction as opposed to the plethora last week. 6 penalties this week as opposed to 16 last week.
  • We asked for a rushing game last week and we got it this week. 132 for Lamar, 149 for Malik & 22 for Reggie
  • Lamar’s accuracy is the difference between 47 points and 60 this week. That is saying a bunch
  • The Cards did not turn the ball over. That’s good football.
  • Seth Dawkins played a live action version of Mortal Kombat today:

  • Looking forward to seeing #10 back on the sidelines this week
  • The WR’s came up big today! Jalen with 9 for 183 & a TD & Dez has 4 for 78 & 2 TD’s
  • Defense wins championships. Our defense gave up 400 to UNC but when you have Action Jackson you may be able to get away with it
  • The Defense played inconsistent. Had some key stops, gave up some key plays. It’s still earl though in the season.
  • Get out and tailgate and hang out with CardNation before the kick next week. These big games are special and coming more often
  • Gameday looks like it is heading to the Ville
  • As good as special teams played last week they played equally as poor this week. Not too worried about this unless it becomes a trend.
  • We had 2 drives end in FG’s that started near mid-field then had 2 drives that were 90+yards long.
  • Last year we were a first half team & this year we are a 2nd half team. Imagine if we could do a little of both???
  • D-Line got little to no penetration again. That has to be fixed now.
  • Our Db’s look like lost little puppies out there
  • Higgys girlfriend is not fictional as we all suspected. Plus, he does own shirts that fit. This has nothing to do with the game but I had to throw it in. Oh yeah, he also likes boneless wings and bleu cheese. Everyone follow suit & block & unfollow him.
  • Thank Goodness somebody else had a lineman inexplicably fall down out their stance. Im looking at you Kiona.
  • Repeat, I repeat: Dez is gonna be a star. Call him 6Patrick from this day forward
  • Creque was automatic today
  • Lamar set a bunch of records today and threw the longest passing TD of his career:

  • Had a great time at Diorio’s with the CSZ crew, Sam, Marissa & even Boombox Mike showed up to secure the victory.
  • *Penalty Flag Thrown* Boombox called into Mark Ennis’s show on 93.9 The Ville & told him he had fun with the Crunch Zone guys. I’m not even mad. Those dudes are good people.

 

That is all for my account of tonight’s game. Thanks for reading.

Go Cards, Beat Clemson

Click on more below for some stats from todays victory over UNC:

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Louisville vs. Purdue Photo Gallery

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Lamar & Louisville Defense Turns Lucas Oil Into Windianapolis

 

I can finally breathe. We pull out a win vs a team we should’ve destroyed and it is all due to overconfidence imo. The things we did wrong are very fixable. They’ve been working all summer so why do they need to be fixed? You might say. Playing against another team is different from playing against your own in practice. I sat down to write this story and I was like crap, i am not good at breakdowns, that’s Mitch &JK thing. Since my entire team went to Indianapolis for the game & are probably passed out somewhere I decide to give it a shot. I would not call it a recap though but I will call it a summary. Here are my takeaways (Honorary Tax Boy) from tonight’s game…

  • Lamar picked up where he left off amassing 485 yards & 2TD
  • Center struggled hearing count but all in all not a bad night from the O-Line
  • You can work on the penalties we had, most were due to inexperience
  • There was no rushing game except from Lamar BUT he made the right decisions/reads on when to hand off or keep
  • Lamar’s accuracy looks improved
  • Special teams were a few blocks away from blowing this game open, that too can be worked on
  • 1-0 is 1-0
  • The Tax Boys came to collect on that a** tonight, Should’ve called them the IRS instead

  • Defense Wins Championships
  • Hopefully J’aire is out a week max and is back for Clemson
  • D-Line got little to no penetration (giggety) until Purdue fatigued, this needs to change
  • Need to secure the ball better. The turnovers were preventable and this game could’ve, should’ve been out of hand
  • STOP FAVORING US BY LARGE MARGINS VEGAS!!!
  • Dez is gonna be a star. They keep doubling Jaylen & Dez gonna make them pay…
  • For the love of God Louisville Twitter stop overreacting, that is what use to set us apart from uk fans. Use to…..
  • WR made a few erroes but looked like they were seeing the ball well and making effortless catches. As a former TE I like to see that.
  • We marched into a difficult city & Stadium for us to win in and turned Indianapolis into Windianapolis

That is all for my account of tonight’s game. Thanks for reading.

Go Cards, Beat The Tar Heels

P.S.-Don’t Forget to check CSZ tomorrow for Photo Galleries from the staff! Jeff Nunn was on the field for this one.

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The Barbour Shop: Top 10 Things to Do and See While Visiting Indy

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For today’s entry of The Barbour Shop, I’m going to give you all a list of Top 10 things to do and see while in Indy. However, the list comes with a puntastic UofL twist. Obviously time and dollars dictate you probably won’t be able to visit every place, but you can always pick which one or ones you want to visit. Let’s get started.

10) Hinkle Fieldhouse:
Yeah, it’s not basketball season yet, but Hinkle’s history makes it worth a visit. UofL is the unofficial owner of Hinkle as they have won their last 3 meetings with Butler there.

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Louisville Football Preview: Running Backs

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Louisville enters this season with a void to fill at the Running Back position. That void is there because Louisville lost its leading rusher from the RB position in Brandon Radcliff. At one point in the season, Radcliff was at the top of the nation in yards per carry. He finished the season with 903 yards on 138 carries (6.5 YPC) and 6 touchdowns. Radcliff was a workhorse for the program for pretty much all 4 years and he has left big shoes to fill for the guys this year.

However, I’m very confident that the position is in good hands. Jeremy Smith showed a lot of promise last season, the now-Senior rushed for 382 yards on 57 carries (6.7 YPC) and 8 touchdowns. Smith is currently recovering from a Jones’ fracture, but is expected to play in the opener against Purdue. I believe Smith will have a monster year, he’s a big back with good speed and proven ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

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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

Louisville Football Media Day Photo Gallery

Media Day 2017

I had the pleasure of attending U of L football media day and I took my camera. We at CSZ had the privilege of talking with all the coaches and many of the student athletes. We will be posting all the interviews very soon. I can’t seem to put into words what this experience was like, so you can just browse through the pics I snapped and try to get a feel for yourself. I also took a few pics of the progress of Papa John’s Cardinal stadium expansion. I hope you enjoy… Read the rest of this entry