Last Season: Louisville’s pass defense went from 14th in 2016 to 66th overall last season, allowing approximately 225 yards per game. The average was the worst ranking for the Cardinals since 2011, and the third lowest in their last ten seasons.
The Cardinals struggled a lot in the first half of 2017 due to a combination of injuries (mainly with star cornerback Jaire Alexander) and a lackluster scheme from former defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon. While Alexander was sidelined, the Cardinals allowed 290+ passing yards in four of their first six games, as well as 461 yards and five touchdowns to Wake Forest. They rebounded in their final four games with solid performances, allowing 147.25 yards per game and a 1:6 TD-INT ratio in that stretch.
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
Here are a few more photos from Saturday’s victory over Kent State. Read the rest of this entry
The Freshman class for the University of Louisville Football team is on campus and have been working hard. This class was full of big time players that we could not wait to see perform. Here is an update from Mr L (requested to be anonymous)
As the season quickly approaches, we take a moment to get to know the incoming freshman. Thanks to UofL Athletics we find out how Russ Yeast’s summer in Louisville have been, and what his relationship with Coach Ward is like along with so much more. Let’s take a listen!
5′ 10″, 175lbs
A two-way star, Russ Yeast is a speedy and agile playmaker at the Wide Receiver, Running Back and Cornerback positions out of Center Grove HS in Greenwood, IN. His senior season, he helped lead Center Grove HS to a 12-2 record, and lead them all the way to the IHSAA 6A title game. That season while both an offensive and defensive specialist, his specialization was on the offensive side of the ball, where he averaged 8.2 yards per carry as well as 18.8 yards per catch. He totaled 2,127 offensive yards and 27 total offensive touchdowns. When matched up against Russ Yeast, you better be ready for a track meet, cause he will beat you with his speed and elusiveness on the gridiron. The son of former UK great Craig Yeast, Russ decided to pave his own path and commit with their in state rival. He cited his fondness for Louisville growing up and them being the best fit both academically and athletically for him as his main reason for committing to the University of Louisville.
Yesterday, Louisville signed one of its top recruiting classes in the football program’s history. With a Heisman Trophy winner, new offensive line coach and defensive coordinator, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding Louisville’s 2017 season. Who else is buzzworthy from this year’s recruiting class?
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5’11”, 183 lbs
Other Schools of Interest: Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Kentucky
Russ Yeast has been a solid Louisville commit. He even shut down his recruiting and didn’t take his last 2 official visits. That didn’t stop Oklahoma. They offered him a scholarship yesterday via his Twitter.
Here is the article in the Courier Journal article by Steve Jones about the offer. Read the rest of this entry
Four-star safety C.J. Avery (Grenada, MS) announced that he will commit to Louisville over Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
Avery marks the 24th commitment in the Cardinals’ 2017 recruiting class, and is ranked as high as 78th on the ESPN 300 recruiting rankings. Avery’s commitment also adds to Louisville’s already stout recruiting class, which is ranked as high as 17th on Scout’s recruiting rankings. Louisville’s class is also near the top 25 on multiple recruiting rankings, and near the top 25 on ESPN’s list.
Avery is also the second-ranked commitment for the Cardinals on 24/7, with a .9115 rating (RB Colin Wilson is first with .9118). Avery is currently the 19th ranked safety on 24/7 as well, and leaves the Cardinals with one more scholarship before the 25 threshold. He will also be playing in the Under Armour All-American game on January 1st, alongside fellow U of L recruit Russ Yeast.
Another day, another big time commitment for the University of Louisville.
Defensive back Russ Yeast, who was the #4 rated player in the state of Indiana on 24/7 Sports, commits to Louisville almost a week after the Cards grabbed another top recruit in four-star running back Colin Wilson. Yeast chose the Cardinals over Auburn, Alabama and Kentucky, whom Yeast had committed to prior to his announcement today.
Yeast joins his father, Craig, as a potential second-generation college football player. Craig Yeast played as a wide receiver for Kentucky from 1995-1998, and played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League.
With Yeast’s commitment to the Cardinals, Louisville now has 23 commitments in the 2017 class, while ranked in the top 30 on both ESPN and Scout’s rankings. Louisville’s class is ranked as high as 23rd on Scout.com, and could be trending up with this commitment.