The #12 overall pick in the NFL draft, Sheldon Rankins, breaks his fibula in a goal-line drill. Reports say he should be back in week 6 after surgery. The Saints have a bye in week 5 so he would likely only miss 4 games. All the Louisville family wishes Sheldon a speedy recovery. #L1C4 Read the rest of this entry
Sheldon Rankins anchored a dominant (at times) front line last season. The losses of Rankins and Pio Vatuvei left arguably the biggest question mark on the roster. Rankins was first on the defensive line in total tackles, tackles for loss, and sacks. Vatuvei played his role well at defensive end and recorded 14 more tackles than the two starting ends on this year’s depth chart, Juniors Drew Bailey and Johnny Richardson. Perhaps the most unheralded but most proven player returning from last year is Deangelo Brown at defensive tackle. Brown finished 2nd on the defensive line in tackles and 8th on the team, all while playing behind first round draft pick, Sheldon Rankins.
With inexperience at the defensive ends, Deangelo Brown is going to have to anchor the defensive line. He may have some big shoes to fill but his solid performance last season and his work in the offseason has led to Brown receiving a lot of praise. While Drew Bailey and Johnny Richardson will start at the defensive ends, look for redshirt freshman G.G. Robinson to potentially make some noise. These positions may contain the least amount of experience on the roster, but the talent is there and with Brown in the middle, opposing offenses should have a hard time between the tackles. It starts in the trenches, and though there may be questions up front, I think we’ll like the answers.
Sheldon Rankins isn’t wasting anytime introducing himself to one of the best quarterbacks in The NFL. He is proving that drafting him 12th was a little too low. Here is the article on ESPN talking about his interception and showing off his moves. Also, here is the video of his touchdown vs Boston College. Read the rest of this entry
Football season is still over two months away but it’s on my mind everyday. I recently received an email for the University ticket office that stated my request for Clemson tickets was approved and would be mailed at the end of August. I felt like a six-year-old on Christmas morning upon reading that email. Football has always been my first love even though I have come to enjoy Cardinal softball since I started covering it for CSZ. You should really go to a softball game. It’s a great time and you will be pleasantly surprised with the product on the field. Read the rest of this entry
Here are the top 5 sack performances from 2015 from YOUR UofL Football team provided to you by the fine folks at Louisville Football:
I seen this on the Courier Journal this morning (h/t to Steve Jones) and thought I would share. Once thought to be a late 1st to early 2nd round draft pick, Sheldon Rankins has shot up the draft boards. Pro Football Focus ranked the first three rounds here.
Here is a video recap of Sheldon Rankins pro day via Louisville Football.
Here are a compilation of tweets from around CardNation on how Sheldon Rankins performed today at the NFL combine!
From time to time here, in addition to the contributors opinion pieces, I will post storied I find on the internet that interest me. I am a complex sports fan so I feel if things interest me, they will interest you. More times than not I am right. (Humble Brag) Today I came across a good story from Andrea Adelson (most of her stuff is) about what UofL Football needs to do to take the next step. I hope you enjoy!
The ACC announced their All-Conference teams on Monday afternoon, and there was no shortage of Louisville Cardinals, as 10 players were named to various teams. Nobody made the first team, and Sheldon Rankins somehow landed all the way back on the third team.
Of the 10 players, 9 came from the defensive side of the ball, with Geron Christian being the only player on offense to make it. The full teams are listed below.
Coach Bobby Petrino speaks to the media following Saturday’s 38-31 win over Virginia on Senior Day at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Bobby Petrino and wide receiver Jamari Staples met with the media on Monday afternoon to recap the win at Wake Forest and talk about this Saturday’s game against Syracuse.
Todd Grantham and Sheldon Rankins spoke to the media after practice on Wednesday. They talk about the Florida State game and look ahead to Boston College.
I have said it before and I will say it again: I love when opposing schools have youtube channels and keep them updated with press conferences and preview videos like this. It certainly helps pass the time during the week while you wait for Saturday to get here. If you are like me, you just can’t get too much information leading up to a game like this.
This preview is from Seminoles.com.
Transcript of Bobby Petrino’s comments: