First of all, I wanted to say thank you for all your hard work and dedication during your time here at Louisville. I’m sure I speak for all of Cardnation when I say we appreciate you.
I also wanted to say congrats on getting your degree. That is a great accomplishment and you should be proud.
Now for some questions…
CSZ – Was the main reason you transferred to be closer to home for your final season or were you seeking more playing time?
TS – Yes, to seek more playing time and set me up in a better position to show my talents. Wasn’t used to my abilities at UofL.
CSZ – Was Troy an easy decision because of the proximity to your family?
TS – No choice is easy to make when u trying to be in the position to showcase your talent. Troy just happened to be the place.
As you already know, Louisville wide receiver Traveon Samuel announced that he will be transferring to play his final year elsewhere. We now know that elsewhere will be Troy University. Traveon already graduated so he will be eligible to play this season. We wish him well and I’m sure a lot of Cardnation will keep one eye on Troy just to see how Traveon is doing.
UofL Receiver Traveon Samuel announced today his intention to transfer and play his senior year at another school. Samuel has already received his degree and will be eligible immediately at whatever school he chooses.
Samuel, an AL native, was a speedy, shifty WR who also returned kicks. One of his greatest moments was the 100 yard kick return TD he had against Clemson in 2015 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish Traveon all the best in his future endeavours.
Below is his tweet officially announcing his transfer.
Press Release from the University of Louisville Athletic Department:
Louisville Football Excels on the Field and In the Classroom
Forty student-athletes earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – While the University of Louisville football team is preparing for another postseason appearance, the squad concluded a successful campaign in the classroom.
Posting an 8-4 record on the field and securing a trip to the TaxSlayer Bowl, the Cardinals were just as productive academically. Forty student-athletes were named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for achieving at least a 3.0 grade-point average during the fall semester. Two players posted 4.0 GPAs in the fall.
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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In the final installment of position breakdowns by Justin & Mitch, Justin breaks down the Breadwinners.
Last Year: Louisville native James Quick led the team in receiving yards (769), while leading the position group with six touchdowns. Jamari Staples and Jaylen Smith had nearly 600 yards each, with the latter scoring six touchdowns in 2016 (one of which was a game-winner at Virginia). Smith also averaged 22.2 yards per catch, emerging as a consistent deep threat for Louisville.
Reggie Bonnafon only had 13 receptions as the #4 wideout, but also had five touchdowns in 2016.
Listed Starters: Jaylen Smith (Jr.), Seth Dawkins (Soph.), Traveon Samuel (Jr.)
Dubbing themselves “The Breadwinners,” the Louisville wide receiver group is one of the deepest in the ACC. But despite their upside, the Cardinals have to replace three of their top four spots from last year, with Quick and Staples graduating and Bonnafon moving to running back (for now).
Last Season: After losing both their kicker and punter due to graduation, the Louisville special teams needed new faces at those positions. Mason King took over duties as the team’s new starting punter, while Evan O’Hara and Blanton Creque split duties as the starting kicker throughout the season.
King had a solid season as a freshman, finishing in the top 20 in average yards per punt. The St. Xavier alum was the only freshman in the country to be in the top 20 in punting.
Blanton Creque finished 16/19 on the season, with a season-long of 47 yards against LSU in the Citrus Bowl. Creque took over after the Florida State game last year, also hitting 39 of 40 extra-point attempts.
In the return game, Jaire Alexander proved why he is one of the most dangerous returners in college football. The sophomore had a punt return for a touchdown against Florida State last season, and nearly had a second in the same game. Alexander finished in the top 15 in average yards per return in 2016.
Projected Starters: Mitch Hall (long snapper), Blanton Creque (kicker), Mason King (punter), Jaire Alexander (punt returner), Cornelius Sturghill & Traveon Samuel (kick returner)
With Colin Holba going to the NFL, Louisville recruited All-American Mitch Hall to replace him. Hall played in the Army All-American game last January, and was regarded as one of the best long snappers in high school last year. He’ll likely start at long snapper this year, giving the Cardinals a potential four-year starter at the position.
The rest of the starters will likely remain the same. Creque and King will likely retain their roles as starting kicker and punter, respectively. King showed improvement as the season progressed; he averaged 40.23 yards per punt in his first six games, and upped it to 46.11 yards in the final seven games of the season.
Creque took over duties in mid-September and had a decent season, mostly hitting field goals inside of 45 yards. U of L did not allow a kickoff or punt return touchdown in 2016, but the Cardinals were 111th in touchbacks last year (11 total), and did not attempt a field goal of 50+ yards.
Moving to the other side of special teams, Alexander will be the main figure at punt returner. Holding the position since his arrival in 2015, he only has one touchdown so far, but has come close to scoring a couple more and has been Louisville’s best special teams ace since Trent Guy.
Louisville lost receivers James Quick, Jamari Staples and tight end Cole Hikutini to graduation. They accounted for a total of 131 receptions (out of 248), 2052 yards (out of 3777), and 16 touchdowns (out of 32 receiving TD’s). That’s a lot of production to replace. Louisville also lost senior Ja’Quay Savage who transferred. The leading returner is Jaylen Smith. Jaylen had 599 yards and 6 touchdowns. After Jaylen, the most productive receiver is Traveon Samuel with 230 yards and 1 touchdown. At most schools, this would seem like a problem but at Louisville it’s just an opportunity for some younger studs to showcase their talent – And they have plenty of talent on this team.
Seth Dawkins is the guy to watch. He will have a breakout year. Dez Fitzpatrick will have some highlight catches and he is the best route runner I have seen in quite a while. Dez is the future and will contribute behind Jaylen, Seth and Traveon this year. Devante Peete, Emonee Spence, Javonte Bagley and Keon Wakefield should all contribute as well. Corey Reed, Justin Marshall and Josh Johnson are all going to be studs but are true freshman this year. And don’t forget senior Reggie Bonnafon will be at running back this year. Don’t be shocked if you see him at receiver and maybe taking a few snaps at QB.
The future is bright at the receiver position for the University of Louisville.
Enjoy this video that coach Petrino posted on Twitter about his receivers. Read the rest of this entry
Last Season: With a ton of seniors graduating from the program last season, Louisville turned to a plethora of young, raw receivers to turn some production for the passing game. Jamari Staples, in spite of missing half the season due to injury, led all receivers with 638 yards and three touchdowns, while James Quick led the team with five touchdowns.
While Staples and Quick were the key contributors for Louisville at that position, they also had a ton of true freshmen contribute right away. Devante Peete, Jaylen Smith and Traveon Samuel all saw major playing time and delivered on touchdowns for the team. It should be of note that wide receiver coach Lamar Thomas left in the offseason to coach at Kentucky.
Here is the latest video from UofL Football. It focuses on the Special Teams of UofL. These videos this year have been great. Here are the Louisville Special Teams.
We saw the emergence of two stars on special teams. Jaire Alexander proved himself to be both sure handed and elusive when returning punts. He returned 23 punts for 223 yards giving him a solid average of 9.7 yards per return. The true freshman cornerback had explosive returns against both UK and Texas A&M last year to end the season and he’ll be looking to pick up where he left off. Traveon Samuel showcased his speed returning kickoffs last season. Samuel, a true freshman receiver, had his biggest play when he returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Clemson. Samuel returned the second most kickoffs (12, 4 behind Corvin Lamb’s 16) but had the most yards of any returner with 321, giving him an average of 26.8 yards per return.
We all have been waiting for Bobby to come back to Louisville so that we can see the 50’s and 60’s on the scoreboard. Even here he said what he would do to the scoreboards the day he talked to the fans the week he got re-hired. At every other stop year 3 is when things come together so it is not crazy to expect the same thing here…again. Coach Petrino had a ton of issues last year with injuries as well. 3 starting QB’s & an OLine that was pretty much a patchwork job. An O-Line however by the time we get to Orlando against Alabama that could be very, very good. Andrea Adelson had an opinion this morning on this topic as well. She talked about the only times a Bobby offense had averaged fewer than 30 ppg.
The Louisville Football team held a 161 play scrimmage this morning in the Trager Indoor Practice facility. As we are 1 week away from the spring game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, the Cards hope to put on a show at 1pm on Saturday. The offense is what I have been the most excited to se and todays results are just a flash of what we will see. The WR/TE corp are my favorite because face it, I was a tight end and I appreciate what these guys have to do. Here are some of the key points from todays scrimmage:
Wide receivers Jamari Staples, Traveon Samuel and Ja’Quay Savage had two big touchdown receptions, while wide receiver James Quick also added a touchdown catch. Tight ends Micky Crum and Charles Standberry also scored on Saturday.
“We went a long time this morning,” head coach Bobby Petrino said after Saturday’s 12th practice. “It was a good scrimmage. It was back-and-forth again. We look forward to the spring game next Saturday. The whole week will be a lot of fun with two practices and the game on Saturday.
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Here is the third of the Spring Football breakdowns by the fine folks at @UofLFootball. This one is for the Wide receiver position. Returning everyone in a corp that was young last year makes things exciting as this year we have some second year studs with great Senior leadership like a cherry on top of our WR Ice Cream Sundae. We will have a position by position breakdown here on the site leading up to the start of the regular season but for now let’s feast on this video! (Click on More)
The way too early Football Hype video. It’s short but I hope I threw enough clips together to give you some positivity to hold you over till the Spring game. Read the rest of this entry
When I was told I had been named a new writer for CSZ, I thought about what my first post should be about. This is such a great time of year, with basketball in full swing as another Cardinal team enters December with high aspirations and for the 6th straight year, Cardinal Football is going to a bowl. There was no bad choice for me to make, both teams are heading in positive directions and are exciting (though frustrating at times) to watch and talk about.
While basketball holds a special place in my heart, I decided to write about football. I decided to write about football because all I’ve been able to think about while watching this team play is, “wow we have this team for the next 2-3 years!” For the Cardinal fans, that is music to our ears. For the rest of the nation, that’s a scary thought. The Cards came into the season receiving praise from more than a few analysts. Some even picked the Cards to win the ACC Atlantic division over previous ACC champion Florida State and now ACC champion Clemson.
Transcript of Bobby Petrino’s comments:
We started doing this post last season during the week of the Spring Football game. We give you five offensive and five defensive players to watch at this Friday’s spring game. These are guys that you may have heard of, but they are not the obvious names that you surely know. For example, I did not put DeVante Parker on the list last year. Pretty sure you already knew who he was and that he was going to be a decent player for the Cards. Right?
So this is just to bring your attention to a few guys that may be under the radar, but that we expect that you will need to know by the time the season starts in September. Just as a reference, the five guys we highlighted last year on offense were:
1) Will Gardner – Was an obvious choice, but he was following Teddy. It couldn’t be ignored to watch him.
2) L.J. Scott – Had a phenomenal spring game. Didn’t see too much action during the season, but fans still knew who he was after that spring game and he should be in for a big sophomore campaign.
3) Matt Milton – Never did pan out as a big wide receiver threat in games, but I do remember him catching a touchdown in the spring game, so that made me feel good about including him.
4) Tobijah Hughley – I had never heard of him leading up to the spring game, but we included him anyway. He ended up starting 12 games at Center last season.
5) Keith Towbridge – Was only a backup in 2013, but played in all 13 games last season. Expected to be a big playmaker at tight end this season.
So what does all of that mean? Probably not much, unless you like to learn about players and then see them probably pan out as contributors during the season. You can be sitting there Friday at the game and tell your friends about these players that they don’t know about, and then you sound smart. And if these players don’t play well, then I will take the blame. Just tell them about that idiot on CardinalSportsZone.com.
So here are the five guys to watch for this Friday on offense. And the biggest one besides these five will be obvious: the Quarterback race between Reggie Bonnafon, Kyle Bolin, and Tyler Ferguson.