Many UofL fans kept up with how well our 5 invitees have been doing at the NFL Combine this past weekend. Lamar Jackson, Trevon Young, Jaire Alexander, Geron Christian, and James Hearns all participated in the big showcase of talent before the draft.
Below we will give official measurements, highlights of drills, interviews, and other information about UofL’s 5 invitees.
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.
Press release from the University of Louisville:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville defensive end/outside linebacker Trevon Young has been named the recipient of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 2017 Brian Piccolo Award, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced on Thursday.
The Piccolo Award has been given annually since 1970 in memory of the late Brian Piccolo to the “most courageous” football player in the ACC. As a standout running back at Wake Forest, Piccolo was the ACC Athlete of the Year in 1965 and played for the Chicago Bears before his career was cut short when he was stricken with cancer. His courageous fight against that disease was an inspiration to the Bears and the entire football community.
James Hearns and Trevon Young spoke with the media after practice today.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Dominant is a subtle way to describe the University of Louisville football team’s performance in last year’s victory over Florida State.
The Cardinals’ offense registered 530 yards and tallied 21 second-quarter points, while the defense accumulated five sacks, one interception, limited the Seminoles to 2 of 13 on third-down conversions, and stifled Florida State to 284 yards of offense.
Louisville heads into Saturday’s afternoon matchup with a 4-3 mark following rare consecutive losses, including a heart-breaking 45-42 decision against NC State, aiming to repeat that performance.
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
Today, head coach Bobby Petrino, senior Linebacker Trevon Young and Junior quarterback Lamar Jackson met with the media today. They all recapped the Purdue game and previewed the UNC game this weekend.
Here is a TweetCap of today’s press conference from University of Louisville Head Coach, Bobby Petrino, Heisman Trophy Winner Lamar Jackson & Trevon Young via @UofLFootball
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For much of last season, the Louisville defensive line was a force to be reckoned with. It is no secret that the end of the season collapse affected all aspects of the team, but the defensive line remained stout. Entering this season, Louisville will be without Devonte Fields and Deangelo Brown, both of whom were lost to graduation. However, the returns to this group far outweigh the departures.
Trevon Young had a monster 2015 season. The horrific injury he suffered in the Music City Bowl that season sidelined him for all of last year. Young and Fields were a 2 man wrecking crew that year, which left a spot to fill on the opposite of Fields. James Hearns was the man who stepped in, and he more than filled that role. Hearns stole the show, leading the team in sacks with 8 and forced fumbles with 5. Hearns enters this season as a rising senior with very high expectations. As mentioned earlier, Young had a terrific 2015 before his injury in the bowl game. He amassed 8.5 sacks and forced 2 fumbles. His healthy return this season keeps that front line dangerous on the edge accompanied by Hearns. Both players are seniors this year and will look to improve their draft stock, as well as, pursue an ACC crown.
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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.
The names you hear coming into this season when talking about pass rushers are James Hearns and Drew Bailey. I would to take this time to remind you that they are both phenomenal players but they will have help. Welcome back Trevon Young. Trevon sat out all of 2016 due to hip surgery but he is back and healthy. Before his injury in the Music City bowl, he had 10 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and 1 interception. Stacy Thomas is as solid as they come. He took over for James Burgess Jr after a terrible targeting call in that infamous Music City bowl. Since then he has been nothing short of amazing. Also look for guys like Chris Williams, Jonathan Greenard, Amonte Caban, De’Asian Richardson and Henry Famurewa to contribute this year. Read the rest of this entry
After looking at the first edition of the depth chart, I noticed some guy named Lamar at quarterback. I hear he is pretty good so I guess there is no need to discuss that position unless you noticed that the back up is officially listed as “Puma Pass.”
First, let’s start by defining what a big or successful season is. To me I measure success by the win total set by Las Vegas. This year the total is 9 so if we win 9 regular season games then the season is successful. However, early season success often raises our expectations. It shouldn’t but it just does – it’s human nature. * See last season.* Maybe you have a different definition of a successful season and that’s perfectly okay. I love our fans having high expectations. Our goal every season should be nothing less than a national championship but there is absolutely nothing wrong with being happy after a 10 win season. Read the rest of this entry
This time of year is often referred to as the “Dead Period.” We are approximately 65 days away from college football and there is not much else going on. For me, it’s the time of year where I start watching games from the previous season on Youtube and start searching the internet to see what other conference rivals are saying about their expectations for the upcoming season. I always go on vacation the first week of July and it’s my yearly tradition to pick up a college and NFL football magazine at the airport to read on the plane. It’s my time to start preparing for my preseason predictions and brush up on transactions and projections for fantasy football. Read the rest of this entry
Yesterday we got to hear from head coach Bobby Petrino for the first time since National Signing Day last month, and we came away with a few interesting tidbits thus far.
Cornerback Shaq Wiggins and offensive lineman Chandler Jones will both be transferring for the University of Louisville. It is unknown whete they will heading, but we wish them both the best of luck.
Cornerback Alphonso Carter has been suspended from the team. Last month, he was found to have a loaded gun in his possession with no license to carry after he was pulled over for running a red light.
Wide receiver Jaylen Smith and outside linebacker Jonathan Greenard will miss all of spring ball due to both of them in recovery from surgeries. Smith had surgery of stress fracture in his foot while Greenard had hip surgery.
On the positive side, Petrino announced that defensive end James Hearns has fully recovered from his surgery and is now a “full go”. Henry Famurewa is still in partial recovery, but will see some action on the practice field. Trevon Young will also see some work on the practice field after missing all of last season with a hip injury.
It’s March and all eyes are on the top 10 men’s basketball team, the top 12 women’s basketball team and the number 1 college baseball team. All three of those teams deserve every ounce of praise and respect that the get. They have earned it and we are all very proud of them. Read the rest of this entry
Last Season: With Lorenzo Mauldin leaving for the NFL, Louisville recruited former Big XII Defensive Player of the Year Devonte Fields to replace him. While Fields struggled in the first half of the season to find some rhythm, he eventually led the team with 10.5 sacks last season, including 7.5 in the final three games against Pitt, Kentucky and Texas A&M. Keith Kelsey led all Cardinals with 106 tackles, and Louisville saw a bevvy of linebackers come in and have a major impact on the team. Louisville also saw Trevon Young have a nice spurt of 8.5 sacks in a four-game stretch, as the linebacker group became the strongest group in Louisville’s defense.
James Burgess is the lone starter gone from last season’s team, now signed as an undrafted free agent by his hometown Miami Dolphins. Keith Brown and Nick Dawson-Brents, who Louisville saw used in a reserve role last season, both transferred to Western Kentucky.
This Season: It goes without saying that this is not only Louisville’s strongest position on the entire team, but this may be the strongest linebacker group in the country.
As mentioned, Devonte Fields leads the group as the main edge rusher for Louisville. Fields has the potential to be yet another first-round pick for the Cardinals; the senior has strong hands at the point of attack, and has some great agility to sidestep pass blockers. Fields has received a lot of praise as an All-American and All-ACC candidate, and could be in for an outstanding 2016 season if he stays consistent for all 12 games.
The other edge rusher remains a mystery to most. With Trevon Young sitting out the 2016 season due to a hip injury suffered in the Music City Bowl, James Hearns will be the guy to replace him. Hearns was a highly touted prospect when he signed with the team in 2013, but hasn’t quite cracked the starting lineup due to so much talent at the position the last three seasons. He got a lot of playing time as a reserve last season and got to audition for his role, after Trevon Young was injured. Hearns has also lined up as a 3-4 defensive end, so it’ll be interesting to see if Todd Grantham will occasionally move Hearns there in certain blitz packages and get more speed from reserves like Henry Famurewa and Jonathan Greenard.
Keith Kelsey and Stacy Thomas are the starting inside linebackers, and both figure to be solid All-ACC candidates. Kelsey is an outstanding tackler, and a consistent, reliable playmaker for Louisville’s defense. Kelsey is a solid leader and has been an all-around threat for Louisville. It will be interesting to see what Kelsey does this season without his fellow “Bash Brother” Burgess, but most fans are excited to see what Stacy Thomas has to offer as his replacement. Thomas had an impressive showing in the Music City Bowl, and possibly stands as the X-factor for this defense after being a special teams ace. He was thought to miss a couple games to start the season, but he recently returned to practice and is ready to go for Thursday’s game against Charlotte.
Even if injuries and transfers left the linebacker position without more players, the team has amazing depth in their two-deep lineup that will allow them to compete. Henry Famurewa and Jonathan Greenard are two guys that could see more time as edge rushers this season; both were highly touted . Amonte Caban and Isaac Stewart are two young, impressive linebackers who could spell Kelsey and/or Thomas this season, and they figure to be the future for Louisville at the position once those two graduate.
Gary McCrae, who was featured in the Netflix hit documentary Last Chance U, signed with Louisville after failing to qualify academically for Georgia. McCrae is a guy that could see time this year as a reserve, but this is a very deep group and most of the incoming players may see a redshirt this season.
Here are the top 5 sack performances from 2015 from YOUR UofL Football team provided to you by the fine folks at Louisville Football:
Where would you rank the Cards Defensive line next year? ESPN’s Andrea Adelson released her opnions and I cannot say I disagree much. The Cards are losing a first round draft pick in Sheldon Rankins and a guy in Keith Burgess who should have been drafted. Miami got a steal there. I feel like the Line backer core led by Keith Kelsey is deeper this year thus softening the blow. I expect a big step up from Henry Famurewa this year as well. IF Trevon Young comes back then I would say the ranking that ESPN gave our Cards may be a spot too low but all in all I agree. Devonte Fields, our sure-fire first rounder for 2017, will have a huge year. So many guys that can step up this year it is ridiculous. What do you all think? Put your answers in the comment section. Go Cards! (Click More for the ESPN prediction)