Press Release from the University of Louisville:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and wide receiver Jaylen Smith were selected to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s first team, highlighting seven Cardinals named to the league’s postseason awards list on Monday in a vote by the league’s head coaches and media members.
Wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick, offensive tackle Geron Christian, placekicker Blanton Creque, and cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Trumaine Washington were named honorable mention recipients.
UofL football meandered through much of this season like a lost puppy trying to find its way home through lonely streets and alleys. They looked great at times and looked horrendous at others. Sometimes within a single game they could look like world beaters and then like broken men.
Inconsistent play was a problem for the offense. It was a combination of player focus and disjointed play calling. For the defense, horrid fundamentals and bland play calling consistently made the defense look like an electric fence with the power turned off. The problem for the team and coaching staff as a whole was there seemed to be a lack of fire. Players and coaches sometimes looked like they’d rather be anywhere, but on the field. It obviously showed in an undisciplined and unfocused approach to the game at hand.
DC, Peter Sirmon,Trumaine Washington and Isaac Stewart met with the media after practice today.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville’s matchup against traditional power Florida State came at an opportune time – a chance to dispel one path of momentum and travel in the opposite direction.
The Cardinals, behind the foot of Blanton Creque, knocked off the Seminoles 31-28 last week for Louisville’s first win in Tallahassee since 1952. The victory, while significant in historical terms, provided a boost to the Cardinals’ confidence after suffering consecutive setbacks.
While quarterback Lamar Jackson said after the game it was a ‘needed’ victory, Louisville’s defense likely felt a bigger sense of relief.
After allowing an uncharacteristic number of yards to Boston College, Louisville’s defense limited Florida State to 155 yards on the ground and forced three turnovers. Chucky Williams forced a Seminoles’ fumble to start the fourth quarter, and the Cardinals’ defense recovered another loose ball that led to Creque’s game-winning kick. Read the rest of this entry
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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.
Here are the highlights of today’s press conference from University of Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville football team was able to accomplish two important things last Saturday versus Kent State – win a collegiate football game and get younger players valuable game experience.
Full photo gallery will be posted within the next few days. Until then, enjoy these pics from the victory over Kent State.
Defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon, Trumaine Washington and Dee Smith spoke with the media following today’s practice.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Both Louisville’s and Purdue’s offenses have received plenty of attention ahead of Saturday’s matchup in Lucas Oil Stadium.
Last season, we saw the emergence of a star and playmaker in Jaire Alexander. Alexander had 5 interceptions, 9 passes defended, and finished 11th on the team in total tackles with 39 (31 solo). Because of his breakout season, Alexander has received numerous preseason accolades and has been named to multiple award watch lists. While Alexander headlines the group that has appropriately named themselves the “Tax Boys”, his surrounding cast is full of elite players also.
The lone loss from the secondary was Josh Harvey-Clemons, who played both linebacker and safety last season. JHC was bitten by the injury bug at times last season, which called for, then Sophomore, Dee Smith to step in and play meaningful snaps, while earning crucial experience for this upcoming season. While he wasn’t lost from the team, there was another loss from the secondary that was announced recently, Cornelius Sturghill was removed as Cornerback and re-positioned at receiver.
All that being said, the Tax Boys are more than ready to collect. As mentioned, Jaire Alexander led the team with an impressive 5 interceptions. Senior Safety Chucky Williams also has a nose for the ball, he was second on the team in interceptions with 3, and first on the team in fumbles recovered with 4 and he led the team in total tackles with 107, 61 of those were solo and 46 were assisted, both also, team leaders. Zykiesis Cannon joins Williams as the other safety, he was fourth on the team in total tackles with 67. And the man who will be the opposite corner of Alexander is arguably the most under-appreciated Cardinal on the team, Trumaine Washington. Washington is a senior this season, and part of the criticism he receives is due to the impressive sophomore season we saw from him. He may have taken a step back last season, but his leadership and experience will certainly be crucial for this group’s success this season.
We will also see a lot of Dee Smith this season, probably in the heavier DB packages and rotations. Smith is a hard-hitting Safety, with a good nose for the ball and will definitely earn a solid amount of playing time. Another name to look out for is true freshman Russ Yeast. Alexander wowed us in limited capacity in his freshman season, and Yeast is definitely capable of the same type of season.
It’s hard to imagine any QB feeling good about airing it out against this group. If anyone dares to be so bold, best believe the Tax Boys will be collecting this season.
In this video the fine people from the ACC Digital Network Says that the Louisville Cardinals Defense is ready to dominate the ACC. If Kelsey, Fields, Brown, Harvey-Clemons, Wiggins or Washington has a day, I agree.
Last year’s secondary had high expectations to live up to after Gerod Holliman tied the NCAA record for interceptions. Josh Harvey-Clemons was the guy to fill that void, but he had help. The secondary was young and experienced many growing pains, more often in missed tackles than blown coverages. The Louisville defense intercepted 17 passes last season which ranked them 14th in the nation. The safety duo of Chucky Williams and Josh Harvey-Clemons each had 3 interceptions, Trumaine Washington added 3 as well, while Shaq Wiggins had 2, and Jaire Alexander and Jermaine Reve each had 1. Of the 17 interceptions, 12 came from defensive backs, and the only defensive back with an interception not returning is Jermaine Reve (graduated).
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino brought his full football team together for the first time on Saturday afternoon after the team participated in split practices for the first three days.
After practicing with the rookies in the morning and the veterans in the afternoon, the whole team came together on Saturday after the team met with the media and took pictures during their Annual Media Day.
It was a little fun break for the team, who has been grinding through the first couple days of a hot and humid camp.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. For the second-straight day, rain played havoc with the University of Louisville football practice schedule.
With practice delayed for about 15 minutes to let a storm pass through the area, the veterans took the field and looked more comfortable, and with shoulder pads coming on for the first time, the speed and intensity of practice was elevated to a different level.
Here is another great compilation from the fine folks at UofL Football. It’s the top 5 Interception Performances of 2015. Enjoy.
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Here is the next of the Spring Football breakdowns by the fine folks at @UofLFootball. This one is for the Secondary. Josh Harvey-Clemons led the secondary in tackles with 88 & was 3rd overall. Chucky Williams,Trumaine Washington & Shaq Wiggins will complete the starters. Jaire Alexander will have his role as well. 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)
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Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is facing a vastly different situation this offseason compared to one year ago. The opposite situation, really.
Last year, Louisville had three players leave school early for the NFL draft: Gerod Holliman, James Sample and Charles Gaines.
This year, Louisville had four players decide to return to school for their senior seasons: Devonte Fields, Keith Kelsey, DeAngelo Brown and Josh Harvey-Clemons. Those four are set to anchor a defense that brings back eight starters, including top tackler (Kelsey), sack leader (Fields) and interceptions leader (Trumaine Washington).
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.
Bobby Petrino, Trumaine Washington, and Brandon Radcliff met with the media on Monday to talk about the Syracuse game and preview this weekend’s game against Virginia. Washington was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week and Radcliff had his best game of the season on Saturday, or at least his best since the Auburn game.
The ACC announced their weekly awards on Monday afternoon, and another Louisville Cardinal found his way to the list. This time it was Trumaine Washington, who was named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week after his performance against Syracuse on Saturday. Here is what was said about Washington…