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Bobby Petrino Press Conference Tweetcap 10/16/17

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Here is a TweetCap of today’s press conference from University of Louisville Head Coach, Bobby Petrino via @UofLFootball

Cardinal Football Players Supporting Each Other

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The last few weeks have been rough. There’s no hiding it. Today, some of the Cardinal football players sent out some tweets reminding everyone why we cheer for them and why they deserve our unwaivering support.

Hikutini Promoted To Active Roster

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Cardinal forever, Cole Hikutini, was promoted to the active roster for the San Francisco 49ers. Congrats to Cole!

Louisville vs Boston College: Postgame Thoughts

After allowing what I saw at PJCS yesterday to digest, I feel stable enough to finally write about it. Louisville entered yesterday’s game against Boston College as a 19-point favorite at home, but walked away with a 45-42 loss.

The talk all week had been, “I don’t think we’ll lose, but I’ll need to see something that shows me corrections have been made and glaring problems have been fixed to have hope on the road at FSU next week.” I don’t think you could find a fan yesterday that honestly believed we’d lose, let alone, allow the 114th ranked offense in the nation to put up 555 total yards and 45 points. But obviously, all of that happened.

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Uniform Report: BC

Here is today’s uniform report for our game vs Boston College.

Everything You Need to Know: Louisville v. Boston College

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How to Watch: Kickoff at 12:20 p.m., WAVE TV (ACC Network Extra stream)

Spread: Louisville -22

Last Time: Lamar Jackson had a highlight-reel day with seven total touchdowns and 416 total yards (231 passing, 185 rushing) in a 55-7 blowout of the Eagles. The Cardinals allowed 207 total yards and forced three turnovers in the process, and had zero penalties in the game.

Louisville leads the all-time series 6-3.

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The Barbour Shop: Dez Fitzpatrick? More Like Dez Sixpatrick

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Photo Courtesy of Grant Halverson/Getty Images 

Dez Fitzpatrick was a highly touted, highly sought after high school recruit. A 4 Star Wide Receiver with offers from the likes of Michigan, Nebraska, and Pittsburgh, to name a few. In the end, it came down to UofL and Nebraska.

We all remember the very stylish commitment video when Dez held up a football emblazoned with the familiar UofL Cardinal head. UofL coaches got the receiver they desperately wanted. UofL fans were ecstatic to get a 4 Star Wide Receiver and beat out a “blue blood” for him.

Fitzpatrick seemed to be an incredible route runner that always found himself open. He seemed to have the speed to break long ones. Most importantly, he seemed to have great hands. If the ball was in his vicinity on the field, 9 times out of 10 he was catching it.

Of course, this was in high school. As we all well know, the brutal truth of football is that success on one level does not necessarily translate to the next level. We have all seen highly regarded recruits that end up busts in college.

Dez, however, is not a bust. He is living up to the hype that surrounded him as a recruit. Actually, you can say he’s surpassing it. Lamar Jackson trusts him so much that Dez has arguably become his favorite target. Number 87 is now Lamar’s security blanket.

Half way through this season, Dez Fitzpatrick has 26 receptions for 414 yards and, most importantly, 6 TDs per gocards.com. Dez leads the entire team in total receptions, receiving yards, and TD receptions. He has 4 more TDs than the next closest receivers on the team. All impressive stats.

However, what’s even more impressive is where his 6 TDs ranks him both in the ACC and nationally. According to ACC Digital Network, his 6 TD receptions are 1st in the ACC and tied for 8th in the entire country. Those ranks are insane for a guy who is just Redshirt Freshman.

I had a pretty good idea Dez would be special, but not so quickly. I thought he would have some nifty catches and maybe one huge game. I did not expect him to step in his first season and become arguably the team’s best receiver. Nor did I expect him to become arguably the second best player on the offense behind Lamar Jackson.

It’s wonderful to think that we likely have Dez Fitzpatrick for 2 more years. The young man is a budding star. Cardinal Sports Zone’s own Jeremy Wahman has come up with a pretty good nickname, Dez Sixpatrick. It’s a befitting nickname for this young man. He’s averaging a touchdown per game…as a Redshirt Freshman Receiver on a squad full of talented receivers.

The future for Dez Fitzpatrick is brighter than the glorious majesty that is the Sun. Believe it or not, I think next year he may put up more ridiculous numbers than he will likely end this season with. It matters not whether Lamar Jackson or Jawon Pass is throwing the ball; all that matters is that Dez will catch it.

All hail Dez Sixpatrick. For we who are about to watch UofL football games, salute you.

 

Anthony Floyd To Have Jersey Honored At Boston College Game On Saturday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The all-time leader in interceptions at the University of Louisville, All-American safety Anthony Floyd will have his No. 24 jersey honored at the Boston College game on Saturday afternoon at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

It will be the 22nd jersey to be celebrated in the 99-year history of the program.

The Youngstown, Ohio, native, Floyd played for the Cardinals from 1999-02 and led the Cardinals to four-consecutive bowl appearances. He holds the school record and is currently tied for the Conference USA mark with 18 interceptions. He finished his illustrious career 271 tackles and 33 pass break-ups in three years as the starting safety.

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Teddy Bridgewater Expected To Start Practicing Next Week

 

TeddyIn some much needed good news for Cardnation, the Vikings are hoping for Teddy to be back practicing next week! He will be evaluated Monday to determine if he can move forward. We here at CSZ, continue to wish Teddy all of the best during his recovery.

Bobby Petrino’s Press Conference: BC

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The awesome people at UofL Athletics put together a clip of today’s press conference. Take a look for yourself below!

 

PRESS RELEASE, 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville football team continues to search for answers in the wake of its loss to NC State last Thursday at Carter-Finley Stadium to drop to 4-2 overall, 1-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

With six games remaining on the schedule – beginning with Saturday’s Homecoming contest versus Boston College – the Cardinals are hoping to find some of those solutions beginning this weekend. Read the rest of this entry

How To Watch Coach Petrino’s Press Conference At 1:30

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Bobby Petrino will preview Boston College today at 1:30. You can see below how to watch the press conference.

UofL VS FSU Time Announced

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Louisville will kickoff against Florida State at Noon on October 21st. The game will be aired on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN 2.

Lamar Highlights Against NC State

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Lamar Jackson can’t do it all, but he sure tries his best to do so. Here are his highlights from this week’s game against NC State.

 

AP Top 25 Poll 10-8-17

Here’s where the Cards fell after their loss to NCST.

(###) Number of first place votes
 
1
Record: 6-0
PV Rank

1

Points

1,507

2
Clemson (18)
Record: 6-0
2
1,481
3
Record: 6-0
4
1,370
4
Record: 6-0
5
1,327
5
Record: 6-0
6
1,284
6
Record: 5-0
8
1,192
7
Record: 5-0
9
1,127
8
Record: 6-0
11
1,094
9
Record: 5-1
10
1,051
10
Record: 5-1
12
914

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Jackson’s Record Breaking Night

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While the score wasn’t what UofL fans wanted, there were positives to come out of the game last night. Lamar Jackson had a record breaking game against NC State. Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) detailed what records Lamar broke.

Jackson Makes FBS History

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Tonight, Lamar Jackson became the first ever underclassman to record 3,000 rushing yards and 7,000 passing. He is only the 6th player ever to reach this milestone.

Louisville @ NC State: Postgame Recap

It has been a rough time for the University of Louisville over the past two weeks. Last night’s game, unfortunately, followed the same script. Louisville’s defense continued to struggle, the offense never appeared to establish a rhythm, and the same fundamental miscues, going back to last season, were once again painfully obvious. NC State was the better team last night, and the final score of 39-25 in favor of the Wolfpack clearly shows that.

Louisville allowed an abysmal 520 yards of offense (to Louisville’s 470). Once again, tackling was a huge issue, as was defending the pass (367 passing yards allowed). Lamar Jackson finished 26/47 passing for 354 yards with 1 touchdown and a pick-6 that put the game away for good. Lamar also rushed for 73 yards on 19 carries and 2 touchdowns. Dez Fitzpatrick reeled in 10 passes for 134 yards and his counterpart Seth Dawkins had 5 catches for 133 yards and the lone receiving touchdown for the Cardinals.

After the defense got a stop with about 3 minutes left to go, Louisville had an opportunity late in the game to put together a tying drive. As mentioned above, that’s when the most untimely of errors occurred and a tipped pass was hauled in by an NC State LB and returned for a touchdown, putting the game permanently out of reach. Linebacker Stacy Thomas went out with an injury, as did Running Back Malik Williams, sending thoughts to both of them.

Once you’re at the bottom, the only way you can go is up. The past 2 weeks for everyone involved with UofL have been weeks we wish we could move on from and forget forever. Keep the faith, CardNation, things will get better.

Go Cards!

Jackson Is 5th On ACC Touchdown List

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Lamar Jackson has tied NC State’s Russell Wilson for 5th for the all time ACC touchdown record. He now has 93 (and counting) touchdowns at UofL.

 

 

Lamar Jackson Breaks Another ACC Record

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Lamar Jackson become the 7th player in ACC history tonight to record 10,000 offensive yards. He is only the second player to do it before his senior season!

Game Day Information Released For Boston College

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UofL and the ACC announced today that the game on October 14th, will kick off at 12:20 PM. The game will be televised on all Raycom Networks.