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Louisville redshirt sophomore WR Dez Fitzpatrick declared that Louisville's receivers can beat "every one" of Alabama's defensive backs in one-on-one coverage.

"Every receiver in our receiver corps can honestly beat every one of their DBs one-on-one in coverage," Fitzpatrick said. "It ties into the other stuff, if the blocks are right, if the quarterback’s drop is right, we ran eight-yard routes instead of a 10-yard route, that’s the kind of stuff I feel like we need to sharpen up. But I feel like straight talent-wise, I feel like we have the upper edge against their secondary, 1,000 percent." We've never minded some good old fashioned trash talking. But Fitzpatrick and crew better bring their A-games to Orlando on Sept. 1 for the opening-week tilt. The Tide are 25.5-point favorites.
Aug 13 - 11:40 AM

Louisville HC Bobby Petrino said that he plans on restricting redshirt sophomore QB Jawon Pass' freedom to change plays at the line of scrimmage.

When Petrino was asked by a reporter just how much of a free hand he'll be giving first-year starter Pass, he more or less scoffed, saying, "He has the freedom to do exactly what we tell him to do." The young man known as "Puma Pass" has the unenviable -- but potentially lucrative -- task of taking over for world-destroying QB Lamar Jackson this season. We've only seen Puma in limited action to date, but he was a respected four-star dual-threat prospect coming out of high school and we expect Louisville's offense to keep up to the standard set by L-Jax. Or at least we expect a vague approximation of that high-powered attack. Pass figures to live up to his name well enough just based on necessity, as the Cardinals' defense could be one of the more porous ones in the ACC this year.
Aug 11 - 1:43 PM

Louisville RB coach Kolby Smith strongly insinuated that redshirt junior RB Trey Smith has a leg up to start this season.

"He did a great job of earning [the job], and I don't see him letting it go," said Smith (Kolby), who referred to the 5-foot-11, 194-pound redshirt junior as "the guy." Smith has carried the ball a mere 32 times over the past two seasons, so a starting role would serve as a considerable promotion. Colin Wilson, Dae Williams and Malik Staples are the additional notables in this competition.
Aug 8 - 2:25 PM

Louisville senior WR Jaylen Smith has emergency appendectomy Friday morning.

The All-ACC wide receiver will be out for an undetermined amount of time after the scare. HC Bobby Petrino said, "Jaylen is doing well and we look forward to him returning to the practice field as soon as possible." Smith and new starting quarterback Jawon Pass will now be missing valuable time building chemistry before the upcoming season as Smith recovers from his emergency surgery. The 6-foot-4, 223-pound receiver finished with 980 yards and seven touchdowns last season and will be a major component of Louisville’s offense once again in 2018, at least once he's able to make it back to the field. The Cardinals possess quite a bit of intriguing receiving talent even beyond Smith (notably Dez Fitzpatrick and Seth Dawkins) and have options to lean on should his appendectomy recovery stretch past the start of the regular season.
Aug 3 - 3:59 PM

Louisville HC Bobby Petrino said that redshirt sophomore RB Dae Williams (foot) is healthy entering preseason camp.

When Petrino spoke on Williams' progress in June, the 6-foot-2, 228-pounder still had work to do in his rehabilitation from the foot injury he suffered in the spring. Apparently he's crushed it over the last month-plus and now hits camp with a chance to vie for significant carries. He'll be working in competition with Colin Wilson and Malik Staples this month.
Aug 2 - 3:19 PM

Louisville has added James Madison University to their 2022 schedule.

Louisville has now filled it's 2022 non-conference schedule; with JMU joining UCF, USF and Kentucky on the slate. Lots can happen in four years, but give the Cardinals credit for adding an FCS power to what is already a pretty tough group of non-conference opponents. The game will take place on November 5, 2022.
Jul 30 - 2:43 PM

Louisville received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 JUCO TE Austin Griffin.

Griffin is not only considered one of the best junior college tight ends, he's also considered one of the best two-year players overall, ranking 10th in 247 composite rankings. At 6-foot-7, 250-pounds, Griffin has red-zone target size, and should be an immediate candidate for playing time when he enrolls at some point in 2019.
Source: 247 Sports
Jul 30 - 1:29 PM

Louisville HC Bobby Petrino The Athletic's Matt Fortuna that sophomore T Mekhi Becton might be the most talented player on the Louisville roster.

Last summer, Petrino compared Becton to Hall of Famer Jon Ogden, and he's umped the ante this year. Becton is a massive tackle (6'7/340), but he also offers athleticism and flexibility, and Petrino tells Fortuna that he has improved his understanding of the offense. This is certainly a player to keep an eye on going forward, as he could be one of the top offensive linemen for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Jul 23 - 4:57 PM

Louisville received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 ATH Pruitte.

While Pruitte has upside on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, Louisville has been recruiting him as a receiver. Tight end or linebacker could additionally be in play depending on how he develops. On the 247Sports composite board, Pruitte slots in as the No. 124 "athlete" prospect in the 2019 class. The 6-foot-6, 218-pounder has been timed running the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds previously.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 21 - 3:11 PM

Louisville has moved to remove the name "Papa John" from its stadium.

What had once previously been Papa John's Cardinal Stadium will now be known simply as "Cardinal Stadium." The change comes about after John Schnatter -- of the pizza chain -- admitted earlier this week that he had used a racial epithet during a conference call in May. He's already resigned from his company and is no longer a board member at the university as a result. A number of current and former Louisville players stepped up publicly to demand the stadium name be changed.
Jul 13 - 1:52 PM

Former Louisville QB Lamar Jackson was named the male ACC Athlete of the Year.

Jackson has departed our fair college game to try his luck at the pro level with the Baltimore Ravens, but earned himself one more honor for his work with Louisville on Thursday. Voted upon by 96 media members, there are two ACC Athlete of the Year awards, one for the male standout in the conference -- Jackson -- and one for the female standout in the conference, in this case Notre Dame basketball star Arike Ogunbowale. Lamar finished out his final season in a Cardinals' uniform throwing for 3,660 yards (59.9-percent completions) with a 27/10 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 1,601 yards and 18 ground scores.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 5 - 4:46 PM

Louisville HC Bobby Petrino said redshirt sophomore RB Dae Williams (foot) is "working hard, but not quite fully healthy."

Williams injured his foot early this spring and was seen wearing a boot on his left foot. Petrino's comments aren't exactly inspiring as exact details about the foot injury haven't been released and there doesn't seem to be much of a timetable for his recovery. Williams spent seven games of 2017 recovering from an ACL injury and then returned to rush for 235 yards and three touchdowns over the final six. Williams, Colin Wilson, and Malik Williams will likely all share the rushing load for the Cardinals in 2018.
Jun 14 - 4:52 PM

Louisville sophomore RB Colin Wilson has been cleared for all activities.

Wilson tore his ACL against Murray State in September and was forced to miss the remainder of the 2017 season. Before his injury, Wilson was in a reserve role and received only six carries for 69 yards. A former four-star recruit, Wilson will have a chance to compete for a much bigger role this upcoming season.
Jun 14 - 4:22 PM

Louisville HC Bobby Petrino said redshirt junior WR is Devante Peete "in good shape" after his rehab.

Peete was recovering from a season-ending torn ACL suffered prior to the 2017 season. At 6-foot-6 210-pounds, he figures to play a role on the Cardinals offense and continue receiving reps on special teams as the unit's former captain.
Jun 14 - 4:02 PM

Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino said senior WR Jaylen Smith is "back in active workouts."

Petrino also mentioned Smith "still has a way to go in terms of atrophy in his arm...but it’s good to see him back." Coming off a 60-980-7 season, Smith is trying to continue his ascension despite losing one of the premier collegiate quarterbacks in Lamar Jackson to the NFL. Smith will look to build rapport with Redshirt sophomore Jawon Pass who will take the reigns at quarterback for the Cardinals in 2018.
Jun 12 - 12:38 PM


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