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New crop of Louisville players headed to NFL

May 2, 2015 1 Comment

When a team has 10 players selected in the National Football League draft, that team has lost a ton of talent. In this case, an all-time record for the University of Louisville

The number of UofL players drafted is second highest among the nation’s college football programs, right behind Florida State which has 11 players headed to the NFL.NFL logo

The order in which they were drafted:

No. 14 — DeVante Parker, wide receiver, Miami Dolphins; 72nd — Jamon Brown, offensive tackle, St. Louis Rams; 81st — John Miller, offensive guard, Buffalo Bills; 82nd — Lorenzo Mauldin, outside linebacker, New York Jets.

104th — James Sample, safety, Jacksonville Jaguars; 177th — Deiontrez Mount, outside linebacker, Tennessee Titans; 189th — Charles Gaines, cornerback, Cleveland Browns; 193rd — B. J. Dubose, defensive end, Minnesota Vikings; 239th — Gerod Holliman, safety, Pittsburgh Steelers; 256th — Gerald Christian, wide receiver, Phoenix Cardinals.

Signing as free agents were: Grant Donovan, long snapper, Washington Redskins; Dominique Brown, running back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Eli Rogers, wide receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Jake Smith, offensive lineman, Cincinnati Bengals.

No mention of Michael Dyer as of yet.

UofL already had 19 players listed on NFL rosters :

Gary Barnidge Cleveland Browns Tight End
Joshua Bellamy Chicago Bears Wide Receiver
Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota Vikings Quarterback
Preston Brown Buffalo Bills Linebacker
Damian Copeland Jacksonville Jaguars Wide Receiver
Harry Douglas Tennessee Titans Wide Receiver
Elvis Dumervil Baltimore Ravens Linebacker
Brandon Dunn Chicago Bears Defensive Tackle
William Gay Pittsburgh Steelers Cornerback
Breno Giacomini New York Jets Offensive Tackle
Alex Kupper Buffalo Bills Guard
Senorise Perry Chicago Bears Running Back
Roy Philon Detroit Lions Defensive Tackle
Bilal Powell New York Jets Running Back
Calvin Pryor New York Jets Safety
Greg Scruggs Seattle Seahawks Defensive End
Marcus Smith II Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker
Byron Stingily Tennessee Titans Offensive Tackle
Eric Wood Buffalo Bills Center

 

Dolphins ecstatic DeVante Parker was still available

May 1, 2015 0 Comments

The Miami Dolphins had DeVante Parker at the top of their draft list all along, worried that he would be off the board when they made their pick at the No. 14 spot. They badly wanted DeVante Parker.

Photo by Menefee Seay

DeVante Parker

They had good reason to be concerned with all the chatter about Parker possibly rejoining his former teammate, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, at Minnesota. But the Vikings disappointed University of Louisville fans, going instead for cornerback Trae Waynes of Michigan State with their No. 11 pick.

Next up were the Cleveland Browns, a team that needs a lot of everything, from the bottom of the roster to the corner office.

“We thought they might take [Parker],” Dolphins owner Steve Ross told the Orlando Sun-Sentinel.

UofL fans holding their breath, too, fearful for Parker. Letting go a sigh of relief when the Browns draft Danny Shelton, a tackle from Washington.

“I was thrilled,” said Ross. “He was the guy all along I thought would be at the top of our board. To get one of the big three receivers, a step above the rest, it’s great.”

Parker, who finished his collegiate career with 33 touchdowns, was clearly among the best to ever play receiver at UofL.  Had he not been injured the first seven games last season with a foot injury, he was on track to resetting all Louisville receiving records.

Often NFL owners and scouts, in an effort to shortcut the development process, outsmart themselves and dig the hole deeper, extending the process. They send scouts  to football games every week, but overlook the obvious in the frenzy and one-upmanship leading up to the draft. How else to explain Bridgewater being the last pick in the 2015 draft?

The Miami Dolphins were focused on DeVante Parker, and they will start reaping the benefits right away.

23,187 celebrate football at Louisville spring game

April 17, 2015 0 Comments
Jeremy Smith sees daylight and paydirt during the University of Louisville spring game.

Jeremy Smith (34) sees daylight, scampering to the end zone during the University of Louisville football team’s spring game.

A balmy 70 degrees. A perfect night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for the University of Louisville spring football game and everything that goes with it.

The die-hard tail gaters showing up early to claim prime spots at the front of the Green Lot. Grills glowing, beer flowing, one more chance to celebrate, an occasion for serious football people and party lovers before the long hot summer, Septemberfivemonths away. Some 23,187 fans happy to be together again, enjoying the UofL camaraderie.

carnivalLots of children, too, making B lines to the carnival rides, the tilt-a-whirl, the merry-go-round, the bumper cars, and the whack-a-mole. Their parents gorging on a cornucopia of fried food delights, the funnel cakes, elephant ears, caramel apples, corn dogs and, my favorite, the heavily-salted fried potato ribbons.

The event would also enable fans to see such former UofL greats as Deion Branch, Omobi Okoye, and Brian Brohm presenting team awards to the graduating seniors. Gerard Holliman, with his NCAA record-tying 14 interceptions, being selected as the Most Valuable Player during the 2014 season.

The main attraction, of course, was the Red-White scrimmage, featuring the first-team offense against the second-team defense. Really no contest with the Red team dominating the game, 59-0.

Starting quarterback Reggie Bonnafon looking much more confident and certain of what he was doing from the start, completing 15 of 19 passes for 238 yards, including a touchdown. James Quick was his favorite, pulling in seven receptions and 117 yards.

Kyle Bolin switched from the White team to the Red team in the second half, immediately enjoying more success, completing eight of 11 passing attempts, including touchdown passes to Ja’Quay Savage and 34 yards to Dontez Byrd.

Running back Brandon Radcliff, who will be a junior, was back to his old elusive self with 57 yards and three touchdowns. Jeremy Smith, a junior college transfer with three years of eligibility, was the leading rusher with 58 yards on 10 carries.

UofL has plenty of spots to fill on a defense that ranked in the top 10 last season, but the Red squad provided some hope by holding the White squad to just 33 rushing yards. Henry Famurewa, Chucky Williams, Jarrod Barnes andPio Vatuvei each had five tackles. Famurewa had two sacks and 2 1/2 tackles for loss.

Nice not having to be concerned about the outcome of the game. Great to have one more night of UofL football.

Lamar Jackson resists Florida, signs with Louisville

February 4, 2015 0 Comments

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Lamar Jackson, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback from Boynton Beach, Fla., signed a letter of intent late Wednesday morning to play his college football at the University of Louisville.

His commitment coming after a late push from the Jim McElwain, the new Florida football coach, to persuade Jackson to play for an “SEC power” and stay in his home state. Reports of the Florida coaches making 20 attempts to talk with him during the hours leading up to his announcement. He had just visited the Florida campus over the weekend.

Jackson is a Bobby Petrino-type quarterback, good at passing or running the ball. He threw for 1,306 yards and rushed for 962 while accounting for 35 total touchdowns.

Bonus for Louisville fans on national signing day

February 4, 2015 0 Comments


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An unexpected bonus for University of Louisville football season ticket holders on National Signing Day.

An offer of two-for-the-price-of-one tickets for the UofL-Auburn game in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Too good to resist, this one’s order has already been confirmed.

The Georgia Dome, of course, already has a special place in the collective heart of Cardinals’ fans, the scene of UofL basketball’s third national championship during the 2012-13 season. So the event was already going to be a reunion of sorts, a return to a special place. Lower level tickets are priced at $125, upper level tickets at $70.

As for National Signing Day, Coach Bobby Petrino Petrino will host the annual celebration in the Brown & Williamson Club at 5:30 p.m. Petrino and his assistant coaches will provide comprehensive analysis on members of the 2015 signing class with exclusive video highlights of the signees.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. Concession stands and a cash bar will be available during the event. Fans should enter the stadium at Gate 6 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Grantham ends speculation, sticking with Louisville football

January 28, 2015 4 Comments
Todd Grantham happy here.

Todd Grantham happy here.

Todd Grantham is happy at the University of Louisville, thank you, reportedly turning down an offer to become the defensive coorinator with the Oakland Raiders.

A relieved Bobby Petrino made the announcement Wednesday, one week before the national signing day for college football.

“We’re very pleased and happy that Todd is going to be staying at the University of Louisville,” Petrino said. “He’s done a fabulous job with our defense that ranked in the top 10. He’s one of the finest assistant coaches in the country, and  you expect excellent coaches like Todd to get opportunities in the NFL. I’ve always had respect for the job that Todd has done throughout his career, especially this past year at Louisville, and we’re happy that he has and his family will continue to be members of the Cardinals’ family.”

Grantham, who is adding up frequent flyer miles on the recruiting trail, confirmed in a statement:

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have interviewed for the defensive coordinator position with the Oakland Raiders, but I’m committed to the University of Louisville. I said when I came to Louisville that I thought we could win a national championship, and we are building toward that goal with the success we had this season. Coach Petrino and Tom Jurich have given me a great opportunity and I’m grateful for their commitment. My family loves it in Louisville, and I think we are establishing something special here with head coach Bobby Petrino and our staff. Our main objective over the next week is to finish strong in recruiting and continue to bolster this signing class.”

Case closed.

Collision course for Louisville football

January 13, 2015 2 Comments

National Championship TrophyWhile viewing the national championship football game Monday, one couldn’t help wonder what it would be like to have the University of Louisville football team competing on such a lofty platform.

ESPN indicates that for the semifinal games, some 28.3 million TV’s were tuned into the Ohio State vs. Alabama game and 28.2 million for the Oregon vs. Florida State game.

The cable network has reported that viewership for the final game was 33.4 million. That compares with NCAA basketball championship games of 21.2 million households for UConn over Kentucky in 2014 and 23.4 million for the Louisville over Michigan game in 2013.

The championship event received the highest Nielson rating for a program in cable television history, with a metered rating of 18.5% — a 21 percent increase over the BCS Championship game last season — and peaking at 20.5%. ESPN offered viewers 12 different ways of seeing the game, including the flagship station, ESPN2, ESPNU and nine other options on ESPN3.com.

The University of Louisville is scheduled to receive approximately $17.1 million annually as a member of the ACC as a result of the conference’s 15-year $240 million contract with ESPN. That could be possibly be higher, with two ACC teams participating in the lucrative Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl.

The schools don’t get any extra money based on whether they win or lose in the playoffs, although the coaches have some nice financial incentives. That’s okay. UofL couldn’t buy that kind of exposure for $17 million, but it is possible to achieve it on the playing field.

Right, Howard?

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