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Louisville’s Mauldin over loss quickly, not concerned, wants to move on

September 15, 2014 3 Comments

Lorenzo Mauldin

Bobby Petrino doesn’t have to look far for leadership on defense.

Although Lorenzo Mauldin claims he’s not a verbal leader, he’s obviously the one that gets his teammates fired up — whether it be in the pre-game huddles where he’s yelling and dancing around or during games when he’s aggressively attacking opposing quarterbacks.

Mauldin said he put the Virginia loss behind him immediately after the game. “You can’t think about your losses,” he said during Monday’s press conference. “You have to keep moving forward.”

He seemed to suggest that the first road game may have been an eye-opener for some of his teammates. “Some guys are going to be under little bit more pressure than others,” he said. “You have to keep telling those guys you have to overcome the losses and step up next time.”

Mauldin was pleased with the way the defense played, allowing Virginia a total of only 280 yards offensively. “Our defense is always going to fly around to the ball. We’re a fast, aggressive defense and I’m very pleased with the way we played.”

Leadership seems to come naturally to him. “I like to lead by example. Just keep a smile on your face. Don’t worry about the down points.”

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Petrino wasn’t pleased with the offensive preparation for the game, sensing a lack of intensity last week, his comments suggesting there may have been a lack of respect for Virginia.

He said the quarterback usually gets more than his share of the blame but he felt there was a letdown at all 11 positions during the actual game.  “We had a good opening drive but then we basically had two-and-a-half quarters where we weren’t operating and executing and doing the things that we need to do.  When you watch the video, it’s all 11 guys … Part of it is our protections and our breakdowns. Part of it is our routes not being where they’re supposed to be or our not getting ball there. When you’re not executing the way you should, certain things show up play after play.

“Defensively, I thought we played well. We shut down a lot of things but we did give a couple of big plays that wind up haunting you at the end of the game.  We put our defense in a lot of bad situations but the defense did a good job of keeping them out of the end zone, getting turnovers and making a lot of really good plays.”

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The UofL coach said he has not heard anything from the conference about the pushing and shoving that occurred at the end of the half, resulting in off-setting penalties. Doubtful any further action will be forthcoming.

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Contrary to what most of us thought we saw on that fumbled punt return, Petrino said James Quick actually ran into Michaelee Harris — not the other way around — knocking the ball loose on a play that could have locked up the win. “Quick did a nice job overall. He made a couple of nice returns. He continues to get better.”

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Before the press conference, Petrino announced that Reggie Bonnafon’s father, Wallace, had passed away early Monday, the coach requesting prayers for the family.

Louisville football will build on those self-inflicted wounds

September 14, 2014 3 Comments

By Keith Thomerson

Angry-fanAs a teenager, I tore a quote from an unknown author from a church bulletin that has meant much to me over the years. I am reminded of it every time someone wants to criticize anything.

“The galleries are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down in the arena are the doers. They make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

The University of Louisville football team lost 23–21 Saturday. Way too many mistakes to beat a good Virginia team — or any football team for that matter

The sun came up this morning and, as I look out my home-office window, it’s another beautiful day. The game is played by 18– to 22-year-olds. They make mistakes as we all have and continue to do. The coaching staff will help them solve those mistakes, they will learn from them and go on to the next game.

The person who takes no risks lacks boldness and makes no mistakes. He or she never tries anything, serving as a brake on the wheel of progress.

And yet it can’t be truly said, they make no mistakes because the biggest mistake they make is the very fact that they try nothing, do nothing, except criticize those who do.

Virginia crushes Louisville’s high expectations, 23-21

September 13, 2014 3 Comments

The first indication that the University of Louisville might be in trouble came early in the week, with at least one local analyst who will go unamed, projecting a 6-0 start to the football season, anticipating a major showdown at Clemson in a month.

Not surprisingly, many UofL fans bought into the invincible scenario.  Runaway wins in the first two games will have that kind of effect, coming on top of so many wins the past three seasons.

Those  soaring expectations came crashing down to earth Saturday with UofL on the wrong side of a 23-21 score against Virginia, a team that had lost 11 straight conference games over the past two seasons. Yes, against the team picked to finish last in the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The starting assignment might have been Gardner's last if freshman Bonnafon had been able to move the offense.

Except for the opening drive and a couple of exceptions in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals would spend much of the game starting out inside their five-yard line, managing only 79 yards on the ground and 203 through the air. Probably the lowest offensive output since the Kragthorpe era. Sure felt like it.

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Michael Dyer: Will he or won’t he?

September 12, 2014 0 Comments


No news coming out of the University of Louisville camp yet about whether Michael Dyer will suit up for the football game against Virginia on Saturday so it’s likely he will miss still another one.

He has been slow to heal from his latest injury, a thigh contusion, and  his teammates and fans are learning to live without him.

Dyer hasn’t played since half way through last season, missing the last six games because of a sports-hernia injury. When he was healthy, the muscular Dyer displayed explosiveness and power, gaining 238 yards in 44 tries, averaging 5.3 yards per carry.

He and Dominique Brown were envisioned to be one of the top running back duos in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dyer had a good spring session and an impressive pre-season before going down. Now he’s just trying to get back to playing condition.

Dyer, remember, began his career at Auburn and was a key component on Auburn’s 2011 national title team, rushing for 1,093 yards as a true freshman before off-the-field issues caused him to miss two seasons. Charlie Strong’s decision to allow him to play at UofL was seen as a major breakthrough for the running game, but Strong indicated the two lost years had affected his game.

Will he ever return to being the player who earned MVP honors in Auburn’s national championship win over Oregon in 2011? What about a possible future in the National Football League?

After missing two seasons before last year and the last eight games at UofL, Dyer largely remains an unknown quantity. For the moment, his objective is to simply get back on the field.


Lorenzo Mauldin’s road to Louisville football

September 10, 2014 1 Comment

Some familiar challenges for far too many people, some of them not committed to improving their circumstances. Lorenzo Maudin among the exceptions, a reminder of why it’s worth the effort:

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Amonte Caban picks Louisville over five SEC courtiers

September 9, 2014 1 Comment
Amonte Caban

Running backs don’t want to see Amonte Caban in front of them.

A month ago Amonte Caban was seemingly headed to the Southeast Conference, having narrowed his list to Mississippi State, South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee and Kentucky, according to A-List.

But on Tuesday, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker from Smiths Station, Alabama, made a verbal commitment to play football at the University of Louisville. He’s a four-star prospect in the mold of Calvin Pryor who delivers a bruise when he hits an opposing ball carrier.

Opposing running backs don’t want to see Caban in their path because there’s usually no escaping him. Rivals ranked Caban as the nation’s 14th best inside linebacker after his junior season during which he recorded 124 tackles in 12 games, including 11 for loss and three sacks.

“He is the perfect combination of size, explosiveness and want-to,” his coach Jason Dukes told OANow. “He’s got some things to work on as far as details but he’s highly critical of himself, and that makes him someone who willing to study and correct those errors. He’s a great high school player, and he’s going to be a really, really, really good college player as well.”

Feel the pain he delivers on an ongoing basis in the accompanying video:

Tailgating …

September 9, 2014 0 Comments

corn-holeEvan Purtilar, taking direct aim at the goal before the University of Louisville vs. Murray football game, will  always do well in corn hole competition. He is a one-year-old fan and the star attraction at Purtilar family tailgating. He missed the toss but has never lost a game.

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