Still Another Louisville Football Verbal

They’re coming in a flurry.

Cleo Robinson, a defensive end from Paul VI in Haddonfield, NJ, has made an oral commitment to play football at the University of Louisville. The 6-foot-11/2, 220-pound Robinson said he informed the Louisville coaches Friday.

He told the Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Louisville had my major in engineering, which was a plus,” said Robinson, who carries a 3.8 grade-point average. “Plus it’s a good conference, good football program, and I feel a great opportunity.”

Robinson, a first-team all-Burlco/Olympic Conference Patriot Division choice on defense, also plays tight end but said that Louisville recruited him to be a linebacker.

Robinson said he also was considering Rutgers, Maryland, Temple, Pitt, Villanova, Penn and Harvard.

Papa John’s Construction Update

Papa-John's-ConstructionA great day to visit the site of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium where construction continues full speed ahead, with less than a month and a half before the opening of the University of Louisville’s 2009 football season. From the observer’s unprofessional eye, the steel framework appears to be in place for all but one section of the east side of the stadium. For a larger view and possibly a computer wallpaper, click here.


The expansion will take seating capacity up to 55,000 more or less and will be ready for the 2010 season.

Louisville Offensive Line Not Seeking Attention

By Paul Sykes

A lot of truth in the old saying that the more we know about something, the more questions we have about it. What we do know about the University of Louisville offensive line is that Eric Wood and George Bussey will not be a part of it this season.

From that fact onward, a lot of questions still need to be answered. Fall practice will answer a few of the them, undoubtedly…but we might need to get Jeff Foxworthy and a few fifth graders down on campus to figure out the rest.

'Offensive linemen are the Rodney Dangerfields of college football. When things are going well for an offense, they're ignored and taken for granted.'

Depth charts are subject to change. The dilemma posed by the offensive line depth chart is that names are popping up in more than one position. In the situations of Greg Tomczyk and Jeff Adams at tackle, we find that Byron Stingily is backing up both of them. Byron’s going to be a busy young man. Mark Wetterer and Abdul Kuyateh are listed as the starting guards. Mario Benevides at center.

Names you’re not familiar with? Tell me about it.  You’ve got to love the Stingily name, however.

Offensive linemen are the Rodney Dangerfields of college football.  When things are going well for an offense, they’re ignored and taken for granted. When things implode, fingers start getting pointed about horrible pass protection and inabilities to open holes. Ex-UofL lineman Will Rabatin once told me that offensive linemen could be compared to pawns in the game of chess. Always the first to engage, no big deal if one goes down, and limited in their movements.

The size is there, if you look at the depth charts. The numbers bolstered by jucos and red shirts.  The talent and skill have yet to be rated or tested.

The bottom line is this: If Victor Anderson, Doug Beaumont, Scott Long and the quarterbacks have success this year, the line will go unnoticed. If they don’t, then the lineman will get the blame.

And you thought your job was tough?

Louisville Fan Fest To Include Open Practice

Coming soon.

The University of Louisville will host a Cardinal Fan Fest on Friday night, Aug. 7 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

The football team will open with a two-hour open practice, starting at 6 p.m. and followed by an autograph session. The event will include music, food and drink specials, as well as inflatables for kids.

Other fall sports teams will also be in attendance to sign autographs, and free posters can be had.

Texas Star Verbals To Louisville

What’s going on here? Luke Woodley, a highly regarded quarterback prospect from Texas, has committed to play with Steve Kragthorpe and the University of Louisville football team.

From all indications, Woodley’s verbal is a nice recruiting get for Kragthorpe. The quarterback from Highland Park High in Dallas put up some phenomenal numbers during his junior season last year, completing 265 of 409 passes for a 64.8 percentile, good for 41 touchdowns. His longest scoring pass play was 76 yards.

They play real football in Texas, and he led his team to an 11-2 won-lost record. Hey, he even seems to have good speed, too. Been a while.

Here’s a highlight clip: