30 Louisville players on NFL rosters

The list brings back memories of good players, good times at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Thirty former University of Louisville players will be on National Football League rosters as the pros open their training camps later this week. The list includes Trent Guy and Scott Long, two of the more productive players from last season’s team. Guy is with the Carolina Cougars and Scott Long with the San Francisco 49ers.

David Akers Philadelphia Eagles Place kicker
Gary Barnidge Carolina Panthers Tight End
Brock Bolen Jacksonville Jaguars Fullback
Deion Branch Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver
Brian Brohm Buffalo Bills Quarterback
Michael Bush Oakland Raiders Running Back
George Bussey New England Patriots Offensive Tackle
Hunter Cantwell Carolina Panthers Quarterback
Patrick Carter Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver
Harry Douglas Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver
Elvis Dumervil Denver Broncos Linebacker
William Gay Pittsburgh Steelers Cornerback
Breno Giacomini Green Bay Packers Offensive Tackle
Adrian Grady New England Patriots Defensive Tackle
Trent Guy Carolina Panthers Wide Receiver
Earl Heyman New Orleans Saints Defensive Tackle
Brandon Johnson Cincinnati Bengals Linebacker
Chris Johnson Oakland Raiders Cornerback
Scott Long San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver
Amobi Okoye Houston Texans Defensive Tackle
Kurt Quarterman Detroit Lions WAIVED
Chris Redman Atlanta Falcons Quarterback
Kerry Rhodes Arizona Cardinals Safety
Kolby Smith Kansas City Chiefs Running Back
Jason Spitz Green Bay Packers Guard
Joe Tronzo Cincinnati Bengals Fullback
Woodny Turenne Chicago Bears Cornerback
Mario Urrutia Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver
Willie Williams St. Louis Rams Defensive Tackle
Eric Wood Buffalo Bills Center

Update: Add defensive tackle Montavious Stanley, who recently signed with the Miami Dolphins. (Thanks Michael McCammon.)

Source:  ESPN

Reasons To Get Out There

Ten reasons to attend the University of Louisville-Rutgers football game at 11 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving Day:

  • Football weather, cold, damp, miserable.

  • You already have tickets, or you can get them cheap.

  • Check on progress of stadium expansion.

  • University of Louisville, not Kragthorpe U.

  • Game on national television, need fans in stands. Go ahead, wave to the cameras.

  • New coach mulling over job, fan support a factor.

  • Win a T-shirt at the Budweiser booth.

  • Rutgers still in a daze, still puzzled about Syracuse loss, playing at 11 a.m.

  • Final game for Trent Guy, Scott Long, Jon Dempsey, Chris Campa, Joe Tronzo.

  • Save money avoiding Black Friday sales.


  • End of the Steve Kragthorpe era.

Louisville Has Yet To Touch Bottom

The valley is bottomless.

One would think playing the nation’s fifth ranked team would get the adrenaline going, but the University of Louisville football team was listless.

Steve Kragthorpe’s team can and will play worse than it did against Cincinnati. Only a matter of time until it does.

This U of L team plays with effort but without a sense of purpose. Talented players struggle, stumble, fumble, get pushed around, come up short, even on good plays.

Cincinnati may have ripped any remnant of heart or fight, any hope of any improvement, possibly any illusions of self-respect.

South Florida will not tap the brakes with a 31-point lead in the second half. Neither will West Virginia and Rutgers.

Barren and bottomless.

  • If one has an offensive threat like Darius Ashley, a running back that Victor Anderson says is light speed ahead of him, why wait until the game is nearly out of reach to begin using him?
  • Bilal Powell, bless his heart, gets the call as starting running back.
  • Offensive tackle Byron Stingily keeps his string in tact, averaging one illegal movement per game.
  • Scott Long is receiving fewer passes now than when he was injured.
  • Opposing defenses have solved Trent Guy as a kickoff return threat.
  • Defense against the pass, any pass. Non-existent.
  • Quarterback controversy when third stringer Will Stein looks better than the people in front of him. Of course, he was competing against Cincinnati’s third stringers.

Louisville Football Halfway There?

Thoughts going into the Louisville vs. Kentucky football game:

  • Now we know exactly what Tom Jurich meant when he declared a little over a year ago that U of L football was in a rebuild mode, adding “I just hope we can get through it.” The negative talk directed at Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe is off the charts in some quarters (i.e., messsage boards).
  • Would anything be sweeter than force feeding the garbage talk down the throats of the haters? Some sound a lot like Alabama fans going after Mike Shula a couple of years ago. But Shula had one 10-2 season and Alabama had five decades of tradition.
  • Louisville’s opening game was the longest, most boring game the observer has seen in all of his years of watching U of L football. Maybe there was a reason for that, as in showing absolutely nothing to a hated arch rival. One can always hope. Make that one must hope.
  • There’s a lot of talk about Louisville’s explosive backs. Victor Anderson is, for sure. But Bilal Powell didn’t show anything last season. And Darius Ashley has yet to set foot in a college football game.
  • If U of L’s wide receivers are a strong point, we have yet to see that either. Scott Long and Trent Guy have spent almost as much time nursing injuries as playing games. Josh Chichester is far from being a proven receiver. Doug Beaumont has yet to find the end zone. Troy Pascley shows only flashes.
  • How will Justin Burke respond to the UK wall of noise. There has been at least one estimate that 80,000 people will show up a Commonwealth Stadium. That would be standing room only in a 67,600-seat stadium. If Burke was nervous against Indiana State, he could be a basket case in Lexington.
  • Ryan Tydlacka, brother of former U of L kicker Wade Tydlacka, kicking for Kentucky when Louisville’s kicking game is among the needy.
  • U of L has 21 players from the Ville. Kentucky has 15. How long will it take them to overtake U of L at the current pace?
  • Tom Jurich said two years for the rebuild. We’re just a little over the halfway point.

Redman Makes His Case

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Chris Redman, former University of Louisville quarterback, will be hard to ignore when things go south for the Atlanta Falcons’ starting quarterback Matt Ryan.

Redman was on his game Saturday, connecting on 15 of 19 passes for 134 yards. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in the Falcon’s come-from-behind 27-24 win over the San Diego Chargers in a pre-season exhibition game.

Redman took over for Ryan midway through the third quarter with the Falcons trailing the defending AFC West Champions 21-13.

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Scott Long and Jon Dempsey have been named co-captains for the University of Louisville football team for the upcoming season.

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Western Kentucky University has announced its 2009-10 basketball schedule, and it includes a Dec. 19th date against the University of Louisville at Freedom Hall.