2015 Cornerback Preview

Louisville vs. Notre Dame 11-22-2014 Photo by Adam Creech Fitted

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2014 Cornerback Review

The Cards on the outside were very good in pass coverage beyond 7+ yards from the line of scrimmage.  Louisville was the #27 passing defense in the nation in 2014 despite a series of strange bounces on deep passes that landed in opponent’s hands for long gains (FSU, ND, UVA) that really impacted UofL’s total ranking.  But where Louisville really had problems was in the short passing game, shedding blocks and making tackles.  This was particularly the case for 7th round NFL Draft selection Charles Gaines who was singled out vs. Clemson & FSU specifically as the Noles and Tigers challenged Gaines to play physical football in key situations and was unable to...

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2015 Running Back Preview

Brandon Radcliff Louisville vs. Notre Dame 11-22-2014 Photo by Adam Creech Fitted

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2014 Running Back Review

The 2014 season began with a heavy focus on Dominique Brown and an explosive game vs. Miami.  After a series of fumbles and a disagreement with the coaching staff, Dominique was essentially shut down after that Clemson game in mid-October and carried the ball just once after that game against the Tigers.  Michael Dyer had a tough start to the season dealing with some injuries  and after a few ‘so so’ showings Dyer really exploded onto the scene against NC State & Florida State. Brandon Radcliff had huge games against Wake Forest and Syracuse before coming back and really have a tremendous game vs. Notre Dame.

Bottomline, the Cards had a lot of capable bodies at Run...

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VIDEO: Get to Know Geron Christian in the Red Zone

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AUDIO: Rick Pitino on Ramsey & Rutherford 7/31/15

Rick Pitino 12-20-2014 Louisville vs. Western Kentucky Photo by Adam Creech

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HIGHLIGHTS: Louisville Football’s Newest Commitment DL Caleb Tillman

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Friday was a flurry of news within the Louisville Football program and that continued when the Cards landed its 17th commitment  of the 2016 recruiting class when Defensive Lineman Caleb Tillman from Northview HS in Dothan, AL made his pledge to UofL.

The 6’3, 265 lbs Tillman was recruited by L.D. Scott and is a 3-star prospect by all 3 major scouting services and is the #21 player in the state of Alabama. In Louisville’s scheme Caleb projects to play the defensive end position and has similar incoming size that current starters Sheldon Rankins and Pio Vatuvei had in high school.

Tillman chose Louisville after decommitting from Mississippi State and held offers from North Carolina, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, and Kentucky...

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Cards Will Open 2018 Season in Orlando vs. Alabama

Football Intro Louisville vs. Miami 9-1-2014 Photo by Adam Creech

Future Schedules
2015
Neutral Auburn 9/5 *Opener in Georgia Dome, ACC Championship 12/5, Playoffs 12/31 Orange & Cotton, Title Game Glendale 1/11/16
Home Houston 9/12, Samford 9/19, Virginia TBA, Syracuse TBA, Clemson TBA, Boston College TBA
Road Kentucky 11/28, Pitt TBA, Wake Forest TBA, Florida State TBA, NC State TBA

2016
Home Charlotte 9/3, Kentucky 11/26, Duke, Florida State, NC State, Wake Forest
Road Marshall 9/24, Houston 11/19, Boston College, Clemson, Syracuse, Virginia
Neutral ACC Championship Game 12/3, Playoffs 12/31 Peach & Fiesta. Title Game Tampa, FL 1/9

2017
Home Boston College, Clemson, Syracuse Virginia
Road Kentucky 11/25, Florida S...

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2015 Linebacker Preview

Keith Kelsey Louisville vs. Miami 9-1-2014 Photo by Adam Creech Fitted

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2014 Linebacker Review

Keith Kelsey & James Burgess have dubbed themselves the “Bash Brothers” and linebackers don’t get to give themselves a nickname like that unless they had a tremendous season…..and they did.  Along with outside linebackers Lorenzo Mauldin & Deiontrez Mount who both were drafted into the NFL, the linebackers were OUTSTANDING in 2014.  Statistically speaking, Louisville’s defense was one of the best in the country.  The LBs fed off the defensive line, and the secondary fed off the front 7 and Louisville really dominated several opponents on defense.

#6 in Total Defense, #24 in Scoring Defense, #10 in Rushing Defense, #10 in 3rd Down Defense, and #11 in Turnovers Gained.

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AUDIO: Tom Jurich on Ramsey & Rutherford

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Cardinal Notebook: 7/30

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Emonnie Henderson To Take Year Off Basketball to Focus on Track & Field

University of Louisville’s Emmonnie Henderson has long held the dream of competing in the Olympic Games. 

The dual-sport athlete announced Wednesday that she is putting her complete focus on training with the track and field program in 2015-16. Henderson has elected not to play for the women’s basketball team in the upcoming year, as she works toward qualifying for a spot on the U.S. team, with aspirations of participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the shot put and discus events. 

“I wanted to take the year off from basketball, with hopes of returning, to focus on making it to the Olympics,” Henderson said...

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Pre-Season Coaches Poll; Cards UNRANKED

ACC Logo on Field at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Summer 2014 Photo by Mark Blankenbaker Fitted
The 2015 Coaches Poll for College Football was released this morning and Louisville, who finished #24 in the Coaches Poll at the end of 2014 was unranked, and was in the “Other’s Receiving Votes” category at #32.  The Cards also began its 2014 season outside of the Coaches Poll.
Recent Coaches Poll History:
2014: Pre-Season NR Final Ranking #24
2013: Pre-Season #9 Final Ranking #15
2012: Pre-Season NR Final Ranking #13
2007: Pre-Season #10 Final Ranking #NR
2006: Pre-Season #13 Final Ranking #7
2005: Pre-Season #12 Final Ranking #19
2004: Pre-Season NR Final Ranking #7

FULL RANKINGS

TOP 25 TEAMS, WEEK 1

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Ohio State 14-1 1598 62 NR 0
2 TCU 12-1 1487 1 NR 0
3 Alabama 12-2 1452 1 NR 0
4 Baylor 11-2 1365
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