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After declaring for the NFL Draft, former Louisville QB Lamar Jackson called redshirt sophomore QB Jawon Pass and told him he was giving Pass "the keys to the program."

As Jackson's backup last year, Pass completed 23-of-33 passes for 238 yards and a 2/0 TD/INT rate in mopup duty (19 of the attempts came late in the blowout of Murray State). To win the job, Pass will need to fend off Malik Cunningham, another exciting young dual-threat. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Pass was a top-250 recruit in the 2016 cycle.
Jan 18 - 1:14 PM

Pro Football Focus rates Louisville CB Jaire Alexander as the top-rated cornerback in terms of passer-rating allowed.

Alexander (5'11/192) allowed a passer rating of 17.7 when he was targeted. If that number doesn't impress you -- and it should -- consider that just a simple incomplete pass is a rating of 39.6. And if THAT doesn't impress you, consider that he made more plays on the ball than he allowed passed to be caught. Yep. Alexander was good. Even without elite size, Alexander's dominant season could see him among the first cornerbacks drafted this spring.
Jan 16 - 9:38 PM

Louisville has promoted Ryan Beard to full-time safeties coach.

Beard was a defensive analyst on the staff from 2014-2017 under head coach Bobby Petrino. He's also worked as a defensive back coach at his alma mater Western Kentucky, and also coached at Northern Michigan.
Jan 13 - 6:23 PM

Louisville junior WR Jaylen Smith will return to school for the 2018 season.

Smith (6'4/219) has had the luxury of sharing the field with the nation's most electric athlete in Lamar Jackson. The big-play threat will be facing a new set of hurdles with Jackson off to the NFL. We like him to keep up his success even sans L-Jax, though. The junior wideout has improved consistently over his three years in the program and posted a 60-980-7 receiving line for the past campaign.
Jan 11 - 6:31 PM

In conversations with scout, NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler has not spoken with one evaluator who believes Louisville QB Lamar Jackson needs to transition to WR.

This idea that sprouted from an anonymous NFL source will continue to get cited, but it is becoming more and more clear those that believe Jackson needs to switch positions in order to have any chance are in the minority. Jackson should be drafted as a quarterback with a chance to improve his game.
Jan 8 - 11:10 AM

Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson released a statement saying he will enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Let's go. Jackson is a treat to watch, and he absolutely dominated college football over the last two years, including a Heisman Trophy win. Jackson produced so many plays in the running and passing game... but for some reason many want to solely focus on the former, believing his future is outside of the quarterback spot. Yes, he has more career rushing yards and touchdowns than Saquon Barkley, but he has legitimate talent at quarterback. He has plenty of room to grow, but so does every quarterback entering the NFL. Jackson continues to grow at his position. This will be an enjoyable, and possibly chaotic, storyline to follow.
Jan 5 - 10:41 AM

Louisville junior T Geron Christian will forgo his senior season and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Christian (6'6/315) started all 39 games he played at Louisville, and was considered one of the leaders of the offensive line during his time. NFL Draft Scout had him ranked 15th of the 2019 draft-eligible tackles, and his entry comes as at least a mild shock as he isn't currently projected as more than a Day 3 selection. He'll have all offseason to improve that stock, however, and he certainly has the size of an NFL tackle.
Jan 4 - 9:17 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell hears that Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson is leaning toward a return to school for the 2018 season.

Per one of Campbell's sources, Jackson is "weighing the business odds" on a declaration/no-declaration. A high-ranking AFC executive who spoke with the insider called L-Jax "the most dynamic player in the draft." Not everybody is sold on him sticking at quarterback, though, as there are concerns in some corners about his ability to lead a complex NFL offense. Just where the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder might land should he declare is something that figures to be quite fluid during the evaluating process. We don't see him falling too far outside the first round should he remain on the board after Day 1.
Jan 3 - 8:01 PM

The Sporting News' Eric Galko relays that while many NFL teams believe that Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson can stick at the position in the NFL, "not every team likes Jackson as a quarterback."

"Enough scouts have gone through the program, spoken with coaches and echoed similar concerns of offense complexity, his vocal ability as an offensive leader and his confidence when responsibilities grow," Galko writes. ESPN's Todd McShay is of the opinion that L-Jax should return to school for the 2018 season, citing mechanical issues which can lead to overthrows -- the analyst was specifically referencing what he saw during Louisville's TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Mississippi State over the weekend. Despite all of these questions, we still would not be surprised if he received real interest as a first-round prospect if he declares. His elite athleticism is just too tempting for him to fall that far.
Jan 2 - 5:03 PM

ESPN Draft Analyst Todd McShay believes that Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson should return for his senior season.

McShay's comments come after his borderline disastrous bowl game against Mississippi State when he threw four interceptions and completed just 13-of-31 passes. "On the positive side, we all know it: He's an electrifying athlete. He can do some things with the football in his hands that most quarterbacks cannot do," McShay said of Jackson. "He has improved. He improved in terms of his poise and patience in the pocket this year. I thought he improved his accuracy overall. But you can see today (against Mississippi State), the mechanics aren't consistent. He's missing high on a lot of throws, four interceptions," McShay said. "Yes, you can argue one of them wasn't his fault, But by coming back to school and continuing to work on his mechanics and continuing to get bigger and stronger so his frame will hold up at the next level if he does have to run as much as he does, I just think that would be the best thing for him."
Jan 1 - 1:45 PM

Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson said after Saturday's TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Mississippi State that he won't make a draft decision until January.

Jackson excelled on the ground in the contest -- he rushed for 158 yards and a score -- but was also picked off four times on the afternoon. Following the game, he said that he would sit down with coaches and family to discuss his future before making a draft call sometime after the calendar flips to the New Year on Monday. The electric 6-foot-3, 205-pounder figures to draw an assortment of grades and evaluations this spring should he declare as expected, with his work as a passer set to fall under the microscope. He's a potential Day 1 selection.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 06:29:00 PM

Louisville junior WR Jaylen Smith posted seven receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 31-27 loss against Mississippi State in the Taxslayer Bowl.

It was his first 100-yard game since mid-October against Boston College, although he finishes the season with at least one touchdown in four consecutive outings. He fell just short for 1,000 yards on the season, posting 980 yards with seven scores. A wrist injury kept him from playing in three outings or he really would have had a monster season. The 6-foot-4, 219-pounder will have a decision to make in the offseason. He'll either need to adjust to life without WR Lamar Jackson in 2018 for his senior campaign, or take his chances declaring for the NFL Draft.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 05:21:00 PM

Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson completed just 13-of-31 passes for 171 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions in Saturday's 31-27 loss to Mississippi State in the Taxslayer Bowl.

Jackson was up to his usual heroics on the ground, gobbling up a game-high 158 yards with a touchdown on the ground, but he was a bit off in this one as the pressure of the Bulldogs defense coaxed him into some poor decisions. He posted 3,660 passing yards with 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2017, while running for at least 100 yards on 10 different occasions. He is expected to be a high-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but he is a divisive prospect among scouts. Jackson has the ability to make plays with his feet, and some team will fall in love with his playmaking ability during the draft process.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 05:16:00 PM

Louisville redshirt junior TE Micky Crum (shoulder) will not play in Saturday's bowl game against Mississippi State.

Crum's father, also named Micky, told reporters that his son underwent a shoulder procedure earlier this month. The tight end apparently suffered the injury in the season opener and was unable to shake the after-effects. "Things just got worse," Crum's father said. "He couldn't move it, couldn't get it above his head. (Trainers) tried to throw a lot of therapy at it, and it didn't work. They tried to avoid surgery at avoid all costs, but (it couldn't be avoided)."
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 01:30:00 PM

Louisville redshirt senior edge rusher James Hearns accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Hearns (6'3/235) will play in the Shrine Game, but will not participate in the TexSlayer Bowl against Missisippi State on Saturday. He finished seven sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss and 42 tackles in his senior season, and currently projects as a mid-round pick, with a chance to go on Day 2.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 03:18:00 PM


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