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Louisville senior RB Reggie Bonnafon had 74 yards and a score on 16 carries in Saturday's 31-28 win over FSU.

Bonnafon is famous around Louisville's program for being a good soldier. Moved off QB when Lamar Jackson emerged, Bonnafon played receiver until a lack of running back depth caused a second position change. The 6-foot-3, 206-pounder has been referred to by Jackson as a "freakish athlete" -- which would be like John Bonham calling you a "freak on the drums" -- but he's miscast as a running back. Bonnafon should get in the look in the NFL as a receiver.
Oct 21 - 3:53 PM

Louisville junior Lamar Jackson turned 23 rushes into 178 yards and a touchdown and went 13-for-21 through the air for 156 yards and another score in Saturday's 31-28 win over FSU.

Jackson needed to come up big to snap Louisville's three-game conference losing streak, and while he didn't do much for the air, he absolutely demoralized the Seminoles with his feet (7.7 average). He had ground success from the jump, running down the right sideline for a 22-yard touchdown run on Louisville's opening drive. Some don't think Jackson has a future as an NFL quarterback. We continue to find that ridiculous; he has a far better chance of going in Round 1 next spring than he does of not starting an NFL game at quarterback. Louisville (5-3, 2-3 ACC) travels to Wake Forest next Saturday.
Oct 21 - 3:46 PM

Louisville junior CB Jaire Alexander (knee) will not play Saturday against FSU.

The preseason All-American cornerback "suffered a setback," according to a release from the school. This will be the fifth game he's missed with a knee injury. Alexander suffered the injury in the opener against Purdue. He returned in a limited capacity at NC State on Oct. 5 and was a full participant last week against Boston College.
Oct 21 - 12:03 PM

Louisville sophomore WR Seth Dawkins' (undisclosed) status for Saturday's game against Florida State is "unclear," writes Jake Lourim of the Courier-Journal.

"Bobby Petrino said Monday only that Dawkins was injured," Lourim wrote. Dawkins (6'3/205) also missed last Saturday's game against Boston College, presumably with the same injury.
Oct 21 - 11:37 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Louisville QB Lamar Jackson "has settled on an agent" and Wyoming QB Josh Allen is "close to settling on representation."

Both are juniors, and both were considered near-locks to declare early for this year's draft. It's no surprise that each is taking the steps to do so. Both could go in the first round.
Oct 20 - 11:27 AM

Louisville redshirt senior OLB Trevon Young has been a "fraction of his former self this year," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Despite missing all of last season with a hip injury, Young was graded as a fringe first-rounder entering the season, according to Pauline. That is no longer the case. Young has only 1.5 sacks and six TFL through seven games. "Young’s injured hip will be medically grilled during the combine, and it’s safe to say he’s no longer a fringe first-round pick," Pauline wrote.
Oct 18 - 12:30 PM

Louisville junior Lamar Jackson moved up to No. 2 on NFL Media's QB Power Rankings.

This is the highest we've seen Jackson on any list. Although this ranking is not solely based on NFL projection, it is a piece. Each time Jackson is mentioned we see "needs to be a more consistent passer" attached to his name. We would say the same for Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and all of the others. In fact, NFL Media does a solid job stating Jackson's lack of supporting cast is hurting his performance. That statement is usually reserved for Allen. We are excited to continue watching Jackson.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 18 - 10:23 AM

Louisville freshman WR Dez Fitzpatrick caught seven passes for 127 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 45-42 loss to Boston College.

Fitzpatrick (6'2/200) hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass from Lamar Jackson early in the fourth quarter. He's been a strong performer over the last two games, having caught 17 passes for 261 yards and a score in that space. He'll try for three consecutive sharp showings when the Cardinals take on Florida State next weekend.
Oct 14 - 4:43 PM

Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson completed 19-of-39 passes for 332 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 180 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 45-42 loss to Boston College.

Jackson was his typically sensational self in the defeat. He saved his best work for the fourth quarter after the Cardinals fell behind 42-28, racing for a pair of touchdowns. The latter score tied up the game at 42-42, but Louisville's defense was unable to stop Boston College from coming up with a game-winning field goal on their final drive of the game. Through seven contests, Jackson has been electric statistically, having thrown for 2,322 yards with a 16/5 TD/INT ratio and having rushed for 690 yards and 10 scores. Despite this brilliant work, Louisville now sits at just 4-3.
Oct 14 - 4:39 PM

Louisville sophomore WR Seth Dawkins (unspecified) did not dress for Saturday's game against NC State.

Dawkins (6'3/205) is coming off a huge 5-133-1 showing against North Carolina State. Expect HC Bobby Petrino to address his status in the post-game.
Oct 14 - 1:01 PM

Louisville junior WR Jaylen Smith (wrist) returned Saturday against Boston College.

Smith injured his wrist in last Thursday's loss to NC State and had been labeled "day-to-day." With all the injuries Louisville has suffered to its skill talent this year, the Cardinals are thrilled to have their No. 1 receiver active today.
Oct 14 - 12:57 PM

Louisville HC Bobby Petrino deemed junior WR Jaylen Smith (wrist) to be "day-to-day."

Smith injured his wrist in last Thursday's loss to NC State. His status for this weekend's showdown with Boston College has not yet been announced. Expect an update closer to the 12:20 EST kickoff on Saturday.
Source: Diehards
Oct 13 - 6:34 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper doesn't believe that Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson is a lock to be a first-round pick.

Kiper tossed out the possibility that a team could stash him on a redshirt year, like the Chiefs are doing with Patrick Mahomes. He did add Jackson to his Big Board about a month ago, an indication that Kiper himself views Jackson as a Round 1 talent. Todd McShay doesn't. He ranks Jackson as the class' No. 7 QB, behind Mason Rudolph, Baker Mayfield and Luke Falk. "I still need to see more from him before I'm comfortable moving him up," McShay wrote. McShay grades Jackson as a Day 2 or early Day 3 pick.
Source: ESPN
Oct 13 - 2:24 PM

Louisville junior RB Malik Williams (wrist) is probably going to be out a while, according to HC Bobby Petrino.

Williams was writhing in pain after the injury on Thursday against North Carolina State, so unfortunately, it's no surprise that he's going to miss quite a bit of time. It's a devastating injury for the Cardinals, who are going to be without Colin Wilson (leg) for the rest of the year. It puts a lot of pressure on quarterback's Lamar Jackson's legs going forward, and Reggie Bonnafon will get the bulk of the carries for the remainder of 2017.
Oct 9 - 6:23 PM

Louisville junior WR Jaylen Smith (wrist) has a chance to return to practice, according to HC Bobby Petrino.

Smith (6'4/220) was forced to sit out against North Carolina State on Thursday, and while Dez Fitzpatrick was excellent as the top option, it was clear that his absence hurt the Cardinal offense. Even if he practices he's no guarantee to play, but it'd be a great sign for the talented junior's chance of competing.
Oct 9 - 6:09 PM


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