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Louisville redshirt junior CB Cornelius Sturghill has moved to wide receiver.

This is Sturghill's second career position shift -- he actually began his career with the Cardinals as a receiver before transitioning over to cornerback prior to the 2015 season. He missed the past campaign after being shot in the right foot during an August drive-by shooting. At wideout, Sturghill will provide some upside depth for the Cardinals. Said HC Bobby Petrino, "He is really fast and kind of gives us a different look there."
Aug 19 - 3:26 PM

Ole Miss and Louisville will play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2021.

This, per FBSSchedules.com, who learned of the matchup through an open-records request. There is still apparently some flexibility as to when this game will be played, with Saturday, August 28, 2021, Saturday, September 4, 2021 and Sunday, September 5, 2021 all possible options. Louisville and Ole Miss have never played before.
Aug 16 - 3:59 PM

Louisville redshirt senior OLB Trevon Young (hip) is at or close to 100% health.

Young (6'4/229) missed the 2016 season due to a dislocated and fractured hip which he sustained in the 2015 Music City Bowl. He looks to be just about ready to rock 'n' roll for the 2017 campaign. "I think he’s working toward being a stud player for us. He’s got his confidence back, he feels good … and we’re very happy with where he is," said DL coach L.D. Scott. During a healthy 2015 season, Young registered 32 tackles (10.0 TFL), 8.5 sacks, and interception and a pair of forced fumbles.
Aug 10 - 9:16 PM

Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson believes that it was a Wake Forest coach which told Sports Illustrated that he has "no shot" of playing in the NFL.

In speaking with Sports Illustrated back in January, an anonymous ACC coach said, "Jackson has no shot at playing quarterback in the NFL. None." Jackson understandably did not take kindly to those comments. Flash forward to this past weekend, when the reigning Heisman Trophy winner said, "Yeah, I heard Wake Forest. I heard (it was) the Wake Forest coach," adding, "I'm in college still. He can't judge the future. God could. Not him. He's not God. So I'm not worried." Throw all of this on top of the Wakeyleaks scandal in which Cardinals OC Lonnie Galloway accepted Wake Forest game-plan information from broadcaster Tommy Elrod last season and you have something of a potentially heated environment for this year's clash between Louisville and Wake Forest on October 28.
Aug 7 - 4:08 PM

FOX Sports broadcaster Joel Klatt did not list Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson as one of the top-five quarterbacks in the country.

Personal preferences are personal preferences, but we do not agree with Klatt's assessment. In order, he ranked Sam Darnold, J.T. Barrett, Mason Rudolph, Baker Mayfield and Trace McSorley as the five best quarterbacks in all the land. There's been a predictable low-key backlash against Jackson after he won the Heisman as a sophomore this past winter, but Athlon Sports, The Sporting News and Sports on Earth all have ranked L-Jax as the No. 1 quarterback in the country this offseason.
Aug 4 - 7:04 PM

Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson says he's up to 212 pounds and indicated that he's stronger and faster than he was last year.

"I think I got faster," he said. Also bulked-up, Jackson is five pounds away from his goal of bench-pressing 300 pounds. More important than any of this is the technical work Jackson has put in this summer. HC Bobby Petrino has him watching film of NFL stars Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Jackson's goal is to improve his capacity to throw into tight spaces on short- and intermediate-range routes and improve his completion percentage inside the opponent's 20-yard line (only 47.6 percent last regular season. "He's come a (long way) on that side of the game," Petrino said. "Obviously his athletic skills are top-notch, but on the mental side he's really improved. It's showing out there." The reigning Heisman winner is attempting to join USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen and Wyoming's Josh Allen in Tier 1 of the 2018 NFL quarterback class.
Aug 4 - 1:40 PM

Louisville has dismissed junior DL Chris Williams for a violation of team rules.

Yesterday was the first practice for the Cardinals, and head coach Bobby Petrino announced the dismissal then. Beat writer Jeff Greer says a transfer from Northwest Mississippi Junior College is expected. Williams produced 5.5 tackles for loss last year, including one sack.
Aug 1 - 9:08 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline says Louisville junior T Geron Christian "flashed early-round potential throughout the 2016 campaign."

"He has the size and footwork to play left tackle on Sundays but needs to improve the consistency of his fundamentals and take his game to the next level," Pauline wrote. Christian earned all-ACC honors for the second-consecutive season last fall. He was named to the 2017 Outland Trophy Watch List recently.
Jul 31 - 3:37 PM

Louisville senior CB Trumaine Washington "displays terrific ball skills, next-level quickness and a good head for the game," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Washington (5'10/183) may not get the draft hype that Jaire Alexander does, but he was arguably better on the field last fall. In fact, Pauline mentions that Alexander got so many opportunities last year because teams were throwing away from Washington. Washington finished with a team-leading four interceptions and 10 passes defended last fall. "He lacks great size and won’t come close to the magical 6-feet tall when measured but has enough ability to line up in dime packages on Sundays," Pauline wrote.
Jul 31 - 1:30 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline grades Louisville redshirt senior edge rusher James Hearns as a third-round prospect.

The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Hearns had 11 TFL and a team-leading eight sacks and five forced fumbles in 12 games last year. "Hearns is fast up the field and bends off the edge to disrupt the action," Pauline wrote. "He needs more experience making plays in space but has an upside."
Jul 29 - 10:49 AM

Louisville redshirt senior OLB Trevon Young (hip) is "big, athletic and versatile" but has medical red flags, according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-4, 229-pound Young had a strong 2015 but missed all of last season with a dislocated and fractured hip suffered in the Music City Bowl. "When healthy Young has the makings of a top 3-4 outside linebacker and may also get consideration as a 4-3 strongside defender," Pauline wrote.
Jul 28 - 4:02 PM

On the question of whether Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson is a first-round pick, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline wrote: "Yes, but I as of right now I think he’ll be overdrafted due to the demand for quarterbacks."

Pauline likes Jackson's tools but believes he needs major work. "Jackson is tremendously athletic, elusive and has a rifle arm," he wrote. "He can make all the throws and has enough arm strength to power the ball through tight windows or drive deep passes. Jackson easily eludes pass rushers behind the line of scrimmage to buy time or picks up big chunks of yardage carrying the ball." The issues? Size/thin frame (6'3/205) and accuracy. "All too often Jackson delivers wild passes out to the flanks and has open receivers working hard to come away with the reception," Pauline wrote. "He must improve his passing fundamentals and polish his passing game before he’ll be ready to step under center on Sundays, but Jackson has great potential."
Jul 28 - 2:45 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Louisville junior CB Jaire Alexander "made a lot of positive plays on the ball last year and flashed dominance."

"He offers terrific ball skills and athleticism and competes to break up throws," Pauline wrote. "Alexander lacks great size and is often overmatched by opponents but has next-level ability." Alexander (5'11/192) ran a 4.32 40-yard dash during spring testing. He was listed as a late first-rounder in Thor Nystrom's 2018 mock draft.
Jul 28 - 1:29 PM

Louisville freshman RB Colin Wilson is waiting academic-eligibility clearance from the NCAA.

While Wilson (6'0/210) is currently in academic limbo, it does not sound like this will be a real issues for the Cardinals -- he received A's in both of the summer school courses he needed and is now just waiting on his final transcript. He will be with the team when they boot up August camp in a few days. Wilson ranked as the No. 154 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle per Rivals.
Jul 25 - 7:17 PM

Louisville HC Bobby Petrino likened the size of freshman T Mekhi Becton to that of NFL Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden.

Becton tips the scales at 6-foot-7, 340 pounds. Petrino coached again Ogden (6-9, 340) as an NFL assistant. The coach also had a hard-to-believe anecdote about Becton, his four-star prized recruit. "[Becton is] huge, but he can really bend and move and has great flexibility for a big guy like that," Petrino said. "(The assistant coaches) always told me when they went to watch him play basketball he would reverse dunk the ball and did a great job on the basketball court. You can see that by how flexible he is."
Jul 18 - 2:58 PM


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