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Louisville senior T Aaron Epps "must add weight to his length and keep his foot quickness to fulfill his potential," wrote NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter.

Epps played basketball in high school and his frame makes that clear enough. He enters the season at 6-foot-7, 288 pounds. Reuter noted that while the senior didn't see the field often during his first three years with the Cardinals, he impressed scouts after he took over starting duties at right tackle midway through the team's 2014 campaign. Concluded the draft analyst, "If he bulks up after the season to show teams he can carry 300 pounds, they'll consider him worthy of a late-round pick."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 20 - 8:00 PM

Louisville redshirt junior DE Devonte Fields expressed gratitude for having been given a second opportunity.

"I'm very appreciative, words can't even explain how appreciative I am for this second chance," Fields said, according to wave3.com. "I'm just going to make the best of my opportunity, try to get my degree as well, just be thankful that I'm here really." Fields, who transferred over from TCU via a JUCO, is expected to replace New York Jets third-round pick Lorenzo Mauldin.
Source: wave3
Aug 16 - 12:41 PM

NFL.com Media analyst Chad Reuter called Louisville redshirt sophomore CB Shaq Wiggins "slight...but tenacious."

Wiggins clocks in at 5-foot-10, 165 pounds. Reuter was impressed with him despite the obvious drawbacks to being slightly smaller in stature than some corners. In his single season with Georgia prior to his transfer to Louisville, he started eight games and intercepted two passes, taking one to the house for a touchdown. He sat out the 2014 season, per NCAA transfer regulations.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 12 - 10:00 PM

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino praised sophomore WR/TE Charles Standberry, who he said would line up all over the place this fall.

"He's kind of a true H-back guy, so he can line up in a lot of different spots, much like Joshua Tinch did for us when he was here - play some receiver, play some tight end, play some H-back, play some fullback," Petrino said. "He's very talented, and he's kind of a cross between those positions." Standberry played slot receiver for most of spring practices, but moved back to TE for the start of fall camp. The 6-foot-3, 226-pounder hauled in seven passes for 57 yards and two scores as a backup last year.
Aug 10 - 8:49 PM

Pro Football Focus graded Louisville senior Sheldon Rankins as the top returning DL in the ACC.

Rankins grades better against the run than rushing the passer, but both are high marks from PFF. We didn't see as much of this type of impact as the grading service it, but these grades (and our evaluations) are all opinions. Louisville lost a number of defensive prospects to the NFL, however, with these scores some might expect Rankins to anchor 2015's unit.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 8 - 2:16 PM

Louisville redshirt sophomore Pat Thomas has officially moved from QB to WR.

Thomas spent his first season at Georgia Military College and then sat out last year. Beat writer Steve Jones notes the Cardinals must replace five seniors at receiver, so Thomas could earn some playing time.
Aug 7 - 10:11 AM

Louisville senior DL Sheldon Rankins is the "best" draftable defensive tackle the Cardinals have to offer, TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes.

"Louisville offers three draftable defensive tackles with Sheldon Rankins being the best. The senior is well thought of by scouts as he combines power with playmaking ability," Pauline wrote. The Louisville prospect had his best season to date, recording a team-high eight sacks with 13.5 TFL, 53 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble, earning third-team All-ACC honors in 2014.
Aug 6 - 2:23 PM

Louisville senior DL Sheldon Rankins "is the type of versatile defensive lineman who is perfect for the hybrid type of defense that the Cardinals run," Sports on Earth's Matt Brown writes.

"There were a few hiccups down the stretch against quality offenses, but overall Louisville's defense was outstanding under coordinator Todd Grantham last season," Brown wrote. "Several key contributors must be replaced, but there's still enough talent to make this among the ACC's strongest units again, led by Rankins." The analyst grades Rankins as the No. 80 player in college football. Rankins (6-foot-2, 303 pounds) had a team-high eight sacks with 13.5 TFL, 53 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble last year.
Jul 31 - 3:56 PM

Sophomore QB Reggie Bonnafon enters preseason camp as Louisville's top QB.

"Coming out of spring, if we were to open today, Reggie (Bonnafon) would run out there with the 1s and be our starter," head coach Bobby Petrino said. Bonnafon reportedly improved on his accuracy during spring activities. Multiple quarterbacks started games last season, but Bonnafon flashed real promise as a true freshman.
Jul 30 - 10:35 AM

Louisville senior ILB James Burgess "will be a nice fit for a 3-4 team looking for an inside gap-shooter," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Don't let Burgess' size fool you," Reuter wrote. "He drills ball carriers into the ground. The Miami native is explosive to the play and brings bad intentions." The 6-foot, 229-pound senior finished third on the team with 71 tackles last year, chipping in three sacks, 10 TFL and three interceptions. "But he also shows a knack for reading quarterbacks and making plays on the ball, with six career interceptions," Reuter wrote. "Burgess will be a nice fit for a 3-4 team looking for an inside gap-shooter."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 9:42 PM

Redshirt junior DE Devonte Fields has been cleared to enroll at Louisville and will join the team on August 4, according to ESPN's Max Olson.

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino was previously unsure when Fields would get the go ahead to enroll and play for Louisville, but the edge rusher will join the team two days before practice begins. Fields starred at TCU his freshman year before his career fell off a cliff due to off-field issues. He spent a season at the JUCO level and will hope to rebound with the Cardinals, who have produced a high number of defensive prospects in the last few seasons.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 9:15 AM

Updating a previous report, Louisville redshirt junior DE Devonte Fields hasn't yet been cleared academically by the University of Louisville or the NCAA.

"That's an ongoing process, and we've got two more weeks (before camp)," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. "You find out something new every day." Fields was dismissed from TCU last August after a domestic assault charge which was dropped when he completed an anger management course. The 6-foot-4, 254-pounder, who was the 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (10 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss), must be cleared by the time Louisville's fall classes begin on Aug. 24.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 22 - 6:29 PM

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino is still waiting on confirmation that redshirt junior DE Devonte Fields will be cleared to play this year.

The former TCU star has still not been officially cleared by the NCAA, but everyone involved considers that a formality. "The legal case has been cleared and everything dropped," Petrino said, "but we’re waiting for certification [from the NCAA] and the university tells us they’re good to go." The 6-foot-4, 254-pound Fields was dismissed from TCU last August after a domestic assault charge; those charges were dropped when Fields completed an anger management course.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 9:51 PM

Louisville redshirt junior DE Devonte Fields "has great natural ability and star potential if he's coached up," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"It's hard to call him a wild card given that he won Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a true freshman, but that's exactly what Fields is at this point after being kicked out of TCU for off-field issues and spending last season in junior college," Kiper wrote. Kiper says Fields is the No. 4 underclassmen defensive end prospect in the nation. The 6-foot-4, 254-pound Fields had a Round 1 grade back in 2012 when he was ripping up the gridiron as a freshman at TCU, but he's a true wild card heading into the fall.
Jul 21 - 12:54 AM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown calls Louisville senior DL Sheldon Rankins "a rising star and a physical, disruptive presence up front."

"A hybrid end/tackle, Rankins had a breakout 2014 season as a defensive end in new coordinator Todd Grantham's three-man front," Brown wrote. "The Cardinals produced one of the nation's best defenses, and Rankings led the charge." The scribe ranks him as the No. 9 defensive end in the country. The 6-foot-2, 303-pound Rankins had a team-high eight sacks with 13.5 TFL, 53 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble last year. Rankins is expected to be the Cardinals top pass-rusher with Lorenzo Mauldin off to the NFL.
Jul 15 - 1:31 AM


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