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Louisville received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 WR Corey Reed.

"Every time I visited there, I fell in love with the campus. It was just one of those things where I knew it was right for me," Reed said. Miami and West Virginia were also considerations for the commitment, but the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder indicated in June that the Cardinals were his top contender. He never budged off that. Official visits to other programs do remain in play, here. Scout.com's analysis team notes that he "has shown he can be a guy who can work the middle of the field or down the sideline," even without having a true explosive gear.
Source: Rivals
Aug 24 - 1:13 PM

Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson continues to shine in offseason scrimmages, completing 45 of 54 passing attempts.

Jackson's completion percentage hovered around 55 percent last year, so it is an obvious area of improvement. We absolutely love Jackson's ability and ceiling, but more refinement and consistency could allow him to shine in Bobby Petrino's offense. Jackson can create big plays with his feet along with throwing downfield. He has a chance to emerge as one fo the nation's top players.
Aug 15 - 9:16 AM

Louisville redshirt sophomore CB Cornelius Sturghill will miss the 2016 season after he was shot in the foot during a drive-by shooting.

As Louisville HC Bobby Petrino described it, "[Sturghill] was walking down the street. There was a drive-by shooting, and he took off and ran. He all the sudden fell to the ground, and there was a bullet that hit his foot." The 5-foot-11, 183-pounder has undergone surgery to repair the foot injury and returned to his summer courses shortly thereafter, but he won't be suiting up for the Cardinals this season. Sturghill played sparingly last season after transitioning from wide receiver to cornerback prior to the start of the campaign. Petrino indicated that he is hopeful the recovering redshirt sophomore will be ready to roll come spring of 2017.
Aug 7 - 12:27 PM

Illinois offensive coordinator Garrick McGee says senior WR Jamari Staples is "one of the most under-recruited players in college football history" and believes Staples "could start for any college in the country" and will have a long NFL career.

McGee once signed Staples, who received two FBS scholarship offers to play receiver out of high school (Western Kentucky was the other), while at UAB. Staples spent two years with the Blazers, contributing immediately, before the program disbanded. McGee left for Louisville, and Staples followed (McGee joined Lovie Smith in Illinois this offseason). Staples missed the first four games of last season. Over the last eight, he went off for 35 catches, 616 yards, zero drops (59 targets) and a 17.6 yards per reception average. "People can’t really guard him," QB Lamar Jackson said. "He’s a big target — fast, physical and explosive. It was a big lift off my shoulders."
Source: ESPN
Aug 3 - 6:05 PM

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino blamed redshirt senior edge rusher Devonte Fields' early struggles last season on joining the team late and out of shape.

Fields transferred to the Cardinals the day before fall camp began. He wasn't in good shape when he showed up. "He got very sore, his body ached, he broke down a little bit. It took him awhile to get back," Petrino said. "He hadn't played in awhile, so his instincts and abilities were rusty. He just got better and better each week. The last six weeks of the season, he was as dominant a player as we've had the luxury to coach." Fields had 8.5 of his 11 sacks over the last four games.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 2 - 7:43 PM

An anonymous ACC coach believes Louisville's defensive can be exploited with tempo due to holes in defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's ideology.

"Defensively, Todd Grantham is a 3-4 guy and his problem is this: Schematically, he outthinks his players, and if you use tempo against them, you can really cause problems because they struggle to line up right and they’ll bust coverage, bust blitz," the coach said. "I think he just does too much. He comes from that pro background, but it’s not what you know, it’s what the players understand." The Cardinals ranked sixth nationally in total defense in 2014 and 18th last year. Tempo is one way to neutralize superior talent, so in that regard it makes sense for many offenses to go that route against the Cardinals, but this coach is being overly simplistic by labeling Grantham's credo fatally flawed and being downright dismissive by implying that college students can't memorize complex concepts. Louisville may have a top-10 defense this fall.
Aug 2 - 4:46 PM

Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson noted that "people can't really guard [senior WR Jamari Staples]."

"[Staples is] a big target — fast, physical and explosive," Jackson said. "It was a big lift off my shoulders [to have him as a target]." Over the last eight games in 2015, the 6-foot-4, 195-pounder played as well as any receiver in the country. In that space, he caught 35 passes for 616 yards (17.6 YPC). A whopping 80% of those catches went for first downs. He did not drop a pass in any of the eight games in question. Should Jackson take the necessary steps forward as a passer, a 1,000-yard season should be well within Staples' reach.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 2 - 3:52 PM

An anonymous ACC coach told Athlon Sports that Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson's "legs really gave them some juice at the quarterback position."

"[Jackson's] a talented kid and he was, to me, a little better thrower than advertised. He can do nothing but get better," the coach said. He admitted to Athlon that when he saw the 6-foot-3, 196-pounder in high school, he viewed him as a future wide receiver. Whoops. That coach isn't alone in being intrigued by Jackson's passing potential now that he has taken to the whole quarterbacking thing, with PFF's Jeff Dooley writing that Jackson "has the raw tools to develop into a good college passer" earlier in the offseason. At ACC media days, Louisville HC Bobby Petrino said that Jackson will be "the face of our program for a while." Louisville kicks off against Charlotte on September 1.
Aug 1 - 2:27 PM

According to FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman, Louisville senior DT DeAngelo Brown is "arguably the strongest man in college football."

The 6-foot-1, 310-pound Brown recorded 40 tackles and 6.5 TFLs last year to earn second-team All-ACC honors. He carries only 18 percent body fat, exceedingly low for a defensive tackle. Brown, who benched 315 pounds 21 times earlier this offseason, bench presses a max of 515 pounds, squats 600 and hang cleans 325.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 30 - 12:26 PM

Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson "has the raw tools to develop into a good college passer," according to Pro Football Focus' Jeff Dooley.

He didn't show it much last year, tying Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg as PFF's No. 130 QB (out of 157 qualifiers) in passing grade. Jackson, however, showed that he has plenty of zip in his right arm whenever Bobby Petrino asked him to throw the deep ball. The issue, per PFF, was Jackson's performance under pressure, with his QB rating dropping from 98.7 to 46.5 and his completion rate dropping from 64 to 36 percent in such circumstances. Unfortunately, the Cardinals sort of set him up for that by putting Jackson under the fourth-most times in the nation by rate (43.3 percent). If Louisville cleans up one of the worst pass-blocking units in the FBS, Jackson will take a big step forward as a thrower. He's already dynamite in the run game.
Jul 27 - 8:00 PM

At the ACC Football Kickoff, Louisville HC Bobby Petrino said, "We have a goal to win a national championship and I’ve made sure our players understand that."

"We’ve got Clemson and Florida State just in our division, two teams that have been to the national championship game," Petrino said. "We know it’s a great challenge, but it’s one we’re certainly looking forward to." The Cardinals have played both teams tough over the last two seasons, losing a pair of one-possession contests to Clemson and leading at the half twice (before falling twice) against FSU. Sophomore QB Lamar Jackson believes Louisville will surprise with its maturation. "Last year we were a young team," he said. "This year is a whole other story. We’ve been hitting the books hard."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 1:46 PM

Louisville HC Bobby Petrino said that sophomore QB Lamar Jackson is "going to be the face of our program for a while."

Petrino brought Jackson to the ACC Football Kickoff media event because he thinks his young quarterback is ready to handle the spotlight. A year ago, the 6-foot-3, 196-pounder felt uncomfortable during interviews, but he said that "[i]t's OK now." He also spoke to increased expectations. "Last year we were trying to show everyone we were a young team, that we could go out there and play," Jackson said. "This year is a whole 'nother story. More mature, older now." A Power 5 coach told ESPN earlier this offseason that Jackson is primed to "blow up this year."
Jul 23 - 2:28 PM

Louisville senior LB Trevon Young (hip) will take a medical redshirt for the 2016 season.

"[Young] was really stressing out about trying to come back for this season," HC Bobby Petrino told 93.9 The Ville, "and he just got to a point where he didn't better for a while. So I think it's been a relief to him to know that he's redshirting." The 6-foot-4, 229-pounder is recovering from a debilitating hip fracture and dislocation suffered against Texas A&M during December's Music City Bowl. He subsequently underwent surgery. Last season, Young recorded 32 tackles (10 for loss), 8.5 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles.
Source: SB Nation
Jul 23 - 12:11 PM

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino made it known he wants to win a national title this season.

Breaking. Petrino does bring up the fact that Louisville plays in a conference with recent College Football Playoff contenders (Florida State and Clemson), with the ACC being represented in the last three title games. Louisville has produced a number of NFL talents over the last few seasons, but their team should be a lot of fun to watch this year with Lamar Jackson at quarterback, a true big play threat.
Source: CN2 Sports
Jul 22 - 9:27 AM

Louisville senior DT DeAngelo Brown is the No. 95 player in college football, per Pro Football Focus.

"While first round defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins got most of the publicity, Brown was a quiet anchor up front for the Cardinals," wrote Steve Palazzolo. Brown finished in the top-25 among returning interior defensive linemen in both run defense and pass rushing. Over his 948 snaps the past two years, Brown has accrued a superb +49.9 overall grade. His coming out party is set for this fall.
Jul 8 - 7:32 PM


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