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Louisville senior DL Sheldon Rankins' "versatility as a potential starting five-technique or three-technique makes him a fit in any system, which means you'll hear a lot more about this guy leading into the 2016 draft," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-2, 303-pound Rankins recorded 13.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks last season to lead the Cardinals. He also had two interceptions. "In the Cardinals' three-man front, Rankins presents issues for both interior and outside blockers," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 24 - 7:29 PM

Louisville redshirt junior Brandon Radcliff "runs physical, tough and low to the ground, attacking defenders and looking to initiate contact," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

While sharing a backfield with departed seniors Dominique Brown and Michael Dyer, Radcliff was the team's leading rusher with 737 yards and 12 touchdowns, with only 5 starts in 2014. Radcliff averaged averaged 5.1 yards per carry and recorded three 100-yard games for the Cardinals. Brugler notes that Radcliff "is put together well for the position and makes it tough on tacklers to finish him off with his balance and natural run power while also flashing the foot quickness to make guys miss."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 12 - 3:27 PM

Louisville senior DE Sheldon Rankins "displays terrific effort and is a determined chaser to catch ball-carriers from behind away from the line of scrimmage," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"Rankins offers the power to line up in the "A gap" and take on multiple blockers, but also has the lateral quickness to stunt and loop around bodies to close on the pocket. He displays terrific effort and is a determined chaser to catch ball-carriers from behind away from the line of scrimmage," Brugler wrote. The Louisville prospect had a solid season recording 53 tackles with team-highs in sacks (8.0) and tackles(13.5). The 6-foot-2, 303-pound Rankins also added two interceptions to his resume playing along the defensive line. With Lorenzo Mauldin off to the NFL, Rankins will be expected to be the Cardinals top pass-rusher.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 12 - 2:42 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that If Louisville redshirt junior DE Devonte Fields "plays anywhere close to the potential he showed as a true freshman in 2012, Fields will put himself back on the NFL radar."

"He has two seasons of eligibility remaining, but if he plays anywhere close to the potential he showed as a true freshman in 2012, Fields will put himself back on the NFL radar. He is a good-sized athlete with the flexibility, agility and fight for the next level, but who knows what to expect from the fallen star in 2015," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 254-pound Fields was dismissed from TCU due to his connection with a domestic violence issue. Fields transferred from Trinity Valley Community College to Louisville this past spring, in hopes yo get his career back on track. At TCU, Fields made a big impact as a freshman, recording 18.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, winning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 12 - 2:09 PM

Louisville HC Bobby Petrino believes redshirt junior QB Will Gardner (knee) will be 100 percent for camp in August.

If so, he should be able to easily beat out sophomore Reggie Bonnafon, redshirt sophomore Kyle Bolin and redshirt junior Tyler Ferguson for starting duties. Gardner had surgery to repair an injury to his left knee sustained in a November win at Boston College and has been recovering since. He previously twice tore his right ACL. "He's had very good work here the last month, and he's really made tremendous improvement," Petrino said. "He's ahead of schedule, but yet we're pulling the reins back and making sure that he only does what the previous schedule told him to do. But he says he's felt better than he's ever felt, better than after the first time he had surgery. The unknown is that it's a third surgery on the same knee and what happens will when he start torquing the knee, when he starts running, changing the direction. He's doing great with that, but how he responds with he starts torquing it and delivering the football is the concern."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 8 - 7:21 PM

ESPN's David M. Hale believes that Louisville sophomore QB Reggie Bonnafon is a darkhorse candidate for ACC offensive player of the year.

"At this point, it’s hard to say if Bonnafon will even be Louisville’s starter. He was part of a three-man competition this spring, and coaches seem confident a fourth QB will join those ranks for fall camp. But Bonnafon has got a ton of talent, and his ability to make plays with both his feet and his arm could allow him to post some big numbers in an offense that’s very QB friendly," Hale wrote. The 6-foot-3, 206-pound Bonnafon started five games as a true freshman, passing for 864 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for 164 yards and five touchdowns. The dual-threat QB had a strong outing this spring and should only improve in Bobby Petrino's offense.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 8 - 4:05 PM

The dismissal of Louisville edge rusher Devonte Fields' misdemeanor assault charge, pending the completion of anger management courses, has been confirmed.

It was previously thought that an agreement would not be reached, but Fields said otherwise last Friday. The former TCU defensive end must complete four courses to hold up his end of the agreement.
Source: ESPN
Jun 1 - 2:17 PM

Louisville edge rusher Devonte Fields' assault charge will be dismissed after he completes an anger management course.

Fields is scheduled to go on trial on June 17, but an agreement could be in place before that date. The news comes from Fields himself, so we would not blame others for waiting until a second source confirms this action.
May 30 - 2:31 PM

Louisville senior DE Devonte Fields will go to trial for a misdemeanor assault charge on June 17.

Fields' representatives failed to reach an agreement to dismiss his charge -- he allegedly hit an ex-girlfriend -- so he will now stand trial for it. The defensive end spent last year at Trinity Valley Community College after he was dismissed from TCU. He intends to enroll at Louisville in July.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 8:43 PM

Louisville redshirt sophomore S Josh Harvey-Clemons "runs well and really lays the wood," notes NFL Media.

Harvey-Clemons, a once highly touted prospect, transferred to Louisville after he was dismissed at Georgia. "His size enables him to play a hybrid linebacker position in the nickel, should Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Grantham (who also was Harvey-Clemons' coordinator at Georgia) go that route," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Harvey-Clemons already is an important part of Auburn lore: He is the Georgia player who tipped the ball that Ricardo Louis caught for a TD in the 'Prayer at Jordan-Hare' in 2013." Harvey-Clemons should emerge on draft radars this fall.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 4:58 PM

Louisville senior DE Devonte Fields is expected to start, reports NFL Media.

"Fields (6-4, 250) won't arrive at Louisville until next month, and the hope is he becomes the pass-rush force he was at TCU," writes College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Louisville's top two edge rushers from last season are gone -- both were drafted -- and Fields is expected to start." NFL Media ranks Fields as the No. 2 impactful transfer in the country with some trepidation. "Fields easily could be the biggest success story on this list; he also easily could be the biggest bust," noted Huguenin.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 3:39 PM

Louisville redshirt sophomore CB Shaq Wiggins earned a starting job in spring practices.

Wiggins (5-foot-10, 171) started eight games at Georgia as a true freshman in 2013. He transferred a year ago after running into some problems on campus. NFL Media ranks him as the No. 10 most impactful transfer. "While he lacks bulk, he has good speed and ball skills, and also possesses the talent to contend for All-ACC honors," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.
Source: NFL.com
May 24 - 1:26 PM

Louisville senior DE Devonte Fields could emerge with a re-breakthrough campaign in 2015.

Fields was the Big 12's defensive player of the year and a Round 1-caliber prospect back in 2012 as a freshman at TCU. Everything has cratered since then. Injuries limited him to three games as a sophomore and he was dismissed prior to his junior year. Fields played at a JUCO last year and returns to big-time college football this fall with a school known for giving second chances. " It will be interesting to see if he can regain his previous form and show off his potential for a new FBS team," noted NFL Media.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 6:27 PM

Raiders signed Louisville RB Michael Dyer.

Dyer (5'9/218) entered college as a five-star recruit and emerged as a starter for national-champion Auburn as a true freshman. His career spiraled oddly and wildly from there, bouncing around several colleges before finally landing at Louisville, where Dyer managed a 110-481-5 rushing line as a senior, splitting carries with Brandon Radcliff and Dominique Brown. Dyer had a pedestrian Combine, running 4.58 with a 34-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Turning 25 in October, Dyer is an overaged, mercurial prospect who looked ordinary in 2014. His commitment to and passion for the game are obvious question marks.
May 12 - 1:22 AM

Bucs signed Louisville RB Dominique Brown.

Brown (6'2/234) finished his Louisville career with 1,736 yards and 16 TDs on 399 carries (4.35 YPC), adding 47 receptions. He was frequently injured in college and slipped down the depth chart as a senior. Brown turned some heads with a solid East-West Shrine performance, but ran 4.63/4.65 at his Pro Day with a brutal 9-foot-1 broad jump. As Brown will turn 24 late in his rookie year, we suspect his NFL career will be brief.
May 4 - 12:44 AM


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