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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

Louisville senior DL Sheldon Rankins' most notable traits are "balance, ball awareness and outstanding hand usage," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The 6-foot-2, 303-pound Rankins recorded 53 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 20 quarterback pressures, two interceptions and eight sacks last season. "Louisville lines Rankins up all over the defensive line and he has shown an ability to disrupt upfield or leverage his gap, depending on what the defense asked of him," Zierlein wrote. "Despite his limited mass, Rankins plays with a strong, wide base that helps him hold his ground." The analyst pegs Rankins as the No. 7 interior defensive linemen in the nation. "When it's time to chase the quarterback, he shows above-average athletic ability," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 9 - 7:20 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein writes that Louisville redshirt junior DE Devonte Fields' "2012 season won't mean much to NFL scouts unless he shows that same form as a JUCO transfer at Louisville this season."

The 6-foot-4, 254-pound Fields, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year last season, was booted off TCU in August and transferred to Trinity Valley Community College because of a a domestic violence issue. He had a Round 1 grade in 2012, but his stock is very much up in the air at this point. Fields needs a big season as much as anyone.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 6 - 11:38 AM

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


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