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CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler writes that "[w]ith his strong hands and ball-tracking skills, [Louisville DT DeAngelo] Brown has the upper body power to split doubles and collects himself well in space to make stops."

Brugler was surprised to see that Brown had received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, but he should perform well in at least one aspect of the annual scouting event: Over the summer, FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman wrote that the 6-foot-1, 310-pounder was "arguably the strongest man in college football." This past season, he recorded 40 tackles (13.0 for loss), three sacks and a forced fumble over the course of 11 games played.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 18 - 2:32 PM

Louisville edge rusher Devonte Fields will work with the LB position at the NFL Combine.

Fields' path throughout his collegiate career is a windy one. He typically played defensive end, but was asked to drop in some situations. We would not call it a strength, so any four front or five front scheme he plays in should feature him as a pass rusher.
Source: NFL Combine
Feb 17 - 11:09 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Louisville edge rusher Devonte Fields has "shoulder issues that many believe to be labrum-related."

"I was not informed if he’ll need surgery but this also bears watching to see if any red-flags pop up during the combine," Pauline added. Fields has a history of shoulder woes. He underwent shoulder surgery about 13 months ago after saying he played with a torn labrum for most of the 2015 season.
Feb 16 - 1:56 PM

Louisville signed four-star 2017 RB Colin Wilson.

Wilson first committed to Louisville in mid-October. He stuck by his word through National Signing Day. Rivals ranks the 6-foot, 210-pounder as the No. 154 overall player in the 2017 class and the No. 9 prospect at his position. ESPN notes that the native of Green Cove Springs in Florida "projects to be a bell cow type running back at the next level with a nice blend of size, speed and power."
Feb 7 - 6:42 PM

Louisville suspended senior CB Alphonso Carter indefinitely.

HC Bobby Petrino learned on Monday that Carter was cited for a gun-related felony during a December traffic stop. "We had no previous knowledge of these charges until earlier today, and upon learning of these charges, Alphonso Carter has been suspended indefinitely from all football activities," Petrino said in a statement. Carter will appear in court later this month.
Feb 6 - 6:24 PM

Text and phone call records obtained by CBS Sports indicate that Louisville OC Lonnie Galloway initiated contact with former Wake Forest announcer Tommy Elrod three days prior to the Cardinals' November 12 showdown with the Demon Deacons.

Louisville suspended Galloway for the Citrus Bowl due to his clandestine work with Elrod. More information out, now. Per CBS Sports, Galloway initiated a 25-minute phone call with Elrod three days prior to Louisville's game against Wake Forest this past season. Two days after that call -- and the night before the ESPN-aired contest -- Elrod and Galloway exchanged black ops texts. Elrod at 8:37: "On way now." Galloway at 8:48: "OK, sitting by fire pit." Elrod at 8:59: "Outside?" We wouldn't expect any further punishment of Galloway, but it's nice to see the inner workings of this scrapped Bridge of Spies subplot.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 3 - 7:20 PM

Louisville signed four-star JUCO T Ronald Rudd.

Rudd, briefly a UCLA commit, is the No. 32 overall prospect on the ESPN JC 50. "Rudd is a tackle prospect with size, arm length and good ability," ESPN noted in a scouting report. "Room to refine and improve in areas, but big man that should be able to come in and compete for starting role." Rudd must work on his pad level, as he has a tendency to fire out high in the run game.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 2:50 PM

Louisville signed three-star 2017 TE Kemari Averett.

The Cardinals received Averett's commitment in late June. He never budged off it. Depending on how Louisville would like to utilize him, the 6-foot-7, 230-pounder has potential as both a tight end and a defensive lineman. Averett's personal preference would be to stick on offense. ESPN 300's scouting crew notes that he "[d]isplays good wiry strength which should only improve as he adds more size." The outlet is less enthused over Averett's top-end speed, as they refer to it as "average to slightly above average."
Feb 1 - 5:30 PM

Louisville signed four-star 2017 T Mekhi Becton.

The 6-foot-7, 345-pounder chose the high-flying Cards over Virginia Tech, Michigan and Oregon. Scout.com noted that Becton is "very mobile and is an effective run and pass blocker." Lamar Jackson will appreciate the help. Bobby Petrino has put together a consensus top-30 recruiting class.
Source: Rivals
Feb 1 - 12:09 PM

Scout.com's Brian Dohn writes that Louisville and Michigan are "making strong runs" at uncommitted four-star 2017 T Mekhi Becton.

A native of Highland Springs, Virginia, Becton is also considering staying in-state with Virginia Tech. Scout.com is keen on the 6-foot-7, 300-pounder's overall level of athleticism, noting that he is "very mobile and is an effective run and pass blocker." They caution that his pad level gets too high at times, an issue which he will have to work out at the collegiate level.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 31 - 3:43 PM

Louisville signed three-star 2017 S C.J. Avery.

Avery is an early-enrollee with the Cardinals and will be on hand for spring practice in a month. He initially committed to Louisville in mid-December. Mississippi State, Auburn and Ole Miss were also on the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder's radar at the time he made his decision. Scout.com ranks him as their No. 221 overall prospect in the 2017 cycle, noting that Avery is a "[v]ery instinctive defensive back who likes to strike the opponent, but also has the ball skills to turn the ball over." The outlet would like to see him shore up his wrap technique on tackles and polish up his work in man coverage.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 30 - 8:01 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang wrote that Louisville TE Keith Towbridge "showed soft, reliable hands" in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday.

Towbridge caught three passes for 33 yards in Saturday's gathering of NFL Draft hopefuls. That's one more pass than the 6-foot-4, 264-pounder caught at Louisville in 2016. The team utilized him almost exclusively as a blocker. Rang notes that Towbridge "possesses a powerful frame and long arms (33 5/8"), as well as a combination of grit and physicality as a blocker that will appeal to NFL teams looking for an "old school" tight end." He believes that the former Louisville tight end will land on an NFL roster when all is said and done, though he isn't sure at this juncture whether Towbridge will land in this spring's draft proper or have to navigate to an NFL future via undrafted free agency.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 23 - 6:48 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline called Louisville C Tobijah Hughley's week of practice leading up to the East-West Shrine Game "so-so."

"He has a strong lower body and can display it most of the time," Pauline writes, "when he’s able to sink his hips quick enough. His techniques need some tweaking and he is a little light to make it at the next level." The 6-foot-3, 291-pounder -- a rock of a starting presence for the Cardinals over the last three seasons -- will likely have to find his way to an NFL squad as an undrafted free agent this spring, barring a rise to the later rounds of Day 3.
Jan 22 - 12:14 PM

Louisville received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 G Caleb Chandler.

Chandler opted to commit to Louisville over the likes of Florida, Illinois and Miami. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder ranks as Scout.com's No. 22 guard in the 2017 cycle, with the outlet noting that he demonstrates "very good quickness off the ball and he really can fire off the ball low with good pad level." While Chandler has played tackle at Jefferson High School (Georgia), he projects as a guard at the collegiate level.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 15 - 12:56 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Louisville has hired Florida OL coach Mike Summers to serve in the same capacity.

Summers returns to Louisville after previously coaching the Cardinals' offensive line from 2003-2006. He has been on staff with Florida each of the past three seasons. With 36 years of coaching experience under his belt, this is a nice hire for Louisville as HC Bobby Petrino's crew tries to move on from a less-than-stellar end to the 2016 campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 15 - 12:26 PM


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