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Former Louisville redshirt senior WR Ja'Quay Savage will transfer as a graduate.

Savage began his career at Texas A&M before transferring to Louisville prior to the 2014 season. The 6-foot-3, 213-pounder was a four-star 2013 recruit. Savage caught only 12 passes for the Cardinals. As a grad, he's eligible to play immediately wherever he winds up.
Jun 21 - 5:13 PM

Louisville junior WR/KR Traveon Samuel is in line for a bigger role this fall with the Cardinals' top-three receivers gone.

Samuel (5'7, 170) is a jitterbug utility man with similar numbers to similarly-sized Dexter McCluster over his first two years on campus compared with McCluster's first two seasons with Ole Miss. Granted, those numbers are modest -- Samuel put up 230 receiving yards, 54 rushing yards and 190 kick return yards with two total touchdowns last year -- but he could be in line for a big jump in production as one of Lamar Jackson's top targets in 2017.
Jun 19 - 1:45 PM

CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso ranks Louisville junior WR Jaylen Smith as the No. 100 NFL prospect in the country.

Smith is looking for his breakout campaign in 2017 after posting a 56-975-7 line over his first two seasons combined with Lamar Jackson at Louisville. "At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, he has a large, NFL-caliber frame," Trapasso wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 12 - 1:14 PM

Louisville redshirt freshman TE Austin Cummins will leave the Cardinals via transfer.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Cummins, a three-star recruit, picked the Cardinals over offers from Southern Miss, Troy and Western Kentucky. Cummins took a redshirt during his first year on campus. He'll sit out next year if he transfers to another FBS program.
Jun 9 - 1:47 PM

Louisville HC Bobby Petrino said that senior OW Reggie Bonnafon will receive a heavy look at running back in August camp.

Bonnafon worked at running back during the spring game after previously transitioning over to wide receiver from quarterback last offseason. Said Petrino of his newfound role, "We're going to expect a lot out of Reggie Bonnafon, being able to run the football and get it to him in the passing game. It's basically those [Jeremy Smith and Bonnafon]." Reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson has referred to the 6-foot-3, 206-pounder as a "freakish athlete."
Jun 8 - 7:41 PM

Louisville HC Bobby Petrino said that junior WR Jaylen Smith (foot) is now at full health.

Smith missed spring practice while recovering from surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his foot, but Petrino passed along on Tuesday that the junior wideout is "healed up and going full speed." This past season, he logged a 27-599-6 receiving line. Assuming he can maintain his health, Smith is expected to take on a heavy workload this coming season with both James Quick and Jamari Staples graduating.
Jun 8 - 6:53 PM

Louisville HC Bobby Petrino indicated that junior RB Malik Williams has recovered from the season-ending knee injury he suffered last fall.

Williams was knocked out of action for the 2016 campaign after he injured his knee against Houston on November 17. Said Petrino of his recovery, "He looks really good. He's bigger and stronger, and really this was his first year of offseason training in the four-year program, so he's really improved." The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder will be jostling for carries behind expected starter Jeremy Smith in August camp.
Jun 8 - 5:28 PM

Louisville senior RB Jeremy Smith suffered a Jones fracture in the foot during spring practice.

"The big thing is to get it to heal properly. It's a place that you have trouble getting blood to, so you have to heal properly," said HC Bobby Petrino. While the 6-foot-2, 224-pound Smith is not running at full speed yet, Petrino indicated that the team is hopeful that he will have returned to health by July. Prior to suffering the injury, the senior had been receiving the bulk of first-team reps this spring. Last season, Smith rushed for 382 yards (6.7 YPC) and eight touchdowns while catching 18 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown. So long as he is healthy come the start of August camp, he is in a good position to take over as starter for the departed Brandon Radcliffe.
Jun 8 - 4:14 PM

Bleacher Report's Kerry Miller believes Louisville sophomore WR Seth Dawkins will break out this call.

A three-star prospect by Rivals coming out of the prep ranks, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Dawkins is hoping to replace some of the production lost with James Quick, Cole Hikutini and Jamari Staples having graduated. Those departures shipped more than 2,000 receiving yards out the door. Dawkins is competing for playing time with Jaylen Smith, Traveon Samuel and Dez Fitzpatrick.
May 26 - 3:27 PM

An NFL area scout said Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson "has real arm talent" and is "way more polished than Michael Vick coming out."

Interestingly, the scout believes concerns about Jackson's struggles against Houston and LSU last year were overblown because Louisville "had arguably the worst offensive line of any power-five school" and didn't have a skill position player who was drafted. "His upside is scary," the scout said. "His flaws are correctable compared to what he was his first year as he's already made a substantial jump. No reason to believe he won't make bigger leaps. His athleticism and speed are different level type stuff. I did Cam Newton coming out and know Mike Vick well, Lamar is more advanced in the passing game than either of them when they came out. Lamar will be fine sitting in the pocket and getting hit on the chin. It's the reason his toughness is seen already as arguably his best quality because he forces himself to stay in there wanting to show he's a true quarterback." The scout went on to say that Jackson's accuracy must improve, but that it could because the
May 26 - 12:28 PM

NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks writes that Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson is closer to Robert Griffin III than Marcus Mariota at the moment.

Brooks believes that the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Jackson will be compared by scouts to RGIII and Mariota, both of whom were No. 2 overall picks. Griffin and Mariota were both far better in the pocket in college than L-Jax has been so far, but it's imperative to keep in mind that Jackson has only started for a year-and-a-half and has two seasons of eligibility left. While Jackson remains raw, he has NFL arm strength and a QB guru for a coach in Bobby Petrino. "In the passing game, Jackson is more of a thrower than passer," Brooks wrote. "Despite having a 'big' arm (outstanding arm strength, zip and velocity), he lacks the polished footwork and fundamentals to efficiently work from the pocket. He fails to consistently step into his throws, which leads to struggles with his accuracy and ball placement." The analyst concluded: "[Jackson] has the athletic talent to be a be a game changer at the next level, but he needs to refine his overall game (pocket poise, footwork
Source: NFL.com
May 24 - 3:32 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. wrote that Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson "needs to show major improvement as a passer in 2017."

You will be hearing plenty of variations on Kiper's thesis during the slow march to the 2018 draft. The analyst refers to Jackson as a "supreme athlete but a work-in-progress as a quarterback." In his early positional rankings, Kiper ranked the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder as the No. 4 underclassman quarterback in the 2018 class, trailing him behind USC's Sam Darnold, Wyoming's Josh Allen and UCLA's Josh Rosen. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom slotted the reigning Heisman Trophy winner to the Bills at No. 7 in his early 2018 mock draft, while in the same breath writing that there's "more variance to Jackson's NFL projection" than any other first-rounder in his mock-up.
May 22 - 2:19 PM

Ohio State sophomore CB Rodjay Burns transferred to Louisville.

In the Instagram post announcing his transfer, Burns said that he was moving on to Louisville in part because of a health concern with his father. The three-star recruit came out hot last season, logging a pick-six against Bowling Green in the season-opener, but saw little action for the rest of the season, finishing with just a solo tackle for the campaign. The 6-foot, 190-pounder will have to sit out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer regulations and will have three years eligibility remaining starting in 2018.
May 12 - 7:27 PM

Louisville senior OW Reggie Bonnafon spent the spring game at running back.

Bonnafon, a former quarterback, was shifted from wide receiver to the running back for the last week of spring practice due to Louisville's backfield injuries. Jeremy Smith (undisclosed injury) and redshirt freshman Dae Williams (ACL tear) were both shelved in the spring. "(Bonnafon) is a freakish athlete, and he can get lined up anywhere, even quarterback," Jackson said. "He can throw the ball, go through his progressions great. Reggie is just an all-around freakish athlete." HC Bobby Petrino declined to say if he'll keep Bonnafon at running back for fall camp. "We do need to get some of those guys back here," Petrino said, "and they will be, except for Dae. But we need more depth at running back."
May 9 - 3:19 PM

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino praised redshirt freshman WR Dez Fitzpatrick as a spring standout.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder had nine catches for 176 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals' spring game. "(Fitzpatrick) has a had a great week," Petrino said. "He's taken some huge strides. ... He's just a really good wide receiver. He understands how to run routes. He catches the ball with his hands. What I really like is how he runs after the catch. He broke some tackles today and took one down the sideline for a touchdown. He can catch the deep ball." Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson's receiving corps got a makeover this offseason. James Quick and Jamari Staples moved on, so Jaylen Smith, Seth Dawkins, JaQuay Savage, Fitzpatrick and a host of others will benefit from the space Jackson's otherworldly athleticism affords his teammates.
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