Louisville turns out to be ‘Not Ready for Primetime Players’ following Clemson smackdown

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today What now? What will be the fallout for the punch-drunk University of Louisville football team — aka the Not Ready for Primetime Players — in the wake of their humiliating 47-21 smackdown by Clemson Saturday night in a game that was predicted to be another hard-fourth classic in the young rivalry? Instead it turned into an embarrassing defeat in front of an ABC national...

Louisville freshman linebacker Etheridge becoming pivotal piece of nationally ranked defense

For seven-consecutive seasons, Louisville’s defense has ranked in the top-25 nationally. Breaking into the lineup, given the success over that span, is an all but easy task. Dorian Etheridge, however, has shown that he is anything but a standard freshman. When he took the field in the season opener against Purdue, he became the first true freshman to start at linebacker since James Burgess during...

Petrino hoping Cards peak at the right time for nationally televised showdown with Clemson

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Let the hype begin. Actually, it already had, with the announcement over the weekend that ESPN’s “College Game Day” would be visiting Louisville for the second season in a row to showcase the No. 14 Cardinals’ (2-0, 1-0 ACC) crucial showdown with No. 3 Clemson (2-0, 0-0) Saturday night. The buildup will continue to escalate throughout the week, so...

Cardinals get prime time national showcase spot on ABC for showdown with No. 3 Clemson

Saturday’s football game between a pair of top-15 teams Louisville and Clemson is being moved to prime time, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Sunday. The contest, originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m., will be played at 8:12 p.m. and televised nationally on ABC with Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler, and Maria Taylor. Louisville is ranked No. 14 in the latest Associated Press poll and faces a...

Jackson accounts for 525 yards of offense, six TD’s as Cardinals roll to ACC win over Tar Heels

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Heading into Saturday’s game against Louisville, North Carolina linebacker Andre Smith vowed the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams wasn’t going to be the Lamar Jackson Show. “We’ll stop anything (Jackson) tries to do. . .He’s not going to beat us,” Smith boasted. “He’s not going to be able to run on us; we have...

Louisville defense hopes to turn up the heat for North Carolina’s up-tempo attack

The University of Louisville football team is becoming less and less a fan of the ‘two is better than one’ mantra. For the second-consecutive week to begin the season, the Cardinals’ defense is facing a familiar challenge: preparing to see potentially two different quarterbacks in a game. Louisville opens its ACC schedule on Saturday at North Carolina, which trotted out Chazz Surratt and Brandon...

Cardinals, Petrino prepare for road challenge at North Carolina in ACC opener

With all the theatrics from the football season opener in the rearview mirror, the focus for the University of Louisville has turned to the Atlantic Coast Conference opener at North Carolina on Saturday in Kenan Stadium. “We’re going to work on a lot of things to get ready for this weekend, to go on the road and play North Carolina, a team that looks good on video,” UofL head coach Bobby Petrino...

Cards overcome mistakes, but narrow win can’t disguise big problems for the Cards

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Yes, Lamar Jackson turned in another solid, and game-saving, performance. True, the defense came through with several big plays at crunch time. Those are the highlights from the University of Louisville’s opening 35-28 victory over Purdue in front of 37,394 fans Saturday night in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Other than that, the No. 16 Cardinals — a 25-point...

Cardinals hope offense will light up the Lucas Oil Stadium scoreboard in opener against Purdue

The Louisville Cardinals’ offensive numbers a season ago – 42.5 points and 532.7 yards per game – were astonishing. Matching that output, let alone surpassing it, is difficult to fathom given both of those were top-10 marks nationally. However, the Carinals have plenty of firepower – led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson – returning as the team gets set to open the 2017...

Petrino says Cards’ offense, defense look sharp heading into season-opener against Purdue

Game week for University of Louisville football has arrived. With the Cardinals’ 2017 opener five days away, it’s time to stop all the rhetoric and get on the field to play the game. The Cardinals will get their opportunity to see how much they’ve improved this fall when they take on Purdue Saturday night from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The game will be shown nationally on FOX. “I’m...

Returning starters plus emergence of Bell and Thomas make Cardinals’ offensive line picture clearer

Heading into fall camp looking to fill three positions on the offensive line, the University of Louisville football team had few experienced options to occupy those vacancies. After 19 practices during fall camp, the picture is becoming a little clearer as to who will be the five players that shape that unit in the season opener versus Purdue on Sept. 2. The Cardinals have two returning starters in...

Single-game tickets, three-game packages for UofL football games available for public sale

Single-game tickets and three-game packages for University of Louisville football contests are available to the public starting Tuesday. Single-game admission for matchups at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium against Kent State (Sept. 23), Murray State (Sept. 30), Boston College (Oct. 14), Virginia (Nov. 11), and Syracuse (Nov. 18) are available starting at $22 per seat. Fans who have yet to purchase...

Petrino says Cardinals ‘focused on learning and getting better’ as fall camp wraps up

The loud cheers coming out of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Saturday were not from all the touchdowns scored in the second scrimmage of fall camp, but from the joy of the University of Louisville football players, realizing that the grind of camp was over. With classes officially starting on Monday, the Cardinals completed camp with a 145-play scrimmage under intense heat on the field — and...

Presale underway now for University of Louisville single-game football tickets

A presale for University of Louisville season ticket holders began on Wednesday at 10 a.m. for three-game packages and a limited number of single-game football tickets to five of the Cardinals’ six home games Season ticket holders were notified of the presale as well as a special promo code via email. The public can purchase available three-game packages and single-game tickets starting on Aug. 22...

After moving all over the field, versatile Bonnafon finally finds a home in Louisville’s backfield

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Throughout his career on the University of Louisville football team, Reggie Bonnafon has made more moves than Atlas Van Lines, but all signs currently point to his vagabond days finally coming to an end. His athletcism and versatility may have been his worst enemies in the failure of the coaching staff to settle Bonnafon into a permanent role. As a true freshman, he started...

So far, so good: Petrino excited about Cards’ prospects following first full week of practice

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today So far, so good. That sums up coach Bobby Petrino’s feelings about his University of Louisville football team after the first full week of practice. “I like what I see,” Petrino said during the team’s annual Media Day Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. “I see a group of guys who are in really good condition, the best shape we’ve...

Practice can wait for Cards; Petrino wants his team fresh for beginning of 2017 season

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — September is a critical month for the University of Louisville football team if the Cardinals are to mount another serious challenge to Atlantic Coast Conference kingpins Clemson and Florida State. So one would assume that UofL coach Bobby Petrino would want his players on the practice field as soon as possible to get ready not only for the...

Media poll predicts third-place finish for Cardinals; Jackson named ACC preseason Player of Year

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson was tabbed the Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Player of the Year, and the University of Louisville football team was picked to finish third in the conference’s Atlantic Division, the league announced on Monday. According to a poll of the league’s 167 media members in attendance at the 2017 ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C., Florida State is the preseason...

Louisville takes aim at Florida State, Clemson in highly-competitive ACC race

By Russ Brown KyForward Correspondent If there was one glaring reminder Thursday during the kickoff of the two-day Atlantic Coast Conference Media Days in Charlotte, N.C., of how fast things can change in college football it was apparent in the person of Lamar Jackson. Last year at this time, Jackson was a relative unknown, coming off a promising but up and down freshman season as a part-time starter...

Heisman Trophy winner Jackson stars in U of L spring game; newcomer Fitzpatrick also impressive

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — After last year’s 73-7 Red romp, Bobby Petrino thought he had divided his University of Louisville football team more evenly for Saturday’s Red-White spring intrasquad game by splitting the starters to make it more competitive. But with Lamar Jackson around, there was very little Petrino could do short of surrounding his star quarterback...