Petrino, Cardinals hope to regain early rhythm with ACC road match with Florida State

Heading into the last half of the season, the University of Louisville football team is looking to find the rhythm it had in getting off to a 4-1 start and hopes to regain it at Florida State this weekend. After two consecutive losses, the Cardinals are heading to Tallahassee, Fla., to face the Seminoles in a key game for positioning in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Opening the season in the top five...

Jackson rallies Cards in late going, but it’s not enough as Boston College hangs on for 45-42 victory

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Once again, Lamar Jackson couldn’t rescue the University of Louisville’s sagging football team. Or more accurately, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner couldn’t overcome another disappointing performance by the Cardinals’ helpless defense in a wild shootout. Jackson engineered a fourth-quarter rally that produced three touchdowns, 14 unanswered points...

Return of preseason All-American Alexander lifts Cardinals’ spirits heading into matchup with BC

Every football program needs a ray or two of sunshine now and again. For the Louisville football team, it’s coming in the form preseason All-American Jaire Alexander and one unusual element: rain. The Cardinals are coming off a tough loss at NC State, with a stout defensive team in Boston College in waiting. Louisville has spent plenty of time since the Thursday night contest watching film and working...

Petrino says unexpected shortcomings on defense holding back Cardinals’ progress

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Before the season started, Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino was confident that his defensive unit — which returned nine starters — would be just as formidable as it had been the past three seasons when it ranked among the top 15 in the country. However, not only has that not proven to be the case, but halfway through the season, the defense is shaping up to be...

Despite lopsided win over Kent State, questions remain about Louisville heading into ACC action

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today University of Louisville football fans got a glimpse of the Cardinals’ long-range future Saturday afternoon in sweltering Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium — at least as much of it as could be determined when the opponent is virtually helpless. What should concern the Louisville faithful more, however, is the immediate future. To me, the Cards (3-1) still look...

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...

Louisville star quarterback Jackson not concerned about repeat Heisman performance

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today A year ago at this time as an unproven sophomore, Lamar Jackson wasn’t thinking about winning the Heisman Trophy, and he is taking the same approach as the No. 16 University of Louisville football team heads into its season opener against Purdue on Saturday. Jackson could become the first player to win the Heisman twice since the award started in 1935, a feat that...

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...

Keyed by Smith, rushing records could fall thanks to deep, talented Cardinals’ backfield

University of Louisville running back Jeremy Smith suffered a foot injury in March, which caused him to be shut down for the final couple weeks of spring practice. For a football player and a competitor, the hardest thing to do is sit back and watch their teammates every day in practice. But for Smith, it might have been a blessing. “I don’t really like sitting out because I like to be out...

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...

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...

New coordinator Sirmon seeks to put some ‘magic’ back in Louisville’s defensive set

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today At first glance, the University of Louisville football team’s defense enjoyed a successful season in 2016. After all, the Cardinals finished No. 14 nationally among the 128 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in total defense, allowing 322.2 yards per game. The defense was also far above average in stripping the football and intercepting passes, forcing 25 turnovers,...

U of L increasing security at Papa John’s Stadium with adoption of clear bag, wanding policies

In the interest of augmenting existing security measures at football games at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, University of Louisville Athletics will implement new security measures, including magnetic wanding at all entry gates and restricting the size and type of bag that may be carried into the stadium for home football games and concerts moving forward. Fans are encouraged to enter the stadium...