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Billy Reed: Good and bad news for sports, but the coronavirus rules — and the rules are changing

A few weeks ago, the National Football League conducted its first virtual draft, and the Cincinnati Bengals, surprising absolutely nobody, used its No. 1 pick to take Joe Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy while leading LSU to the national collegiate championship. Ordinarily, that would have been a huge story in these parts, with arguments raging on the sports radio talk shows about whether Burrow...

Heisman Trophy talk? Snell letting his actions on the field speak louder than words

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If there’s a better running back in college football than Benny Snell, be more informative and get the word out. If not, there’s no need to provide proof. The University of Kentucky running back continues to show time and time again he’s one of the top rushers in the Southeastern Conference, if not in the nation. He’s the backbone of a Kentucky team that has won...

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...

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...

Honors continue for Cards’ Jackson, earns spot on AP All-American first team

University of Louisville football’s Lamar Jackson continues to rack up honors as the 2016 season comes to a close. After being named the youngest player in college football history to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy last Saturday, Jackson added to his trophy case by being named a first-team Associated Press All-American on Monday afternoon. Jackson, Louisville’s first player to win college...

Heisman Winner: Louisville sophomore Lamar Jackson named college football’s best player

University of Louisville football’s Lamar Jackson has enjoyed quite a week, collecting two prestigious player of the year awards. Jackson, one of the sport’s most electrifying players who has shattered a plethora of records, on Saturday was named the Heisman Trophy winner at the PlayStation Theater in New York City. The sophomore, in addition to his remarkable passing ability, has used his elusiveness...

Billy Reed: Nothing’s ever certain, but here’s betting the Heisman goes to the Thrill from the Ville

With apologies to Howard Schnellenberger, I must say that anybody who guarantees an outcome in the sports world is on a collision course with humiliation, and the only variable is time. So I’m not going to promise you that Lamar Jackson, the University of Louisville’s remarkable sophomore quarterback, will be the one whose name is called on Saturday afternoon when the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner...

Despite a 9-3 record, there’s no need to celebrate after Cardinals find way to lose to Wildcats

By Russ Brown Special to KyForward Louisville–There are over 200 college football teams across the land who would be celebrating a 9-3 season like a national championship (and one that is ecstatic over 7-5; looking at you, Cats). But don’t count Louisville in that group. Far from it. To the No. 11 Cardinals 9-3 is depressingly disappointing, given lofty goals that looked obtainable as recently...

Cards show they haven’t lost their style, blast BC to send a message to playoff committee

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent If it was truly “style points” that the College Football Playoff committee thought Louisville had been missing recently due to a couple of unexpected close calls when it was a heavy favorite, the Cardinals delivered Saturday afternoon, compiling style points that would make Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger envious in walloping Boston College 52-7 in...

Hold your breath, here comes Jackson/Watson, Clemson/Cards in huge ACC, national showdown

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — The Louisville-Clemson prime time showdown Saturday night in Death Valley shapes up as the proverbial irresistible force versus the immovable object, the former being Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson, the latter the Tigers’ stingy defense. “Something will have to give one way or another,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says. Which...

Cards’ Jackson is ‘just chill’ and calm in the face of building national Heisman Trophy media blitz

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE–Lamar Jackson is a wanted man these days. The University of Louisville quarterback started the season as a longshot Heisman Trophy candidate, but with his spectacular play in the Cardinals’ first three games — all lopsided victories — he has surged to the front of the class and is now considered the Heisman favorite. And with...