Only One Team Will Have More Players At The NFL Draft Combine Than Louisville

Photo: Pete CautilliThe Louisville football program had major representation in the 2014 NFL Draft with three players selected in the first round. The Cards may not get three first rounders in 2015, but they have set a program record with 11 former players being invited to the NFL Draft Combine. Florida State is the only school that has more players participating in the annual combine...
Via The Cardinal Connect
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN Ranks Louisville Football No. 25 In Their Way Too Early Rankings For 2015

Photo: Pete CautilliWe’re still a good seven months away from kicking off the 2015 college football season, but the folks at ESPN are already gearing up. Mark Schlabach of the four letter network released his “Way Too Early Top 25″ rankings for next season. The Louisville Cardinals came in at No. 25. 25. Louisville Cardinals 2014 record: 9-4, 5-3 ACC Returning starters:...
Via The Cardinal Connect
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Eight Louisville Players Have Been Invited To The 2015 NFL Draft Combine

AP Photo/Dave MartinThe University of Louisville football program had some major representation in last year’s NFL Draft. Louisville was one of just three programs to have three players drafted in the first round. It’s highly unlikely that we see three Cardinals taken in the first round of this year’s draft, but we may see more players drafted overall than we did a year ago...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Seven Cardinals Honored By ACC Football Coaches

Photo: Pete Cautilli On Wednesday morning the ACC released the annual All Conference Team’s voted on by the league’s coaches. A total of seven Louisville players were honored by the ACC coaches, with two being named to the league’s All First Team. Here is an excerpt from the official release from UofL. Senior offensive tackle Jamon Brown and senior wide receiver DeVante...
Via The Cardinal Connect
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

10 Louisville Players Receive All ACC Honors

Photo: Pete Cautilli With the 2014 college football regular season in the books, the ACC released their all league teams on Monday afternoon. A total of 10 Louisville Cardinals have received all league honors in the program’s first season in the ACC. Junior safety Gerod Holliman was the only player to be named to the league’s first team. Seniord Lorenzo Mauldin were Jamon Brown...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Louisville vs. Florida International: Three Predictions

Photo: JD Coffey: Jermaine Reve, Charles Gaines & Andrew Johnson. All three Miami natives will return home this weekend to take on FIU. “Revenge” is probably be posted somewhere in the Panthers’ locker room. Almost exactly one year ago to the day, September 21st, 2013, an FIU football team strolled into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium with the intention of spoiling the Teddy...
Via The Cardinal Connect
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Louisville vs. FIU: Predicted MVP’s

Photo: Pete Cautilli Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season on Saturday as they travel to Miami to take on Florida International. Here are the predicted MVP’s for the game. Offense At this point I think we can all agree that we need to see some vast improvement from Will Gardner. The Bobby Petrino style foot-to-throat...
Via The Cardinal Connect
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekend That Was: Miami Bane Edition

Welcome to the debut edition of the “Weekend That Was,” a new weekly feature that I will be sharing at The Cardinal Connect. Here’s your one stop shop for everything that happened over the weekend, Louisville related and sometimes not. We’ll get started in a second, but first a moment of silence for Sad Miami Bane. “You merely inherited the Big East, I was born in it,...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami’s Starting Quarterback Is The Son Of The “Bye Felicia” Girl From Friday

Miami starting quarterback, Brad Kaaya, probably thought that next Monday’s season opener against Louisville would be a day off for him.  Kaaya knocked the well traveled transfer, Jake Heapps, out of contention for the starting job against the Cardinals. Kaaya now has the daunting task of not losing his new job on what was supposed to be his day off.  Your Louisville Cardinals...
Via The Cardinal Connect
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Louisville confident secondary will get job done

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville's main defensive concern was finding playmakers to replace seven starters, particularly all-conference safeties Hakeem Smith and Calvin Pryor. The Cardinals believe they have solved the problem. Senior Terell Floyd moved over from cornerback while junior college transfer James Sample and underclassmen are developing there and on the edges, giving...
Via AP on Fox
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Charles Gaines Discusses Louisville’s First Two Weeks Of Practice

Photo: Pete Cautilli – TheCardinalConnect Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals are now in week three of their 2014 fall camp. The most interesting and entertaining young man on the roster this season is junior cornerback Charles Gaines. He recently sat down with UofL PA announcer Sean Moth to give an update on how things are going so far in practice. When Charles Gaines speaks, we listen.
Via The Cardinal Connect
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

UofL’s Charles Gaines always on, on and off the field

Who is Charles Gaines, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior who plays cornerback for the University of Louisville football team? An individual who was keeping some of his teammates and other onlookers in stitches during Saturday’s scrimmage at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. One who isn’t bashful about his own accomplishments and unrestrained from pointing out flaws in his teammates...
Via Louisville Card Game
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Recap: USA Today Previews Louisville Football In 2014

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect A few days ago The Cardinal Connect gave you a brief analysis of the Phil Steele 2014 College Football Preview. Today we take a quick look at the same from USA Today Sports. First things first, the Predicted Order Of Finish. Coming in 3rd in the Atlantic Division they have the Cards finishing 5-3 in conference and 8-4 overall. With the out of...
Via The Cardinal Connect
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Cardinals Added To Prestigious National Award Watch Lists

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect With the 2014 College Football season right around the corner, the annual award watch lists are starting to be released. On Monday afternoon three Louisville Cardinals found their names among the prestigious lists. On Tuesday morning two more were added to national watch lists. Senior wide receiver DeVante Parker was named to the Maxwell Award...
Via The Cardinal Connect
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

If Given The Opportunity, Charles Gaines Could Shine On Both Sides Of The Ball

Jared Wickerham – Getty Images A man, a plan, a canal: Panama.  That’s a palindrome.  Speedy secondary specialist Charles Gaines has been known as a bit of a human palindrome in his time here at Louisville.   Gaines play has been equally exquisite, no matter which side of the ball he happens to be on.  The last two years of Charles’ time has been spent learning how to...
Via The Cardinal Connect
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Bobby Petrino Excited About His Team’s Speed

Associated Press Spring football practices are right around the corner, and Bobby Petrino is chomping at the bit to get that work in.  The Cardinal skill positions are once again stuffed to the gills with elite level talent.  The “who is the fastest cardinal” was placed on the table and left there a couple years ago.  Coach P has already begun 5 AM practices and weight room...
Via The Cardinal Connect
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The Louisville Cardinal Oscar Awards

Bob Donnan – USA TODAY Sports An athletic contest is the purest form of art.  The beauty of sports is that they are unscripted, unrehearsed, and completely unpredictable.   Drama pours out of the stadiums and into your living rooms whenever your favorite team is at odds with an opponent.  2013 was one of the most dramatic years in Louisville history, and it will be remembered...
Via The Cardinal Connect
March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The “Year of the Cardinal” Was Remarkable. Lets Do It Again

Last night the ESPN special “Year of the Cardinal” aired for the first time on ESPN U.  “Year of the Cardinal” showcased the magnificent year the UofL athletic program had. “Year of the Cardinal” was narrated by ESPN’s own former Cardinal, Tom Jackson.  Even though he didn’t have a speaking role, my main man Charles Gaines made an appearance two minutes into the...
Via The Cardinal Connect
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss
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