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...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Four Former Louisville Football Players Sign Free Agent Contracts

Pete Cautilli – The Cardinal Connect Four former Louisville Cardinal football players heard their name called over the weekend in the 2014 NFL Draft. Calvin Pryor, Marcus Smith and Teddy Bridgewater were selected in the first round while Preston Brown was taken in the third round. At least four others had a shot at being taken in the last couple of rounds, but that didn’t happen...
Via The Cardinal Connect
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cardinal Connect 2014 NFL Draft Predictions

Photo | Getty Images We’re just hours away from the 2014 NFL Draft. We we’ve mentioned multiple times over the past few months, this year’s draft will have more Louisville Cardinal flavor than any draft in the past 50 years. Just two or possibly three former Cardinals will hear their name called in the first round, but there are at least seven players that will be taken at...
Via The Cardinal Connect
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL.com Ranks Four Former Cardinals In The Top 100

Richard Schultz | NFL Photos We’re now just 48 hours away from the 2014 NFL Draft. As we’ve mentioned throughout the past few months, the Louisville has a chance set a program record for most players selected in one draft. Seven former Cards have a serious chance of getting drafted, while three are expected to hear their name called within the first few rounds. Gil Brandt, a...
Via The Cardinal Connect
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Hakeem Smith Looking To Prove The Doubters Wrong Once Again

Streeter Lecka | Getty Images Despite being just the second player in the history of the program to receive all conference honors for four consecutive seasons, former Louisville safety Hakeem Smith hasn’t been mentioned much by the mainstream NFL Draft analysts. Smith didn’t receive an invite to the NFL Draft combine in February.  Fortunately, he made the most of his pro day...
Via The Cardinal Connect
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Notes: Thursday 5/1

  Here’s a collection of reports from Thursday regarding prospects visits, workouts and rumors: Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel has reportedly done more to help his stock during the process than any other quarterback. (Jay Glazer) Alabama QB A.J. McCarron is scheduled to have a private workout with the Rams. (NFLTR) Louisville S Hakeem Smith has worked out for Titans and Falcons...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

15 Former Players Participating In Louisville Football’s Annual Pro Day

Photo: @UofLFootball While the majority of the country will be filling out their brackets today, 15 former Louisville Cardinals will audition in front of dozens of NFL personnel at the Howard Schnellenberger complex. The Louisville football team will conduct the biggest pro day in the history of the program. 13 seniors and thirteen juniors will participate. According to the official...
Via The Cardinal Connect
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Former Cards Invited To NFL Draft Combine

ESPN.com The 2014 NFL Draft is just three months away, which means the annual draft combine is right around the corner. There were a total of 335 players invited to this year’s combine in Indianapolis. A program record five former Louisville Cardinals received invites. Teddy Bridgewater, QB Calvin Pryor, Safety Preston Brown, Linebacker Marcus Smith, Defensive End Damian Copeland...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Teddy Bridgewater & Calvin Pryor Both Projected To Be Drafted In The First Round

Pete Cautilli – The Cardinal Connect Although Teddy Bridgewater is the name you hear the most, he is just one of the many former Louisville players that will hear their name called at some point during the 2014 NFL Draft. Calvin Pryor, Marcus Smith, Damian Copeland and Hakeem Smith are also likely to be drafted. Bridgewater will most likely be the first player to hear his name...
Via The Cardinal Connect
January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Shrine Game: Monday East Practice Report

Padded up on Day One, the East had a productive practice to start the week’s events. With linemen and running backs the feature positions on Day Two, I focused on the skill positions and quarterbacks, taking notes on the lineman as I could. The biggest winners today were QB Jeff Mathews, WR Matt Hazel, DE Will Clarke, DT Jay Bromley, DE Ethan Westbrooks, SAF Hakeem Smith...
Via Optimum Scouting
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Brown and Smith headed to Shrine Game

University of Louisville seniors Preston Brown and Hakeem Smith are both participating this weekend in the East-West Shrine Game to be played in St. Petersburg, Fla. The two were key figures on U of L's defense that helped the Cardinals go 12-1 this season.
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Shrine Game: Top 15 Prospects To Follow During Practices

In what will be the 89th annual East-West Shrine Game, some of the top seniors in the 2014 NFL Draft class have been invited to participate in practices during the week and an eventual game on January 18th for both entertainment and, more importantly to them, for NFL teams to further evaluate these prospects. While over 100 seniors will attend, not all will be drafted. Here...
Via Optimum Scouting
January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Smith ends his 'movie' like career

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Russell Athletic Bowl on Saturday night marked the end of the career of the player who started more games for the University of Louisville than any other in history. Senior Hakeem Smith broke the record for career games started in his final game, a 39-6 win over Miami.
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December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Bowl Preview: Russell Athletic Bowl - Miami (FL) vs. Louisville

Future ACC member Louisville will be able to make a first impression on recovering ACC team Miami. This game is Miami’s first bowl game in the Al Golden era after holding themselves out due to the Nevin Shapiro scandal. While Louisville tends to make headlines for Teddy Bridgewater and their passing offense, it’s their defense that has had the most impressive year thus...
Via Optimum Scouting
December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Louisville Ranked 12th On NFL.com’s Bowl Team Draft Prospects List

Photo: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports With the college football bowl season in full swing, NFL.com recently compiled rankings of all 70 bowl teams based on each team’s draft prospects. Louisville came in at No. 12 on the list. 12. Louisville Top prospects: Teddy Bridgewater, QB; Marcus Smith, DE; Preston Brown, LB; Calvin Pryor, S. Scout’s take: Bridgewater is in line to vie...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Hakeem Smith set for record game with Cards

University of Louisville senior safety Hakeem Smith will start his 51st game for the Cardinals - a new school record - in the Russell Athletic Bowl. He is a four-year All-Conference performer.
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December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Marcus Smith Named American Conference Defensive POY. Bridgewater Snubbed

Photo: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports The American Athletic Conference released their 2013 post-season football honors at Wednesday afternoon. Seven Louisville Cardinals were named All Conference First Team while four Cardinals received All Conference Second Team honors. Senior defensive end was named the American Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Surprisingly, Louisville quarterback...
Via The Cardinal Connect
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Interceptions set stage for victory

CINCINNATI - A pair of first quarter interceptions proved to be crucial in Louisville's 31-24 overtime win at rival Cincinnati. Cardinal Authority spoke with Charles Gaines and Hakeem Smith about their big plays.
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December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Governor’s Cup: Louisville vs. Kentucky Defensive Breakdown

Yesterday, I covered why Louisville was going to win this weekend from an offensive perspective. I gave Louisville the nod at every discipline but I forgot to mention one strength of Kentucky, their returning offensive line. They didn’t look good against Western Kentucky but they were dominating against Miami (OH). Their line features the old fashioned big hog mollies. I’m not...
Via The Cardinal Connect
September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Taking a look at the Louisville depth chart: Defense

I already gave some thoughts on the Louisville offense, now let’s talk about the defense. Along the defensive front, no shockers here. Louisville will have Lorenzo Mauldin and Marcus Smith starting at defensive end, with Brandon Dunn and Roy Philon holding it down in the middle. I expect those four to be very productive for the Cards this year, and in particular, I believe Marcus...
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August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Hakeem Smith Named Preseason Second Team All American

Louisville senior safety Hakeem Smith has been named a preseason Second Team All American by CBS Sports. Smith is the only Louisville player to be featured on CBS’ first and second teams. Smith is on the preseason watch list for the the Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Award. Both awards are given annually to the nation’s top defender. The Georgia native redshirted as a...
Via The Cardinal Connect
August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Hakeem Smith preparing for senior season

University of Louisville strong safety Hakeem Smith, who is present on the three national award watch lists, discusses his upcoming senior season with Cardinal Authority.
Via louisville.scout.com
July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Bedford wants more depth at CB position

One position that will get a lot of attention during the preseason for the University of Louisville football team is the secondary. The Cardinals have several key returnees, including All-American hopefuls Calvin Pryor and Hakeem Smith, but must replace standout Adrian Bushell. Cardinal Authority takes an early look at what to expect from the secondary.
Via louisville.scout.com
July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

The American Athletic Conference Media Day Attendees Have Been Announced

Despite the catholic basketball schools no longer being in the league and the new league headquarters no longer being in Providence, the American Athletic Conference will still hold its annual football media day in Newport, Rhode Island. Rutgers is the only school in the league that is relatively close to Providence, but for whatever reason, commissioner Mike Arresco decided he didn’t...
Via The Cardinal Connect
July 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Hakeem Smith Has Went From Unheralded Recruit To One Of The Nation’s Best

Louisville senior safety Hakeem Smith is the latest Cardinal to be added to a preseason award watch list. The football writers association has added Smith to the initial watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top defender. Smith is one of the very few guys remaining on the roster that was brought in by the Steve Kragthorpe regime. If there...
Via The Cardinal Connect
July 11, 2013  |  Discuss
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