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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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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.
Top prospects: Teddy Bridgewater, QB; Marcus Smith, DE; Preston Brown, LB; Calvin Pryor, S.
Scout’s take: Bridgewater is in line to vie...
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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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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...