James Sample: Defense proves itself at Clemson

Big game for James Sample. Thirteen unassisted tackles, an assist and an interception for the junior transfer safety from American River College in California in Louisville’s 23-17 loss at Clemson. “We don’t like being run on or passed on,” he said. “We feel like we have the best defense in the country, and we feel like we proved it.” UofL’s defense still hasn’t allowed...
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October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Louisville vs. Miami: Ten Notable Numbers

Photo: JD Coffey Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Football program kicked off their 2014 season with a conference win over the Miami Hurricanes. Here are ten notable numbers from the stat sheet. Bobby Petrino has made no secret he likes a 50/50 balanced offense between pass and rush.  Monday evening he showed that he is open to adjustment in his game plan and went with what...
Via The Cardinal Connect
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Corvin Lamb & James Sample Receive Week One ACC Honors

Photo: JD Coffey Junior safety James Sample and redshirt junior running back Corvin Lamb were honored as ACC Co-Player of the Week at their respective positions. In his first career game as a Cardinal, Sample, a junior college transfer, led the team with eight tackle. His interception in the second half really helped the Cards pull away. “We got faith in each other,” Sample said...
Via The Cardinal Connect
September 02, 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

Todd Grantham Likes What He’s Seeing From Gerod Holliman

Photo: David Butler USA Today It’s been well noted throughout the past few weeks that the one of the areas for the Louisville football program without a lot of proven experience is the safety position. Junior College transfer James Sample arrived on campus just in time and is expected to help fill the void. Former cornerback Terrel Floyd was converted to safety in July and will...
Via The Cardinal Connect
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Louisville Football Position Preview: Secondary

Photo: Getty Images The University of Louisville’s defensive secondary has been an interesting group to follow since new Head Coach Bobby Petrino arrived on campus.  Glaring concerns for help were apparent to most, and even more so when Petrino began heavily concentrating on transfers (both FBS and JUCO).  Cornerbacks 15 Andrew Johnson 5-9 183 CB SR Miami, Fla. (Southridge...
Via The Cardinal Connect
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

8 Takeaways From Louisville Football Media Day

Photo: J.D. Coffey – The Cardinal Connect The Louisville football program conducted their annual media day on Saturday morning at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Coach Petrino spoke to the media for around 45 minutes while each assistant coach had their own media stations throughout the press box. A handful of the players also spoke with the media. Here are ten takeaways from Saturday...
Via The Cardinal Connect
August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

James Sample Could Provide The Same Impact That Adrian Bushell Did In 2011

Photo: 247 Sports Cardinal newcomer James Sample arrived on campus just in time to start fall camp with the team. Although he’s playing catch-up, Sample is expected to make an immediate impact at a position that needs some depth. The Sacramento native is in a very similar situation that former Cardinal defensive back Adrian Bushell was in three years ago. Bushell was a late addition...
Via The Cardinal Connect
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Fall Camp: Multiple Players Jumping From Newcomer Group To Join The Veteran Practices

Photo: Petey Cautilli – The Cardinal Connect The first four days of the Louisville football program’s fall camp is broke up into two sessions. The newcomers (true freshmen and transfers) are practicing in the morning while the returning veterans are practicing in the afternoon. Bobby Petrino has started each of his fall camps this way at every program he’s coached at. In the...
Via The Cardinal Connect
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

A Few Things To Keep Your Eye On For Louisville’s First Week Of Practice

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect The University of Louisville Football Program’s fall camp officially begins on Monday with on-field practices beginning Tuesday.  Generally at this point in the off-season many things are determined and few surprises are made.  Typically you’d like to see how the units are working together and grasping the schemes they were taught...
Via The Cardinal Connect
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: JUCO Signee James Sample Has Arrived At Louisville

Photo | 247 Sports It looked extremely doubtful that Louisville late signee James Sample would make it to campus on time to start practice with the team. But fortunately, it’s better late than never for Sample. Shortly after 9 PM on Sunday evening, Mike Hughes of Inside The Ville reported that Sample has arrived on campus. As of August, 1, Sample’s status was not listed as “enrolled”...
Via The Cardinal Connect
August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Petrino Adds Another Junior College Defensive Back

Photo | 247Sports.com Since national signing day in February, Bobby Petrino has now added three junior college defensive backs. Former Washington safety James Sample and Isaac Watson of San Mateo Junior College both joined Coach Petrino’s 2014 recruiting class within the past few weeks. Over the weekend, Louisville picked up another commitment from the junior college ranks. Carl...
Via The Cardinal Connect
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

UofL Makes It Official With The Addition Of Former Washington Safety James Sample

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect On Friday evening following the spring game, news broke that former Washington safety James Sample intends to transfer to Louisville. On Tuesday afternoon the UofL made it official in a press release. LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino announced on Tuesday the addition of safety James Sample on the...
Via The Cardinal Connect
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Army All American James Sample Will Transfer To Louisville

Photo | Scout.com During his press conference on Thursday afternoon, Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino mentioned that he and his staff made sure there were a few scholarships for the 2014 class left over following national signing day. Petrino said he wanted to evaluate the needs for his team following spring ball and fill the scholarships as needed. It appears that Petrino is...
Via The Cardinal Connect
April 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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