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LOUISVILLE ATHLETICS HONORS AMERICAN HEROES The University of Louisville paid tribute to American military personnel and first responders at each athletic event this past week. On Sunday, the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, UofL men’s soccer and field hockey paid special tribute to the victims with a moment of silence and new USA-themed logos on their jerseys. - photo by Howie Lindsey
BEAT UK? MUCHO MOMENTUM
STALLINGS TD IN UOFL FOOTBALL LORE
CHICHESTER A TALL ORDER FOR CATS
Coach Charlie Strong said his team needs to gain confidence. There’s no better way to gain confidence than to beat your rival. “Our guys have to understand that you can’t accept losing. We cannot lose,” he said.
UofL running back turned radio analyst Tony Stallings remembers vividly the touchdown he scored in overtime to beat Kentucky 40-34 in 2000. “It was one of the most beautiful moments of my life,” he said.
Senior tight end Josh Chichester had a six-catch, 111-yard performance against FIU Friday night. Can he duplicate that success Saturday against the Kentucky Wildcats? His teammates hope so.
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IN DEPTH KENTUCKY PREVIEW
Everything you need to know about Louisville’s showdown with the Kentucky Wildcats. Stats like this: Junior QB Morgan Newton has thrown for just 211 yards and two TDs with four INTs in UK’s two games. 4 6 7 8 12 14 16
WHO WILL BACK UP SIVA?
Recruit Kevin Ware didn’t make NCAA initial qualification standards to enroll for the Fall semester. That means Elisha Justice and Tim Henderson will need to back up starter Peyton Siva should UofL need help before Ware can enroll Dec. 14
FIU GAME STATS, LOUISVILLE DEPTH CHART GAME NOTEBOOK: FIU By Matt Willinger NO LONGER UK FANS, COLOR THE STEIN FAMILY RED By Russ Brown GAME LEAVES MEMORIES, GOOD, BAD AND BIZARRE By Jack Coffee FAN TAILGATING PHOTO GALLERY By Howie Lindsey and Jack Coffee LOUISVILLE-FIU PHOTO GALLERY, A LOOK BACK AT 1994 SCORECARD UOFL ROSTER, UK DEPTH CHART
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SOCCER SURVIVES A SCARE
No. 2 ranked Louisville had to score two goals in the final 18 minutes to come from behind to beat unranked Central Arkansas Sunday. Coach Ken Lolla said he was impressed with the way his team handled the test.
THREE THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED By Rick Cushing PITINO LANDS ‘CRUCIAL’ RECRUIT - A POINT GUARD By Jeff Wafford CARDINAL STARS OF THE WEEK By Howie Lindsey AFTER PERFECT START, BIG EAST GETS A REALITY CHECK By Russ Brown THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY By Howie Lindsey BIG EAST FOOTBALL SCHEDULES CARDINAL KIDS PHOTO GALLERY
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GAME STATS FIU (2-0) vs. LOUISVILLE (1-1) Date: Sep 09, 2011 Site: Louisville, KY Stadium: Papa Johnâ€™s Cardinal Attendance: 47,228 SCORE BY QUARTERS FIU LOUISVILLE
1 7 0
2 3 14 3 10 0
4 0 7
SCORE - 24 - 17
SCORING SUMMARY: 1st 07:27 FIU - Fraser, Winston 71 yd interception return (Griffin, Jack kick) FIU 7 - LOU 0 2nd 13:35 LOU - Philpott, Chris 30 yd field goal 10 plays, 53 yards, TOP 3:55, FIU 7 - LOU 3 12:06 FIU - Hilton, T.Y. 74 yd pass from Carroll, Wes (Griffin, Jack kick) 3 plays, 80 yards, TOP 1:29, FIU 14 - LOU 3 09:28 FIU - Hilton, T.Y. 83 yd pass from Carroll, Wes (Griffin, Jack kick) 3 plays, 82 yards, TOP 1:01, FIU 21 - LOU 3 00:41 LOU - HARRIS, M. 6 yd pass from Stein, Will (Philpott, Chris kick) 12 plays, 89 yards, TOP 3:00, FIU 21 - LOU 10 3rd 08:37 FIU - Griffin, Jack 29 yd field goal 8 plays, 39 yards, TOP 4:29, FIU 24 - LOU 10 4th 01:49 LOU - Parker, DeVante 26 yd pass from Stein, Will (Philpott, Chris kick) 9 plays, 80 yards, TOP 2:17, FIU 24 - LOU 17 KICKOFF TIME: 7:04PM END OF GAME: 10:15PM TOTAL ELAPSED TIME: 3:11 OFFICIALS: REFEREE: C. LEWIS; UMPIRE: B. LAMKIN; LINESMAN: B. GREER; LINE JUDGE: P. TAO; BACK JUDGE: J. BROWN; FIELD JUDGE: J. MIDDLEBROOKS; SIDE JUDGE: D. MOORE; TEMPERATURE: 67 WIND: S-6MPH WEATHER: CLOUDY
TEAM STATS FIRST DOWNS................... Rushing..................... Passing..................... Penalty..................... NET YARDS RUSHING............. Rushing Attempts............ Average Per Rush............ Rushing Touchdowns.......... Yards Gained Rushing........ Yards Lost Rushing.......... NET YARDS PASSING............. Completions-Attempts-Int.... Average Per Attempt......... Average Per Completion...... Passing Touchdowns.......... TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS........... Total offense plays......... Average Gain Per Play....... Fumbles: Number-Lost.......... Penalties: Number-Yards....... PUNTS-YARDS................... Average Yards Per Punt...... Net Yards Per Punt.......... Inside 20................... 50+ Yards................... Touchbacks.................. Fair catch.................. KICKOFFS-YARDS................ Average Yards Per Kickoff... Net Yards Per Kickoff....... Touchbacks.................. Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD. Average Per Return.......... Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD Average Per Return.......... Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD.. Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD. Miscellaneous Yards...........
FIU 9 4 5 0 45 26 1.7 0 66 21 248 14-21-0 11.8 17.7 2 293 47 6.2 0-0 5-45 7-290 41.4 38.0 2 1 1 3 5-319 63.8 42.8 0 0-0-0 0.0 2-67-0 33.5 1-71-1 0-0-0 0
LOU 24 7 16 1 83 41 2.0 0 143 60 363 32-45-1 8.1 11.3 2 446 86 5.2 1-1 4-25 5-171 34.2 34.2 1 0 0 5 3-202 67.3 38.3 1 2-4-0 2.0 5-105-0 21.0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
Possession Time............... 1st Quarter................. 2nd Quarter................. 3rd Quarter................. 4th Quarter................. Third-Down Conversions........ Fourth-Down Conversions....... Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... Touchdowns.................. Field goals................. Sacks By: Number-Yards........ PAT Kicks..................... Field Goals...................
23:22 4:43 7:01 7:30 4:08 5 of 13 0 of 0 1-1 0-1 1-1 6-43 3-3 1-1
36:38 10:17 7:59 7:30 10:52 of 20 1 of 4 2-3 1-3 1-3 1-12 2-2 1-1
INDIVIDUAL STATS Rushing Wright, Jeremy ANDERSON, Vic Stein, Will Totals...
No 15 13 13 41
Gain 62 37 44 143
Loss 8 8 44 60
Passing Att-Cmp-Int Stein, Will 30-43-1 BRIDGEWATER, T. 2-2-0 Totals... 32-45-1
Net 54 29 0 83
Yds 349 14 363
Receiving CHICHESTER, J. HARRIS, M. Rogers, Eli Parker, DeVante ANDERSON, Vic Wright, Jeremy Radcliff, Scott Smith, Andrell Bellamy, Josh Davis, Jarrett Stein, Will Totals...
No. 6 6 5 4 4 2 1 1 1 1 1 32
Yds 111 79 44 52 22 12 19 11 7 6 0 363
TD 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Punting Philpott, Chris Bleser, Josh Totals...
No. 2 3 5
Yds 66 105 171
Avg 33.0 35.0 34.2
All Returns ANDERSON, Vic Radcliff, Scott Evans, Mike Conner, Anthony Heyman, Dexter Wright, Jeremy Totals...
Punts No.Yds.Lg 0 0 0 3 31 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 31 30
Kickoffs Philpott, Chris
TD 0 0 0 0 TD 2 0 2
Lg 11 7 14 14 Long 31 7 31
Sack 6 0 6
Long 31 24 21 26 7 7 12 11 7 6 0 31 Long 35 42 42
Kickoffs No.Yds.Lg 1 45 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 50 30 3 95 45 TB 2
Avg 3.6 2.2 0.0 2.0
In20 0 1 1
Intercept No.Yds.Lg 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 5 0 0 0 3 5 5 Avg 70.0
DEFENSIVE STATS No. Player
33 Evans, Mike
24 Brown, Daniel
46 Heyman, Dexter
36 Holton, Shenard
95 Salmon, Randy
29 Smith, Hakeem
6 Scruggs, Greg
15 Johnson, Andrew
35 Conner, Anthony
21 Bushell, Adrian
93 Philon, Roy
2 Brown, Preston
91 Savoy, William
25 Pryor, Calvin
TB 0 0 0
2011 CARDINAL DEPTH CHART OFFENSE QUARTERBACK 4 Will Stein 5 Teddy Bridgewater 10 Dominique Brown
5-10 6-3 6-2
176 Jr. 205 Fr. 221 So.
RUNNING BACK 20 Victor Anderson (or) 28 Jeremy Wright 32 Senorise Perry (or) 30 Kamal Hogan (or) 22 Corvin Lamb
5-10 5-11 6-0 5-11 5-9
189 199 201 209 206
X-WIDE RECEIVER 14 Andrell Smith 89 Scott Radcliff
209 Jr. 182 Jr.
H-WIDE RECEIVER 9 DeVante Parker 1 Josh Bellamy 82 Eli Rogers
6-3 6-0 5-10
180 Fr. 206 Sr. 184 Fr.
Z-WIDE RECEIVER 2 Michaelee Harris 88 Jarrett Davis 7 Damian Copeland
6-2 5-10 6-0
198 r-Fr. 172 So. 184 So.
Sr. So. So. r-Fr. Fr.
TIGHT END 11 Josh Chichester 80 Stephon Ball (or) 81 Chris White 85 Nate Nord
6-8 6-4 6-4 6-5
240 231 243 248
LEFT TACKLE 73 Hector Hernandez 78 Aaron Epps
294 Sr. 265 Fr.
LEFT GUARD 70 John Miller 68 Kamran Joyer
308 Fr. 299 So.
Sr. Jr. r-Fr. Jr.
CENTER 66 Alex Kupper 55 Mario Benavides INJ. 62 John Clark 69 Chris Walker
6-3 6-4 6-2 6-2
295 300 305 306
RIGHT GUARD 53 Jake Smith 72 Hunter Stout (or) 76 Chase Petersen
6-3 6-4 6-4
315 r-Fr. 291 So. 294 Fr.
RIGHT TACKLE 75 Ryan Kessling 71 Chris Acosta
Jr. Jr. Sr. r-Fr.
314 Sr. 275 r-Fr.
DEFENSE FOX END 91 William Savoy 44 B.J. Butler 47 Malcolm Mitchell
6-1 6-2 6-2
248 Sr. 276 So. 236 So.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE 95 Randy Salmon 93 Roy Philon
291 Jr. 272 So.
NOSE TACKLE 92 Brandon Dunn 99 Jamaine Brooks
308 So. 318 r-Fr.
DEFENSIVE END 6 Greg Scruggs 17 Marcus Smith 90 B.J. Dubose
6-4 6-4 6-4
280 Sr. 255 So. 257 Fr.
SAM LINEBACKER 2 Preston Brown 34 George Durant
258 So. 229 So.
MIKE LINEBACKER 46 Dexter Heyman 51 Mike Privott 37 Tyon Dixon
6-3 6-0 6-0
239 Sr. 224 So. 208 So.
WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER 24 Daniel Brown 43 Deon Rogers 31 Champ Lee
6-1 6-2 6-0
219 Jr. 200 So. 204 So.
CORNERBACK 35 Anthony Conner 3 Charles Gaines INJ
187 Sr. 176 Fr.
STRONG SAFETY 29 Hakeem Smith 27 Jermaine Reve
183 So. 175 Fr.
FREE SAFETY 36 Shenard Holton 25 Calvin Pryor 33 Mike Evans
6-1 6-1 5-11
187 Jr. 190 Fr. 188 Sr.
CORNERBACK 15 Andrew Johnson 22 Jordon Paschal INJ 41 Stephan Robinson
5-10 5-9 5-8
178 Fr. 180 r-Fr. 175 r-Fr.
SPECIAL TEAMS PUNTER 12 Chris Philpott (or) 40 Josh Bleser
198 Sr. 213 Sr.
PLACEKICKER 12 Chris Philpott 35 Andrew Fletcher
198 Sr. 170 r-Fr.
LONG SNAPPER 33 Grant Donovan 85 Nate Nord
213 r-Fr. 248 Jr.
HOLDER 40 Josh Bleser 4 Will Stein
213 Sr. 176 Jr.
PUNT RETURN 82 Eli Rogers 89 Scott Radcliff
184 Fr. 182 Jr.
KICKOFF RETURNS 20 Victor Anderson 28 Jeremy Wright 1 Josh Bellamy
5-10 5-11 6-0
189 Sr. 199 So. 206 Sr.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
RECRUITING NOTEBOOK CARDINAL FOOTBALL 10 AMAZING AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF THE 2009-2010 SEASON
RUNNING ATTACK, STOPPING NEWTON ARE VITAL
CARDS SEEKING MOMENTUM VIA WIN OVER KENTUCKY By Russ Brown Reeling from a 24-17 upset loss to a Sun Belt Conference team for the first time in 30 years, their confidence understandably sagging, the University of Louisville football players are facing not only their biggest rival this weekend, but also what could be a pivotal game. When UofL (1-1) lines up against Kentucky (2-0) Saturday night at 7 o’clock (ESPNU) in Lexington, more than the Governor’s Cup will be at stake as the Cards try to snap a four-game losing skid against the Wildcats. A win would boost morale after two underwhelming performances and set the tone for the rest of the season. “Watching them hoist RUSS BROWN the Governor’s Cup is something we definitely don’t like,” UofL quarterback Will Stein said. “But we need this as a team to build momentum. It’s a big momentum game for us. If we go in there and win, I think it will catapult us for the rest of the season.” Momentum or not, UofL coach Charlie Strong said the Cards simply need to get back into the victory column. “We need to win,” he said “...A lot of times people will say, ‘Well, you played hard.’ Playing hard isn’t good enough, go win the football game, and that’s what we need to do, go win some football games. We have to regroup. Our guys have to understand that you can’t accept losing. We cannot lose.” Senior defensive end Greg Scruggs called last Friday’s loss to FIU “a slap in the face,” adding that maybe the Cards needed it. “When you think you have a good team and you go out and don’t play to your potential, then you realize that maybe you need to work a little harder,” Scruggs said. “And that talent alone isn’t going to get you where you need to go. In a way, it was a wake-up call that we really need to hone in and tighten down.” Stein had his own message to get across to his teammates, urging them not to follow one poor performance by allowing another one against UK, instead to begin to put a different spin on this season and go into Lexington committed to going away with a win. “We’re not afraid of anybody,” Stein said. “We’re going to go into anybody’s place and play as hard as we can, and we can’t let the loss make our season. It’s the second game, we’ve got 10 more games left. We’re going to come in with a chip on our shoulder and we’re going to be ready to play. I’m confident in this bunch. I told them, “Don’t let this define us, come out with a purpose, and we’re going to get better.’ We’ve got to move forward.” Naturally, UK coach Joker Phillips isn’t putting much stock in Strong’s praise of the Cats or his downplaying his own team’s
Louisville coach Charlie Strong (pictured here attempting to dodge a Gatorade bath after the Cardinals won the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl) said his team needs the confidence boost a win over Kentucky Saturday could provide. - photo by Dave Klotz
chances in the 18th renewal of the modern series, which Louisville leads 9-8. “We’ll get to see,” Phillips said. “It’’s kind of hard to judge teams when they haven’t played common opponents. Who knows how well we’d have done against Murray State and FIU? The way to judge that is to play each other, and we do play each other this week. So we’ll be able to know after this game.” Strong pronounced himself “frustrated and disappointed” with the loss to FIU but said it’s too early to give up on the Cards or get discouraged about the season, with 10 more games remaining. “We have a long ways to go, but eventually we will get there,” he said. “It’s going to be one of those roller-coaster years, and we understand it because of the youth we have. It’s going to take some time. If you look at where we are and where we started from, we’ve played two games and we still have 10 to go, so it’s no time to give up on a team because this team can still make some strides, and if we coach better, strides will be made.” Strong said the Cats are a more confident team than UofL. A win would give the Cards a much-needed boost in that department, while a loss could make matters worse. “Our guys have to have confidence and they have to believe they can get it done, and that’s what is lacking right now -- the total confidence within each player,” Strong said. “Kentucky is playing with a lot of confidence, which our team isn’t doing. “For a while we had the upper hand, but now the confidence has really changed. It’s all about confidence. If you’ve beaten a team four straight years, you’re going to say, ‘Hey, we’ve beaten them before.’ It’s not just one area, we have a whole lot of
holes we have to build confidence in, and guys have to trust in one another. We’re still rebuilding this football program, but that’s no excuse.” Even though UK’s victories over Western Kentucky and Central Michigan both have been unimpressive, Strong insisted both after the defeat by FIU and again during his Monday press conference that the Cats are a better team than Louisville, even going so far as to say, “I don’t know if we can beat Kentucky right now.” UK struggled throughout offensively in beating WKU 14-3 in its opener. Then last week the offense was basically non-existent for 2 1/2 quarters before erupting for three late touchdowns and a 27-13 victory. Is Strong sandbagging in the tradition of Lou Holtz? Does he really believe it? Or is he trying to motivate his players? Probably a little bit of all three. Asked how he wants his players to react to his statement, Strong replied: “I want them to believe it. It’s the truth. Kentucky is better. They have more continuity within their program.” In any case, Strong’s declaration didn’t raise any hackles among his players, who basically shrugged off the comment or agreed with him when asked for their reaction. “We haven’t beat them in four years, and we’ve had some bumps in the road,” Scruggs said. “My coach is calling it like he sees it. He’s been honest since he got here, and he hasn’t changed that approach to the way he coaches and the way he talks to us. That’s how he obviously feels, so I guess you could call it motivation, but it just gives us a little more to work for. I’ll never say my coach is wrong.” Said Stein: “Right now Kentucky IS a better team. They’re 2-0, they returned 10 guys on defense, all five of their offensive
linemen, so they definitely have the better squad now. But we’re using that as motivation. He’s a big-time motivator, so a lot of what he says we can’t take it literally. We’re definitely going to use that to our advantage this week and prepare like we’re going to win the game.” To do that, UofL will almost certainly have to accomplish at least two things: Make sure UK junior quarterback Morgan Newton doesn’t do an excessive amount of damage with either his arm or his legs, and improve a running attack that has been mostly AWOL in the first two outings. First Newton. Despite the Cat’s offensive woes, no one doubts that Newton has the talent to be dangerous, with a cannon arm and fleet feet. But the 6-4, 235-pound Indianapolis product has had trouble putting the right touch on short throws, and his receivers have dropped about as many balls as they’ve caught. “He’s got to make some of the throws he’s missing,” Phillips said. “He’s struggled a little bit underneath, but I think he’s throwing the deep ball as good as anybody we’ve had here throw the deep ball.” Against Central Michigan, Newton carried nine times for 48 yards in the second half. He also had a 58-yard burst to set up a touchdown against Western. “He’s big and physical, and he can run through guys,” Strong said. “He’s hard to tackle. The thing he can do with his feet is keep the chains moving and give them a chance. We’re going to have to stop him from running the ball; that’s really critical.” Said Scruggs: “He’s a playmaker, and you get a playmaker on the field, he’ll find a way to win the game, he’ll find a way to make big things happen. So obviously he’s a very big threat, lets the team ride on his back, ride on his ability. So you really have to do a good job containing him. If not, it could get ugly Saturday.” It also could get ugly if UofL’s young offensive line continues to struggle and can’t find a way to protect Stein after giving up six sacks against FIU or open enough holes for Vic Anderson and Jeremy Wright to run the ball effectively. In the first two games the two running backs have combined to average only 84 yards, and in past Governor’s Cup battles the team with the most rushing yardage usually prevails. “You’ve got to be able to run the football,” Strong said. “We’ve got to move people and block people. If you can’t run the football then you’re showing you’re not a tough football team, and you have to have toughness in your program. How do you have toughness? Go run the football. “So we have to run the ball and our offensive line knows we have to do a better job of opening up holes, staying with our blocks and knocking people back.” Strong said the game is going to be won up front on both sides of the ball. “So who’s going to win that matchup?” he asked. Come Saturday, we’ll find out.
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NOTEBOOK: HILTON, FIU DO A NUMBER ON CARDS By Matt Willinger If you’re looking for a reason why Louisville dropped to 1-1 Friday night, losing at home to FIU 24-17, you won’t find it on the stat sheet. On paper, it looks as if UofL did everything it needed to do to beat the Golden Panthers. The UofL offense ran 39 more plays and posted 446 total yards, 153 more than FIU. UofL quarterback Will Stein passed for 349 yards (to MATT WILLINGER FIU’s 248), the Cards had 15 more first downs (249), and they dominated time of possession, 36:38 to 23:22. UofL’s defense held FIU to just 45 net rushing yards and 5-of-13 on third-down conversions. UofL converted 9 of 20. So what went wrong? Three plays - that’s it. Three isolated plays kept the Cardinals from a win and ruined a Friday night for UofL fans. Winston Fraser’s 71-yard interception return for touchdown. T.Y. Hilton’s 74-yard “Man, that guy’s fast” TD reception. Hilton’s 83-yard “Are you kidding me? It’s the same guy” TD catch. Three plays were the difference. And just like that, the Cards found themselves trailing 21-3 midway through the second quarter. Louisville battled back and had chances. After closing within 21-10, the Cards drove to the FIU 7-yard line but failed on thirdand fourth-and-one. The Cards dropped what some mistakenly thought would be an automatic win over a team from the Sun Belt Conference. T.Y. Hilton. It’s a name Louisville football fans won’t soon forget. You’ve heard the phrase “speed kills,” and that’s exactly what Hilton used to beat the Cards. The senior left Louisville’s secondary in the dust with his South Florida speed. Watching him pull away from Louisville’s safeties was like watching a thoroughbred separate from the pack in the stretch at nearby Churchill Downs. Going … going … gone. “He was the key guy we were supposed to watch, and I took my eyes off him a little while and he just broke open,” safety Hakeem Smith said. Hilton was rewarded Sunday with the Walter Camp National Player of the Week Award for his FIU-record 201 receiving yards (on seven catches) and two-TD effort. He also returned two kickoffs 67 yards, giving him 268 total yards. “We knew any time we got T.Y. one-onone we were going to take advantage of it,” FIU quarterback Wesley Carroll said. Of Hilton’s 83-yard TD, which came on a fly pattern from the left slot, Carroll said: “Just what we wanted, man-to-man, safeties split. To us, it’s like a one-on-one drill. He had basically the entire middle of the field.” Prior to the game, UofL coach Charlie Strong said stopping Hilton would be the biggest key of the game. He was spot-on.
Biggest FIU win ever? FIU had never previously defeated a team from a BCS Automatic Qualifying conference (commonly called The Big Six). After the win, FIU coach Mario Cristobal ran around like a lottery winner, hugging and high-fiving anyone he could find. He was holding his son as he high-fived fans in the northeast corner of the stadium, then he jogged up the embankment to hug FIU athletic officials outside the locker room. “Biggest win in school history,” Cristobal said. “Now, 2-0, but 2-0 against a conference opponent and a BCS opponent in their backyard and against a school that recruits against us. I hope the eyes are open really wide to what went on here.” Red Zone Stall Trailing 24-10 with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Cards couldn’t convert on a crucial fourth-and-one from the FIU 7-yard line. It may have been the gamebreaker for the Cards. A TD would have made it a one-possession game. Instead, Jeremy Wright was stuffed for a 4-yard loss to the 11 and the Cards turned the ball over on downs. UofL quarterback Will Stein was scrambling for his life during most of the game. He rushed for 44 yards. He also was sacked six times for losses of 44 yards, so his net rushing was zero yards. Despite the offensive line’s inability to protect Stein, the senior put together a pretty good night statistically. He completed 30 of 43 passes for 349 yards and two TDs with an interception. It was the first 300-yard game for a UofL QB at home since Brian Brohm threw for 465 against Utah in 2007. Teddy Bridgewater Update The true freshman quarterback played just one series, coming in with 9:28 to play in the second quarter. He completed both his passes for 14 total yards. He couldn’t pick up the first down though, because Vic Anderson lost 5 yards on first down, and the Cards were forced to punt. It was the only time Bridgewater saw action. Big Play Just one play after radio announcer Paul Rogers stated, “Hilton has been really quiet thus far,” Hilton unleashed the first of his two daggers. In football, there may be nothing more demoralizing than giving up the big play. There’s no better way to deflate a defense, silence a crowd and break a team’s will than by hitting big plays like FIU did in building its 21-3 lead. Young WRs Continue to Shine Devante Parker continues to impress. He appears to be the Cards’ most talented receiver in recent memory. The true freshman caught four passes for 52 yards and a TD. He now has a receiving TD in both games this season. Two other freshmen from Miami Northwestern H.S. had big games. Michaelee Harris caught six passes for 79 yards and a TD, and Eli Rogers caught five passes for 44 yards. Extra Points - While the young receivers were a hit against FIU, an elder statesman, Josh Bellamy, was remarkably absent. The senior left
Junior Will Stein completed 30 of 43 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns against FIU. He had one interception. photo by Darrell Russell
the season opener with a hamstring injury but played a bunch of snaps on offense Friday. He had just one catch, however. - Florida transfer Adrian Bushell saw his first action. The DB joined the team in late August and wasn’t expected to see early playing time, but he made his first appearance in the second quarter on the kickoff coverage team. He returned on the ensuing series to play cornerback. He didn’t make any outstanding plays but was credited with two tackles. His appearance is a sign of someone to watch in the coming weeks. - With the Cards’ offense floundering in the second half, the question many asked was simple. Why not play Bridgewater and get the young QB some additional game experience? Others noted the line’s lack of protection and wondered if a freshman could possibly handle FIU’s pass rush. The debate was one of the hottest topics on the fan message boards on CardinalSports.com over the weekend. - It was definitely disheartening to see the mass exodus of fans at the 10-minute mark with the Cards trailing only 24-10. - Tailback Jeremy Wright ran much better against FIU than he did in the season opener. The sophomore moved the pile and churned out extra yardage. He rushed 15 times for 54 yards. - Stein plays better and operates the offense more efficiently when the Cards are pushing the tempo. The best the offense looked was in the final three minutes of the first half, when Stein led a 12-play, 89-yard drive. The team may benefit from using a permanent “hurry up” offense. - Senior tight end Josh Chichester had a great night, leading the Cards with six catches for a career-high 111 yards. He made some big plays down the stretch. - For a defense, it’s never a good thing when an opposing receiver breaks the school yardage record against you with more than a quarter left to play. That’s exactly what happened when Hilton hit the
201-yard receiving mark midway through the third quarter. He was flat-out impressive and definitely lived up to the reputation he brought with him. - The truth hurts, and the Cards were served a healthy dose of it Friday. The team must improve immediately to keep the program’s momentum heading in the right direction. The Cards shouldn’t be losing to Sun Belt teams at home. And if Louisville has difficulty competing against FIU, how will it compete against the likes of Pitt, West Virginia and South Florida? - Eli Rogers replaced Scott Radcliff for the team’s punt returning duties - well, some of the time. Rogers showed his inexperience, fielding a punt with 38 seconds left that he should have let go for a touchback. Instead, he caught the punt at the 3-yard line and tried to return it. That forced the Cards to go 97 yards with 38 seconds left in order to tie. Not an ideal situation for any offense. - The road doesn’t get any easier for the Cards. Looking ahead, there isn’t a game remaining on the schedule that could be called an automatic win. Out of conference, the Cards still must face Kentucky, Marshall and North Carolina before heading into Big East play. - Unfortunately for Louisville’s offense, junior center Mario Benavides didn’t look any closer to returning to the lineup. He joined the team on the sideline but was not in uniform. He is suffering from an infection and could be out for weeks to come. Kentucky Next Saturday’s battle for the Governor’s Cup will be a good indicator of this young’s team fortitude. Commonwealth Stadium will be rocking, and the Cats will be licking their chops to play a Louisville team reeling from a loss. The Cats have beaten the Cards four times in a row and have noted -- repeatedly -- that they’d like to make it five in a row.
Not so fun fact: If you take away Hilton’s 74- and 83-yard touchdowns, Louisville’s defense allowed just 33 yards of the offense in the first half.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
STALLINGS’ TD BURNED INTO UOFL FOOTBALL LORE
Tony Stallings broke through the UK line and rushed into the end zone to give Louisville a 40-34 overtime win in 2000. - photo by Charlie Leffler
By Russ Brown Life is good these days for T.C. “Tony” Stallings, even better than that dark and stormy night in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium almost 11 years ago. And that’s saying a lot. With the approach of the 18th renewal of the modern grudge match between intense rivals Louisville and Kentucky Saturday night in Lexington, Stallings probably will find himself talking to even more UofL fans than usual. After all, he’s the main character in one of the most vivid memories the UofL-UK series has produced. Stallings was an outgoing, popular four-year letterman for Louisville (1998-2001) and was a part of four straight bowl appearance, including helping the Cardinals to back-toback Conference USA titles in 2000 and 2001. But he is best remembered for his 25-yard touchdown run in overtime that beat Kentucky 40-34 in the wild 2000 season opener in PJCS after a long thunderstorm delay. “If I had never done anything else, I would have made it in this town because of that one touchdown,” said Stallings, who is now the color analyst for the UofL football radio broadcasts, along with being an actor and owning Triumph Fitness. Stallings, 33, said he still is asked often about his touchdown, “and it kind of makes me smile that people still care 11 years later. It’s a blessing.” “The thing that has always excited me about football is the power an athlete has because just making a few plays or runs can change a person’s day,” he added. “You can make a difference for people. To see people have good feelings about that touchdown always brings a smile to my face. They tell me it was the greatest run or that they’ll never forget it.” Stallings said he wasn’t having a particularly good game but that the weather delay gave him time to regroup, put the adversity behind him and rely on his faith in God. After UK had missed a field goal on its overtime possession, UofL got its chance from the 25-yard line. Stallings took the handoff from quarterback Dave Ragone and ... well, we’ll let T.C. describe it. “(Coach) John L. (Smith) could have called anybody’s number, but I’ll never forget,” he recalled. “In the huddle, Ragone said, ‘Let’s go Tony, ace right 24 counter.’ We had run it the whole game and had gotten them with it quite a few times. It was a play that you go real far outside. “But I noticed that everybody was trying to run out and cut me off, so a gap opened up the middle and I ran it like a dive play. The ball was wet and slippery and I remember saying to myself, ‘Don’t fumble. I just need to put us in position to kick a field goal.’ But then I took a risk and decided to try and score with it. It was too tempting, there was too much space. I said, ‘Let’s go for it,’ and the rest is beautiful history.” Stallings didn’t stop running after he had crossed the goal line at the north end of the stadium (in front of the football complex), running up the incline and tackling a UofL worker who was standing quite a few yards behind the back line. “It’s funny because I didn’t see that coming,” Stallings said. “I was so filled with joy, so overcome with emotion, I couldn’t stop running. It was one of the most beautiful moments of my life.” Who knows, maybe Stallings will witness a beautiful moment for another heroic Cardinal Saturday night in Commonwealth Stadium.
NO LONGER UK FANS, COLOR THE STEIN FAMILY RED By Russ Brown Will Stein has changed allegiance, and so have his parents. Stein’s dad, Matt, played football at Kentucky as a linebacker under coach Jerry Claiborne. One of his teammates was current UK coach Joker Phillips. And Will’s mother, Debbie, is also a UK graduate. But now they’re true Cardinals fans because their son is the starting quarterback for the UofL team that will challenge the Wildcats Saturday night in Commonwealth Stadium. Will says he was “a big UK fan” growing up and watched many games in Commonwealth. He can even remember his seat location, section 120, row 13. Stein has visited Commonwealth as a UofL player once before, but that was in 2009 when he was a third-stringer. “So this is definitely special for me going back to Commonwealth,” he said. “I spent a lot of games there. Obviously, I’m not for them at all now, so don’t get the wrong impression. I bleed red through and through.” Will said his dad still has UK season football tickets but doesn’t use them. “He’s a Card fan all the way,” he added. “My mom still cheers a little bit for UK basketball. I don’t know why.” Stein wasn’t offered a scholarship by either Louisville or Kentucky. He came to UofL as a walk-on because he had played with then-coach Steve Kragthorpe’s son at Trinity High School and knew the Brohm family that had produced four former UofL quarterbacks. He said he thought about trying to walk on at UK but never followed through. “Yeah, there was a thought,” Will said. “But being so familiar with coach Kragthorpe and the Brohms and all those guys made it an easy decision. I think my dad might have emailed UK one time, but he never got a response.” Stein, who has passed for 575 yards and four touchdowns while completing 62.7 percent of his passes with one interception this year, has started four career games and is 2-2. “This has been a blessing for me,” he said. “The opportunity to be in my hometown and leading the Cardinals in Commonwealth, it’s a dream come true. Even though I probably wouldn’t have thought of this six or seven years ago, I’m so happy where I’m at right now, and to play there this week is going to be awesome.”
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Thu., Sept. 1
Fri., Sept. 9
Sat., Sept. 17
at Kentucky (ESPNU)
Sat., Oct. 1
Sat., Oct. 8
at North Carolina
Sat., Oct. 15
Fri., Oct. 21
Sat., Oct. 29
Sat., Nov. 5
at West Virginia
Sat., Nov. 12
Sat., Nov. 19
Fri., Nov. 25
at USF (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)
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SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
COFFEE BREAK WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
UofLUK GAME LEAVES MEMORIES, GOOD, BAD AND EVEN BIZARRE I’ve had a lot of exciting experiences involving the UofL-UK football game, and some not so good. Like the time my sons talked me into going to Lexington for the game and the Cards lost on that ridiculous, last-minute, 57-yard TD pass to a wide-open Steve Johnson. The verbal abuse we received walking into the game was enough to embarrass a gangbanger from South Central L.A., but it was nothing compared to the 28-mile return walk to my car. (Maybe it wasn’t 28 miles, but it seemed like it). The previous time I went to a football game in Lexington in the 70s I was a Cat fan and the guy who went with me had a heart attack. That should have been an omen. I am not confident that were I to have a heart attack in Commonwealth today I would get a medic to treat me if I was wearing my red Cardinals shirt. My favorite UofL-UK moment was 2000 when Tony Stallings ran up the middle for a 25-yard touchdown in overtime to defeat UK 4034. That game was weather delayed for more than an hour, but most fans waited until the end to see the Cards’ victory. After the game fans stormed the field, and an emotional celebration ensued. That team went on to finish the season 9-3 and win the C-USA championship, eventually JACK COFFEE losing to Colorado State in the Liberty Bowl in one of the coldest games in UofL history. I know a lot of UofL fans have had unusual and interesting things happen to them in conjunction with the Kentucky game over the years, so I asked our cardinalsports.com members to share their experiences. I share them with you uncut and unedited. From CardHack: “I’ll swear on my grave to this one: First game at Papa John’s -- the notorious Melted Oven game -- everybody’s standing, both teams have traded big offensive plays and it’s a really charged atmosphere. My seats were over in the Section 212 area and at the end of the first quarter there was some sort of melee in the bend in Section 216 about three-quarters of the way up the stadium. Everybody’s pointing it out, everybody’s standing trying to figure out what’s going on, and a crew of cops is charging up trying to get to whoever’s throwing punches. They get two guys and start wrestling them down the stairs into the area under the stadium. Pretty standard stuff you’d think in a rivalry game until you see who they are -- identical twin brothers with red ponytails with blazing red farmer’s tans... one brother wearing a white Dejuan Wheat #32 basketball jersey, the other wearing a blue #23 Derek Anderson jersey. Brother-on-brother crime. To this day if I hadn’t seen it myself I’d have never believed it.” This from cards_rock: “I have had several bad experiences in Commonwealth with UK fans that involve language you can’t print in the magazine. My best memory there was when I was given four tickets in the UK faculty section and we were the only people in red in a sea of blue. That was the game when John L. was coaching and we had 2-3 defense and special teams scores. We beat them soundly and it was fun to sit amongst the enemy that game.” CardFanBudMan has an experience that I bet is common. “A good college friend got married the day of the ‘98 game. None of us went. He was mad. He got over it.” But my favorite story concerns Joey Strader and his wife, Lisa. On the day of the second Kentucky game in Lexington in 1995 Lisa was overdue for the birth of their first child. But being a loyal Cardinals fan Joey decided that it was safe for them to drive to Lexington, tailgate and attend the game. You know what happened. After setting up for tailgating with their friends and family, Lisa began to feel ill and after much prodding admitted that, indeed, she thought the baby was coming. Springing into action, Joey hurried to the car and informed the police nearby that his wife was going to have a baby. The Lexington police responded to this emergency by escorting the Straders to the nearby hospital. As they came to an intersection near the UK hospital, the policeman directing traffic tried to point Joey in the direction of the Emergency Room. But Joey had other ideas. He told the cop, “No child of mine is going to be born in Lexington.” Noticing his red shirt, the policeman laughed and directed him with his police escort out of Lexington. Joey rushed to Louisville, got to the hospital and at 1 a.m. on Sept. 3, 1995,the Strader’s first daughter was born. Her name is 13-10. Just kidding. No matter how big a fan a husband is, no wife would allow that, even Lisa. Hannah was born, and all the family rushed to the hospital -- after the game, of course -- and welcomed the new member into the family, all in their Cardinal gear, face paint and all. Let’s hope this year’s UK game leaves good memories for all UofL fans.
The Strader family never misses a University of Louisville game. They posed in front of the LSR offices prior to the FIU game. Shown are Joey and Lisa with their “UK baby” Hannah and younger daughter Rachel
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SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
CARDINAL FOOTBALL SENIOR IMPROVES WITH HIS MOVE TO TIGHT END
CHICHESTER FIGURES TO BE A TALL ORDER FOR WILDCATS By Russ Brown At least partly because of Louisville’s depth at wide receiver this season, Josh Chichester was moved to tight end, and it’s a switch that already is paying dividends. At 6 feet 8 and 258 pounds, the senior is a load to cover, as FIU found out in a 24-17 victory over the Cards last Friday night in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, and guaranteeing that Chichester will get plenty of attention from Kentucky’s defenders in Saturday’s battle at Commonwealth Stadium. Chichester, from West Chester, Ohio, caught six passes for a career-high 111 yards, obliterating his previous best of 67 yards in last year’s 56-0 rout of Memphis. RUSS BROWN His 111 yards were the most in a game by a UofL tight end since Gary Barnidge had 126 on four receptions against Middle Tennessee State in 2007. But for Chichester, it was a bittersweet evening due to UofL’s loss, its first to a Sun Belt Conference team since losing to Northeast Louisiana in 1981. The Cards were 17-0 against teams from that league since, and FIU’s win was the school’s first in 22 tries against a team from a BCS conference. “I guess I played well, but I would take all those yards and catches back if we could get the ‘W,’” Chichester said. “I had a good individual performance, but I’d trade it in for a win any day. That’s all I focus on, and that didn’t happen.” Going into the game, Chichester said it wasn’t necessarily part of the game plan to make him such a big part of the offense, it just developed that way. “We just try to take advantage of every opportunity the opposing defense gives us,” he said. “Chichester played really well,” UofL quarterback Will Stein said. “I was really happy with him. He was getting open and I was finding him.” Said UofL coach Charlie Strong: “The thing about Chi is that he is a big target, and he makes those catches for us.” Chichester entered the season with a fresh outlook. He’d had a tendency to drop too many passes earlier in his career and was intent on becoming a complete player in his final year. He also added 20 pounds so he could be a better blocker and break free of defenders who try to jam him at the line of scrimmage. “People are going to go off of what they’ve seen in the past, and that’s not me right now,” Chichester said prior to the season. “I’m a total better player than I was before, and I’m going to continue to strive to get better.” He has found the move to tight end to his liking. “I ran with it, and I’m loving it now,” he said. “I wanted to help my team in any way, shape or form. I like to hit mainly, and when you are off the edge for those big runs it’s just as good as getting a long touchdown. The main difference is learning the lineman schemes and knowing who to block, how to block. Being a receiver, you had to run the DB off or cut off blocks on the safety. With tight end, it’s a whole different game.” Chichester is probably UofL’s most versatile receiver because not only does he play tight end, he also can be effective splitting wide.
Senior Josh Chichester caught six passes for a career-high 111 yards against Florida International Friday. Here, he screamed encouragement to his teammates after they got a big defensive stop. - photo by Darrelll Russell
RUNDOWN FIU 24, UOFL 17 The game was over when: An attempted razzledazzle play failed with 28 seconds left. Scott Radcliff caught a 12-yard pass from Will Stein at UofL’s 24-yard line but fumbled trying to lateral, foiling what would have been a miraculous comeback by UofL. “We had a special play on, a hook-and-ladder type play,” Stein said. “They were playing eight deep, so it’s hard to get that when you’re that backed up, but you’ve got to give it a shot.”
Due to his combination of size and speed, anywhere he is on the field presents a matchup problem for defenses. “When you put him inside, either a linebacker or a nickel-backer has to cover him,” Strong says. “So he’s going to be taller than a nickel back and he’ll outrun a linebacker.” Asked how teams are going to stop him, Chichester replied: “I’m not going to give out tips. I wish them the best of luck.” Chichester, who caught a team-best five TD passes last season, is playing this season as a graduate student, having already completed his degree in justice administration. He was voted the hardest-working player in an anonymous survey of the team before the season. Chichester caught 22 passes for 317 yards last season, averaging a career-best 14.4 yards per reception. He said he hasn’t put a number on a goal for receptions or yards this year, that just having the trust of his teammates is enough. “I don’t feel like I have anything to prove to anyone but my teammates,” he said. “To let them know that they can trust me with a fourth-down call or anything. All I need is the trust of my teammates, and I’m good with that.” PASSES CLICK, RUNS DON’T Besides Chichester, it was a good night overall for UofL’s passing attack, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a key turnover and a couple of missed opportunities. Stein completed 30 of 43 passes for a career-high 349 yards in the fourth start of his career, including touchdown strikes of 6 yards to redshirt freshman Michaelee Harris late in the first half and 26 yards to true freshman DeVante Parker with 1:49 left, keeping UofL’s slim comeback hopes alive after it once trailed 21-3. The yardage was the most for a UofL quarterback since Oct. 5, 2007, when Brian Brohm threw for 467 in a 44-35 home loss to Utah. The 30 completions were also the most since Brohm was 39 of 58 for four TDs in that game. Harris finished with six catches for 79 yards, Parker had four for 52 yards and true freshman Eli Rogers added 44 yards on five receptions. “We’re so talented at that position,” Strong said of wide receiver. “Parker makes
another touchdown catch when he had guys all over him. Harris played very well for us. Those guys are making plays for us, and Stein is doing a good job of finding a receiver and getting the ball to him.” The Cards needed all that passing because their running attack struggled for the second straight week, with Victor Anderson and Jeremy Wright rushing for a mere 83 yards on 28 carries. Stein picked up 44 yards scrambling, but he was sacked six times for the same number of yards in losses. “I think all the receivers played really well,” Stein said. “We threw for a lot of yards. I don’t know the exact amount, but I feel like we were completing a lot of passes.” Of the three freshmen, Stein said: “They did a really good job of getting open, and I found them. They are definitely guys I can count on throwing the ball to. They’re young, but they’re really good.” Asked to explain the lack of punch in UofL’s ground game, Stein said: “Both weeks we played teams that blitz a lot, so they’re going to play eight guys in the blocks and it’s hard to run. What we do is pass against those teams, and I thought we did that pretty well.” In the end, though, UofL’s offense was thwarted by two malfunctioning plays. Stein’s pass intended for Andrell Smith on UofL’s first series was intercepted by FIU linebacker Winston Fraser and returned 76 yards for a touchdown. Then, on the first series of the fourth quarter, with the Cards trailing 2410, they faced a fourth-and-one on the FIU 7-yard line. Wright, who had posted no gain on the previous play, a run up the middle, took the handoff and headed off right tackle but was swarmed by Golden Panther defenders and lost 4 yards. End of scoring threat. Strong blamed it on a bobbled snap, but Stein said that made no difference. “They got penetration pretty quickly over there on the right side,” he said. “They made a good play. The passing game was pretty effective, but we had a couple of plays here and there that really killed us. In the first half, the pick-six really hurt. Then we can’t get the 4th-and-1 in the red zone. That was big. So plays here and there really kept us from making it our game. We’ve got to be better on first downs and getting ourselves in manageable situations.”
Turning point: Trailing 24-10 and having driven to the FIU 7-yard line with 10 minutes left in the game and facing a third-and-one situation, UofL failed to get the first down. Jeremy Wright ran up the middle for no gain, then tried right tackle but was dropped for a 4-yard loss. UofL Offensive Player of the Game: Stein completed 30 of 43 passes for 349 yards -- both career highs -- and two touchdowns, with one interception. The yardage was the most for a UofL QB in a game since Oct. 5, 2007, when Brian Brohm threw for 467 in a 44-35 home loss to Utah. UofL Defensive Player of the Game: Senior middle linebacker Dexter Heyman had six tackles, including a sack and another tackle for a loss totaling 13 yards.
WHO’S HOT: True freshman wide receiver DeVante Parker has caught a touchdown pass in each of his first two games, adding a 26-yarder against FIU to the 39-yarder he hauled in vs. Murray. In the opener, Parker was the first UofL rookie to record a TD reception in the season’s first game since redshirt freshman J.R. Russell in 2001 vs. New Mexico State, and the first true freshman to accomplish the feat in the last 34 years. Who’s Not: Louisville’s offensive line. The Cards rank 104th among 120 FBS teams in sacks allowed with seven in two games. And the five new starters have been unable to open holes for the running backs. UofL ranks 90th nationally with an average of only 121 yards rushing per game -- and one of those games was against an FCS team. On the Rise: UofL’s ability to limit its penalties. After being flagged 10 times in their opener, the Cards had just four penalties for 25 yards against FIU. On the Decline: UofL failed to generate a single turnover vs. FIU and ranks 104th in turnover margin in FBS at -1.50. Quotable, Part I: FIU quarterback Wesley Carroll on T.Y. “Goodbye” Hilton’s 83-yard TD reception in the second quarter: “Just what we wanted, man to man, safeties split. To us, it’s like a one-onone drill. He had basically the entire middle of the field.” Quotable, Part II: Dexter Heyman on the defense’s performance: “Quite often, a lot of our guys weren’t playing with our eyes very well. Guys weren’t in position.”
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
GAME THREE PREVIEW - KENTUCKY
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2011
LEXINGTON, KY 7 PM, ESPNU
BY RICK CUSHING The University of Kentucky opened its season with an uninspiring 14-3 victory over Western Kentucky in Nashville. It was listed as a WKU home game, but it was in reality a neutral field. The Wildcats produced just 190 yards total offense, ranking HEAD COACH 108th of 120 FBS teams after Week JOKER PHILLIPS 1, with just 97 passing yards and three interceptions. If the Hilltoppers had merely a competent quarterback, they likely would have won. They then turned around and were drubbed at home 40-14 by Navy last Saturday. UK was equally uninspiring in the first half against Central Michigan last Saturday. The Cats were booed by the home crowd as they left the field at halftime, trailing 13-6 and with just 94 yards total offense. But they came to life in the second half, outscoring CMU 21-0 to claim a 27-13 victory. After allowing the Chippewas 213 yards and 13 points on their first three possessions, UK limited them to 102 yards and zero points on their next eight possessions. The Cats totaled 240 yards offense in the second half. UK’s defense, which returns 10 starters from last season, has been a constant this season, coming up with six interceptions and 11 tackles for a loss in its two games. It has not surrendered a point in the second half. UK’s opponents so far have been rather weak, and UK’s offense has, for the most part, been anemic. Quarterback Morgan Newton has been especially inept, going 16 of 36 for 211 yards and two TDs with four interceptions in the two games. His receivers have had several drops, but he also has badly missed wide-open receivers on several occasions. He’s also been sacked six times. UK does have a star on defense – senior linebacker Danny Trevathan. He was named first-team All-SEC last year, when he led the conference with 114 tackles. He entertained thoughts of entering the NFL Draft last spring but opted to return for his senior season. So far he has a team-leading 26 tackles, three for a loss, and an interception, which he returned for 28 yards. He has recorded double-digit tackles in 11 straight games. He’ll likely earn All-America honors this season and be a high NFL Draft pick. OFFENSE The Cats lost a lot of talent from last season, in particular all-around star Randall Cobb, who declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season and was taken by the Green Bay Packers in the second round. All he did in his first pro game, last Thursday against New Orleans, was score two TDs, one on a 108-yard kickoff return, tying for the longest in NFL history. UK also lost leading rusher Derrick Locke (887 yards, 10 TDs) and QB Mike Hartline (3,178 passing yards, 23 TDs, 9 INTs) to graduation. Replacing the three offensive leaders has been difficult for the Cats. As noted above, Newton (6-4, 235), a junior, has been disappointing. He has shown some ability rushing, gaining 72 yards on 20 carries (123 yards before 51 yards in losses), including a 58-yard run in the fourth quarter against WKU that led to a TD. He also has scored a TD rushing, a 1-yard run. Coach Joker Phillips said after the CMU game that he needs to call for more rushing opportunities for Newton, who is a load to bring down. UK may have found a replacement for Locke in freshman Josh Clemons(5-10, 201), who leads the team with 165 rushing yards on 25 attempts (6.6-yard average) and has scored two TDs. He ran for 126 yards on 14 carries against CMU, including an 87-yard TD run late in the third quarter that gave UK its first lead. UK’s leading receiver is junior WR La’Rod King (6-4, 204), who has seven receptions for 142 yards and two TDs, including a 34-yarder against CMU in the third quarter to tie the score at 13. He had five catches against CMU for 100 yards, his first 100-yard receiving game. He’s also had several drops this season. Junior WR Gene McCaskill (6-0, 206) is UK’s second-leading receiver with just three catches for 43 yards. Senior WR Matt Roark (6-5, 215), who started the first two games, has twice as many drops as catches (two for 11 yards), including a drop in the end zone against CMU. The O-line was supposed to be a strength, with seven players with starting experience returning, led by junior guard Larry Warford (6-3, 240). But the six sacks the O-line has surrendered and the inability to move the ball (except in
the second half against CMU) indicate that the O-line is not doing a bangup job. DEFENSE The defense, which returned 10 starters and its top 11 tacklers, has been the strength of the team this season, although it surrendered 215 rushing yards to WKU and 295 passing yards to CMU. Missed tackles have been a problem. Nevertheless, it has been stingy in allowing points, surrendering just 16 in two games, albeit against inferior competition. In addition to Trevathan (6-1, 232), a certified star, senior Winston Guy (6-1, 210) is having a very good season. The hybrid LB/safety has 23 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, and a team-leading two interceptions. He tied Trevathan for the team lead in tackles against CMU with 13. Having productive seasons are junior DB Martavius Neloms (6-1, 184), who has 15 tackles and one INT, senior LB Ronnie Sneed (6-2, 230), who has 13 tackles and one INT, junior Ridge Wilson (6-3, 238), a Louisville Central H.S. product who alternates at DE and LB, depending on the defensive alignment, and has 11 tackles, and junior DE Collins Ukwu (6-5, 255), who has nine tackles (seven against CMU), including three for a loss. UK has six interceptions. After finishing a respectable 45th in the nation in total defense (354 ypg) last season but a not-so-respectable 72nd in scoring defense (28.38 ppg), Phillips brought in former Cincinnati coach Rick Minter to run the defense. Minter has the Cats varying from a 4-3 to a 3-4. Senior punter Ryan Tydlacka, a Trinity H.S. product whose older brother Wade is in the NFL with Green Bay, is having a very good year, averaging 47.8 yards on 10 punts. He was perhaps UK’s most valuable player against WKU, consistently pinning the Toppers deep in their own territory. One thing to remember about a defense that returns almost intact. UK ranked 85th in the nation in rushing defense last year, and the Cats were gouged by WKU for 215 rushing yards, so there’s hope for UofL’s rushing game to get untracked. PLAYER TO WATCH: Trevathan is all over the field and is a sure tackler. He’s also a disruptive force. UofL tight end Josh Chichester will have his hands full blocking him. TEAM STRENGTHS The O-line was projected to be the team strength before the season, but that hasn’t come to pass. So far that honor has gone to punter Tydlacka. TEAM WEAKNESSES The passing game has been pitiful – 211 yards in two games – and those games were against Western Kentucky and Central Michigan! COACHING RESUME Phillips, a native of Hopkinsville, Ky., played at UK from 1981-84 and has been part of the program from 1988-1996 and from 2003 until today. He’s been a graduate assistant, assistant recruiting coordinator, recruiting coordinator, wide receivers coach, offensive coordinator, offensive head coach, head coach-in-waiting and now head coach. He’s in his second season and is 8-7. Outside of the confines of the Lexington campus, he’s also been a WR/DB coach at Cincinnati and a wide receivers coach at Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina. He was on the same staff and actually lived next door to UofL coach Charlie Strong while on staff at South Carolina in 2002. His 6-7 first-year record wasn’t stellar and left many UK fans wondering whether promoting Phillips to head coach was a good decision. Whether his story will be a feel-good one gone wrong likely will depend on his winning percentage against rivals Louisville, Vanderbilt and Tennessee over the next couple of seasons. ALL-TIME SERIES The archrivals have met 23 times dating to 1912, with UK having a 14-9 advantage, having won the last four clashes. Since the series was renewed in 1994, the Cards own a 9-8 advantage, however.
BOTTOM LINE UofL will have to play better to regain the Governor’s Cup. UK needs to beat the Cards to have a realistic chance at a winning season. I’ll go with the Cards because I believe Will Stein will outplay Newton.
2011 SCHEDULE DATE Sept. 1, 2011 Sept. 10, 2011 Sept. 17, 2011 Sept. 24, 2011 Oct. 1, 2011 Oct. 8, 2011 Oct. 22, 2011 Oct. 29, 2011 Nov. 5, 2011 Nov. 12, 2011 Nov. 19, 2011 Nov. 26, 2011
OPPONENT at Western Kentucky Central Michigan Louisville (ESPNU) Florida at LSU at South Carolina Jacksonville St. Miss. State Ole Miss at Vanderbilt at Georgia Tennessee
TIME/RESULT W, 14-13 W, 27-13 7:00 pm ET TBA 8:00 pm ET TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
QB MORGAN NEWTON
2010 RESULTS DATE Sept. 4, 2010 Sept. 11, 2010 Sept. 18, 2010 Sept. 25, 2010 Oct. 2, 2010 Oct. 9, 2010 Oct. 16, 2010 Oct. 23, 2010 Oct. 30, 2010 Nov. 6, 2010 Nov. 13, 2010 Nov. 27, 2010 Jan. 8, 2011
OPPONENT at Louisville Western Kentucky Akron at Florida at Ole Miss Auburn South Carolina Georgia at Miss. State Charleston Southern Vanderbilt at Tennessee vs. Pittsburgh
TIME/RESULT W 23-16 W 63-28 W 47-10 L 48-14 L 42-35 L 37-34 W 31-28 L 44-31 L 24-17 W 49-21 W 38-20 L 24-14 L 27-10
FAST FACTS The Wildcats have won the last four games in the series against UofL. Their ad campaign, which prominently displays the word RISE written on finger tape and eye black, could be construed as a slight at Louisville because the ‘S’ in RISE seems to resemble a 5, denoting this would be their fifth straight win in the rivalry.
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TAILGATING PHOTO GALLERY LOUISVILLE VS. FIU
Tara White, Brian Neuner and Nick Rodman enjoyed the improving weather prior to the FIU game in the “S” Lot. Tara is a UofL grad and Brian attended UofL.
The Bearden family honored two occasions prior to the FIU game, gathering in front of PJCS to enjoy a family feast. Attending her first college football game on the same day she celebrated her 80th birthday is Valerie Bearden’s mom, Beverly Zuehlke, from Michigan.
Louisville players and coaches high-fived fans and cheerleaders as they made their way into the stadium during CardMarch Friday.
A young girl looks on as officers salute the American flag during the national anthem Friday night. Louisville honored military personnel and first responders prior to the game.
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CARDINAL FOOTBALL DAY PHOTO GALLERY WOMEN’SGAME BASKETBALL
Junior quarterback Will Stein tried to escape from the grasp of FIU’s Sam Miller. - photo by Darrell Russell
Despite the loss, Louisville players honored the fans and the band by gathering in the south end zone for the playing of the alma mater. This fair catch by Scott Radcliff was clearly interfered with by FIU’s Jose Cheeseborough, but no flag was thrown. photo by Darrell Russell
A LOOK BACK: THE SCORE CARD PRIOR TO THE FIRST UK-UOFL GAME IN 1994
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BIG EAST NOTEBOOK RECRUITING NOTEBOOK
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2011 FOOTBALL ROSTER NO 1 2 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 18 19 19 19 20 21 22 22 23 24 25 26 27 27 28 29 29 30 31 32 33 33 34 35 35 36 37 37 38 38 39 39 40 40 41 42 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 49 51 53 54 55 56 57 59 62 65 66 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 78 80 81 82 83 84 85 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 99
NAME Josh Bellamy Michaelee Harris Preston Brown Charles Gaines Will Stein Teddy Bridgewater Greg Scruggs Damian Copeland Darius Ashley DeVante Parker Dominique Brown Josh Chichester Chris Philpott Preston Pace Andrell Smith Andrew Johnson Marcus Smith Matthew Nakatani Titus Teague Terell Floyd Joe Castaneda Jerry Arlinghaus Victor Anderson Adrian Bushell Jordon Paschal Corvin Lamb Terence Simien Daniel Brown Calvin Pryor Zed Evans Mike Addesa Jermaine Reve Jeremy Wright Stephen Goodwin Hakeem Smith Kamal Hogan DeMarcus Topp Senorise Perry Grant Donovan Mike Evans George Durant Andrew Fletcher Anthony Conner Shenard Holton Lincoln Carr Tyon Dixon Rashad Stewart Ryan Johnson Kenneth Jaboin Chris Zelli Agyei Williams Josh Bleser Stephan Robinson Champ Lee Jalen Harrington Deon Rogers B.J. Butler John Wallace Dexter Heyman Malcolm Mitchell Deiontrez Mount Patrick Grant Jarel McGriff-Culver Mike Privott Jake Smith Mike Romano Mario Benavides Tarik Rollins Nick Heuser Zach Perkins John Clark Dylan Kupper Alex Kupper Kamran Joyer Chris Walker John Miller Chris Acosta Hunter Stout Hector Hernandez Ryan Mack Ryan Kessling Chase Petersen Aaron Epps Stephon Ball Chris White Eli Rogers Jerrell Moore Aaron Nance Nate Nord Kai Dominguez Jarrett Davis Scott Radcliff B.J. Dubose William Savoy Brandon Dunn Roy Philon Lorenzo Mauldin Randy Salmon Jamon Brown Jamaine Brooks
HT 6-0 6-2 6-0 5-11 5-10 6-3 6-4 6-1 5-8 6-3 6-2 6-8 6-0 6-1 6-3 5-9 6-3 5-8 5-11 5-10 5-10 6-4 5-9 5-11 5-8 5-9 6-3 6-1 6-2 5-11 5-11 6-0 5-11 6-0 6-1 6-0 5-10 6-0 6-1 5-10 6-0 5-8 5-11 6-1 5-9 5-11 6-0 5-11 6-1 5-11 5-11 6-1 5-10 6-0 6-2 6-2 6-2 6-0 6-3 6-2 6-5 6-4 5-11 6-0 6-4 6-4 6-4 6-2 6-0 6-4 6-2 6-5 6-3 6-3 6-3 6-2 6-3 6-4 6-5 6-5 6-5 6-4 6-7 6-4 6-4 5-10 5-10 6-3 6-5 6-0 5-9 5-10 6-5 6-1 6-3 6-3 6-4 6-3 6-6 6-4
Wt 206 198 258 176 185 205 285 186 186 196 221 240 198 199 210 174 251 160 170 170 186 197 188 190 180 203 218 221 200 173 200 180 199 190 183 209 180 192 213 187 231 162 190 190 158 208 183 175 203 201 184 213 170 204 205 200 276 180 238 230 219 236 190 224 315 275 300 223 229 290 305 265 285 292 306 304 279 291 294 316 314 291 250 228 243 185 169 197 230 172 171 183 238 246 308 272 225 291 325 329
EXP WR WR LB CB QB QB DT WR CB WR QB TE K CB WR CB DE K CB CB DB QB RB CB CB RB S LB S CB LB S RB WR S RB WR RB LS S LB K CB S WR LB DB P DB LB S P CB LB LB LB DE P/K LB DE DE DL RB LB OL C C LB LB OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OT OL OT TE TE WR WR WR TE WR WR WR DE DE DT DT DE DT DT DL
HT/WT SR RS FR SO FR JR FR SR SO JR FR SO SR SR SR JR FR SO RS FR SO FR FR FR SR JR RS FR FR SR JR FR SO FR FR SO SO SO RS FR JR SO RS FR SR SO RS FR SR JR JR SO SO RS FR SR FR JR SR RS FR SO FR SO SO FR SR SO FR JR RS FR SO RS FR FR JR SO JR SO SR FR JR SO SO FR RS FR SO SR FR SR FR FR JR SO FR FR SO JR SO SO JR FR SR SO SO FR JR FR RS FR
HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL) St. Petersburg, Fla. (Butte CC) Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) Cincinnati, Ohio (Northwest) Miami, Fla. (Central) Louisville, Ky. (Trinity) Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier) Bradenton, Fla. (Palmetto) Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier) Louisville, Ky. (Ballard) Cincinnati, Ohio (Winton Woods) West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West) Atlanta, Ga. (St. Pius X Catholic) St. Petersburg, Fla. (Butte) Miami, Fla. (Palmetto) Miami, Fla. (Southridge) Columbus, Ga. (Hardaway) Shelbyville, Ky. (Shelby County) Pomona, Calif. (Pomona) Port Pierce, Fla. (Port St. Lucie) Covington, Ky. (Covington Catholic) Louisville, Ky. (Holy Cross) Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) DeSoto, Texas (Cedar Valley CC) Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison) Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) Sacramento, Calif. (San Mateo) Atlanta, Ga. (Douglass) Port St. Joe, Fla. (Port St. Joe) Seagoville, Texas (Seagoville) Bradenburg, Ky. (Meade County) Miami, Fla. (Northwest) Clermont, Fla. (East Ridge) Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) Jonesboro, Ga. (Riverdale) Montvale, N.J. (St. Joseph’s Regional) Paducah, Ky. (Paducah-Tilghman) Summerville, Ga. (Chattooga) Louisville, Ky. (Male) Los Angeles, Calif. (Nevada) St. Petersburg, Fla. (Boca Ciega) Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell) Houston, Texas (Butte CC) Bowling Green, Ky. (Warren East) Crestwood, Ky. (Oldham County) Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain) Marietta, Ga. (Drake) Louisville, Ky. (DeSales) Miami, Fla. (NIACC) Jeffersonville, Ind. (Jeffersonville) Louisville, Ky. (Trinity) Park Hills, Ky. (Covington Catholic) Louisville, Ky. (Central) Lakeland, Fla. (Lake Gibson) Fern Creek, Ky. (Fern Creek) Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Treasure Coast) Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola) Cecilia, Ky. (Central Hardin) Louisville, Ky. (Male) Stone Mountain, Ga. (Dunwoody) Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (Fort Walton Beach) Sunrise, Fla. (Boyd Anderson) Downers Grove, Ill. (Downers Grove North) Norfolk, Va. (Lake Taylor) Jacksonville, Ala. (Jacksonville) Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Treasure Coast) Los Fresnos, Texas (Los Fresnos) Hollywood, Fla. (Clemson) Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) Shepherdsville, Ky. (North Bullitt) Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) Louisville, Ky. (Trinity) Louisville, Ky. (Trinity) Tampa, Fla. (Wesley Chapel) Louisville, Ky. (Ballard) Miami, Fla. (Central) Miami, Fla. (Hileah) Tampa, Fla. (Wharton) Naples, Fla. (Naples) Memphis, Tenn. (Wooddale) Tallahassee, Fla. (Chiles) Bentonville, Ark. (Bentonville) Tucker, Ga. (Tucker) Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier) Elizabethtown, Ky. (John Hardin) Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) Fern Creek, Ky. (Fern Creek) Louisville, Ky. (Seneca) Boca Raton, Fla. (West Boca Raton) Montvale, N.J. (St. Joseph’s Regional) Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek) Louisville, Ky. (Trinity) Oakland Park, Fla. (Northeast) Elizabethtown, Ky. (John Hardin) Louisville, Ky. (Pleasure Ridge Park) Lexington, Ky. (Bryan Station) Atlanta, Ga. (Maynard Jackson) Atlanta, Ga. (Hutchinson CC) Fern Creek, Ky. (Fern Creek) Miami, Fla. (Palmetto)
KENTUCKY DEPTH CHART OFFENSE QB 12 Morgan Newton | 6-4, 235, Jr., 2V 11 Maxwell Smith | 6-4, 220, Fr., HS TB 4 Raymond Sanders | 5-8, 205, So., 1V 20 Josh Clemons | 5-10, 201, Fr., HS 26 CoShik Williams | 5-9, 178, Jr., 2V FB 39 D. Warren | 6-0, 230, Fr., HS 57 Cody Jones | 5-11, 208, So., TR
OG 67 Larry Warford | 6-3, 336, Jr., 2V 74 Trevino Woods | 6-5, 281, Jr., 1V
CB 14 Anthony Mosley | 6-0, 178, Sr., 2V 35 Cartier Rice | 5-10, 184, Jr., 2V
C 69 Matt Smith | 6-4, 303, Jr., 2V 63 Jake Lanefski | 6-4, 283, Sr., 3V
CB 24 Randall Burden | 6-0, 171, Sr., 3V 34 Dale Trimble | 5-10, 160, Fr., RS
DEFENSE DE 96 Collins Ukwu | 6-5, 258, Jr., 2V 45 Antwane Glenn | 6-3, 274, Sr., 1V
S 21 Winston Guy | 6-1, 216, Sr., 3V 32 Miles Simpson | 6-2, 214, Fr., RS S 15 Martavius Neloms | 6-1, 186, Jr., 2V 5 Ashely Lowery | 6-1, 200, Fr., HS
WR 16 La’Rod King | 6-4, 194, Jr., 2V 19 E.J. Fields | 6-1, 196, Jr., 1V
DE 94 Taylor Wyndham | 6-4, 246, Jr., 2V 50 Mike Douglas | 6-4, 250, Fr., RS
WR 3 Matt Roark | 6-5, 214, Sr., 3V 87 Brian Adams | 6-4, 221, So., 1V
DT 99 Donte Rumph | 6-3, 308, So., 1V 51 Tristian Johnson | 6-1, 275, So., 1V
TE 86 Jordan Aumiller | 6-4, 231, So., 1V 89 Tyler Robinson | 6-3, 252, So., 1V 42 Nick Melillo | 6-2, 226, Sr., 2V
DT 68 Luke McDermott | 6-1, 264, Sr., 1V 97 Mister Cobble | 6-0, 332, So., SQ
OT 66 Chandler Burden | 6-4, 313, Sr., 3V 77 Darrian Miller | 6-5, 297, Fr., HS
LB 22 Danny Trevathan | 6-1, 232, Sr., 3V 54 Malcolm McDuffen | 6-3, 217, Fr., RS
OT 52 Billy Joe Murphy | 6-6, 308, Sr., 3V 76 T. Eatmon-Nared | 6-7, 325, Fr., RS
LB 48 Ridge Wilson | 6-3, 243, Jr., 2V 83 Alvin Dupree | 6-4, 229, Fr., HS
KR 21 Winston Guy | 6-1, 216, Sr., 3V 4 Raymond Sanders | 5-8, 205, So., 1V
OG 70 Stuart Hines | 6-4, 295, Sr., 3V 79 Kevin Mitchell | 6-6, 296, So., 1V
CB 46 Ronnie Sneed | 6-2, 241, Sr., 3V 40 Avery Williamson | 6-1, 229, So., 1V
PR 24 Randall Burden | 6-0, 171, Sr., 3V 9 Demarco Robinson | 5-10, 160, Fr., HS
SPECIAL TEAMS P 9 Ryan Tydlacka | 6-1, 190, Sr., 3V 88 Joe Mansour | 6-2, 188, So., 1V K 93 Craig McIntosh | 6-0, 193, Jr., 2V 88 Joe Mansour | 6-2, 188, So., 1V H 9 Ryan Tydlacka | 6-1, 190, Sr., 3V 87 Brian Adams | 6-4, 221, So., 1V LS 57 Jon Thomas | 5-11, 237, Sr., SQ 59 Kelly Mason | 6-3, 240, Fr., HS
Three things you may have missed By Rick Cushing
BABY BIRD-CATCHERS UofL quarterbacks completed 32 passes for 363 yards and two TDs against FIU, and 15 of those catches for 175 yards and both TDs were accomplished by three scintillating freshman wide receivers – Michaelee Harris, Eli Rogers and DeVante Parker. Senior TE Josh Chichester and Harris led the Cards with six receptions each. Rogers had five, Parker four. Harris, a redshirt freshman from Miami (Fla.) Northwestern H.S., gained 79 yards on his six catches, which included a 6-yard TD toss from Will Stein late in the first half. It was a quick slant from the right. Rogers, a true freshman also from Miami Northwestern, gained 44 yards on his five catches, with a long of 21 yards. Parker, a true freshman from Louisville Ballard H.S., gained 52 yards on his four catches, which included a 26-yard TD toss from Stein with 1:47 left to play. Parker streaked down the left sideline and jumped over a defender to make an acrobatic catch in the end zone. It was the second TD catch of his career, and just as happened on his first one against Murray State, he made the catch despite pass interference being called against the defender. “We have a lot of talent at that position,” said UofL coach Charlie Strong after the game in an extreme understatement. UofL fans can expect to these three freshmen get better and better as they get more experience, and in coming seasons they’ll be giving fans multiple thrills – and TDs.
PRECISE LANDING The two skydiving parachutists who dropped into PJCS about 10 minutes prior to kickoff -- one representing the Army National Guard, the other representing the Cardinal Bird (or do you believe it really was the Cardinal Bird dropping out of the sky?) -- came down precisely on their landing marks at midfield along the East sideline, a plastic yellow marker in the shape of an arrow, about 5 feet across. In a future “Three Things” column, we hope to reveal the identity of the person in the Cardinal Bird costume who executes the sky dives – to give him or her the credit deserved, and to dispel the myth that it is really the Cardinal Bird.
After allowing FIU 216 yards, six first downs and 21 points in the first half, including three receptions for 161 yards and two TDs by the dynamic T.Y. Hilton, UofL surrendered just 77 yards, three first downs and three points in the second half, including four catches but for just 40 yards by Hilton. UofL sophomore safety Hakeem Smith, who had taken a bad angle and was burned by Hilton on his first TD, was asked what defensive adjustments UofL made at halftime. “None,” Smith replied. “We just remained focused.”
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PITINO LANDS ‘CRUCIAL’ RECRUIT - A POINT GUARD By Jeff Wafford Just a couple of weeks ago, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino called the recruitment of the point guard position crucial. The Cards are expecting that position to be manned this season by Peyton Siva – a junior who may have eyes on the NBA Draft after this season -- and Elisha Justice, a walk-on. Kevin Ware was signed this summer, but he was recently ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA and won’t be available until at least the second semester. All of those factors led Pitino to worry somewhat about the future of his floor general position. Those fears may have been eased a bit last weekend when Terry Rozier (6-0, 165) made a verbal pledge to UofL, which he has called his “dream school.” “I went with my JEFF WAFFORD heart and my guts,” the Shaker Heights H.S. (Ohio) senior said after he gave his pledge to Pitino. “Louisville was my dream school, and I wanted to be coached by a Hall of Famer.” Playing in the spring and summer with the All-Ohio AAU program, Rozier was one of the circuit’s breakout players. It was his play during July that caught Pitino’s eye. “Right after (the) LeBron James (Camp in Ohio), they started recruiting me,” said Rozier. “They were really aggressive with me, and it was my dream school, so I was really happy that they were recruiting me. “Then down at the Peach Jam (Tournament in Atlanta) I did good and they decided to offer.” Capable of filling up the stat sheet in several ways, Rozier is a steady hand at the point who can create for himself and others off the dribble. He’s also a dangerous shooter. “I can help out pretty well just going there and being myself,” said Rozier when asked how he could help UofL’s program. “I don’t need to change anything about me. I just want to try and be a leader. If Peyton Siva stays, I’ll learn as much as I can from him so I can step in and take over after he leaves.” Currently ranked No. 112 nationally in the 2012 Rivals150, Rozier is Louisville’s first commitment from that class and said he’s looking forward to realizing his dream of playing for Pitino. “I chose him because he can develop me into a good college point guard,” said Rozier. “I’m just going to try and take it all in.” Pitino likely will target at least one more player in the class of 2012, and one of the guys he’s spending major time evaluating is Robert Upshaw (7-0, 275), a product of San Joaquin Memorial H.S. (Calif.) who recently narrowed his list. Upshaw has in-home visits lined up with each of the nine schools that he still is con-
sidering -- Arizona, Fresno State, Georgetown, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, Oklahoma State, UNLV and USC. “I’ve picked those nine schools, and that was the hardest step for me, narrowing down schools,” Upshaw said. “Now I get a chance for those nine schools to come visit me and come into my environment and talk to me about their program and give me a couple of things that I might not know or I want to know about the school. So I don’t have anything planned outside of anything that will happen after the nine (in-home) visits (other than) just to get everything set-
tled down and cut down my list one more time and take those (official) visits. That’s what I plan to do.” While he has started the process of making a final decision by narrowing his list, it doesn’t sound as if Upshaw, a four-star player and No. 43 player in the class of 2012, is in any hurry to make his pick. “My decision is going to be in the late spring of next year in the late signing period – just to wait to see everything through and make sure I feel all my options out and make sure I have everything I need to go on to the Division I level,” he said. What will he be looking for as he attempts to make his choice? “Everything,” he replied. “The relationships I have with the coaching staff, the relationships I have with them off the court, being in the academic environment, and the program.” UPDATES ON STRONG’S 2012 FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS The class of 2012 appears to be a highly talented group at this early stage, and several of the 14 commitments have been enjoying success in their final season of prep football. Demetrius Frazier (5-10, 174, ATH) could play a variety of positions in college, but he put up big numbers out of the backfield last week. Frazier helped his Brunswick H.S. (Ga.) team to a 56-0 victory over Sa-
2012 FOOTBALL COMMITS PROSPECT Sid Anvoots
HOMETOWN Indianapolis, IN
HIGH SCHOOL Bishop Chatard
Big, tough offensive lineman from a strong program in Indianapolis.
Rated one of the top kickers in the Southeast. Appleby figures to replace senior Chris Philpott.
Extremely quick athlete could play any number of positions at the collegiate level.
Louisville’s top choice at quarterback in the 2011 class. Also had offers from Alabama and Mississippi State.
Big, heavy and mean offensive lineman just set a school record with seven pancakes in one game.
Four-star defensive back is ranked the No. 2 overall prep school athlete in the class of 2011. Elite safety prospect.
South Eucid, OH
Fast with speed to burn. Likely a cornerback, but could also return kicks.
Port St. Lucie, FL
Three-star linebacker with great size and speed from a program that produced UofL players Deon Rogers and Mike Romano.
College Park, GA
Reminds fans of BJ Dubose or Aaron Epps. Tall, athletic lineman who will gain weight, strength.
Clone of Eric Wood? Maybe. Same height, same weight and same high school.
Bowling Green, KY
Has a long way to go to live up to his massive potential. Raw but huge frame.
Four-star defensive back is among the best cover men in the nation for 2011.
Short but strong linebacker with speed to play outside at Louisville.
Miami Gardens, FL
Could he be the fastest wide receiver in Florida for 2011? Maybe. Scouts really like him.
vannah H.S. by rushing for 136 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries. He also returned a punt 52 yards for a TD. Joshua Appleby (6-3, 230, K) did a little bit of everything for his team over the weekend, scoring in four different ways during East Limestone (Ala.) High’s 24-12 victory over J.O. Johnson H.S. Appleby caught a TD pass, rushed for a 2-point conversion, kicked an extra point and made a 27-yard field goal. DeAndre Herron (6-5, 325, OL) helped his Avon H.S. (Ind.) team overcome an early deficit to claim a 30-21 victory over Class 5-A defending state champion Fishers H.S. While stats weren’t available for offensive linemen, you can bet Herron was a huge part of pass protection for an offense that picked up almost 300 yards through the air. Larry Jefferson (6-5, 218, DE/TE) was part of an effort that did just enough to keep Banneker H.S. (Ga.) undefeated with a 29-22 victory over Riverdale H.S. Jefferson has close to 200 yards receiving after three games this season and is averaging 1.3 sacks a game. Joe Manley (6-7, 307, OL) of Bowling Green H.S. (Ky.) was a big part of an offense that rolled up 551 yards in a 55-7 rout of Henderson County. Purples running back Hunter Navares had more than 100 yards on just seven carries. “I just took the handoff and followed my big man, Joe Manley,” Neveras told bgdailynews.com. “My line did a great job blocking for me, and I just followed them.” Brandon Snell (5-11, 160), caught five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown for Carol City H.S., which was defeated by Booker T. Washington H.S. Commitments Will Gardner (6-5, 200, QB), Kevin Houchins (5-11, 175, DB) and Devontre Parnell (5-11, 163, DB) all have suffered season-ending knee injuries. Gardner made a visit to UofL on Monday with members of his family. The Coffee County H.S. (Ga.) product, who chose the Cardinals over Alabama earlier this summer, suffered a season-ending injury in the first half of his team’s season-opening win. All indications are that despite the injury, UofL will honor Gardner’s scholarship offer and gladly sign him to a National Letter of Intent when he is able to sign in February. BOWLES SNAGS LOUISVILLE OFFER Tight end/offensive line prospect Hunter Bowles (6-5 260) has picked up two more in-state scholarship offers. The Glasgow H.S. (Ky.) product already had offers from Murray State and Marshall, and on Monday he picked up offers from both Kentucky and Louisville. Bowles’ father played for Kentucky, so Hunter grew up with ties to the Wildcats, but Louisville likely offers more of an opportunity for early playing time, especially considering that the Cardinals are starting a senior at tight end (Josh Chichester) who is backed up by two juniors.
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WILL VITALIS - MENâ€™S SOCCER With less than a minute left and the No. 2 Cardinals tied at 2 with unranked Central Arkansas (1-3), Vitalis, a redshirt freshman from Crestwood, Ky., took a pass from Buck Tufty just inside the box and scored the game-winning goal on UCA backup keeper Patxi Shortsleeves. The Cardinals (4-1) will be back in action on Saturday as they host Butler at 7 p.m. in Cardinal Park. Vitalisâ€™ goal, which was officially scored in the 90th minute, was the first of his career. A prep star at South Oldham High School, Vitalis was named Mr. Kentucky Soccer his senior year. He also was a first-team all-state selection and was named the 2009 Eurosport Kentucky Player of the Year. Vitalis knows how to score, having scored 40 goals with 12 assists his senior year at South Oldham. KATIE WALZ - WOMENâ€™S SOCCER The sophomore from Alexandria, Ky., scored her first career goal to lift UofL (24-1) to a 1-0 double-overtime victory over Butler (4-4) at the Tropical Smoothie Invitational Sunday afternoon at the UK Soccer Complex. After the teams played 90 minutes of regulation and a 10-minute overtime period without a goal being scored, Walz connected on a cross from freshman Kim Sharo just 48 seconds into the second overtime. Walz was named to the Athletic Directorâ€™s Honor Roll and was a Big East Academic All-Star last year. The Cardinals lost 2-0 to Kentucky Friday night. ELIZABETH VANCE - FIELD HOCKEY The sophomore from Ft. Worth, Texas, scored twice as the Cards walloped visiting Appalachian State 6-0 Sunday at Trager Stadium. â€œIâ€™m really happy with todayâ€™s performance,â€? coach Justine Sowry said. â€œWe had contributions all over the field, a lot of players got experience and we had some nice passing patterns. We can still take some lessons away from the game, especially from the defensive standpoint. Weâ€™re ready for next weekâ€™s Big East opener.â€? Vance played in four games as a freshman, scoring her first career goal in a 7-1 win over Radford. An amazing athlete, she earned 12 varsity letters in high school, lettering in field hockey, track, soccer and golf. The Cards are 4-2. The Mountaineers fell to 0-5. ERIN CONRAD - FIELD HOCKEY The redshirt junior from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., improved to 4-2 with a pair of shutouts over the weekend. Conrad and the Cardinals dominated Missouri State Friday, winning 4-0 while outshooting MSU 18-3. Conrad had to stop only one shot on goal to collect her first shutout of the season. On Sunday, Conrad registered four saves en route to her second straight shutout as the Cards outshot Appalachian State 25-6 and held a 10-4 lead on corners during their 6-0 win. This summer, Conrad was selected to the USA U-21 National Team after finishing her sophomore season with a 13-7 record, a 1.76 goals-against average and five shutouts. UofL will open conference play at Georgetown Saturday at 11 a.m., then will face No. 8 American University on Sunday. ADAM HADWIN - MENâ€™S GOLF The former All-American raced out to a large lead after two rounds, then hung on to win the Vancouver Open in a playoff at Fraserview Golf Course last week. Hadwin fell to 10-under and out of the lead when he three-putted the par-3 16th hole, then had to birdie the par-5 18th to force a playoff with Brad Clapp, who was playing in the group in front of him. Hadwin won the tournament on the first sudden-death playoff hole with a three-foot birdie putt. â€œObviously, the first two days were some great golf, and I separated myself,â€? said Hadwin, who opened the 54-hole event with a pair of 65s. â€œBut I knew I had to play good golf (Sunday) as well, and I just didnâ€™t. I hit it unbelievable today, and I gave myself so many looks at birdie. But I had five three-putts and couldnâ€™t capitalize on all my chances.â€? Hadwin graduated from UofL in 2009. LOLA ARSLANBEKOVA - VOLLEYBALL The junior from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, had 18 kills and eight digs to earn MVP honors as Louisville swept Marshall 25-18, 25-19, 26-24 Saturday night to win the Baymont Bobcat Classic in Athens, Ohio. The sweep of Marshall capped a successful two days in Athens for the Cardinals, who beat host Ohio 3-1 Friday night and topped Virginia 3-1 Saturday morning. Arslanbekova, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter, has been strong this season, leading the team with 157 kills and a .298 hitting percentage. Arslanbekova and the Cardinals, who lost to Kentucky 3-0 last Wednesday in Lexington, will be back on the court Friday night in Champaign, Ill., against Purdue. Theyâ€™ll take on Illinois Saturday before returning home to face St. Johnâ€™s Sept. 23 at the KFC Yum! Center.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
WARE OUT, SO JUSTICE, HENDERSON WILL SPELL SIVA By Russ Brown College football season has just gotten under way, but we have some University of Louisville basketball items to catch up on, some of it courtesy of coach Rick Pitino’s blog. Foremost was the news late last week that recruit Kevin Ware has yet to qualify academically and will miss at least the first nine games of the 2011-12 season after the NCAA upheld its original decision to declare him ineligible. Pitino said the 6-foot4 guard could become eligible for the second semester and could join the Cardinals on Dec. 14, the day after the first semester final exams. That means the first game RUSS BROWN Ware could possibly play in would be on Dec. 17 against Memphis in the KFC Yum! Center. “By the time he gets a couple of weeks of practice in, he’ll be ready for the Big East schedule,” Pitino said. ““I’’ve never seen anyone this close to being eligible. He’s just fractions away, and he fully intends to enroll here.”” Ware, from Conyers, Ga., signed a financial aid agreement with the Cardinals in June. A first-team all-state selection as a senior last season at Rockdale County (Ga.) High, Ware averaged 13.2 points, 4.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals in helping Rockdale post a 26-6 record and finish as the Georgia 4-A runner-up. For the time being, Ware is staying in Conyers and will work out while he attempts to acheive a qualifying test score. “We’re talking to him about what he needs to do from a strength and conditioning standpoint,” Pitino said. “He’s already got somebody he does basketball drills with.” If Ware eventually winds up at Louisville, he will have arrived by a circuitous route. He signed with Tennessee but was released after coach Bruce Pearl was fired for recruiting violations. He then committed to Central Florida but backed out when the NCAA investigated alleged recruiting infractions by the school. He then chose UofL. Pitino was hoping Ware could develop into a backup to starting point guard Peyton Siva, but until he becomes eligible sophomore Elisha Justice and sophomore walk-on Tim Henderson will be used in that role. Pitino experimented with senior Chris Smith at the point during UofL’s exhibition games in the Bahamas last month, but he said Smith didn’t make the transition well. Instead, Smith will take over Preston Knowles’ role as a defensive stopper, and Pitino said the coaches also are working on helping Smith improve his passing skills. With Smith apparently out of the picture, Pitino will try to make the 6-2 1/2 Henderson into an effective point guard. “None of you guys (referring to the media) realize this, but Tim is a much better basketball player than he showed last year,” Pitino said. “He’s probably one of the better one-on-one players we have on our team,
Peyton Siva, pictured here atop a jet ski in the Bahamas, is Louisville’s top guard. After recruit Kevin Ware failed to qualify for the fall semester, Siva will be backed up by Elisha Justice to start the season.
and we’re going to try to convert him.” Ware is part of a standout freshman recruiting class that also includes forwards Chane Behanan and Angel Nunez, center Zach Price and guard Wayne Blackshear. Behanan, Nunez and Price all played on the Bahamas trip, but Blackshear has spent the summer recovering from a shoulder injury. Blackshear started individual workouts last week, and Pitino said he hopes the 6-5 Chicago product is healthy and ready to go by Oct. 1. That’s a revised estimate from Oct. 14. Pitino said forward Jared Swopshire went through his first individual workout in more than a year and should be available when practice starts on Oct. 14, adding, “His toughest roadblock will be mentally overcoming his injury.” Swopshire, a St. Louis native, is listed on the roster as a redshirt junior. In other observations, Pitino noted that sophomore center Gorgui Dieng is a “quick learner” who is getting stronger each week and that Siva keeps improving, particularly with his jump shot. Pitino called Kyle Kuric “smart, tough and versatile” and said Mike Marra is working hard on his one-on-one moves and balance while shooting. NON-CONFERENCE SLATE TOUGHER A second look at UofL’s recently released schedule confirmed my initial impression
that it is one of the toughest -- if not THE toughest -- the Cards have played in Pitino’s 11 years here. The Cardinals will continue to be homebodies in November and December, and there are no road tests against projected top-25 teams until a New Year’s Eve trip to Rupp Arena, although a Jan. 19 date with Butler in Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis won’t be a cakewalk. UofL will play 12 of its first 13 games in the KFC Yum! Center, including an earlierthan-usual Big East opener against Georgetown on Dec. 28. The marquee non-conference home games are Vanderbilt on Dec. 2 and Memphis on Dec. 17. The Commodores could be ranked as high as the top 10. As for Louisville’s Big East schedule, the Cards will play back-to-back league games at home twice as well as on the road. Its “mirror” opponents are DePaul, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, the latter expected to challenge for the conference title. Pitt also should be strong again. DePaul? Not so much. The Orange will visit the KFC Yum! Center for the nationally televised (CBS) regular-season finale on March 3, which should be fun amid the Senior Day activities that will be the final go-round for Kuric, Smith and possibly Swopshire. Perhaps Louisville’s toughest stretch will begin with the trip to Lexington to face
Kentucky, starting a run of five road games out of seven over 3 1/2 weeks. TIP-OFF LUNCHEON SET As usual, Pitino will be the featured speaker at the annual Tip-Off Luncheon, presented by KEMI and Boice.net, on Thursday, Oct. 13, at noon in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Louisville Downtown. Tickets for the event are $35 each, or $350 for a table of 10, and may be purchased by returning the form found at UofLsports.com by fax or mail, or by calling the UofL special events office at (502) 852-0706.
2011-2012 SCHEDULE DATE OPPONENT / EVENT LOCATION TIME 10/26/11 vs. PIKEVILLE * KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. 11/03/11 vs. BELLARMINE * KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. GLOBAL SPORTS INVITATIONAL 11/11/11 vs. TENNESSEE-MARTIN KFC YUM! CENTER TBA 11/13/11 vs. LAMAR KFC YUM! CENTER TBA 11/22/11 vs. ARKANSAS STATE KFC YUM! CENTER TBA 11/25/11 vs. OHIO KFC YUM! CENTER TBA 11/28/11 vs. LONG BEACH STATE KFC YUM! CENTER TBA 11/19/11 at Butler Indianapolis, Ind. TBA BIG EAST / SEC CHALLENGE 12/02/11 vs. VANDERBILT TV KFC YUM! CENTER 8:30 p.m. 12/07/11 vs. IUPUI KFC YUM! CENTER TBA 12/10/11 vs. FAIR. DICKINSON KFC YUM! CENTER TBA BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME SHOOTOUT 12/17/11 vs. MEMPHIS TV KFC YUM! CENTER 4:00 p.m. 12/20/11 vs. C. OF CHARLESTON KFC YUM! CENTER TBA BILLY MINARDI CLASSIC 12/23/11 vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. 12/28/11 vs. GEORGETOWN # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. 12/31/11 at Kentucky TV Lexington, Ky. 12:00 p.m. 01/03/12 at St. John’s # TV New York, N.Y. 7:00 p.m. 01/07/12 vs. NOTRE DAME # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 4:00 p.m. 01/10/12 at Providence # TV Providence, R.I. 7:00 p.m. 01/14/12 vs. DE PAUL # KFC YUM! CENTER TBA 01/16/12 at Marquette # TV Milwaukee, Wis. TBA 01/21/12 at Pittsburgh # TV Pittsburgh, Pa. 9:00 p.m. 01/25/12 vs. VILLANOVA # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. 01/28/12 at Seton Hall # Newark, N.J. TBA 02/04/12 vs. RUTGERS # KFC YUM! CENTER TBA 02/06/12 vs. CONNECTICUT # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. 02/11/12 at West Virginia # TV Morgantown, W.Va. 12:00 p.m. 02/13/12 vs. SYRACUSE # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. 02/18/12 at DePaul # Chicago, Ill. TBA 02/23/12 at Cincinnati # TV Cincinnati, Ohio 9:00 p.m. 02/26/12 vs. PITTSBURGH # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 2:00 p.m. 02/29/12 vs. USF # KFC YUM! CENTER TBA 03/03/12 at Syracuse # TV Syracuse, N.Y. 4:00 p.m. BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP: New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden) 03/06-10/12 TBD TBA
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BIG EAST NOTEBOOK
AFTER PERFECT START, BIG EAST GETS A REALITY CHECK By Russ Brown After a solid opening week in which Big East teams posted an 8-0 record -- albeit mostly against weak competition -- and South Florida vaulted into the AP rankings with an upset at Notre Dame, conference clubs came crashing back to earth with a thud last weekend. Big East teams lost all three games they they played against teams from other BCS conferences -- none ranked -- and Louisville was upset by a school from the Sun Belt Conference that had lost 21 games in a row to BCS squads. Furthermore, Pittsburgh, picked to finish second to West Virginia, was life and death to beat Maine of the FCS, and Syracuse also struggled with an FCS club, Rhode Island. Overall, the Big East was 1-3 against FBS teams, and that’s no way to convince skeptics that the league isn’t as weak as it has been portrayed. RUSS BROWN Even worse was the way some of the teams lost. Cincinnnati was supposed to be better on defense but was routed 45-23 by a mediocre Tennessee team. Rutgers couldn’t win despite five turnovers and nine penalties by North Carolina. And UConn didn’t score an offensive touchdown at Vanderbilt, a perennial SEC cellar dweller. Only USF looked impressive, beating Ball State 37-7. West Virginia walloped Norfolk State 55-12, but only after somehow managing to trail 12-10 at halftime. The Big East gets a chance to redeem itself somewhat this week, with five games against BCS teams on the road, including UofL’s trip to Kentucky. Besides the SEC, the league will take on four other BCS conferences, with Pitt at Iowa (Big 10), Syracuse at USC (Pac-12), West Virginia at Maryland (ACC) and UConn at Iowa State (Big 12). On another front, it’s no consolation to Louisville and coach Charlie Strong, but the Cards aren’t the only ones dealing with offensive line problems. Pitt allowed seven sacks vs. Maine, UConn gave up five sacks against Vanderbilt, and North Carolina had four sacks and 10 quarterback hurries against Rutgers. UC DEFENSE DISAPPOINTING UofL’s Big East opener against Cincinnati in Paul Brown Stadium on Oct. 15 is still a month away, so the Bearcats have time to improve a defense that was supposed to be better than last year, but certainly didn’t look it in the blowout loss in Knoxville. UC, which ranked last in scoring defense in the Big East in 2010, was carved up by a Tennessee offense that racked up 531 yards, including a career-high 405 yards passing by sophomore Tyler Bray. Bray set a school record with a completion percentage of 82.9 (34 of 41) and was never sacked while throwing for four touchdowns. The Bearcats’ secondary, a weak spot last year, appeared to be no better, allowing Justin Hunter and Da’Rick Rogers to become the first pair of wide receivers in Tennessee history to catch at least 10 passes in the same game. Hunter caught 10 for 156 yards and one TD, Rogers 10 for 100 yards and two TDs. “I wouldn’t necessarily call it easy,” Rogers said. “I’d call it routine.” “We had some guys freeze,” UC coach Butch Jones said. “To be a great defense, you’ve got to play with confidence. You’ve got to trust in your coaching. You’ve got to trust in your teaching. You’ve got to trust in your fundamentals, and you’ve got to let it go. I thought we were extremely hesitant on a
number of occasions. “We have to get better in a hurry, especially in our pass coverage, because we’re going to see it from here on out. It’s about playing great team defense. We made too many mental errors, and you can’t do that.” Jones, who is in his second season at UC, is now 3-9 against FBS foes, and the Bearcats are 0-20-1 all-time against SEC teams on the road. BULLS START FAST USF breezed past Ball State after an emotional week that followed a big win at Notre Dame and mourning the loss of former athletic director and NFL Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon. The victory lifted the Bulls to No. 20 in the AP poll, and they broke into the USA Today coaches’ poll at No. 22. Taking up where they left off in forcing five turnovers during their 23-20 win over the Irish, the Bulls knocked the ball loose from Ball State on the opening kickoff, and Mark Joyce returned the fumble 17 yards for a 7-0 lead just eight seconds into the game. “As a coach, it’s kind of nice to have that in your hip pocket,” USF second-year coach Skip Holtz said. “This team was ready to play.” B.J. Daniels threw for a career-best 359 yards, including a 20-yard TD pass to Victor Marc, and Demetri Murray scored on a 2-yard run that helped the Bulls build a 30-0 halftime lead while outgaining Ball State 386 yards to 76. When USF had difficulty finishing drives, Maikon Bonani delivered field goals of 31, 24 and 38 yards. “I thought that was pretty impressive in the first half,” Holtz said. “I thought that was as complete a half as we’ve played since I’ve been here. We always talk about how it’s not who we play, but how we play. That’s what we can control.” Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning, who led the Cardinals to a 27-20 upset of Indiana the previous week, said BSU was simply outmanned. “They are lot faster than what we’re used to,” Wenning said. “The hard part about not moving the ball is their up-front defensive line. They brought blitzes. They beat us up front the majority of the time. Their speed and strength up front is what got us.” Daniels, who didn’t play in the fourth quarter, completed 28 of 39 passes, and Darrell Scott rushed for 82 yards and a TD. WVU COMES ALIVE LATE The natives got restless in Milan-Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, even booing the No. 18/20 Mountaineers (2-0) when they went to the locker room trailing FCS Norfolk State 12-10 at halftime. But a second-half outburst calmed the crowd as Geno Smith threw for 371 yards and four TDs. WVU piled up 533 total yards and scored on its first seven possessions of the second half. The Mountaineers’ defense woke up, too, holding the visitors to two first downs in the second half. WVU has yet to allow an offensive touchdown in two games. “We ran the same plays the second half that we did in the first half,” WVU first-year coach Dana Holgorsen said. “It was all about effort and playing up to tempo. We probably didn’t respect our opponent all week. “Obviously, I’m not really pleased with the first half, but I was pleased with the second half. We’re a young football team and inexperienced. I don’t know if we’re trying too hard or if it was a coaching error. Either way I’m proud of the way we came out in the second half. We are going to keep them accountable for what they do wrong.” Asked about what Holgorsen had to say at halftime, Smith replied: “I think he’s a laidback guy to the media, but us, we kind of see Jekyll and Hyde. He was kind of irate, but he
stayed positive, and that’s what a great leader does.” West Virginia got little run production for the second straight game. Four different running backs got carries, with Vernard Roberts leading the way with 64 yards on 17 carries. “They were giving us the run all night, and we weren’t sustaining our blocks,” Holgorsen said. “The run game was not good. Usually, we’re targeted right, but we’re not finishing blocks. It’s not what we want right now. We’ve got to get better.” WVU’s 431 passing yards were the most since a school-record 452 against Missouri in 1998. SUNSERI STILL PITT QB Pitt first-year coach Todd Graham quickly ended any speculation about a possible quarterback controversy after the Panthers’ sloppy 35-29 victory over Maine at Heinz Field. The speculation was fueled when Tino Sunseri, who struggled through nearly three quarters, was replaced by back-up quarterback Trey Anderson the series after Sunseri threw his second interception of the game. Graham said the change was made, not because Sunseri was ineffective, but because he wanted to get Anderson some work in this game in case he’s needed down the road. “In all honesty the last interception that Tino threw was on us (the coaching staff),” Graham said. “We planned on putting Trey in anyway. It wasn’t that I pulled Tino, it was a planned deal. We were going to play (Anderson) anyway. I still have 100 percent belief in Tino, and like I told you at the beginning of the year, he has a very difficult job, he has a lot on his plate and we’ve got to execute better at that position. “But Tino is our quarterback and will be next week and we will move forward from there. I didn’t want to come out of this week, playing against an opponent we should totally dominate, and not get another quarterback any reps.” Sunseri was 21 of 35 for 224 yards with two interceptions, but he also was sacked seven times, which obviously contributed to some of the Panthers’ issues in the passing game. Anderson was 5 of 7 for 33 yards and led the Panthers on their final touchdown drive. Ray Graham ran for 121 yards and scored three TDs. RUTGERS, UCONN FALL Rutgers (1-1) had plenty of chances to beat future UofL foe North Carolina, getting five turnovers and not losing any itself in Chapel Hill, but in the end the Scarlet Knights couldn’t take advantage and lost 24-22. Chas Dodd completed a career-best 25 of 47 passes for 243 yards and two TDs, and Mohamed Sanu had 13 receptions for 119 yards, but Rutgers missed too many opportunities, including two dropped touchdown passes. ... UConn (1-1) obviously still has quarterback issues, as evidenced by an anemic offensive performance in a 24-21 loss to Vanderbilt. Johnny McEntee played the majority of the game, throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble while passing for just 99 yards. The last time the Huskies scored an offensive TD was in the fourth quarter against Cincinnati on Nov. 27, 2010. “The coaches are going to try to be nice about it and the players are, too, because they’re good people, but I singlehandedly lost us the game and my teammates don’t deserve that,” McEntee said. Playing in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse (2-0) struggled on both sides of the ball but managed to escape with a 21-14 victory over FCS Rhode Island. “We made a lot of mistakes, but we’re not good enough to not enjoy a win,” ‘Cuse coach Doug Marrone said.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
2011 BIG EAST FOOTBALL SCHEDULES CINCINNATI Thu., Sept. 1 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Thu., Sept. 22 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 15 Sat., Oct. 22 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 12 Sat., Nov. 19 Sat., Nov. 26 Sat., Dec. 3
Austin Peay at Tennessee Akron North Carolina State at Miami (Ohio) LOUISVILLE at USF at PITTSBURGH WEST VIRGINIA at RUTGERS at SYRACUSE CONNECTICUT
W, 72-10 L, 45-23
CONNECTICUT Thu., Sept. 1 Sat., Sept. 10 Fri., Sept. 16 Sat., Sept. 24 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 15 Wed., Oct. 26 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 19 Sat., Nov. 26 Sat., Dec. 3
Fordham at Vanderbilt Iowa State at Buffalo Western Michigan at WEST VIRGINIA USF at PITTSBURGH SYRACUSE LOUISVILLE RUTGERS at CINCINNATI
W, 35-3 L, 24-21
LOUISVILLE Thu., Sept. 1 Fri., Sept. 9 Sat., Sept. 17 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 15 Fri., Oct. 21 Sat., Oct. 29 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 12 Sat., Nov. 19 Fri., Nov. 25
Murray State Florida International at Kentucky Marshall at North Carolina at CINCINNATI RUTGERS SYRACUSE at WEST VIRGINIA PITTSBURGH at CONNECTICUT at USF
W, 21-9 L, 24-17
PITTSBURGH Sat., Sept. 3 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Sat., Sept. 24 Thu., Sept. 29 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 15 Wed., Oct. 26 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 12 Fri., Nov. 25 Sat., Dec. 3
Buffalo Maine at Iowa Notre Dame USF at RUTGERS Utah CONNECTICUT CINCINNATI at LOUISVILLE at WEST VIRGINIA SYRACUSE
W, 35-16 W, 35-29
RUTGERS Thu., Sept. 1 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 24 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 15 Fri., Oct. 21 Sat., Oct. 29 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 12 Sat., Nov. 19 Sat., Nov. 26
North Carolina Central at North Carolina Ohio at SYRACUSE PITTSBURGH Navy at LOUISVILLE WEST VIRGINIA USF at Army CINCINNATI at CONNECTICUT
W, 48-0 L, 24-22
USF Sat., Sept. 3 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Sat., Sept. 24 Thu., Sept. 29 Sat., Oct. 15 Sat., Oct. 22 Sat., Nov. 5 Fri., Nov. 11 Sat., Nov. 19 Fri., Nov. 25 Thu., Dec. 1
at Notre Dame Ball State Florida A&M UTEP at PITTSBURGH at CONNECTICUT CINCINNATI at RUTGERS at SYRACUSE Miami (Fla.) LOUISVILLE WEST VIRGINIA
W, 23-20 L, 37-7
SYRACUSE Sat., Sept. 3 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Sat., Sept. 24 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 22 Sat., Oct. 29 Sat., Nov. 5 Fri., Nov. 11 Sat., Nov. 26 Sat., Dec. 3
Wake Forest Rhode Island at Southern California Toledo RUTGERS at Tulane WEST VIRGINIA at LOUISVILLE at CONNECTICUT USF CINCINNATI at PITTSBURGH
W, 36-29 OT W, 21-14
WEST VIRGINIA Sat., Sept. 3 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Sat., Sept. 24 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 22 Sat., Oct. 29 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 12 Fri., Nov. 25 Thu., Dec. 1
Marshall Norfolk State at Maryland LSU Bowling Green CONNECTICUT at SYRACUSE at RUTGERS LOUISVILLE at CINCINNATI PITTSBURGH at USF
W, 34-13 W, 55-12
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
It’s time again for the UofL-UK showdown for the Governor’s Cup this Saturday in Lexington, and while we believe the Cardinals have a GOOD shot at winning, coach Charlie Strong sure didn’t sound very confident during Monday’s press conference. He said the Cardinals lack confidence and that Kentucky is clearly the better team right now. “We’re just not a very good football team right now,” he said. “The players aren’t playing as good as they need to be, and the coaches aren’t coaching as good as we need to be.” Later, he talked about his team lacking the ability and belief that it can come back when faced with a deficit. Strong was asked how big of a confidence boost a win over UK would be. His answer was classic. “We need to win, that’s the whole point. A lot of times people will say, ‘Well, you played hard.’ Playing hard isn’t good enough; go win the football game, and that’s what we need to do, go win some football games.”
We believe Strong learned from one of the best - Lou Holtz. The old Minnesota-Notre Dame-South Carolina coach was as GOOD as any coach in the business at poor-mouthing his team and building up his opponent into being the Monsters of the Midway. That reminds us of one of our favorite sports quotes ever. Holtz, the man who is famous for talking about how far his team has to improve just to be mediocre, had a moment of clarity when he uttered the following: ““Don’t tell your problems to people. Eighty percent don’t care, and the other 20 percent are glad you have them” I guess by people, he didn’t mean media.
If the Cardinals are going to beat Kentucky, they are going to have to get better play out of the offensive line. The O-line has been downright - well, offensive - in the first two games, allowing both Murray State and FIU to get a significant amount of pressure on quarterbacks Will Stein, Dominique Brown and Teddy Bridgewater. The O-line also has been unable to clear the way for a running game. The Cardinals are averaging just 3.1 yards per carry and have just one rushing TD in two games. So what are the options for the O-line? Said Strong: “There aren’t many options because we’re playing the best we have right now. The more they play together, the more they’ll gel, because you’re looking at two fifth-year seniors who haven’t played a lot in Kessling and Hernandez. Then Miller is a true freshman and Jake Smith is a redshirt freshman. Kupper has played, but he’s never started. So the more they play the more they’ll gel. But our issue isn’t only the offensive line, we have issues over the whole football team. But the offensive line is so glaring.”
The staff at the Louisville Sports Commission was smart to start the Howard Schnellenberger Award to honor the MVP of the Governor’s Cup game. This will be the second year of the award, which went last year to UK’s Derrick Locke. He rushed for 104 yards on 23 carries and had two first-quarter touchdown runs of 32 and 1 yards. The award is voted on by the working press covering the game and is awarded to the Most Valuable Player on the winning team shortly after the final buzzer. Our pick for this year’s award is WIll Stein, provided the Cardinals win, of course.
It was GOOD to see the spirit of fans at two events at Cardinal Park Sunday. Several thousand fans honored the victims of the 9-11 attacks and our military and first responders during pregame and halftime ceremonies for UofL’s men’s soccer game with Central Arkansas and the field hockey match with Appalachian State. The most moving part was when Bill Madaras spoke to the soccer crowd at halftime. The father of fallen soldier Nick Madaras, who was killed by an IED in Iraq on Sept. 3, 2006, Bill and his wife, Shalini, have carried on Nick’s mission to provide soccer balls for children in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places where the U.S. military is currently stationed. Madaras had started the collection process and was set to have the balls shipped to him in 2006 when he was killed and was never able to distribute the balls himself. Since then, “Kick for Nick”
has collected and distributed more than 10,000 soccer balls in Nick’s honor. Bill spoke Sunday about Nick’s passion for making a difference and thanked the fans for helping out with the cause. After the game, Bill, members of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and the UofL soccer team posed in front of the goal. For more information, check out www.kickfornick.org
For a while, it looked like Central Arkansas was going to upset the GOOD mood of the day by beating No. 2 Louisville on its home field. Not only did the Bears score first, they had a 2-1 lead for nearly 40 minutes. A couple of late goals saved the day for the Cardinals and helped UofL escape with a 3-2 victory. The field hockey team cruised to a 6-0 victory.
Kudos to the University of Louisville and stadium manager K.C. Scull for the improvements made in traffic flow after last Friday’s UofL-FIU game and the improvements to the sound system. There were other tweaks to the game-day experience that made it more pleasant for the fans. Now all that’s left is for Mayor Fischer and the city to fix the pinch points at Eastern Parkway and Hahn, Central and Crittenden and Floyd and Crittenden.
We like this year’s class of five former stars who will be inducted to the UofL Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 28. They are: Matt Berger, a first baseman who is the career home run leader for the Cardinals; Mike Clouser, a four-time conference champion in three-meter diving; Jill Morton, the Cardinals’ first All-American in women’s basketball who is UofL’s season and career free-throw percentage leader; Jackie Spencer, seventh among career women’s basketball scorers at UofL and the only player with a quadruple double; and Otis Wilson, a dominating All-American linebacker who went on to play eight years in the NFL, winning the Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears in 1986. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for all of us in the UofL family to welcome back and honor an exceptional group of individuals who have each contributed so much to the tradition of Cardinal Athletics,” UofL athletic director Tom Jurich said. “This group, as with every member of the Hall of Fame, is so deserving of this tribute.” The event at the KFC Yum! Center will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 and the induction ceremony to follow. Tickets are $40 per person and may be obtained by calling UofL Athletics at (502) 852-0706, or emailing email@example.com.
Wilson was one of the best linebackers around. He was a dominating defender and fierce competitor. He finished his UofL career second all-time in tackles with 484 and was a first-team Sporting News All-America selection as a senior in 1979. He recorded 175 tackles in 1977, which ranks third on the school’s single-season list, and 157 stops in 1978, which stands eighth all-time. He was tabbed the Defensive Most Valuable Player in the 1977 Independence Bowl. And he wasn’t just GOOD in college. Wilson was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears and enjoyed an outstanding eight-year career with the Bears.
The Louisville area is blessed with one of the best high school football teams in the nation right now. Trinity is ranked No. 7 in the country by RivalsHigh.com and is fresh off an amazing performance against Cincinnati Elder. The Shamrocks traveled to Cincinnati last Friday and handed Elder one of its worst defeats in school history, 56-7. Up next for the Rocks is a game Friday at Cincinnati St. Xavier, one of the top 50 teams in the nation. That game has UofL players Greg Scruggs, Stephon Ball and Darius Ashley (all Cincinnati St. X grads) arguing with Will Stein, Alex and Dylan Kupper, Agyei Williams and Scott Radcliff (Trinity grads). On Monday, Scruggs predicted a Cincinnati St. X win, saying Trinity had “no shot,” but Stein said, “Trinity just went into Elder and beat them 56-7, so I’ll take my chances with the Rocks.”
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
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UOFL SURVIVES A SCARE, WAKEUP WELCOMED By Howie Lindsey In terms of a panic, this was more of a “can’t find my cell phone” moment than a four-alarm fire, but it was panic nonetheless. Down 2-1 to unranked and unknown Central Arkansas (1-3) last Sunday, No. 2 Louisville (4-1) needed two goals in the final 18 minutes to earn a come-from-behind 3-2 victory. A wake-up call? You betcha. “Well, we learn lessons all the time,” coach Ken Lolla said. “Some lessons come from winning and some from losing, and some are more painful than others. I think because of what we did in the second half this lesson didn’t have to be that painful.” If the lesson didn’t sink in after UCA’s first goal in the 11th minute, it was driven home by the Bears’ second goal just before halftime. “We learned not to take anybody for granted,” freshman forward Will Vitalis said. “We were Number 1 last year, and everybody took their best shot. Everybody is gunning for us. They just came out ready to play, and we were a little slow to start. We have to fix that.” For a team expected to make a run at an NCAA title this year, giving up two goals to UCA’s wild collection of young and foreign talent wasn’t expected. “We made it harder than it needed to be,” Lolla said. “I thought we started flat. We weren’t sharp in the beginning. They took care of their chances, and we were a little bit sloppy. I said at halftime to our guys that we put ourselves into a situation where we’ll find out what kind of character we have.” The Cards passed the character test with flying colors. Even when UCA’s game turned a little brutal and pushy (the Bears collected 18 fouls, five yellow cards and a red), the Cardinals kept firing at the goal. UofL outshot the Bears 30-10. “I was proud of our guys for putting a lot of pressure on them in the second half,” Lolla said. “We could have had a lot of goals. We had a lot of chances, but we never hung our heads. We found a way to get the two goals and get the win.” For a while in the second half, Louisville couldn’t find the mark. Shot after shot pinged off the crossbar or sailed just beyond the net. The Cardinals even had a goal called back due to offsides. Rather than get frustrated, the Cards kept the pressure on. “It was about persistence. It is about staying after it,” Lolla said. “As soon as you start moaning and feeling sorry for yourself you put yourself in a position to not be successful. It was about staying with it and persisting. I was proud of our guys for staying after it.” The Cardinals were down 2-1 (UofL’s first goal was a header by Chase Rodgers in the 12th minute) until the 73rd minute when Buck Tufty took a cross from the left corner and headed it past goalkeeper Amir Pasic. With the score tied at 2, the Cardinals kept pressuring. On one play, the ball appeared to be crossing the line when Pasic dove and smothered the shot just as Nick
Louisville’s Buck Tufty and Michael Roman leaped to try to head the ball into the goal against Central Arkansas in the second half. This attempt failed, but the Cardinals ended up winning 3-2. - photo by Howie Lindsey
DeLeon swung his leg to kick it in. That resulted in a bloody mess for Pasic’s head and a new keeper for UCA, Patxi Shortsleeves, who has orange hair and wore an orange jersey that was - you guessed it - shortsleeved. Shortsleeves, who ran down from the top of the press box where he’d been filming the action, put on a jersey and got in goal, had a save and a couple of other nice plays in the first 12 minutes he was in, but a shot by Will Vitalis with less than a minute left put the Cardinals on top for good. “I saw Buck and Nick start to peel inside, so I saw the space outside and I made my back-post run,” Vitalis said. “Tufty got a nice flick on it, and I just beat my guy to the ball and made a good finish, I guess.” Said Lolla: “It was good. It was good
for Will. We were really pressing it at that point, and we had a lot of opportunities. Nick had a great opportunity not too long before that, but Will was composed. He has scored a lot of goals in his career, and he’s good around the net.” The goal was officially scored in the 90th minute. “I knew we were just restarting with two minutes left, so I knew there wasn’t too much time left,” Vitalis said. “We were taking it to them the last 20 minutes or so, and I knew we were going to get a goal. I wasn’t really nervous because I knew we have the team to pull it out, whether it was in regulation or overtime.” Vitalis’ goal enabled Louisville to escape with a victory. It also enabled Lolla to talk to his players about not playing down to the
level of their competition. “I said to them after the game, ‘It is all about the standard we create,’” Lolla said. “We have to hold ourselves to our standard regardless of our opponent, the day we are playing or where we are playing. Whether it is in training or matches, we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard. I thought that dropped a bit in the first half, and we picked it back up in the second half.” Up next, Louisville will host Butler (3-1-1) Saturday at 7 p.m. at Cardinal Park. “We have a good week of preparation and training to get ready for Butler,” Lolla said. “They are going to be a good side, and we need some more good games to get us ready for the Big East. That will be a good game on Saturday.”
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Gary Baker submitted this photo of his grandson, 8-year-old Hunter Broyles, with soccer coach Ken Lolla at his soccer camp in July.
Carolyn Meyers and her granddaughter, Mary, at a UofL game in Freedom Hall‘s last season.
Proud grandma Cathy Fain submitted this photo of her 21-month-old grandson, Nick Thompson, who lives in Burlington, Ky., with parents Cara & Joe Thompson.
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Luke and Cash Lantz pose in their Cardinal gear for their parents, Chris and Sally Lantz.
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Logan Christopher Avis got his love of the Cardinals from his father, Ron.
Carson Cummings, age 10, and Dawson Cummings, 6. posed in front of Jim Patterson Stadium before their first day of UofL Baseball Camp.