Archive for October, 2011

October 27, 2011

U of L Players to Wear Helmet Stickers to Honor AC

University of Louisville defensive back Anthony Conner, who was injured last Friday in the Cardinals’ 16-14 win over Rutgers, will be honored by his teammates in this Saturday’s home game versus Syracuse. U of L players will wear “AC” stickers on the back of their helmets for the game versus the Orange.

Conner, a senior from Houston Texas, had a surgical procedure done Monday at Jewish Hospital by Dr. Richard Holt. The surgery was done to help stabilize his cervical fracture. Conner was moved out of intensive care on Tuesday and was able to take his first steps on Wednesday after the serious injury.

The 5-foot-10 cornerback injured his neck in the first half of Louisville’s game on Friday night. Playing in all seven games, Conner recorded 21 tackles and an interception in the season-opening win over Murray State.

Louisville takes on Syracuse at noon on Saturday as the BIG EAST Game of the Week.

October 25, 2011

Post-Practice Interviews with the Offense (Oct. 25)

Shawn Watson | Teddy Bridgewater | Michaelee Harris

Following practice on Oct. 25, quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson, freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and redshirt freshman wide receiver Michaelee Harris spoke with the media about the team’s upcoming contest against Syracuse and about honoring teammate Anthony Conner, who broke his neck while making a tackle in the Rutgers game.

The Cardinals, coming off a 16-14 victory over the Scarlet Knights, enter Saturday’s game with a 3-4 overall record, going 1-1 in the BIG EAST, while Syracuse stands at 5-2 overall, 1-1 in the league. The game is scheduled for a noon kickoff and will be televised on the BIG EAST Network. Fans also can listen to the game on either WHAS 840AM or WKRD 790AM, or via satellite radio: SIRIUS Channel 92 and XM Channel 194.

October 25, 2011

Cardinals in the NFL – Week 7

Here we are Louisville fans, edition No. 7 of Cardinals in the NFL from ‘Inside the Huddle.’ Eight Louisville letterwinners saw time on the gridiron in week four. Below is a breakdown of each player and their statistics:

Brock Bolen (Jacksonville, Fullback) – Bolen was inserted as a substitution in the Jaguars’ 12-7 victory over Baltimore on Monday Night Football.

Michael Bush (Oakland, Running Back) – In a substitution role, Bush rushed for a game-high 99 yards on 17 carries and also made two catches for 12 yards in a 28-0 loss to Kansas City.

Elvis Dumervil (Denver, Defensive End) – Dumervil earned the start at right defensive end in an 18-15 overtime victory over Miami. He made one solo stop.

Harry Douglas (Atlanta, Wide Receiver) – Douglas earned the start at wide receiver in a 23-16 victory over Detroit. He finished the game with four receptions for 62 yards.

William Gay (Pittsburgh, Cornerback) – Gay earned the start at left cornerback in a 32-20 victory over Arizona. He had three solo stops and one pass defensed in the win.

Breno Giacomini (Seattle, Offensive Tackle) – Giacomini saw time off the bench in a 6-3 loss to Cleveland.

Amobi Okoye (Chicago, Defensive Tackle) – Okoye saw playing time in the 24-18 victory over Tampa Bay, recording a solo sack for a loss of 14 yards.

Chris Redman (Quarterback, Atlanta) – Redman was inserted as a substitution and had one pass attempt in a 23-16 victory over Detroit.

October 18, 2011

Cardinals in the NFL – Week 6

Here we are Louisville fans, edition No. 6 of Cardinals in the NFL from ‘Inside the Huddle.’ Nine Louisville letterwinners saw time on the gridiron in week four. Below is a breakdown of each player and their statistics:

David Akers (San Francisco, Placekicker) – Akers almost single-handedly outscored Detroit in a 25-19 49ers’ victory. Behind three made field goals – 55, 31 and 37 yards – and two extra points, Akers finished the game with 11 points. He is tied for having the second most field goals of 50 yards or more in the NFL.

Brock Bolen (Jacksonville, Fullback) – Bolen saw time as a substitution in the 17-13 loss to Pittsburgh. He assisted on a tackle with the special teams unit.

Deion Branch (New England, Wide Receiver) – In a 20-16 victory over Dallas, Branch earned the starting nod at wide receiver. He made three catches for 69 yards, with a long of 45 yards. This year, he has 26 receptions for 369 yards.

Michael Bush (Oakland, Running Back) – Bush rushed for 28 yards on 10 carries as a substitution in the Raiders’ 24-17 victory over Cleveland.

Harry Douglas (Atlanta, Wide Receiver) – Douglas earned the starting position at wide receiver in the Falcons’ 31-17 victory over Carolina. He had two catches for 57 yards.

William Gay (Pittsburgh, Cornerback) – In a 17-13 victory over Jacksonville, Gay saw time off the bench and made four tackles, three of which were solo stops.

Brandon Johnson (Cincinnati, Linebacker) – Johnson was inserted as a substitute in the 27-17 win over Indianapolis. He finished the game with four stops – three solo tackles – and one pass defense.

Amobi Okoye (Chicago, Defensive Tackle) – Okoye saw playing time in the 39-10 victory over Minnesota. He had two tackles, including a solo sack for a loss of 10 yards.

Eric Wood (Buffalo, Center) – Wood was given the starting nod at center in a 27-24 loss to the New York Giants.

October 13, 2011

Cardinals in the NFL – Week 5



San Francisco 49ers’ kicker David Akers, courtesy of AP

Here we are Louisville fans, edition No. 5 of Cardinals in the NFL from ‘Inside the Huddle.’ Thirteen Louisville letterwinners saw time on the gridiron in week four. Below is a breakdown of each player and their statistics:

David Akers (San Francisco, Placekicker) – Akers again played an instrumental role in the 49ers’ victory, registering 12 points in the 48-3 win over Tampa Bay. Akers connected on field goals of 37 and 27 yards and then tacked on six extra points. Currently, he is tied for sixth in the NFL in scoring with 46 points.

Brock Bolen (Jacksonville, Fullback) – Bolen saw time as a substitution in the 30-20 loss to Cincinnati. He made one catch for four yards.

Deion Branch (New England, Wide Receiver) – Branch earned the starting nod at wide receiver in the Patriots’ 30-21 victory over the New York Jets. He made a team-high seven catches for 74 yards and scored on a two-yard pass from Tom Brady in the third quarter.

Michael Bush (Oakland, Running Back) – Bush rushed for nine yards on four carries in a limited role in the 25-20 victory over Houston.

Harry Douglas (Atlanta, Wide Receiver) – Douglas saw action in Atlanta’s 25-14 loss to Green Bay, making two catches for 16 yards.

Elvis Dumervil (Denver, Defensive End) – Dumervil earned the start at right at defensive end in a 29-24 loss to San Diego. He finished the game with three tackles.

William Gay (Pittsburgh, Cornerback) – In a 38-17 victory over Tennessee, Gay earned the start at left cornerback. He had five tackles, including one for a loss of two yards.

Breno Giacomini (Seattle, Offensive Tackle) – Giacomini saw time in Seattle’s 36-25 victory over the New York Giants.

Brandon Johnson (Cincinnati, Linebacker) – Johnson was inserted as a substitute in the 30-20 win over Jacksonville.

Amobi Okoye (Chicago, Defensive Tackle) – Okoye saw playing time in the 24-13 loss to Detroit on Monday Night Football.

Johnny Patrick (New Orleans, Defensive Back) – Patrick saw playing time as a substitute in the 30-27 victory over Carolina.

Kerry Rhodes (Arizona, Safety) – Rhodes, who earned the start at free safety in a 34-10 loss to Minnesota, finished the game with two solo tackles.

Eric Wood (Buffalo, Center) – Wood was given the starting nod at center in a 31-24 victory over Philadelphia. He was credited with a key block in Brad Smith’s five-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

October 11, 2011

Defense Getting It Done

William Savoy

Defense wins championships! That’s a cliche’ used by many coaches and fans. However, if the University of Louisville is going to be a championship team, it must rely on its experienced defense.

While the youthful offense continues to find its way and develop with a variety of talented student-athletes, the defense continues to be there play after play. The Cardinals, who are young in the secondary, continue to use pressure to cause havoc to the opposition.

Here’s where the Cardinals rank nationally in defense after the first five contests:

  • Rushing Defense — 10th (85.20)
  • Passing Efficiency Defense — 72nd (133.29)
  • Total Defense — 16th (298.20)
  • Scoring Defense — 13th (16.20)
  • Pass Defense — 50th (213.00)
  • Sacks — T-10th (3.00)
  • Tackles for Loss — T-2nd (8.80)

Louisville ranks 13th in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 16.2 points per game after yielding just 14 second-half points to North Carolina, more than 17 points fewer than its season’s scoring average. The Cardinals have allowed over 20 points just one time this season in a 24-17 loss to FIU. The Tar Heels, who entered the game averaging 411.0 yards per game, were limited to a season-low 264 yards of total offense. North Carolina, which was averaging 178.4 yards on the ground and 232.6 yards through the air, finished with just 86 yards rushing and 178 yards passing.

“Overall, the team thinks that when we might get beat, we rise to the occasion,” said senior defensive end William Savoy. “Sometimes we play down to our opponents, which is not good. We’ve got to mature as a team. Any game where we’re really scared that we might get beat, we kind of raise the bar. Over time, we will gain our maturity. Even if it is a lower level team, we’ve got to play hard anyway. We’ll get there over time.”

The Cardinals have played well against the run, ranking 10th in the nation at 85.20 yards per game. Louisville held the solid UNC running game to 2.7 yards per carry. The Cardinals have held three opponents to less than 100 yards rushing after last week’s performance and have allowed just one 100-yard rusher this season (Mike Harris of Murray State 116 yards).

The Cardinals start their third season this weekend with the beginning of BIG EAST Conference play.

“The BIG EAST is wide open,” stated Savoy. “That always has kind of been the thing with this conference. There really is not a dominant team. Any week, you can go and get beat if you’re not ready, so this is wide open.”

Louisville’s first conference opponent comes in the form of the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium.

“They can run. They have a pretty good offense,” said Savoy. “We’ve just got to dial it up this week. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before. The coaches upstairs make all of the adjustments. We just have to follow through and execute.”

Head coach Charlie Strong relishes taking his team on the road and talks to his squad all the time about what his team needs to do to be successful to win away from Louisville. Savoy knows the drill all too well.

“He tells us to play great defense,” said Savoy. “Pack your defense on the road and just win games. He (coach Strong) believes we can be a top team and we’ve got to start believing that.”

October 5, 2011

Audio Interviews Following Oct. 4 Practice

AUDIO FROM OCT. 4 PRACTICE
Mario Benavides | Teddy Bridgewater | Ryan Kessling | Will Stein

Following practice on Oct. 4, selected student-athletes spoke with the media about preparations this week and what they are expecting from a 4-1 North Carolina squad. Louisville, which stands at 2-2 overall, heads to Chapel Hill to play the Tar Heels on ESPN2 on Saturday, Oct. 8, at noon.

Entering this week, the Cardinals continue to boast one of the nation’s toughest defenses according to the national rankings. Louisville is first in the country in tackles for loss, averaging nine per contest. The defense also owns top-25 marks in rushing defense (No. 13 at 85 yards allowed per game), scoring defense (No. 20, allowing just 16.75 points per game), sacks (No. 21, with 2.75 sacks per game) and total defense (No. 23, holding opponents to 306.75 yards per game). Individually, senior linebacker Dexter Heyman is tied for 18th nationally in tackles for loss at 1.50 per game – he owns six total tackles for loss this year.

October 4, 2011

Cardinals in the NFL – Week 4

Here we are Louisville fans, edition No. 4 of Cardinals in the NFL from ‘Inside the Huddle.’ Thirteen Louisville letterwinners saw time on the gridiron in week four. Below is a breakdown of each player and their statistics:

David Akers (San Francisco, Placekicker) – Akers registered six points – a 37-yard field goal and three extra points – in the 49ers 24-23 road victory at Philadelphia. He currently is tied for the eighth-most field goals in the NFL and is tied for second in the league for the longest made field goal (55 yards).

Brock Bolen (Jacksonville, Fullback) – Bolen saw time as a substitution in the 23-10 loss to New Orleans. Bolen had one catch for two yards.

Deion Branch (New England, Wide Receiver) – Branch earned the starting nod at wide receiver in the Patriots’ 31-19 victory over Oakland. He scored on his only catch, a four-yard reception in the fourth quarter.

Michael Bush (Oakland, Running Back) – Despite limited playing time, Bush again scored a touchdown, rushing from one-yard out for his third score of the season. He finished the game with five carries for 12 yards.

Elvis Dumervil (Denver, Defensive End) – Dumervil earned the start at right at defensive end in a 49-23 loss to Green Bay. He totaled one solo stop along with a quarterback hit in the loss.

Harry Douglas (Atlanta, Wide Receiver) – Douglas saw action in Atlanta’s 30-28 win over Seattle.

William Gay (Pittsburgh, Cornerback) – In a 17-10 loss to Houston, Gay earned the start at left cornerback and four tackles, three of which were solo.

Breno Giacomini (Seattle, Offensive Tackle) – Giacomini saw time in Seattle’s 30-28 loss to Atlanta.

Brandon Johnson (Cincinnati, Linebacker) – Johnson was inserted as a substitute in the 23-20 win over Buffalo.

Amobi Okoye (Chicago, Defensive Tackle) – Okoye saw playing time in the 34-29 victory over Carolina. He finished the game with three total tackles – two solo and one assisted.

Johnny Patrick (New Orleans, Defensive Back) – Patrick saw playing time as a substitute in the 23-10 victory over Jacksonville.

Kerry Rhodes (Arizona, Safety) – Rhodes, who earned the start at free safety in a 31-27 loss to the New York Giants, made four solo tackles.

Eric Wood (Buffalo, Center) – Wood was given the starting nod at center in a 23-20 loss to Cincinnati.