The Cardinal Countdown...41 days till kickoff

#41 Matthew Nakatani


Class: RS Junior

Ht/Wt: 5-8/172

Position: K

Hometown: Shelbyville, KY

Twitter: @MATT_NAK18

Thoughts: The name Nakatani may sound familiar to some Louisvillians who enjoy a good Day at the Downs. Matthew is actually the son of jockey Corey Nakatani, who makes frequent appearances at Churchill. Matthew got an opportunity to show off his leg last year when Wallace went down with an injury. Matt passed with flying colors going 2-2 on field goals, including the season long for the Cardinals at 45 yards. I covered John Wallace four days ago and told you he would be the starter. I still believe that, but I don't think we experience much drop off if Nakatani has to take the reins. Wallace did occasionally have some difficulty with longer kicks, as he was just 2-7 from over 40 yards last season. Maybe Matt becomes our long yardage specialist?

Sweet Tweet:

Trying to get right. My new daily schedule after work. 3 mile run to subway, eat lunch, run back and swim 20 laps - Matt Nakatani (@MATT_NAK18)

Just wanted to give a shout out to Subway's Jared. Nine times out of ten anyone showing off a massive weight loss eventually reverts back to their old ways and balloons back up within a year (i.e. Oprah, Kirstie Alley, etc) Jared has kept it up and still looks about the same. Congrats to him. I tried the Subway diet for a month. Four straight weeks of Meatball Marinara subs with a chocolate chip cookie and I gained 7 pounds...I don't think I did it right.

#41 Jarrod Barnes


Class: RS Freshman

Ht/Wt: 5-11/197

Position: Safety

Hometown: Westerville, Ohio

Twitter: @jbarnes_21

Thoughts: Jarrod walked-on to the squad last year, but took a redshirt due to the depth we had in the secondary (Pryor, Smith, Reve, Holliman) Jarrod may still find it difficult to grab a spot this season as everyone returns from a pretty solid group of safeties. With Smith being gone after this season and the likelihood of Pryor making the early jump increasing, Barnes needs to keep his head in the game and be prepared to make an impact when called upon, whether its this year or next.

Sweet Tweet:

Not sure how many other Cards fans caught it, but ESPN ranked the UofL-Cincy game as the 14th best game of the past season and replayed it a few times this weekend. I of course sat down and decided to watch the first few minutes....and then celebrated 3 hours later when Wallace made the winning kick.

ESPN-1 Chores-0

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