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Wednesday Morning Cardinal News And Notes

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I_medium Spread check: Louisville by 3.5.

I_medium Miami players are heading into Monday's game looking to avenge the "disrespect" they felt during the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl.

"Honestly, I remember them trying to run the score up," he said. "Just disrespecting us, pretty much."

After Deon Bush sacked Teddy Bridgewater for a safety on the opening drive, it was all Cardinals. They went up 22-2 at halftime and were still carving up UM's defense in the final minutes.

"I feel like they were out there talking a lot of trash," Elder said. "They have a lot of players from here. It was a confidence thing."

Bridgewater, the former Miami Northwestern High star, threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns. He capped his day with a 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. After scoring, he threw up the ‘U' hand signal and brought his hands across his throat in a slicing motion.

Standing on the sidelines, then-freshman Walter Tucker said he felt "disrespected" when he saw that.

"I looked at it and kind of got mad. I couldn't do anything because I was on special teams," he said. "I was a young cat. I just got there. I understood I had to wait my turn."

I_medium A round of Internet applause for Kenny Johnson, who, in addition to helping Rick Pitino put together one of his best recruiting classes ever, has lost a whopping 92 pounds since joining the U of L staff on April 23rd. In related news, I recently gained nine pounds in seven days.

I_medium Third grader Grant Hodges is already killing his homework assignments for the new school year:


I_medium Fox's Bruce Feldman has some bold predictions about the 2014 college football season. One of them is that the Brad Kayaa "bye Felicia" stuff is going to get old (let's be honest, it kind of already has), and another is that Kayaa is going to lead Miami to a victory inside PJCS in six days.

2. The "fun fact" you'll be completely tired of

The "fun fact" that Miami's true freshman starting QB Brad Kaaya's mom was Felisha in the movie Friday (as in bye, Felisha) will become the most over-told factoid of the 2014 season like oft-told stories of the Texasconnection that Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley were in fact roommates, that Kliff Kingsbury kinda looks like the guy from "The Notebook" or that AJ McCarron had a telegenic girlfriend. Kaaya's accuracy and poise -- a combination no UM QB has had in a decade plus -- will prove to be a Godsend for Al Golden as Miami avenges last year's bowl blowout loss against Louisville.

I_medium USA Today pegs Will Gardner as the third-best first-year QB in college football.

I_medium Five of the State of the U staffers predict that the Hurricanes will win at least 10 games in their season preview post.

I_medium You knew it was coming...Iron Man CCBM:

I_medium Former Cardinal and J'Town standout Zach Price is hoping to finish his college career at Winthrop. You may remember that Price ran into a little bit of trouble at Missouri, and wound up being dismissed before ever getting a chance to suit up for a game.

I_medium Miami star running back Duke Johnson is still trying to get Miami "back," a status which he believes demands an outright Costal Division title.

I_medium B-Simm is coming back with another Cardinal anthem for the 2014 season, and here's the teaser:

I_medium Cincinnati is reportedly working on a deal for a football series with Kentucky, which means the Keg of Nails is likely to remain in Louisville for a long, long time without the Cardinals having to fight for it.

I_medium predicts that Louisville will be facing Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30.

I_medium A tremendous utilization of both time and effort here:

I_mediumbreakdown of how former Cardinals are rated in the new Madden video game.

I_medium Eric Crawford dives into the ad Teddy Bridgewater took out in The Louisville Cardinal, which apparently set him back $1,500.

Simon Isham, the newspaper's editor, said the ad was placed at Bridgewater's request by Tom West, the Minnesota Vikings assistant director of public relations. The cost was about $1,500. The Vikings did the layout on the ad, which reads, "Thank you Louisville Cardinals family, fans and community for the love you showed me over the years. Best of luck to the 2014 team and beyond. Louisville first - Cards forever."

Under that, was Bridgewater's signature, a little bit of irony, since he found himself involved in a minor flap over players signing autographs before his junior year, which prompted the cancellation of at least one autograph session.

"It was absolutely out of the blue," Isham said. "We had no idea it was going to happen until it was basically already on the page. But we're happy Teddy remains Cardinal Proud and are honored that he chose our publication to spread the message."

That kid, man. If you can't root for him, you shouldn't be rooting for anybody.

I_medium Cardinal Sports Zone is back with its weekly college hoops recruiting notebook.

I_medium The UndergroundU folks put together the best damn DePaul Day-themed wedding present money can buy.

I_medium This Notre Dame website likes the Fighting Irish over the Cards in somewhat of a shootout come Nov. 29:

Notre Dame vs. Louisville

Summary: The Louisville Cardinals are in for a season of change in 2014.  Set to join the Atlantic Coast Conference and replacing departed head coach Charlie Strong with new/old head man Bobby Petrino, the Cardinals will enter the ACC trying to replace 1st round quarterback selection, Teddy Bridgewater.

Sophomore quarterback Will Gardner has recently been tabbed by Petrino to fill the void left by Bridgewater's departure and, as illogical as it may seem, has the opportunity to surpass Bridgewater's production in his very season as starter.  Petrino's prolific offensive attack was on full display during Louisville's spring game where Gardner threw for 542 yards and 4 touchdowns, a strong indication that Petrino's offensive philosophy is alive and well In Louisville.

While the offense is set to burst onto the scene, Louisville's defense, the staple of Charlie Strong's success, is set to take a major step backward.  In addition to implementing a new 3-4 defensive scheme, the Cardinals are forced to replace two all-conference standouts at safety in Calvin Pryor and Hakeem Smith.  Given Louisville's secondary was torched for over 500 yards by a first-time starter in Will Gardner during the Cardinals' spring game, Petrino's defensive unit may be in for a long season.

Prediction: Notre Dame and Louisville have much in common given both programs will rely heavily on offensive firepower to win games.  Such a comparison will work in Notre Dame's favor, however, as the Fighting Irish possess a deeper and more talented offensive line, as well as a more experienced quarterback in Everett Golson.

Result: Notre Dame 38, Louisville 30

I_medium The Louisville men's soccer team capped its exhibition season with a 1-0 loss at Michigan. The 14th-ranked Cards will begin their 2014 campaign when they host No. 2 Maryland on Friday night in the first game played at Lynn Stadium.

I_medium Major congratulations to Taquan Dean and his wife, Shakaola, on the birth of their daughter.

I_medium Five-star class of 2015 forward Brandon Ingram says he plans to visit Louisville.

I_medium Living Social has a Louisville soccer doubleheader offer.

I_medium U of L has a win probability of .622 against Miami according to SteelCard's prediction formula.

I_medium Finally, someone with some class at the Emmys.

I_medium Breno Giacomini is one of the many NFL players searching for love on Tinder. A revelation which led to this glorious illustration. The big guy is easily the most eligible Super Bowl champion in Louisville (part of the year).

I_medium Teddy Bridgewater gets a preseason grade of an A- from the folks.

Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings, No. 32 overall


DJ: Bridgewater was erratic in his first preseason appearance, but he settled down and played efficiently in his next two games. He looks very poised in the pocket and works through his progressions very quickly. The rookie has done a nice job of taking the easy throws instead of forcing the ball into coverage. Preseason grade: A-

BB: After a so-so debut, Bridgewater has played very well. The rookie passer has displayed the poise, confidence and arm talent that made him an impact performer at Louisville. He flashes the potential to be an effective playmaker in Norv Turner's scheme, boasting a 117.3 quarterback rating in the preseason. Preseason grade: A-


DJ: Increasing his deep-ball accuracy and firming up his footwork. Also, he needs to be more aggressive in climbing the pocket when he feels pressure.

BB: Bridgewater must refine his footwork in the pocket. Although he has been fairly accurate, he has missed a handful of tosses due to poor balance and weight transfer. When he cleans up those minor details, Bridgewater's game will go from good to great.


DJ: This is an ideal situation for both Bridgewater and the VikingsMatt Cassel has played great in the preseason and already has been named the opening-day starter. Bridgewater will have time to master this offense, as opposed to being prematurely forced into action. I don't think we'll see him much this season, as long as Cassel stays healthy.

BB: Bridgewater will enter the season as the No. 2 QB behind Cassel, but the clock is already ticking on the veteran's tenure, due to the immense talent and potential displayed by the rookie. With a dominant runner in place and an ultra-talented cast of weapons on the perimeter, Bridgewater will make an immediate impact when he gets his chance this season.

I_medium Great news from the NFL, where Amobi Okoye has been cleared by doctors to resume full football activities 13 months after being placed in a medically induced coma at a Houston hospital to stabilize recurring seizures. Okoye will suit up for the Cowboys this fall.

I_medium ESPN's college football uniform preview for 2014 is pretty entertaining.

I_medium This Lindy's regional cover features Chris Jones, but the publication does not have Louisville in its preseason top 10:


I_medium The Louisville volleyball team has been picked to finish fifth in the ACC, with Janelle Jenkins and Katie George both receiving preseason all-conference accolades.

I_medium Congratulations to former U of L golfers Adam Hadwin and Derek Fathauer, who have both earned their PGA tour cards.

I_medium The start time for the women's soccer home opener against Ole Miss on Friday has been changed from 6 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

I_medium Louisville makes two appearances on the list of "five ACC games you can't miss this season."

Miami at Louisville, Sept. 1 (Monday)

Hey, Louisville. Welcome to the ACC. The Cardinals and coach Bobby Petrino will make their conference debut in prime time. Controversy has followed Petrino to Louisville, which will have a new QB after Teddy Bridgewater went to the NFL.


Florida State at Louisville, Oct. 30 (Thursday)

Louisville's season will hang on a four-week stretch that culminates with a visit from the Seminoles. That comes after a trip to Clemson and a home game against N.C. State. It'll be interesting to see what Winston can do against Todd Grantham's defense.

I_medium Russ Smith tumbling past Mike Marra inside Madison Square Garden is No. 49 on this list of the 50 best sports photos from 2013.

I_medium Brad Kayaa's high school coach says the true freshman QB is unlikely to be intimidated by the big stage on Monday.

I_medium And finally, congrats to Montrezl Harrell, who has been named a preseason first team All-American by Blue Ribbon Yearbook. Harrell is joined on the first team by Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon, Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky North Carolina's Marcus Paige and Wichita State's Fred Van Vleet.