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The Cardinal Countdown: 35 Days Until Kickoff

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Two players today wearing #35, and both hailing from Trinity High School. I do declare today shall be known as “Trinity Day” in the state of Kent-.. oh, sorry I don’t have the authority to do that.

How about we just say its officially 5 weeks until Cardinal Football and call it a wrap??

#35 Conner Kronk

Class: Sophomore

Ht/Wt: 5-11/200

Position: Long Snapper

Hometown: Louisville, KY (Product of Trinity High School)

Twitter: N/A

Thoughts: Conner is a state champion from Trinity school, playing on the offensive line for the Rocks during that impressive run they had back in 2011. Conner is listed as a long snapper but I wouldn’t expect him to see the field this season at that position unless some injuries occur. Couldn’t dig up much info on Conner but one thing is for certain…Kronk is a pretty badass last name, especially for a football player. Congratulations on your genealogy Conner, go rep the Kronks to the best of your ability.

Sweet Tweet: No twitter for Kronk that I could find, which means it probably doesn’t exist. Don’t want to brag but my detective skills are almost unparalleled considering I’ve beat like 24 of those “Can You Escape” games on my cell phone. Sooooo…yeah, not much getting past me.

#35 Anthony George

Class: RS Junior

Ht/Wt: 6-1/190

Position: Kicker

Hometown: Louisville, KY (Product of Trinity High School)

Twitter: N/A

Thoughts: George has yet to see the field as a Louisville Cardinal, but as I mentioned in his post last season, we’re just a play or two away from him having to step on the field in a tough situation. I would assume Jon Brown is the backup kicker at this point to Wallace but you never know with these kickers and their psyche. A couple misses from Brown and all the sudden the ball can't find the uprights to save its life, you're calling in a therapist, having his cleats blessed by a priest from the pacific northwest, it's quite the ordeal really...and that’s why you need to have Anthony on deck just in case.

I remember an article from last year by Jeff Greer that talked about John Wallace and the methods Petrino used in practice. Evidently with Charlie at the helm Wallace would be forced to kick with lots of external noise from other players along with screaming and yelling from the other coaches all to try and distract him, but Petrino prefers to put him in pressure situations (i.e. 2 minute drill) to see how he’ll perform. No crazy noise from the players, no chatter from the coaches, but if he misses he knows Petrino is the first one in his ear.

Quick tip for Wallace, Brown and Anthony George. Don’t miss.

Sweet Tweet: No Twitter for Anthony but I hope he keeps his head on straight during the fall. George, we might need you this year to kick a game winner or two so be ready to go. I can see the headlines now…

“By George! Anthony lifts the Cards past NC State”

Tony! Toni! Toné! Anthony's Three Fieldgoals save the Cards in Tallahassee”

George-A On My Mind, Anthony’s Field Goal Makes Cards Winners in Atlanta”