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I_medium Todd Grantham spoke with the media after today's practice (the last of Louisville's double sessions) and tossed around some solid compliments.

Grantham said nose tackle DeAngelo Brown is "a guy that anchors the middle" of U of L's defense and one who probably doesn't get all the credit he deserves. Brown had only 20 tackles last year but is critical to the Cards in getting a push at the line of scrimmage and occupying blockers.

"Anytime your inside guys (like Brown) can command double-teams, it frees up people (to make tackles)," Grantham said. "Then when you get one-on-ones like DeAngelo in the Notre Dame game, he basically got one-on-one on the draw play and made the play and really forced the field goal for us to win that game. Those guys are real important up front, and I've really pleased with those guys and what they've done."

" OLB Progress: Grantham said Keith Brown continues to do well in his move from inside to outside linebacker, and he said former TCU star DeVonte Fields is quickly working himself into shape and playing very well. Fields went 60 reps, getting stronger as he went along, in Saturday's 175-play scrimmage and has a knack for quick recovery. Grantham said the team will do its best to work Fields, Brown and and outside backer/end Trevon Young into games based on matchups.

I_medium To absolutely no one's surprise, Auburn star wide receiver Duke Williams has seen his indefinite suspension come to an end with more than enough time to spare before Sept. 5,

I_medium Andy Katz talks a little bit about Damion Lee's potential impact in his daily 3-point shot video.

I_medium USA Today ranks every team in college football and has Louisville at No. 26, Auburn at No. 3, Western Kentucky at No. 37 and Kentucky at No. 77.

I_medium U of L has dubbed the 2015-16 Cardinal athletic season as "the year of the fan."

The University of Louisville Cardinal Athletic Fund has dubbed 2015-16 the Year of the Fan. Long known for their passion, loyalty and unwavering support, the UofL fans will be able to experience a special year full of discounts, game experiences and team trips.

"We are excited to launch the Year of the Fan campaign," said Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development Mark Jurich. "It presents a great opportunity for us to thank our fans for their belief in our vision and for their unwavering support of Cardinal Athletics— this campaign will include unique game day experiences, all expenses paid travel opportunities and much more. They are small tokens of our deep gratitude for the loyalty of Card Nation."

As part of the effort to thank Cards fans for their trust in the vision and their help in transforming our department, they will have weekly opportunities to receive upgraded seats and parking, official Adidas gear giveaways, and premium tickets to events. Every fan who signs up on the 2015-2016 Year of the Fan website CAFYearOfTheFan.com has a chance to be selected.

The four VIP experiences will include trips to the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game and the ACC Championship which will include two airline tickets, a two-night stay in the team hotel, two tickets to the games, and official Adidas gear. The winners of the Chick-Fil-A game trip will be announced Monday, Aug. 24.

Much better than the previous "summer of the Bompy."

I_medium After previewing every team in the country, SB Nation college football expert Bill Connelly has Louisville at 22 in his final preseason power rankings.

I_medium U of L is celebrating its new partnership with Vivid Seats by offering this contest which will give one lucky Cardinal fan two tickets to the 2015 home game of their choice.

I_medium This is how it's done.

I_medium The Charleston Post Courier says Louisville could present a major test for Clemson in the Atlantic.

I_medium The Louisville men's soccer team rounded out its home preseason schedule with a shootout win over UAB.

I_medium Count the PredictionMachine.com computer among those not sold on the 2015 Louisville Cardinals. The "Prediculator" simulated the 2015 season 50,000 times and has Louisville averaging 7.4 wins per season and finishing 7th in the ACC. If it makes you feel better, one of the two biggest negatives the computer has about the team is player turnover, which doesn't account for the guys who are replacing the departures.

I_medium ESPN understandably says that Louisville's make or break position battle is at quarterback, and predicts that Reggie Bonnafon will win the job.

I_medium After a couple of disappointing seasons in which he's been saddled with injuries, Keith Brown has been moved to outside linebacker and he's ready to make a major impact.

The position itself is simpler, Brown said, and the pass-rushing elements of it accentuate his speed -- he said he ran a 4.47 40-yard dash this spring -- and his versatility.

His experience from playing inside linebacker his whole life helps him better understand his new role, too.

"It helps me play much faster," Brown said. "I know where I'm supposed to be."

Outside linebacker, Brown explained, also gives him more freedom. He isn't so concerned with calling out assignments and directing traffic, which is typically a middle backer's job.

He is learning how to pass rush, culling ideas and techniques from former TCU star and junior-college transfer DeVonte Fields.

Brown is still comfortable in pass coverage, and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said the 6-foot-1, 237-pound Miami native has been effective in camp as an edge-setting run stopper, too, something the Cards' outside linebackers did particularly well last season.

"Keith has done a great job," Grantham said. "Moving him to outside backer has been a great deal for us. He's been a leader on our team. He has really good speed. He's instinctive."

I_medium Bobby Petrino has locked up four local recruits in the 2015 class, and they're all thrilled to be Cardinals.

I_medium Greg Fischer says it's not too early to start planning for a soccer-specific stadium given the success of Louisville City FC.

I_medium Scout spotlights U of L WR commit Dez Fitzpatrick.

I_medium 42 percent of college basketball coaches believe they've lost a recruit based on shoe company affiliation.

I_medium Phil Steele says Louisville has the 8th-best linebacking corps in the country. James Burgess thinks that's seven spots too low.

I_medium DeVante Parker gets some fantasy football love from Yahoo (video).

I_medium Sports Poster Swag (which is an actual website) says Louisville has the 5th best college football schedule poster in the country for 2015.

I_medium I didn't know WPA (wins per arrest) was a chartable statistic, but apparently it is.

I_medium And finally, Mike Freeman says what we've all known for more than a year: the scouts were wrong about Teddy Bridgewater.