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Monday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

The CC 2016 Summer Tour is starting to wind down, which means the pressure is on to make the most of the time you have left.

I_medium Lamar Jackson the first team Louisville offense had a huge afternoon in the Cards' first scrimmage of the season on Saturday.

Seventh-year head coach Bobby Petrino steered a 105-play scrimmage, which consisted of two 15-minute quarters and simulated all facets of a regular game, including having a play clock, kickoffs and punts, between the first- and second-team offenses versus second- and first-team defenses, respectively.

"I was impressed with a lot of things I saw," Petrino said following Saturday's scrimmage. "I think we are going to be able to run the ball. Lamar (Jackson) did a really good job of distributing the ball. ... We were able to get all the receivers involved."

The offense was explosive and efficient, scoring eight touchdowns during the two-hour practice, including five or more scoring plays of over 20 or more yards.

Senior Brandon Radcliff notched the first of his two touchdown runs -- opening the scoring with a 19-yard scamper and also plowing in from four yards.

Senior wide receiver James Quick, who tallied two touchdowns, scored on a 41-yard pass from Lamar Jackson, and later scored on a 21-yard pass from the sophomore quarterback, which was good news for the Petrino, who was pleased with the Trinity High School product's overall performance.

"He looked fast, caught the ball well, and made two really good runs after the catch,"  Petrino said of Quick. "... I was really encouraged with the way he ran after the catch. He looked decisive, had more confidence, and got in the end zone twice on runs after the catch."

Sophomore wide receiver Jaylen Smith scored from 28-yards out and Reggie Bonnafon also crossed the goal line from 21-yards out.

The highlights of the scrimmage were the play of Jackson and senior tight end Cole Hikutini, who was the top receiver. Jackson was 21-of-25 and tossed five touchdown throws. He had four incompletions included a drop, an intentional throw-away and two missed throws.

I_medium Earl Clark has signed a deal to play the 2016-17 season in Turkey.

I_medium Former Cardinal track and field standout Matt Hughes has advanced to the steeplechase finals at the Olympics. He'll go for gold Wednesday at 9:50 a.m.

I_medium CBS' Jon Solomon says that Louisville is out to ruin the narrative that the ACC is just Clemson, Florida State and everybody else.

Louisville's experiment with true freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson in 2015 amounted to this: Go make a play, Lamar. Coach Bobby Petrino put it nicely when he said, "There would be times when you'd say, 'He had no idea that play, did he?'"

Nope, he didn't. Ever.

"I really didn't know any of the plays last year," Jackson said. "Coach put me out there and gave me certain (plays) that he did think I knew. He'd put me out there and I'd just stare down receivers. If it wasn't open, I'd just run."

So Jackson ran and ran and ran to the tune of 960 yards, including a school single-game quarterback rushing record of 184. In the process, he helped the Cardinals finish 2015 with six wins in its final seven games. Jackson's development as a passer and the return of 17 starters has Louisville thinking big in 2016.

This is Year 3 of Petrino's return to Louisville, and it comes after 9-4 and 8-5 seasons. By the end of his third year at Arkansas and during his first stint at Louisville, Petrino had produced a 10-win season. That's very possible in 2016. While Clemson and Florida State control the ACC and dominate the headlines, Louisville is quietly lurking as a major threat.

"They had some dudes (in 2015) and I think they're going to continue to play at a high level," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "Nobody will be excited to play Louisville, I promise you."

I_medium Five-star point guard Quade Green from the class of 2017 has announced a final list of Kentucky, Kansas, Xavier, Arizona, Duke, Syracuse, Villanova, Temple and Louisville.

I_medium ESPN's David Hale attempts to project the future for Lamar Jackson by looking at some statistical comparisons.

I_medium The list of the top 50 college football prospects in the state of Kentucky includes Louisville commit Cole Bentley.

I_medium Updated college football playoff and Heisman odds from Bovada:

Odds to Win the 2017 CFP National Championship

Team                   1/13/16             2/15/16             Current Odds (8/9/16)

Alabama                       7/1                    7/1                    6/1

LSU                              14/1                  14/1                  7/1

Clemson                       15/2                  15/2                  17/2

Michigan                       12/1                  15/2                  9/1

Ohio State                    12/1                  6/1                    9/1

Florida State                 16/1                  20/1                  10/1

Tennessee                    22/1                  14/1                  12/1

Oklahoma                     14/1                  14/1                  16/1

Notre Dame                  14/1                  16/1                  20/1

Stanford                       14/1                  16/1                  25/1

Georgia                        33/1                  33/1                  33/1

Oregon                         22/1                  33/1                  33/1

USC                             33/1                  33/1                  33/1

Florida                          33/1                  40/1                  40/1

Mississippi                   22/1                  20/1                  40/1

TCU                              33/1                  33/1                  40/1

Washington                   66/1                  50/1                  40/1

Auburn                          50/1                  33/1                  50/1

Baylor                           12/1                  16/1                  50/1

Michigan State              33/1                  25/1                  50/1

UCLA                            40/1                  33/1                  50/1

Houston                        33/1                  50/1                  66/1

Iowa                             33/1                  66/1                  66/1

Louisville                      50/1                  50/1                  66/1

Oklahoma State            50/1                  50/1                  66/1

Texas                           75/1                  100/1                66/1

Texas A&M                   50/1                  66/1                  66/1

Arkansas                      50/1                  75/1                  100/1

Miami Florida                66/1                  75/1                  100/1

North Carolina               50/1                  66/1                  100/1

Utah                             66/1                  66/1                  100/1

Wisconsin                     50/1                  66/1                  100/1

Boise State                   100/1                100/1                150/1

Nebraska                      50/1                  75/1                  150/1

Arizona State                100/1                75/1                  200/1

West Virginia                 75/1                  200/1                200/1

Washington State          66/1                  100/1                200/1

BYU                             100/1                200/1                250/1

Maryland                       100/1                200/1                250/1

Arizona                         100/1                200/1                300/1

Mississippi State           100/1                200/1                300/1

Penn State                    100/1                200/1                300/1

Virginia Tech                 75/1                  200/1                300/1

California                      100/1                200/1                500/1

Georgia Tech                100/1                200/1                500/1

Missouri                        100/1                100/1                500/1

Northwestern                 100/1                200/1                500/1

South Carolina              66/1                  100/1                500/1

Iowa State                     Off the Board    Off the Board    500/1

Pittsburgh                     Off the Board    Off the Board    500/1

Texas Tech                   Off the Board    Off the Board    500/1

Odds to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy

Player                                         Odds on 1/19/16          6/30/16             Current Odds (8/9/16)

Leonard Fournette (RB LSU)                              5/1                                9/2                    4/1

Deshaun Watson (QB Clemson)                         9/2                                5/1                    9/2

Christian McCaffrey (RB Stanford)                     5/1                                11/2                  11/2

JT Barrett (QB Ohio State)                                 10/1                              12/1                  12/1

Dalvin Cook (RB Florida State)                          12/1                              12/1                  12/1

Baker Mayfield (QB Oklahoma)                          10/1                              12/1                  14/1

Nick Chubb (RB Georgia)                                   12/1                              16/1                  16/1

Chad Kelly (QB Mississippi)                               12/1                              16/1                  16/1

Josh Rosen (QB UCLA)                                     Off the Board                16/1                  16/1

Royce Freeman (RB Oregon)                             12/1                              20/1                  20/1

Bo Scarbrough (RB Alabama)                            Off the Board                20/1                  20/1

Samaje Perine (RB Oklahoma)                           12/1                              25/1                  25/1

Calvin Ridley (WR Alabama)                               12/1                              25/1                  25/1

DeShone Kizer (QB Notre Dame)                        Off the Board                28/1                  28/1

Malik Zaire (QB Notre Dame)                              Off the Board                28/1                  28/1

Joshua Dobbs (QB Tennessee)                          16/1                              33/1                  33/1

Brad Kaaya (QB Miami)                                     25/1                              33/1                  33/1

Patrick Mahomes (QB Texas Tech)                     Off the Board                50/1                  33/1

Lamar Jackson (QB Louisville)                           Off the Board                50/1                  50/1

Trevor Knight (QB Texas A&M)                           Off the Board                50/1                  50/1

Jarrett Stidham (QB Baylor)                               Off the Board                28/1                  Off the Board

I_medium The first 2016 bowl projections from CBS have Louisville taking on Wisconsin in the Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl.

I_medium A new Lamar Jackson video from the ACC Digital Network:

I_medium If you've done your summer homework and prepared for college football season by binge watching "Last Chance U" on Netflix like you were instructed to do, you'll enjoy these two bits of information. If you haven't but are still planning to, you might want to skip the second sentence in the paragraph below.

First, the series has been renewed for a second season, which will come out next summer. Second, Wyatt Roberts, the quarterback from the show, has joined the team at Mississippi State.

I_medium Former U of L field hockey star Jessica Javelet, who starred for Team USA Rugby in the Olympics last week, was the only American to make the Rugby 7 Rio Dream Team.

I_medium A cool read for football nerds from State of the U (Miami), which breaks down Mark Richt's split-zone run formation.

I_medium The Olympics remain the best.

I_medium "As you know, I'm not much of a blogger" from Jim Boeheim might be the best quote of the summer.

I_medium Former Cardinal Chad Green has been recalled from Triple-A by the Yankees, and will start on the hill tonight against the Blue Jays at 7:05 p.m.

I_medium Here's a good story on Virginia quarterback Matt Johns, who is drawing inspiration for the 2016 season from a 5-year-old friend who is battling cancer.

I_medium Four out of five college basketball coaches believe hiring a person to get a player is no longer frowned upon.

I_medium This water rescue video from Baton Rouge is insane.

I_medium SB Nation looks at why Team USA basketball's defense has been unexpectedly garbage so far in the Olympics.

I_medium U of L students, a reminder to get your football tickets today and earn a share of $100,000.

I_medium Four-star WR Justin Marshall has announced that he will make his college decision on Aug. 31. Louisville is reportedly the leader for Marshall, who also has offers from Auburn, Tennessee and West Virginia, among others.

I_medium The U of L women's soccer team has 15 newcomers on a squad that is looking to get the Cards into the ACC Tournament -- which is expanding from four teams to eight teams -- for the first time.

I_medium The 2016 CC Summer Tour also took a trip down to Cuba with the U of L women's hoops team.

I_medium As a returning Heisman finalist, history is on the side of DeShaun Watson.

I_medium CBS asked more than 100 college hoops coaches which player in the country they would most like to have on their team, and the No. 1 answer was Duke's Grayson Allen.

If you could pick any Division I player and put him on your team for this season, which player would you pick?

  • 1. Grayson Allen (Duke): 13 percent
  • 2. Markelle Fultz (Washington) 12 percent
  • 3. Harry Giles (Duke) 10 percent
  • 4. Melo Trimble (Maryland): 9 percent
  • 5. Josh Hart (Villanova): 8 percent
  • 6. Monte Morris (Iowa State): 6 percent
  • T7. Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin): 5 percent
  • T7. Dillon Brooks (Oregon): 5 percent
  • T7. Josh Jackson (Kansas): 5 percent
  • T7. Jayson Tatum (Duke): 5 percent
  • T7. Kris Jenkins (Villanova): 5 percent
  • 12. Dennis Smith (North Carolina State): 3 percent
  • T13. Jaron Blossomgame (Clemson): 2 percent
  • T13. Devonte Graham (Kansas): 2 percent
  • T13. Ivan Rabb (California): 2 percent
  • T13. Malik Monk (Kentucky) 2 percent
  • You'll show all of them, Levitch.

    I_medium I give a summer overview of Big East basketball for SB Nation.

    I_medium Andy Katz wonders if Louisville can do what Syracuse just did, and go from a self-imposed postseason ban to the Final Four in just one season.

    I_medium ESPN's list of the biggest defensive breakout candidates in the ACC includes no Cardinals, which is understandable since the Louisville defense has so much star power returning from last season.

    I_medium Why should you be excited for Malik Williams? For starters, he can do this:

    I_medium TNIAAM looks at how you could make a road trip where you attended 24 ACC games this fall, and just how awful it would be.

    I_medium Louisville's efforts to land an MLS franchise now has some competition from Nashville.

    I_medium PRP lefty Garrett Schmeltz has committed to play for Dan McDonnell.

    I_medium Kelsi Worrell and KD are pretty much best friends now.

    I_medium In just a couple months, former Louisville closer Zack Burdi has already been promoted to Triple-A. Don't be surprised if makes his MLB debut for the White Sox before the end of this season.

    I_medium The U of L men's soccer team opened up its preseason with an exhibition match draw at Memphis State.

    I_medium Edgar Sosa is pretty much bigger than Michelangelo in Italy.

    I_medium NFL Mocks gives an early profile of Devonte Fields.

    I_medium U of L commit TreSean Smith has turned into a big-time recruiter for Louisville football.

    I_medium This makes me very happy.

    I_medium And finally, I'm back on the air with R&R today from 3-6. John is a game time decision after having cataracts surgery this morning, which means if he does do the show, he'll probably be doing it blind. Either way you're going to want to listen.