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.
Earl Clark has signed a deal to play the 2016-17 season in Turkey.
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.
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."
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.
ESPN's David Hale attempts to project the future for Lamar Jackson by looking at some statistical comparisons.
The list of the top 50 college football prospects in the state of Kentucky includes Louisville commit Cole Bentley.
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
The first 2016 bowl projections from CBS have Louisville taking on Wisconsin in the Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl.
A new Lamar Jackson video from the ACC Digital Network:
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.
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.
A cool read for football nerds from State of the U (Miami), which breaks down Mark Richt's split-zone run formation.
So much happening in one Olympic beach volleyball crowd shot pic.twitter.com/CcnPk7fkhE— Luke Winn (@lukewinn) August 15, 2016
"As you know, I'm not much of a blogger" from Jim Boeheim might be the best quote of the summer.
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.
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.
Four out of five college basketball coaches believe hiring a person to get a player is no longer frowned upon.
This water rescue video from Baton Rouge is insane.
WOW. Absolutely incredible video of a water rescue in Baton Rouge. This video is from our sister station WAFB. pic.twitter.com/ONCaAtA2kZ— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) August 14, 2016
SB Nation looks at why Team USA basketball's defense has been unexpectedly garbage so far in the Olympics.
U of L students, a reminder to get your football tickets today and earn a share of $100,000.
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.
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.
The 2016 CC Summer Tour also took a trip down to Cuba with the U of L women's hoops team.
@CardChronicle CCBM was a big hit in Cuba. pic.twitter.com/kO03L5ot4t— Julie JC Sullivan (@CardFanJC) August 12, 2016
As a returning Heisman finalist, history is on the side of DeShaun Watson.
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 give a summer overview of Big East basketball for SB Nation.
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.
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.
Why should you be excited for Malik Williams? For starters, he can do this:
S/o To My Favorite Player in High School Basketball @leek_willi34 pic.twitter.com/oBByUfp8zi— Devlyn Williams (@DevlynWilliams) August 10, 2016
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.
Louisville's efforts to land an MLS franchise now has some competition from Nashville.
PRP lefty Garrett Schmeltz has committed to play for Dan McDonnell.
Kelsi Worrell and KD are pretty much best friends now.
Thanks #TEAMUSA basketball for joining us for another INSANE night of swimming! pic.twitter.com/GRHY7Vb4x6— Kelsi Worrell (@kelsiwhirl) August 10, 2016
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.
The U of L men's soccer team opened up its preseason with an exhibition match draw at Memphis State.
Edgar Sosa is pretty much bigger than Michelangelo in Italy.
Edgar Sosa (@Edgarsosa10) led Sassari to the SerieA title in '15 & Petrochimi (IR) to the Superleague title in '16. pic.twitter.com/q3iBxrPGsD— Duran International (@DuranManagement) August 9, 2016
NFL Mocks gives an early profile of Devonte Fields.
U of L commit TreSean Smith has turned into a big-time recruiter for Louisville football.
The meeting of two outstanding quarterbacks @Lj_era8 and @teddyb_h2o pic.twitter.com/QALf0MH3lt— LouisvilleFootball (@UofLFootball) August 13, 2016
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.