clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Thursday morning Cardinal news and notes

The 2016 Summer Tour rolls on to Mackinac Island, Michigan, where Cardinal love is being spread from heights almost matching Montrezl Harrell's cram on the Wolverines three years ago.

I_medium Lost in the shuffle of practice starting and other college football offseason mile-markers was the note that Wednesday marked exactly 100 days until the start of college hoops and Louisville's 2016-17 season-opener against Evansville. It's crazy how rapidly things start moving once September rolls around.

I_medium Louisville's two practices were open to the media for only about 20 minutes on Wednesday. Still, the C-J's Steve Jones had some astute observations to share.

***The most interesting thing about those groupings is probably that Shaq Wiggins is on the second team while Jaire Alexander and Trumaine Washington are on the first team. That's the same as we saw in the spring game and in the media-guide depth chart, but it shows again that Wiggins appears to be behind the other two guys to start camp.

***The first-team offensive line for a sled drill was the lineup Bobby Petrino suggested Tuesday - T Geron Christian, G Khalil Hunter, C Tobijah Hughley, G Kiola Mahoni, T Lukayus McNeil.

***Senior Lamar Atkins, who I believe had briefly left the team earlier this year, was out there and playing fullback, which he played as an underclassman. He was a linebacker last year.

**Gary McCrae was not at either session today, which isn't too surprising since Petrino said yesterday that he still had some work to do to report from JUCO.

**A revelation to me today is that former JUCO OL transfer Kevin Austin, who signed late last year but never played, is no longer on the team. He apparently left during the spring. I believe he'd been passed on the depth chart by some of the walk-ons.

I_medium U of L has its own recap of Wednesday's practices.

I_medium Some Vegas over/under win totals for college football teams of note in 2016:

2016 Regular Season Wins - Clemson Tigers

Over/Under                               11 (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       11  (-160, 8/5)

2016 Regular Season Wins - Duke Blue Devils

Over                                         6 (+125, 5/4)

Under                                       6  (-160, 5/8)

2016 Regular Season Wins - Florida State Seminoles

Over                                         11 (+160, 8/5)

Under                                       11  (-225, 4/9)

2016 Regular Season Wins - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Over                                         6½  (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       6½ (EVEN, 1/1)

2016 Regular Season Wins - Houston Cougars

Over                                         9½   (-300, 1/3)

Under                                       9½  (+200, 2/1)

2016 Regular Season Wins - Indiana Hoosiers

Over                                         6 (+175, 7/4)

Under                                       6  (-250, 2/5)

2016 Regular Season Wins - Kentucky Wildcats

Over                                         6 (+160, 8/5)

Under                                       6  (-240, 5/12)

2016 Regular Season Wins - Louisville Cardinals

Over/Under                               9½

2016 Regular Season Wins - Marshall Thundering Herd

Over                                         8½  (-200, 1/2)

Under                                       8½ (+150, 3/2)

2016 Regular Season Wins - Miami Hurricanes

Over                                         8  (-130, 13/10)

Under                                       8 (EVEN, 1/1)

2016 Regular Season Wins - North Carolina Tar Heels

Over                                         9  (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       9  (EVEN, 1/1)

2016 Regular Season Wins - North Carolina State Wolf Pack

Over                                         6½ (+150, 3/2)

Under                                       6½  (-190, 10/19)

2016 Regular Season Wins - Pittsburgh Panthers

Over                                         8 (+140, 7/5)

Under                                       8  (-180, 5/9)

2016 Regular Season Wins - Syracuse Orange

Over/Under                               4

2016 Regular Season Wins - Texas Longhorns

Over                                         8 (+150, 3/2)

Under                                       8  (-200, 1/2)

2016 Regular Season Wins - Virginia Cavaliers

Over                                         5   (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       5  (+110, 11/10)

2016 Regular Season Wins - Virginia Tech Hokies

Over                                         6½  (-200, 1/2)

Under                                       6½ (+150, 3/2)

2016 Regular Season Wins - Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Over                                         6½  (+175, 7/4)

Under                                       6½   (-250, 2/5)

2016 Regular Season Wins - Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Over                                         9½  (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       9½   (-160, 5/8)

I_medium Devonte Fields checks in at No. 27 on The Big Lead's list of the 50 best players in college football for 2016. DeShaun Watson is No. 1.

I_medium Sept. 17 won't be the first major test of the season for Florida State, which opens up week one against Ole Miss. The Rebels might have the tools necessary to slow down Dalvin Cook, but that might not matter if freshman QB Deondre Francois is as good as advertised.

I_medium Sometimes I love the dead period.

I_medium Card Chronicle will name its ninth annual Least Cool Person Tournament winner in about 24 hours. To cast your vote for either Andre McGee or Katina Powell, go here.

I_medium This case should 100 percent be re-opened.

I_medium ESPN names the best football player on each basketball team ranked in its preseason top 25, and I disagree vehemently with their selections for Louisville.

13. Louisville CardinalsMatz StockmanAnas Mahmoud
This has everything to do with size. Louisville's tallest football player stands at 6-foot-6, so what will coach Bobby Petrino do when he's holding a two-point lead and the opponent lines up for a potential game-winning field goal? He'll turn to Stockman and Mahmoud, of course. The pair of 7-footers would surely send such a kick back from where it came, and they might be able to do it without jumping. -- Strong

Donovan Mitchell. Zero hesitation.

I_medium Former Cardinal linebacker Dexter Heyman likes what he sees out of the current crop.

I_medium Acting U of L president Neville Pinto will host an informal Q&A session with reporters today. Let's see just how informal we can get by asking at least three Earl Clark-centric questions.

I_medium ESPN officially announced Wednesday that Tom Jackson is calling it a career after 29 years. I look forward to his posts on CC this fall.

I_medium Jeff Greer continues his summer profile series with a look at Deng Adel.

I_medium Pretty cool.

I_medium For the first time since Teddy Bridgewater roamed the sidelines, Louisville doesn't find itself with a quarterback battle heading into fall camp. A number of ACC teams, however, aren't so fortunate.

I_medium Phil Steele says (insider) that Louisville has one of the 15 best wide receiver situations in college football.

I_medium Marquette site Paint Touches has a way too early Bracketology which features Louisville as the three seed in a South Region also featuring No. 1 seed Duke and fifth-seeded Kentucky.

I_medium Get that money, gents.

I_medium Louisville QB recruit James Blackman committed to Florida State Wednesday night.

I_medium Expectations are at an all-time high for Western Kentucky football under the direction of Jeff Brohm.

I_medium This was actually my snapchat.

I_medium Auburn running back Jovon Robinson, whom Gus Malzahn was planning to build his offense around, has been dismissed from the Tiger program for "not meeting his coach's expectations."

I_medium It's a hard word to spell.

You're still cool, Rebecca.

I_medium The Detroit Free Press has Louisville at No. 11 in its preseason top 25 countdown. Florida State tops the list, with Clemson checking in at No. 4.

I_medium Bobby Petrino says true freshman QB Jawon Pass is a "natural leader," which is good news.

Pass, a former U.S. Army All-American, was the lone scholarship quarterback to participate in the morning newcomers practice. Starter Lamar Jackson and junior backup Kyle Bolin went in the afternoon practice for the veterans.

"I thought (Pass) did some real good things," Petrino said. "He's very smart, picks things up real quick. He needs to get his feet in the right position at times. He's got a quick release. I didn't think he spun the ball as well as he will, but he can deliver it quickly, and he's got the arm strength to make all the throws.

"He's a natural leader. He steps right in the huddle and takes charge, so there's a lot of really good things. I think he'll throw the ball better as we get going."

I_medium The C-J lists seven potential offensive breakout candidates for Louisville in 2016.

I_medium I know this is a panorama, but in my mind it's triplets scaring the absolute shit out of everyone in their general vicinity.

I_medium The battle to be Louisville's new punter and kicker isn't one of the most-discussed storylines heading into fall camp, but it's one of the most important.

I_medium Today's U says Clemson's Oct. 1 game against Louisville is one of their three biggest hurdles on the way to another perfect regular season.

I_medium This is terrifying.

I_medium More love for Jamari Staples this week.

I_medium Ryan Kantor of Shakin' the Southland (Clemson) says that while expanding the ACC schedule for football would be a bad move, it's going to work for basketball.

I_medium Beautiful.

I_medium The Red Rage Tailgate folks will be teaming up with 93.9 for some pregame shows this fall. Details can be found here.

I_medium Nic Cage being in town remains a huge story.

Leaving Las Vegas is an awesome movie. The Wicker Man is not. The Family Man is ok. Raising Arizona is that one movie that everyone with whom I share similar tastes says I have to love that I just don't.

I'm sorry to everyone that just got offended after reading that. I wish I liked it more. I've tried two and-a-half times, and I just don't. Adaptation is great.

I_medium And finally, screw politics and/or whatever else is making you feel angry or depressed, just watch this on a loop.

You've never had a better start to a Thursday. You're welcome.