—GoCards.com recaps Saturday’s football scrimmage, where Jawon Pass appears to be the big story.
—Starting Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Young won’t play against Louisville after breaking his collarbone over the weekend. Young’s injury will force a youth movement for the Fighting Irish at the wideout position.
Schools with the Largest Point Differentials this Decade: pic.twitter.com/tg84wyy2eQ— CBB Talk (@CBBSuperFan) August 17, 2019
—Two Western Kentucky football players have been dismissed following a shots-fired incident in downtown Bowling Green over the weekend.
—The U of L men’s golf team has announced its 2019-20 schedule.
—ESPN’s Jamison Hensley writes about Lamar Jackson taking over as a “complete leader” in Baltimore.
“I’m way ahead, way ahead of where I was last year,” Jackson said. “Last year, I was asking coach, ‘What do you have right here?’ and stuff like that. This year, it’s a lot of studying, dialing in to my playbook, getting with my teammates in the offseason. They helped a lot.”
Jackson’s maturity has been the buzz in the locker room and in the huddle:
Wide receiver Willie Snead IV: “When he came in, I wouldn’t say he didn’t know what he was doing, but it was his first couple of games in the NFL. Everything was just coming at him full speed. Now, a year later, he’s comfortable. He’s comfortable with the guys around him. He has command of the huddle, and we believe in him.”
Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda: “He’s definitely commanding the huddle with more confidence from last year, just calling the plays. And, you can see he’s settling in a little bit, which you should be in your second year, and he’s definitely done that.”
Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley: “Just being more clear in the huddle, knowing exactly what they want, what he wants from his players and what he wants to see out of each play. And if things don’t look right, he’s going to fix it. He’s going to get it the way he wants it to look.”
—Billy Packer did a Q&A with Seth Davis for The Athletic, and somehow came off as even less likable than he was when he was annoying everyone with his college hoops commentary.
—Wake Forest has named junior Jamie Newman as its starting QB for 2019. Newman started four games for the Deacons last season. He beat out sophomore Sam Hartman, who started nine.
The “QB1” curse is real.
Also, watch “QB1.” It’s on Netflix and it’s great.
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—The Athletic’s Chris Vannini ranks all 130 FBS teams and has Louisville at No. 101. Appalachian State, for what it’s worth, is No. 25.
—ESPN has released its preseason college football All-America team.
—The Lexington Herald-Leader focuses on Paul Rogers’ broadcast origin story.
—The 14th-ranked U of L men’s soccer team kicked off its 2019 season with an exhibition victory Friday night at Lynn Stadium.
A successful first week of training was capped off with an exhibition victory Friday night!— Louisville Men's Soccer (@UofLmenssoccer) August 18, 2019
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—Caleb Love is officially scheduled to be in attendance for Louisville Live on Sept. 27.
—Donovan Mitchell has spent a solid chunk of his summer looking like USA Basketball’s best player.
—This graph is ... something.
Louisville’s S&P+ history. 30 years of restlessness pays off (until last year). pic.twitter.com/gxT01TIZu0— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) August 16, 2019
—JJ Traynor, the son of former Cardinal and Male High McDonald’s All-American Jason Osborne, has scheduled an official visit to U of L.
—Teddy Bridgewater did not look great for the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Head coach Sean Payton attributed much of that to illness.
—Cool story here on Steph Curry helping Howard University launch a golf program.
—Just as it did at Louisville, negativity continued to fuel Lamar Jackson at the next level.
“Lamar! Lamar!”, the voices echoed. The buzz was deafening. But as usual, the person least flustered was Jackson. The new face of the Ravens’ franchise signed every autograph request, posed for every selfie. As a child, Jackson said he once asked Randy Moss for an autograph, but Moss refused. Jackson vowed to be accommodating if he ever became famous.
“I don’t want to brush anybody off, especially if it’s a kid,” Jackson said. “I always remember how I felt as a kid. I try to show love to all of them.”
Jackson knows the mood of the city is better when the Ravens are winning. It’s a new era for the franchise and Jackson is quietly focused, determined to make it something special.
“I’m grateful to (Ravens Owner) Mr. (Steve) Bisciotti, the coaches, for the opportunity,” Jackson said. “I want to do something positive for this city. I want to do something positive for the Ravens.
“The fans who believe in me, I really appreciate it. The ones who don’t believe? They can hop on the bandwagon later.”
—Auburn punter Aidan Marshall is transferring to Louisville. He’ll be eligible to play for the Cardinals in 2020 and 2021.
—Saturday’s FanFest event appeared to be a success.
—Four-star PG Deivon Smith (2020) has scheduled an official visit to U of L.
—This story about how Louisville kicker Ryan Chalifoux joined the team is something.
Ryan Chalifoux describes learning he was a member of the Louisville football program as “a really confusing part of my life.”
Not exactly the response you’d expect from the 2017 Champaign Central graduate about becoming a Division I placekicker.
Ryan applied to the University of Louisville during his senior year of high school and was accepted.
Simultaneously, he got in touch with the Cardinals’ football staff about potentially walking on as a kicker.
Ryan got the go-ahead for that as well. He assumed it was an opportunity to try out for then-coach Bobby Petrino’s squad.
“He arrived when he was supposed to arrive and reached out to the coaches and said, ‘What do I do? Where do I go the first time?’” recalled Kristine Chalifoux, Ryan’s mother. “And the guy said, ‘Oh, well you’re a preferred walk-on now, so this is what you do.’”
“(It’s like) OK, so now I’m a preferred walk-on. I’m on the team.”
Who knew it could be it that easy?
—Jaire Alexander can’t believe he let Lamar Jackson hurdle him.
—New U of L women’s hooper Norika Konno is on campus and brought some gifts for the Walz girls from Japan.
What a special 4th Birthday for a special little girl! Lucy and Lola both loved their gifts from Norika! What a great day to have some of the team make it out. pic.twitter.com/nIChwY0Cft— Jeff Walz (@CoachJeffWalz) August 17, 2019
—When a college hoops coach has a “banner” season, is it because of a change in style (like faster pace or more threes) or just greater execution of the existing style? That intriguing question is explored with data in the new Hoop Vision Weekly newsletter.
—Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly does not appear to be overly considered with Louisville.