—The unbeaten Louisville volleyball team is up to No. 2 in the latest AVCA coaches poll, the highest ranking in program history.
—Streaking the Lawn has five takeaways from the Cavaliers’ comeback win over the Cards.
—We have now arrived at the “Lamar Jackson is unbelievable and should be the king of everything” portion of news & notes. Take it away, tweets ...
There have been 4,017 instances in NFL history of a quarterback attempting at least 40 passes in a game.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 12, 2021
On Monday night, Lamar Jackson completed 86.0% of his 43 passes, the highest completion % by a QB in those 4,017 games... ever.
NFL Leaders in total offense (combined passing + rushing)— Banks (@BarstoolBanks) October 12, 2021
1. Lamar Jackson - 1,805 yards
2. Tom Brady - 1,742
3. Patrick Mahomes - 1,614
4. Justin Herbert - 1,575
5. Matt Stafford - 1,565
Start the MVP conversation
Lamar Jackson now sits fifth in the NFL in passing yards with 1,519 through five games.— Ryan Mink (@ryanmink) October 12, 2021
That’s 29 more PASSING YARDS than Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and 149 more than Buffalo’s Josh Allen. Oh, and Jackson also has 341 rushing yards (8th most in the league).
In NFL history …— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) October 12, 2021
7️⃣5️⃣6️⃣ players have rushed for over 300 yards in a 5-game span
9️⃣4️⃣players have thrown for over 1,500 yards in a 5-game span
Only 1️⃣ player has done both in the same 5-game span
(h/t @EliasSports & @ESPNStatsInfo) pic.twitter.com/O0REoCLBK5
PFF’s Offensive Player of Week 5— PFF (@PFF) October 12, 2021
Lamar Jackson pic.twitter.com/0D5BQ7gNmw
So all of that is pretty cool.
—The Baltimore Sun says that Lamar has more than just talent and charisma, he has duende.
—A beaten up (physically and mentally) U of L football team has to take advantage of this bye week.
—Louisville sits at No. 9 in 247 Sports’ updated ACC power rankings.
—Third downs are killing Louisville on both sides of the ball right now.
There’s a lot of blame to go around for Saturday’s loss. There were a few key mistakes late in the game by some players, causing a lack of execution to derail offensive drives and keep Virginia’s offense on the field.
But the key problem for Louisville the last two weeks has been third down. In losses to Wake Forest and Virginia, the Cardinals’ offense is 7-of-25 on third down. On defense, Louisville has allowed those teams to combine for 19-of-38 on third down. Add in fourth downs, because Virginia had two fourth-down conversions on its game-winning drive, and Louisville allowed 3-of-3 fourth-down conversions in the last two games, while converting 1-of-1.
We’ve been saying it all year, there are times when this team looks every bit of an ACC contender. One could argue the Cards deserve to be 5-1, but they also, at times, look every bit of the average 3-3, 1-2 record they hold.
—Mike Huguenin of On3 Sports ranks all 130 FBS college football teams and has Louisville at No. 47, one spot behind the Virginia team that just knocked off the Cards.
—No Louisville players are on ESPN’s list of the 100 top prospects for the 2022 NBA Draft.
—We need to talk about Chris Mack’s shirt, which I believe came from Dan Flashes.
—The U of L men’s soccer team is back in action tonight when it plays host to Eastern Illinois. Here’s a preview.
—Former Cardinal walk-on Keith Oddo has accepted an assistant coach position at Bridgewater College, a D-III school in Virginia.
—You could win a year of free coffee if you participate in the Louisville Coffee Trail.
—Tony Bennett: Politely making everyone in the ACC feel worse about themselves since 2009.
Me: *Casually eating by myself at ACC Tipoff*— David Cunningham (@therealdcunna) October 12, 2021
Tony Bennett: "That reminds me of my middle school days when I sat by myself at lunch."
—Carli Lloyd is coming to Lynn Family Stadium on Oct. 28.
—Despite the loss, the 300 Louisville football alums who were in town for the weekend seemed to enjoy themselves.
—Lamar Jackson appears to have established himself as the early front-runner to win his second NFL MVP award in the last three seasons.
—The era of the sideline suit is coming to an end in the ACC.
Also very happy to hear that Maui Mike will be back this November, even though the Maui Invitational is being held in Las Vegas.
—The CJ’s Cameron Teague Robinson has a bye week mailbag for Louisville football.
—Full-court, you say?
Mack: "Our identity has been more pack-line but we have a kid in Jarrod West that we are going to let him pick up full-court. A little bit like Kihei Clark from Virginia. I think Jarrod's going to do a phenomenal job of pressuring the ball." 1/2 https://t.co/jSYj0HdwgK— Shannon Russell (@slrussell) October 12, 2021
—Louisville football’s streak of five consecutive games with 30 points or more is the fifth-longest in the country. Just a tad behind Alabama’s 32 consecutive 30-point performances.
—Matt Norlander of CBS has started to reveal his annual rankings of all 358 teams in college basketball.
—Hailey Van Lith is the fifth most marketable college basketball player (male or female) in America.
5. Hailey Van Lith
711,000 followers on Instagram; 54,400 on TikTok; 21,500 on Twitter
In the days following Kobe Bryant’s death, Van Lith shared a video of her in conversation with the legend and his daughter, Gigi, at a basketball game. The video generated more than 585,000 likes on Instagram. The talented guard — who averaged 11.2 PPG as a freshman at Louisville last season — is truly connected. Among her followers are Kevin Durant and Bronny James; she frequently posts photos with the likes of Kyrie Irving; and she’s reportedly dating Orlando Magic rookie Jalen Suggs. Suggs falls about 200,000 short of Van Lith’s total social media followers, but both may well end up in the same tax bracket this year: According to Opendorse, via Axios, Van Lith could collect nearly $1 million in NIL deals per year.
—The Louisville Orchestra’s Teddy Abrams has received a national award.
—The CJ highlights the five best area high school football games of the weekend ahead.
—The IARP has updated the timelines for all of its cases.
—Chris Mack says his primary goal hasn’t changed since he arrived here, but you can tell he’s not thrilled about some of the things that have happened over the last six months.
Chris Mack joined me this morning on @790KRD to discuss a lot of things, including his thoughts on the off-court issues over the past six months.— Nick Coffey (@TheCardConnect) October 12, 2021
"When we came here four years ago it was with the intention of winning a national championship and that hasn't changed." pic.twitter.com/IJPhMh79tG
—Joseph Burket, a Louisville man who is blind, placed fourth in the men’s para athletics division of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
—USA Today’s latest bowl projections feature Louisville taking on Memphis in the Military Bowl.
—And finally, the Mike Rutherford Show is back from 3-6 this afternoon on 1450AM/96.1FM. You can stream the show here and text into the show on the Thornton’s Text Line at 502-414-1450.