—The preseason coaches poll is out and features three ACC teams — No. 2 Clemson, No. 9 North Carolina, and No. 16 Miami. Louisville’s opening week opponent, Ole Miss, checks in at No. 25.
—Single game tickets for the 2021 Louisville football season are now on sale.
—Riley Gates of 247 Sports has Louisville at No. 8 in his preseason ACC football power rankings. Boston College is No. 1. Maybe. You’ll have to see for yourself.
—Bruce Feldman’s annual “Freak List” (Athletic link) for college football features three Cardinals.
11. Tyler Harrell, Louisville, wide receiver
OK, let’s get this out of the way. Nothing draws more skepticism on this list annually than 40 times, but we’re going to start with this caveat: Scott Satterfield has coached Tutu Atwell, T.Y. Hilton and Jalen Virgil, among others, and he says Harrell is the fastest guy he’s ever timed. Satterfield told The Athletic that this spring he timed the 193-pound Harrell at a 4.19 in the 40. Harrell was timed at 4.24 on the laser. Harrell’s 10-yard split is 1.41 and he’s hit 24 MPH on the GPS.
“Kid can fly,” Satterfield said of the Miami native.
44. Trevor Reid, Louisville, offensive lineman
The 6-5 junior college product made our list last year in part for his ability to do backflips. Such gymnastic feats are hardly common for a Power 5 O-lineman. Reid is up to 310 pounds from 285 last year, but still clocked a laser-timed 4.96 40 and a 4.6 shuttle time. He also vertical jumped 35.5 inches and has just 18 percent body fat. Reid is the second guy from the Cardinals offense on this list, and there could’ve been a third with quarterback Malik Cunningham, who clocked a laser-timed 40 of 4.45 and had a shuttle time of 4.26 and a 6.95 3-cone time.
67. Ashton Gillotte, Louisville, defensive lineman
Cardinals strength coach Mike Sirignano called his shot when he tweeted me a video of the true freshman power cleaning 405 pounds — “FreaksList. I don’t do this often but when I do it’s special.”
No doubt. Gillotte has made amazing strides since arriving from Boca Raton, Fla. The 6-2, 260-pounder has 12 percent body fat and ran a shuttle time of 4.35 to go with a 34.5-inch vertical and a 4.77 laser-timed 40. It wouldn’t surprise me if this kid becomes a fixture on this list.
—Louisville Olympian and silver medalist Brooke Forde stopped by Lakeside on Monday to meet and greet with fans.
—Ex-Louisville shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald hit for the cycle on Friday.
—I think we’re all in agreement with Lamar here.
Lamar Jackson was asked what pose he hopes his Louisville statue will be.— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) August 9, 2021
"Hopefully, it's The Leap from Syracuse. That'd be dope. But whatever they feel, I'm with it. I don't care. It's a statue. I'm grateful."
—It’s great to see running back Maurice Burkley back and healthy for one final season of Cardinal football.
—Bryan Brown will use Chandler Jones at multiple spots in the secondary this fall.
—Scott Satterfield is “pleased” with how his team has opened fall camp.
—The Atlanta Hawks have officially announced the signing of Gorgui Dieng to a 1-year deal.
—On its latest episode, the College Football Experience podcast previews Louisville.
—I’ve watch this like 10 times and I’m calling bullshit on all the people saying it wasn’t intentional. Also calling bullshit on all the people unwilling to admit it isn’t at least a tiny bit hilarious.
Thoughts on Amdouni knocking over an entire row of water before taking the last one? pic.twitter.com/qrPaSzxLBW— Ben St Lawrence (@bennysaint) August 8, 2021
—Four weeks away from his team’s opener against Louisville, Lane Kiffin says 100 percent of Ole Miss football players and staff have been vaccinated.
—Cardinal Sports Zone has an interview with Male High hoops star (and top U of L recruit) Kaleb Glenn.
—You can check out new highlights of Glenn here.
—New face of Canada?
—Cardinal Sports Zone identifies 10 things that will determine how good Louisville football is this year.
—Transfer QB Brock Domann has been impressive during the first days of fall camp.
—Big thanks to Barrett Sports Media for covering the radio news.
—It’s safe to say that YaYa Diaby has high expectations for himself in 2021.
“I’m expecting myself to blow out this year, having 10-plus sacks,” he said after day two of fall camp. “I set that goal high for myself, so I know what to expect from myself, and don’t try to settle myself any lower than 10 sacks.”
At face value, it might be a little difficult to see this come to fruition. In his first year with Louisville, the JUCO transfer from Georgia Military College saw action in eight games during the 2020 season, but logged 18 total tackles (10 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss and no sacks.
But behind the scenes, Diaby has been hard at work to turn this lofty goal into something very much attainable. The Atlanta native has took full advantage of the offseason, adding nearly 20 pounds to his now 6-foot-4 and 273-pound frame.
“Throughout the whole offseason and spring, I’ve trained myself to take the nutrition serious, put on good weight and lower my body fat, and just be able to move quicker with this new weight,” he said.
—Big things are expected this fall/winter from the Louisville volleyball team, which kicked off practice on Monday.
—Michael McCammon has five big questions for the Cards at the start of fall camp.
—Jordan Nwora’s big summer rolls on.
—Louisville authorities are searching for a 62-year-old man who has gone missing from the Shively area.
—An improved pass rush is one of the biggest goals for Bryan Brown in year three at U of L.
—Awful game. Beautiful uniforms.
Classic Cardinal Jersey only worn once against Arizona in the Sweet Sixteen in 1994. pic.twitter.com/ZExJShWCfh— Alvin Sims (@AJS005) August 10, 2021
—Cardinal Authority has a new U of L football recruiting notebook.
—Mark Richt attended Louisville’s Monday football practice and spoke with the local media afterwards. You can see his comments here (video).
—Manual hoops star Damone King had a “phenomenal” visit to U of L.
—The Hoop Vision love for Bellarmine rolls on, and I for one couldn’t be happier.
Bellarmine blind pig backdoor set for a layup pic.twitter.com/L6zOfyQsE5— Jordan Sperber (@hoopvision68) August 9, 2021
Bellarmine Iverson rip set for a lob pic.twitter.com/ps1nLvVTbN— Jordan Sperber (@hoopvision68) August 10, 2021
Scotty D’s Knights are always a joy to watch.
—Carlik Jones came off the bench to score six points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field in his summer league debut with the Mavericks on Monday. He also finished with one steal and two turnovers.
—And finally, more than a few folks in Wisconsin believe Jaire Alexander has a chance to become the next Charles Woodson.