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Tuesday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

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—Kei’Trel Clark has been named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award that goes to the nation’s best defensive back.

—Marshon Ford is on the Mackey Award watch list (nation’s top tight end).

— The University of Louisville Cardinal Athletic Fund has launched The Cardinal Trust, an annual fundraising campaign to increase support in student-athletes academic experience now and into the future.

—Louisville ranks among the nation’s elite (insider) when it comes to recruiting at the wide receiver and running back positions right now.

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While the No. 1 back in the class is uncommitted, Rueben Owens II, the No. 2 running back, has committed to Louisville. Owens is a 5-11, 180-pound prospect from El Campo, Texas, and had considered Texas, Texas A&M and Michigan State, among others.

Owens had 2,989 rushing yards and 46 touchdowns this past season, while also catching 15 passes for 252 receiving yards and two touchdowns. By the time Owens gets to campus, Louisville will have lost quarterback Malik Cunningham, who led the team in rushing, but will likely still have running back Jalen Mitchell and Trevion Cooley. Adding the talented Owens sets the staff up for the future at the position.


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Head coach Scott Satterfield and his staff have one of their best recruiting classes with seven ESPN 300 commitments in 2023, led by No. 2 receiver DeAndre Moore Jr., who is ranked No. 17 overall.

The coaches also have a commitment from ESPN 300 receiver Jahlil McClain, ranked No. 261 overall.

—Louisville TE Christian Pedersen has entered the transfer portal. Pedersen did not see action during his true freshman season with the Cardinals last year, but was expected to compete for snaps this season.

—Cardinal Authority is counting down the 50 most important players for the upcoming Louisville football season. Here’s 50-46.

—Safe to say Malik Cunningham has caught wind of Mikel Jones’ comments from last week.

—Louisville did not make the final list of 10 schools for Xavier Booker (2023), the five-star big man out of Indianapolis.

—Three-game mini-plans for the upcoming Louisville football season are now available.

—It’s mystery box week over at Homefield Apparel.

—Four first-place votes for UK seems a little bit h—OLY SHIT SOMEONE VOTED FOR VANDY.

Reveal yourself, summer hero.

—Louisville football’s fall camp will start next Wednesday, Aug. 3.

—There are still spots available in upcoming Louisville baseball camps in August and October.

— Louisville men’s golfers Jiri Zuska and Nick Tenuta have been named 2021-22 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars.

—Louisville swimmer Gabi Albiero and former Cardinal national champion Mallory Comerford will be among the 30 swimmers from the United States to compete in the Duel in the Pool in Australia next month.

—Cards draw eyeballs.

—Kansas head coach Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend were taken off the road for the critical July recruiting period in a self-imposed move by KU over the weekend.

—The 2022 U of L cross country schedule is out.

—The Penn State student newspaper says that even though Neeli Bendapudi looks bad in the new U of L whistleblower lawsuit, the school must give her the benefit of the doubt.

Always worked out well with them for people in positions of power before, so why change now, I guess.


— Jeff Walz and his staff have been all over the country during the first four days of the NCAA evaluation period.

—Jason Benetti is leaving ESPN to team with Brock Huard as Fox Sports’ No. 2 college football broadcast team. Big loss for the the four letter network.

—Class of 2024 PG Rob Wright talks about his recent scholarship offer from U of L.

U of L assistant coaches Danny Manning and Josh Jamieson were at multiple games watching Wright.

“It’s been a good relationship so far,” Wright said. “They reach out to me and we talk a lot, they said they love my game and what I bring to a team.

“They said I am a point guard and that they could see me running the show for them in the ACC. They think I really fit the style coach Payne is going to run.”

Wright said he has chatted with Payne but mainly keeps in contact with Manning and Smith.

“It feels really big for me to get reached out by those guys (Manning and Smith),” Wright said. “Those are guys that played at a high, high level. They played at a level where I want to get to, so that feels really good for me to be able to talk with them.”

Wright said he would make a visit to Louisville “sometime in the fall probably, but I am not sure yet.”

—CBS’ “Best in College Sports” rankings for the 2021-22 athletic season have Louisville at No. 33.

—Here’s the lineup for this year’s Phil Knight Legacy and Invitational tournaments on Thanksgiving week, which should be pretty awesome.

—Don’t like this. Not one bit.

—As the July evaluation period wraps up, Jody Demling recaps Kenny Payne and his staff’s activities at the Peach Jam.

—Congrats to Christen Cunningham, who has been named the new director of player development at Rhode Island.

—People aren’t just bold when they’re anonymous, they’re moronic.

Jackson was so sensational as a dual threat during his 2019 MVP season that 16 voters placed him in Tier 1 heading into 2020. This year, there were as many votes for Jackson in Tier 1 (eight) as there were in Tier 3.

“If he has to pass to win the game, they ain’t winning the game,” another defensive coordinator said. “He’s so unique as an athlete and he’s really a good football player, but I don’t (care) if he wins the league MVP 12 times, I don’t think he’ll ever be a 1 as a quarterback. He’ll be a 1 as a football player, but not as a quarterback. So many games come down to two-minute, and that is why they have a hard time advancing even when they are good on defense. Playoffs are tight. You have to be able to throw the ball, and he is just so inconsistent throwing the ball. It is hit or miss.”

The Ravens are 1-3 in the postseason with Jackson starting. Jackson has averaged 6.6 yards per attempt with four total touchdowns and seven turnovers in those games. During the same span, the players in Tier 1 this season are 24-12 in playoffs while averaging 7.7 yards per attempt with 79 total touchdowns and 24 turnovers. Their combined playoff passer rating is 99.7, compared to 68.3 for Jackson.

“I think what we saw with Lamar, starting with the Miami game and carrying through the rest of the season, was someone who struggled to identify coverages and make pre-snap reads,” an offensive coach said. “He is still a really dynamic player, brings something different to the group, but by and large, is going to have to continue to improve as a passer in order go deep in the playoffs and put himself in the Tier 1 group.”

Those placing Jackson in Tier 1 think his skill set is unique enough to warrant that status.

“To me it is nonsense to say he is not in Tier 1,” another offensive coach said. “He is one of the more special talents to ever play the game, and Baltimore is a contender because of him.”

—U of L’s Gabriela Leon has been named the ACC nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

—As training camp begins across the NFL, there are 14 former Louisville players competing to make a 53-man roster.

—Kentucky fans remain certain that DJ Wagner is headed to Lexington.

—Kyle Boone of CBS examines which school is a better fit for Wagner and ultimately predicts that he will be a Wildcat.

—Michael Prosecky has signed his rookie contract with the Colorado Rockies.

—Former Card and and current Atlanta Brave Adam Duvall will have to miss the rest of the season due to injury.

—Not the best look for the league.

—The transfer portal is about to get even wilder.

—Five-star big man Aaron Bradshaw discusses what he likes about both Louisville and Kentucky.

—Louisville football coaches cooked breakfast for the team this weekend.

—If Louisville has field goal kicking struggles again this season, MoMo Sanogo is ready to step up.

—Matt McGavic’s preseason ACC football power rankings have Louisville at No. 6.

—Four-Star forward Curtis Williams Jr. says Louisville is recruiting him the hardest, and that he’d like to make his college decision by September.

—Kenny Payne and Louisville have offered 7-footer Isaiah Miranda, a top 50 player in the class of 2023.

—High school football schedules are out for most of the area’s schools.

—Damn right.

—Fun read of the day: What bullpen pitchers and catchers are actually thinking when they have to run in from the outfield during bench-clearing fights.

—Scott Satterfield knows how important the first three games of the upcoming season are, and says the Cards must start the year in midseason form.

—Why is Louisville Gardens still sitting empty?

—U of L RB recruit Javin Simpkins has recommitted to Georgia Tech.

—The kids love the song.

—As you might expect, every member of the staff over at A Sea of Blue predicts that DJ Wagner will ultimately pick Kentucky.

—Eric Crawford writes about the irony of coach speak.

—Three of the 4 Final Four teams in 2022 were veteran teams powered by holdovers. This list from ESPN’s Jeff Borzello ID’s the squads with the most impactful talent returning for 2022-23.

—Louisville’s Jack Harlow tied for the most MTV VMA nominations.

—RIP to a local legend.

—Louisville football’s 2023 recruiting class is No. 17 in ESPN’s updated rankings.

—Kaleb Glenn’s final summer ball session was a strong one.

—U of L has offered class of 2024 QB Luke Warnock out of Florida.

—And finally, the Mike Rutherford Show rolls from 3-5:30 this afternoon. Former Card and recent World Champion Damion Lee will be on for the last hour of the show. You can stream it here.