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Learn the need to knows of lacrosse

By Michelle Lewis

Louisville women’s lacrosse is an underappreciated sport on campus and across the community. Part of that is likely due to people simply not understanding the game and the small but growing number of high school lacrosse programs in the state. While increasing the number of people playing is a slow process and not easily accomplished in the space of a newspaper article, increasing our understanding of the basic rules is achievable. That should, in turn, increase the sport’s interest and fan base.

The object of the game is to use a long handled stick known as a crosse to catch, pass, or carry a hard rubber ball down field and into the opponent’s goal. Depending on the player and strategy tosses may be overhanded, underhanded, or sidearm. Defensively the object, of course, is to prevent the opposing team from scoring and to get possession of the ball through the use of stick checking and body positioning. Watching women’s lacrosse can sometimes feel like watching the lovechild of soccer and ice hockey, but it can be even more intense than either at times.

Equipment required to play women’s lacrosse is limited but specific. The athletes are only required to wear eyewear/lacrosse goggles, and a mouth guard. Their stick has restrictions, it has to be a certain length and the pocket cannot be too deep. In addition, players may choose to wear gloves if they wish.

The rules of women’s lacrosse can be long and complicated but there are a few key points that will help a fan understand and enjoy the game.

Women’s lacrosse is played with 12 players on the field. The most easily recognizable of the players is the goalkeeper. The ball used is usually yellow, but if both teams agree then the game can be played with a different colored ball. The game is 60 minutes long and divided into two 30 minute halves. Each team gets two team time-outs per game. Time-outs may be taken after a goal has been scored. The team with possession of the ball may call a time out but on defense play is only stopped for injuries.

Traditionally teams played with three attackers, five midfielders, three defenders, and a goalie but many now play with seven players playing attack at one time facing off against seven defenders. Generally teams now have four attackers, four close defenders, and three midfielders on the field at a time.

Just like any sport, lacrosse has its own method of starting a match and determining possession. The “draw” starts the game and also keeps the game going after a goal is scored. The draw is when players, one from each team, stand at center circle with the backs of their sticks facing each other. The referee places the ball between the two sticks and the players push their sticks together parallel to the ground to try and gain control of the ball. There can be four players from each team (two Midfielders, one Attack wing, and one Defense wing) surrounding the center circle during the draw. The players’ sticks around the circle cannot break the line until the whistle is blown. The centers must raise their sticks over their heads while releasing the ball.

When the referee blows the whistle during play all players must stop right where they are. If the ball goes out of bounds on a shot then the player closest to the ball is awarded the possession. If the ball goes out of bounds not on a shot then the other team is awarded possession. For example, if a player threw a bad pass to her teammate and the ball went out of bounds then the other team would receive the ball, similar to the way it works in basketball. If the ball goes out of bounds on a shot, it is common for the player to reach out her stick in an attempt to be ruled closest to the ball and gain possession.

Protecting one’s stick from being checked is a very important key in the game. In order to protect the stick from being checked, the player must cradle the ball. If the player has a strong “cradle”, it is much more difficult to for the opposing team to take the ball from them.

“Cradling” is the back and forth movement and twisting of the head of the stick, which keeps the ball in the pocket. Players may only check if the check is directed away from the ball carrier’s head. Also, players may only check using the side of their stick. If the referees catch an athlete using the flat of the head, it is called as a “held check” and the opposing team gets the ball.

There are two types of fouls or penalties in lacrosse- major and minor. When a minor foul is called, the player who committed the foul is set four meters to whichever side she was last guarding the person she fouled. If a major foul occurs, the fouler must stand four meters behind the player she fouled.

Penalties are somewhat similar to soccer in the awarding of different colored cards for different types of infractions. The green card is given to the team captain and is for a delay of game. A yellow card is for a first-time penalty and results in the player being removed from the field for three minutes. Any player who receives two yellows sits out the rest of the game but is allowed to play in the next game.

The most serious penalty card is the red card which is the result of a flagrant foul or extremely unsportsmanlike behavior, and causes the player to be ejected from the game. Any player that receives a red card is not permitted to play in the team’s following game. Examples of what constitutes a penalty include rough/dangerous checks, check to the head, holding, illegal contact and illegal use of crosse.

There is, of course, much more to women’s lacrosse but the best way to learn about it is by watching and now you have some basic information so that you can follow along and enjoy the matches.

The Cardinals’ first home game is February 16, at 1:00 pm against Detroit.

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Welcome back Bobby

By Michelle Lewis

When Charlie Strong said “I’m not cut that way” both Louisville football players and fans believed him. People felt like, finally; finally we have a coach who wants to be here, who wants to build his legacy, a coach who means it when he says he’s not going anywhere. Maybe he meant it at the time but even if he did, he still left. Not only did he leave the school and the fans, he left his players without even telling them he was leaving.

It wasn’t the first time a coach has left U of L; it wasn’t even the worst, most painful way Louisville has been left by a coach. During the Cardinals’ bowl game in 2002 players learned from reporters that John L Smith was leaving for Michigan State. No, you didn’t read that wrong, they found out during half time of the bowl game. Then, his exit got worse,  uglier and more painful. During an interview Smith answered a question about U of L and its fans by saying “The people here have no idea where they are on the food chain. Does that make sense? You better know where you are on the food chain and what sharks are doing. They think they’re at the top of the food chain, and they’re not.” Ouch, talk about stinging.

Bobby Petrino was introduced as Louisville’s new head coach at the same time Smith was cleaning out his desk down the hall. People know what happened next. Petrino led the school to a 41-9 record overall, a 20-game home win streak, and a 4-0 record against in-state rival UK. The Cardinals went to a bowl game every year under Petrino and won the 2006 Orange Bowl finishing the season ranked third in the country, U of L’s highest ever ranking.

After the 2006 season Petrino was hired to be the head coach of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. For Louisville fans, this was devastating. Petrino had interviewed for other jobs but had signed a contract extension just before the season and while he had interviewed for other jobs before nobody expected his departure given the season the Cards had just wrapped up, the talent returning the next year, and the expectations that it was finally time to compete for a national championship. The NFL is a game changer though and when most are honest, few blame him for taking the job.

When Athletic Director Tom Jurich learned that Charlie Strong was leaving he wanted to move fast selecting a new coach. He didn’t have to look far. The new head coach was about 100 miles away and already had a daughter at U of L and a son who had led Trinity High School to a state football championship. He and his wife were already familiar with both Louisville and the university. Jurich knew the coach but needed to be convinced. After a nine-hour interview, both Jurich and Louisville fans were saying, “Welcome back, Bobby”.

Many fans were ecstatic, some less than enthused, but none doubt that Jurich’s chose a very talented coach who wins. Petrino could lose 50 games straight and still have a career winning record. Louisville fans have been burned in the past though and those who doubt this hire do so because of his previous departure. They feel that’s the reason not to hire him again. They fear having their hearts broken again. Most don’t admit that though, instead they cite his tenures with the Falcons (he quit after going 3-10) and then Arkansas where he was fired after having a motorcycle accident with his mistress on board then lying about it.

Yes, his actions in both instances were less than honorable but had nothing to do with his time at Louisville or why he is the right choice for Louisville now. To figure that out you can start by listening to what his former players say.

“Those of you bashing Bobby Petrino…. Explain to me what did he ever do to Louisville besides win games?” tweeted former Louisville football player Richard Raglan. Another alum, current Chicago Bear Michael Bush said “Now the question is how I feel about it. I’m all for it. People mess up in life. You live and learn. The bottom line is Bobby Petrino wins games.”

Nearly 100 former Cardinals voiced their support for Coach Petrino through tweets, interviews, phone calls  and emails. In addition, NFL wide receiver Roddy White said through multiple media that he’d send his son to play for Petrino given the chance and CBS Sports’ Greg Doyle wrote an article on why he thinks Petrino is the right choice and deserves the second chance and basketball analyst Dick Vitale voiced his support as well.

More important than what any of them think or even than what fans think, is how the players feel. Many were hurt and disappointed by Strong’s departure and especially by not having been told he was leaving. Many learned he was Texas bound from ESPN coverage and weren’t sure how they felt about Petrino. Then they talked to his former players, to people who were around when he was at Louisville before, and then to him and they were won over. The guys on offense were likely the easiest to win over once they had seen footage of his offense. Several current players loved seeing the comments he made about rival UK, which if you haven’t seen these, go directly to Google and YouTube and check these out for yourself, and just as many fell in love with the black uniforms they saw the Cards wearing in big games.

“Things are going to change……I’m good with that” tweeted defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin. He later added “As a senior for my squad, and the first player to speak to coach Petrino, I can speak for the team and say we’re about to have a hell of a year.”

If Jurich and the players are convinced he deserves the chance to be Louisville’s coach again and his family has forgiven his mistakes then fans should stand with them and say, again, welcome back, Bobby.

 

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Louisville football seniors graduate

By Michelle Lewis

The Louisville Cardinals are headed to their fourth straight bowl game. Four years ago this seemed an impossible feat as the program had gone from winning the Orange Bowl to three straight losing seasons. The 2013 senior class agreed to come to U of L despite the shambles the program was in at that time. In their first season they accomplished the impossible goal Coach Strong and his staff charged them with. They got that year’s seniors to a bowl game then went out and won the Beef of Brady’s Bowl giving the Cards their first winning season since the 2006 Orange Bowl team.

The Cards celebrated senior day Nov. 23 when they hosted Memphis and did something that despite the three straight bowl games, including last year’s Sugar Bowl championship, that hadn’t been done in any of their first three seasons as Cardinals. They won on senior day defeating Memphis 24-17.

The players in this senior class have thrived off the field as well while growing from boys to men and learning how to persevere through rough times as well as appreciate the good times.

“Louisville wasn’t just trying to get me to play ball, they also wanted to mold me from a boy to a man and they wanted me to graduate as well,” senior fullback BJ Butler said. As for what lesson he’ll most take away from his journey from recruit to alumni Butler said, “To take advantage of every opportunity you have and learn how to deal with adversity.”

There were, of course, some great memories both as a football player and as a student as well.

“On the field I’d have to say the Sugar Bowl when I got my first catch of my career and almost scored” Butler reminisced. Off the field Butler enjoyed doing scenes in his acting class and one of his favorite memories was “when we won the national championship”.

Another memory and favorite project of Butler’s was from his online journalism class he took last summer. He had never been to the zoo and when his group was picking what to do their final video project on his partners insisted on the Louisville Zoo when they learned this.

He quickly showed his love for Louisville when the zoo’s Media Relations Director Kyle Shepherd lead them to the golf cart she was going to drive them around in saying, “I’m allergic to that color” when he spotted the blue seats in the cart.  When asked what his favorite parts of the zoo were he listed the lions, the silverback gorillas, and the wooly monkeys as well as the whole experience of the project with his group.

Other members of this class have grown and excelled as well. One notable senior who has matured from a boy to a man is a standout from the defensive line, Brandon Dunn.

“He was walking through the hall in the football complex a couple weeks ago and walked past offensive line Coach Dave Borbely sitting at his desk. Dave stopped him and asked him ‘Brandon, what do you want to do when you leave here?’ Brandon said, ‘I want to be a leader of men’ and that really shows a lot. He came here talented but a bit shy and lacking confidence but has really grown into a leader on this team and that confidence is why he’ll get a shot at the next level,” Defensive Line Coach Clint Hurtt recalled.

This year’s seniors will be missed for a lot of reasons but will always have a special place in the hearts of Louisville players and fans as well as their teammates. All Louisville fans owe this class a debt of gratitude for coming to U of L when the program was at such a low point and helping turn it back into a nationally respected team.

 

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Coach Walz, the fans’ man

By Michelle Lewis

The University of Louisville’s Women’s Basketball team has been to two Final Fours and

played for the National Championship both times. The Cardinals have fielded a women’s team

since the 1975-1976 academic year and has had seven head coaches (including a pair of co-head

coaches). Of these, only one has led the team to a Final Four.

Jeff Walz came to U of L before the 2007-2008 season and in his first season led the

Cards to the team’s first Sweet Sixteen. He was rewarded for that by being named the WBCA/

Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year.

The next year, in 2008-2009 Coach Walz and the team improved on that by finishing

with a 34-5 overall record, including a 14-1 record at home, and a runner up finish in the Big

East behind the University of Connecticut. Three of the team’s five losses came to the Huskies,

including the squad’s eventual loss in the national title game. The other two came on the road- an

early season loss at Nevada and a conference loss at West Virginia.

Currently in his seventh season at UofL, Walz has guided the team to five top five

finishes in his first six seasons and has them entering 2013-2014 ranked number five in the

country coming off their runner-up finish last season.

Before being hired to coach the Cardinals, Walz was an assistant coach at Maryland

where he helped head coach Donna Freese build the Terrapins into a national power program.

During his tenure he helped guide Maryland to the 2006 National Championship. While at

Maryland Walz honed his recruiting skills landing top five national recruiting classes in 2004

and 2005 as well as signing players such as Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman who were

named ACC Rookies of the Year in back-to-back seasons.

Prior to his time at Maryland Walz served as an assistant at Western Kentucky (WKU),

Minnesota, and Nebraska, proving himself both on the sidelines and on the recruiting trail. He

has also coached at the middle, high school, and AAU levels before moving up to the college

Walz played college basketball at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his

bachelor of science in secondary education before earning his masters of education at WKU.

The Cardinals’ fans are huge fans of Walz.

“He’s a real down to earth guy. Genuine. When I followed him on twitter and started

tagging him in stories he followed back and even called me. Has the right vision and will turn

our program into a UConn type program,” former U of L football player Jeremy Whamans said.

“I think he’s great. That’s all there is to say” Brian Selch said, “I just hope he’s still here

when my daughter is old enough to play college ball.”

Another fan, Lisa Sanders-Ryal, said, “I don’t know him personally but, I know players

love him. He has taken us to [the] National Title game, Final four, Elite8. He is passionate about

U of L, that is evident.”

Clearly, the fans are thankful for a coach who has brought unprecedented success to U of

L Women’s Basketball and are ready to see him guide his team back to the title game.

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Athletics creates new rules for basketball attendees

By: Michelle Lewis

University of Louisville’s men’s basketball team opens regular season play Nov. 9 when they host College of Charleston. The defending national champions have earned the support of the student body but not all student ticket holders can be bothered to show up on time – or even at all.

When the Cards opened exhibition play against Kentucky Wesleyan this past Tuesday, only 352 of the 1442 student season tickets were put to use according to an email sent out to students Oct. 31. That’s just 24% of the tickets sold being used for the team’s first game against outside competition since the title game in April.

In an attempt to increase attendance, the athletics department is changing the rules. After implementing a change to a “first come, first served” system where students are issued a wristband as they enter the stadium for home football games during the 2012 season, the athletics department implemented the same system for basketball during the 2013-2014 season.

Now, they’re making a few changes hoping that to increase the number of students not just at the game but at the game before the team takes the court. Starting with the upcoming exhibition against Pikeville College, undergrads that show up at least 30 minutes before tipoff will still have priority for lower level general admission seating but those who arrive late may be penalized. Student season ticket holders who arrive later than 30 minutes before a given game’s start risk being sent to the upper level while graduate students who arrive more than 30 minutes before tipoff may be rewarded with a chance to move to the lower level student section.

This is intended to encourage students to arrive early and help create an energy and atmosphere in the arena that will make the KFC Yum! Center more intimidating for visiting teams and give the Cardinals an increased home court advantage as the university prepares to move to the ACC, home to some of the most legendary student sections such as Duke’s “Cameron Crazies.”

Students are also encouraged to transfer tickets for any home game they can’t attend to another U of L student so that the Cards play in front of maximum capacity crowds every night. This can be done by logging into your Student Cardinal Account and selecting “manage my tickets” after logging in. The school has also worked out arrangements allowing students to park in the Humana Waterside Garage at the corner of Washington and Brook Street for $5 for any home game.

The Cards are back in action Wednesday night against Pikeville before opening their 100th regular season on Nov. 9 when they host College of Charleston.

Women’s soccer falls to Memphis

By Michelle Lewis

Despite leading nearly every statistical category Louisville’s women’s soccer team lost a double-
overtime thriller to rival Memphis 2-1 Sunday evening. The Cards were hosting their first and only

American Athletic Conference post season match at Cardinal Park completing their only season in

the AAC before moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014.

Louisville had 26 shots to the Tigers 9, 9 shots on goal to their 7, and they had 19 corner kicks to

Memphis’s 5. The Tigers also had two players issued yellow cards during the match yet were able

to dig in and come out with the win against the 24th ranked Louisville squad sending Memphis to

Orlando for the conference semifinals while the Cards await their NCAA fate at home.

The top performer for Louisville was Charlyn Corral who had 1 assist and 10 shots including 3

shots on goal. The Cards drew first blood when Devyn Ciotti scored on an 19 footer off a corner

kick but Memphis’s Valerie Sanderson answered with a 21 foot shot tying the game at one all. The

score remained knotted at one throughout regulation and the first overtime before Sanderson

scored her second goal of the match giving Memphis the upset win over the favored home team.

The Cards expect to still have earned an invitation to the College Cup and will learn their NCAA

fate when tournament selections are announced on November 11 at 4:30 pm.

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Final red-white scrimmage

By Michelle Lewis

The University of Louisville Men’s Basketball Team played their third and final public

Red-White scrimmage on November 19. The afternoon started with Pitino joking that there is

some animosity in the locker room because Luke Hancock beat Russ Smith out for homecoming

king on Friday night but that Smith can be “King of the Yum!.” Pitino also joked that Hancock is

excused from practice through the end of October since he is the homecoming king.

Not long after Pitino named Smith king of the arena Smith showed the fans in attendance

why. He led the White squad to a 71-52 victory over the Red behind a 21-point and five assist

performance. White squad teammates Montrezl Harrell and Mangok Mathiang added a combined

28 points and 18 rebounds while eliciting huge reactions from the crowd after spectacular dunks

from each.

The Red squad was lead by Tim Henderson’s 17 points including five made three point

shots. Terry Rozier added 13 points and nine rebounds while Wayne Blackshear added 10 points,

eight rebounds in the losing effort. Stephan Van Treese finished with a double-double scoring 10

points while dishing out 11 assists.

Henderson seemed to be the biggest surprise of the day to most fans with many

attributing his outstanding performance to increased confidence on the court. Henderson had

come up huge for the Cardinals in last season’s Final Four game against Wichita State when he

nailed back to back three point shots to cut the Shocker’s lead to six, shifting the momentum

in the Cards’ direction and sparking a comeback that sent Louisville to the championship game

where they beat Michigan to win the school’s first national title since 1986.

The Cards will be back in action October 29 when they host Kentucky Wesleyan in an

exhibition game at the KFC Yum! Center before playing their final exhibition against Pikeville

on November 6.

 

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Lacrosse allegations

By:  Michelle Lewis

Current and former women’s lacrosse players have jumped to Coach Kellie Young’s  defense after a front-page Louisville Courier-Journal story last week characterized her as abusive.

The team has only known one head coach. Young built the program from scratch. Last week some of her tactics were called into question by players and parents.

In a recent interview with The Cardinal conducted before the allegations, Coach Young had nothing but love for the university and her players. She expressed appreciation for the athletes and the parents who have been willing to take a risk on such a young program. Most of them, she said, came from New England where lacrosse is a much more popular sport.

The Courier-Journal reported players and their parents have accused the coach of using abusive tactics and intimidation to run her team.  Allegations against Young included telling two teammates to sign a contract saying they would no longer speak to each other, making an injured player do push-ups in an airport terminal as a punishment, and kicking a player off the team during a road trip then leaving her behind at the stadium.

“I tell my leaders, ‘It’s acting. I’m just trying to get a reaction out of you. If you’re going to be mad at me, great … if that means you’re gonna play harder’ ” said Young in disputing the allegations of cruelty and mistreatment. Several current Cardinals agree with their coach.

Two upperclassmen have said that while the atmosphere at practices and games can sometimes be intense they support both Young and her coaching methods. They also noted that in athletics, practices are often difficult and coaches say things to “get you riled up so that you work harder in the end.  It makes you stronger and more determined to prove yourself.”

The disaffected players said that she was cruel and punitive. Among their claims were accusations that Young preyed upon their insecurities and that she often made them sit in silence for hours after a loss. Young’s reply to their statement was that yes, she did have them stay silent at times after a loss but never for “hours” saying instead, that she asked them not to be so “happy go-lucky after a loss.”

After the charges were reported a group of former players sent the following:

“We are deeply troubled by the article released by The Courier Journal. Every athlete at the University of Louisville is held to an elite standard to prepare, practice, and compete at the highest level within their respective sport. Kellie Young encouraged an atmosphere that made each and every player strive for excellence. Each player under Kellie Young has achieved something they never thought possible, whether it was a sub 6:15 mile time or a 4.0 GPA in the classroom. Kellie incepted a culture of academic and athletic superiority, which has helped us develop into the successful young professionals we are today.

As alumnae of a Division I program, we understand that not every athlete has the drive, discipline, and courage to take on the expectations of a tough coach. We support Kellie Young and are grateful to have had a coach that cared about our character as much as our player potential.

Sincerely,

U of L Women’s Lacrosse Alumnae

(There were 18 signatures to the letter)

In the meantime, Coach Young and the lacrosse team are in fall practices and tournaments preparing for the coming season.

 

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Slugger Field to host exhibition game

By Michelle Lewis

Louisville Slugger Field is being called up to the majors. Many current major

league stars have come through Louisville and some are making a return trip. It was

announced on Sept. 19 that Slugger Field will be home to the final exhibition game

the Cincinnati Reds will play during the 2014 preseason. On March 29, 2014 The Reds

will face the Louisville Bats and many familiar faces will return to Louisville for a single

game. It is the first time Slugger Field has hosted a major league exhibition since 2005.

The Cincinnati Reds are the closest Major League Baseball team to Louisville, sitting

just up the river 100 miles. Louisville sits squarely in Reds’s Country and is home to the

team’s Triple A affiliate, The Louisville Bats.

Bats fans will recognize guys like Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, and Aroldis Chapman,

aka The Cuban Missile. They along with quite a few of their teammates, will play a

Sat. afternoon game just before opening the major league season the following

Mon..

“The Bats have one of the strongest fan bases in the minor leagues, and we’re

happy they’ll be able to watch in person some of the major league players who recently

came through there,” Walt Jocketty, Reds’s General Manager and President of Baseball

Operations said.

The Reds are currently two games back in the National League Central and four

ahead of the Washington Nationals for the NL’s second Wild Card slot. They have

several players who spent the summer in Louisville before receiving Sept. callups. Recent additions to the Reds via the Bats have already proven helpful. Bats star and

base thief extraordinaire, Billy Hamilton, has nine stolen bases after just two weeks in the

majors. Hamilton had four stolen bases in his first major league start and was a key factor

in the Reds series sweep of the Houston Astros.

With the recent success of the Reds and the role Bats’ alumni are playing in the

majors, tickets are likely to go fast. There is a special “Big Red” ticket package, which

includes tickets for the exhibition and two Sat. night Bats games on June 14 and

Aug. 2, 2014, available now for $34 through the Bats ticket office. Also included in

the package is a Reds ball cap and both regular season games are bobble-head giveaways

featuring Homer Bailey and Joey Votto. Single game tickets for the exhibition will go on

sale Nov. 1

 2013. They will be $25 for infield seats or $14 for field reserve.

 

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Louisville football routs FIU

By Michelle Lewis

The Cardinals had one of their most dominating performances to date during a 72-0 win over Florida

International on Sept. 21. It really wasn’t as close as it looked. Had they wanted to, the Cards could have

easily put up 100 points on the Panthers. It was Louisville’s most complete game to date.

“It was a great team win today and you look at it as we were just clearly a better football team than FIU,” Coach

Charlie Strong said in his post game press conference. “You think about how far our program has come in just two

years. Two years ago they came in here and beat us and then last year it was a seven point win.”

A sore spot for the Cards over the last few seasons has been special teams. The coaches as well as the fans had

expressed frustration in the kickoff and punt coverage as well as the kick returns. Against FIU however, Louisville

not only improved on coverage holding the Panthers to a total of 19 return yards but also on kick returns. The

Card’s had a total of 141 yards on returns including a 93 yard kickoff return by corner back Charles Gaines. Going

into the game The Cards were ranked 39th nationally for punt returns and 113th for kickoff returns.

On offense, Teddy Bridgewater, once again carved up the opponents’s defense. He threw for 254 yards and

four touchdowns with no interceptions including a 40 yard pass to wide receiver Devante Parker setting up a

touchdown pass to Parker seconds later. That sent the teams to the locker room with the Cards up 31-0 at half

time.

The second half started off with Gaines returning the kickoff for a touchdown and from there the train just kept

rolling.

During the second half fans saw more of the same dominance as the first half and when the backups took over

late in the third quarter the domination continued. Back up quarter back Will Gardner threw passes to four

different receivers including a touchdown pass to wide out Michaelee Harris. This was Harris’s first touchdown

after sitting out the 2012 season due to injury.

The tone for the game was set by the defense who had “challenged ourselves to get a shutout” according to

defensive end Marcus Smith. They not only got the shutout, they did so in what may be the single most dominating

performance in Louisville football to date. The defense held the Panthers to 30 yards of total offense for the game.

Leading the Cardinal defense was defensive tackle, Roy Philon, who had five tackles including three tackles for

loss and defensive end Marcus Smith who had three tackles including two sacks, which sent FIU backwards 25

yards.

Defensive end, Lorenzo Mauldin, and defensive tackles, Sheldon Rankins, each had a sack and were flying all over

the field imposing their will on FIU’s offense.

After a shaky start to their Fri. walk through Strong had challenged the team to play to their potential.

“That’s not the expectations around here anymore. We have raised the bar,” Strong said. They responded quite

well turning in one of their most complete games in Strong’s tenure.

The Cards have their bye week next and get a chance to rest their legs and indulge a bit.

“I’m going to get a lot of treatment, rest, and maybe eat a fast food cheeseburger,” senior defensive tackle

Brandon Dunn. When asked where he’d be getting the burger Dunn laughed and said, “I don’t know. Probably

Rally’s. Got to support Coach Strong you know.”

The Cards will return to action Oct. 5 when they open American Athletic Conference play with a road

game at Temple. They’ll return home to face Rutgers on Oct. 10 in a nationally televised Thurs. night

game.

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