Cardinal Football ranked in top-20 by Sports Illustrated
This past week, Sports Illustrated posted an article entitled Too Early Top-25 Power Rankings, in which the Cards were ranked at No. 16. The article states that spring game stats are mostly meaningless, particularly in a scrimmage like Louisville’s in which the first-team offense match up against the second-team defense and faced no pass rush. Still, Lamar Jackson’s performance is worthy of some note. The sophomore completed 24 of 29 passes for 519 yards with eight touchdowns. The Cardinals will obviously face tougher challenges, but the touch Jackson showed on his passes will be critical to finally boosting Louisville into the ACC’s elite. Bobby Petrino’s squad has the rest of the pieces to do that: an offense that returns nine other starters in addition to Jackson and a defense that brings back eight starters after ranking third in the ACC in yards allowed per play.
The article also lists ACC rivals Florida State at No. 3, Clemson at No. 4, North Carolina at No. 20, and Miami (Fl) at No. 24. Louisville plays Florida State at home in week three of the season, and will face Clemson at Death Valley in week five.
Cards Likely to host Satellite Camps
In a radio interview on “The Deener Show” on 93.9-FM, head coach Bobby Petrino has said that the Cards will “end up doing it. We’ll probably go down to Georgia and do one and down to Florida.” This comes after the NCAA changed its ruling regarding satellite camps, and after the ACC said they would allow them. Coach Petrino also stated that he doesn’t like it, but it’s one of those things that everyone’s doing, so he may as well also. So far, Louisville has recruited one player from Florida, and nine from Georgia; including four-star QB Jawon Pass.
Poutasi commits to Louisville
On Sunday, Steve Jones from the Courier-Journal reported that the Cards had received a commitment from three-star offensive lineman Poutasi Poutasi. He is a 6’3”, 280lb. guard from Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, and ranked the No. 8 prospect in Nevada by rivals.com. He has been recruited primarily by co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Chris Klenakis. He is the fourth commitment in the 2017 class, and has received offers from San Diego, Hawaii, UNLV, and Nevada.