Tuesday afternoon News and Notes from the Cardinal
—As was the case with the coaches’ poll, Louisville has five 2022 opponents ranked in the preseason AP Top 25. 22 Wake Forest.
—Louisville’s volleyball team is No. 4 in the preseason coaches’ poll for the upcoming season.
—If EA Sports had a college football video game this season, Malik Cunningham would have an overall rating of 88, according to an expert. Syracuse RB Sean Tucker would be an 82, the 10th best among all running backs in the country.
—Hailey Van Lith shows off Adidas’ latest U of L ultraboosts:
—Redshirt OL rookie Kobe Baynes is hit the transfer gate.
—After two major surgeries, U of L WR Braden Smith is back and ready to contribute in 2022.
—Louisville Report’s Matt MacGavic has three bold predictions for the 2022 Cardinal football team.
1. Malik Cunningham will be a Heisman Trophy finalist.
If Louisville had had a little more success in the win/loss column last year, the prediction wouldn’t have been so bold, and it might have already come true. Cunningham completed 62.0 percent of his passes for 2,941 yards and 19 touchdowns for just six interceptions, while rushing for 1,031 yards and 20 touchdowns. His 20 rushing scores ranked fourth nationally, his 305.5 yards per game was good for 14th, and he completed just one touchdown before joining the exclusive 20/20 Club – a club where four of the eight members are Heisman Trophy winners. Cunningham didn’t start getting much national recognition until very late in the 2021 season due to a large crop of ACC quarterbacks and Louisville’s struggles as a team, but generated a lot of buzz. Heisman “dark horse” in the offseason. A deep running room and Cunningham’s increased efforts to run less could decrease his overall productivity, but if he posts numbers comparable to last year and Louisville earns more, that could be a possibility.
If even two of Matt’s three predictions are right, it’s going to be one hell of a fall.
—Baylor QB transfer dynamic Gerry Bohannon has been officially named the starting quarterback for South Florida. The Cardinals will host the Bulls on September 24.
—LSU QB Myles Brennan is stepping away from football.
—The U of L field hockey team has new territory.
—Mitch Barnhart’s botched weekend press conference was the latest gift from the British Athletics fight that keeps on giving.
—Freddie Dillione, four-star guard in the Class of 2023, committed to Tennessee on Monday. Dillione had been proposed by Kenny Payne three weeks ago.
—Duce Robinson talks (insider) to On3 about his recruitment.
—The Tyler Hudson hype continues.
Louisville CB Jarvis Brownlee just praised teammate and WR Tyler Hudson: “I can tell you guys now, he’s going to be one of the best receivers in the ACC. The world is going to know his name… I’m just happy to be with a kid like that…to keep pushing me.”
— Alexis Cubit (@Alexis_Cubit) August 16, 2022
—EA Sports College Football officially returns next summer.
—Defensive backs Kei’Trel Clark, Kenderick Duncan and Josh Minkins “were out of rotation” in the weekend’s meeting at Louisville.
—Four-star small forward Curtis Williams appears to be down to four schools — Florida State, Seton Hall, Providence and Louisville.
Louisville: “What sets me apart about them is the coaching staff. The coaching staff there are amazing and they love them and their players. Just seeing that and the coaching staff that they built. It would be nice to be a part of it.”
—Felton Snow, a former Negro League baseball player who lived in Louisville, is honored with a funeral monument 48 years after being buried in an unmarked grave.
—Tiyon Evans said his focus changed when he became a father in 2020, but he accepted the role of father figure in his family long before that. Good story here from Alexis Cubit of the CJ.
‘They’re not wrong.
— ESPN’s Andrea Adelson and David Hale place Louisville 5th in their preseason ACC power rankings. They also have Malik Cunningham as their preseason All-ACC QB. You can read their full preview here.
—Louisville’s report assesses new cardinal clerk Stanquan Clark.
—Louisville State has 20 reasons to be excited about the upcoming Cardinal football season.
—Madden Sanker was destroying everyone in the first scrimmage of his senior season.
—Louisville did the the first eight for the class of 2023 LB Marcellius Pulliam.
—Eric Crawford looks back on a record winning Saturday for Louisville City FC.
—College football coaches speak anonymously of the best QBs in the sport, and Malik Cunningham receives praise.
Malik Cunningham, Louisville: The coaches were very bullish on Cunningham, who ranked seventh in the league in passing but fifth in running, finishing 14th nationally in total offense.
“I’m sure if you take a poll of all the members of the ACC and say, ‘Who don’t you want to play against? He’s pretty high on the list,” a defensive coordinator said of Cunningham.
An ACC coach added, “He’s the most dynamic guy in our league. Super athletic, throws a good deep ball, understands his offense.
At just 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, Cunningham’s prospects in the NFL aren’t as promising as those of several other ACC quarterbacks. But it’s a true dual threat that can crush defenses on just about any play.
“He’s scary athletically like [former Louisville star Lamar Jackson], but he can’t throw it like Lamar,” an ACC coach said. “But he is an athlete. He can beat your ass on his own.
—The post-season NIT leaves New York. Las Vegas will host in 2023, while Indianapolis will host it in 2024 at the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.
—Dana O’Neil says just say no to expanding the NCAA Tournament.
-That’s very cool.
My friend Wynton Bernard is a big leaguer after more than a DECADE in the minor leagues. This is the moment he told his mother. ❤️
—Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) August 13, 2022
—Louisville is making the Women’s Cup the world’s first carbon-neutral soccer tournament.
—The Washington Twins and Louisville football seem to have a “mutual interest” in each other.
—This theme worked well once before.
—CC’s favorite Yasir Abdullah donated all his NIL money to his high school.
—The CJ released its preseason All-Metro Offense for the upcoming high school football team.
—And finally, it’s the one-year anniversary episode of The Mike Rutherford Show from 3-5 p.m. this afternoon on 1450 The Big X. Join the celebration and stream the show here.