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  11/23/20 - KeiTrel ClarkSo/2023, Louisville, 5-10, 165 (DS#66 CB) + More +

  NOV 23 ACC CO-DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Kei'Trel Clark, Louisville, So., CB, Richmond, Va.,...Had a hand in two of Louisville's three turnovers forced in the first half of Friday night's 30-0 win over Syracuse...Picked off his first career pass in the second quarter and then recovered a fumble on a kickoff later in the period...Helped Louisville record its first shutout since holding Eastern Kentucky scoreless in 2019 and the first shutout against a current Power 5 team since a 34-0 victory over North Carolina in 2004. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#66 CB) So/2023 CB KeiTrel ClarkLouisville
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  11/21/20 - *Javian HawkinsrSo/2021, Louisville, 5-09, 196 (DS#7 RB) + More +

  Javian Hawkins leaves Louisville with records within reach and plenty of life in his legs. Which, come to think of it, is a good reason to go. U of L's prolific running back has picked a relatively sweet spot to opt out of his remaining eligibility to prepare for the NFL Draft. He has established his credentials as a breakaway threat without incurring any status-threatening injuries, showing the scouts what they need to see while avoiding risks that could prove ruinous to his professional prospects. Much as his decision will disappoint Cardinals fans and could compromise U of L's chances in its three remaining games, Hawkins probably ought to cash in while he can. Because of the bumps ballcarriers accumulate (and the diminished speed that often results), the career of the average NFL running back lasts about 2 ½ seasons. Unlike players at some other positions, and much like new cars, they are viewed as depreciating, fungible assets.

"Everybody always talks about the shelf life of running backs; how many hits can they take?" U of L coach Scott Satterfield said Monday. "Maybe that goes through running backs' minds, the fact that you only have so many hits...I think that's probably part of the decision for (Hawkins)." Though Clemson's Travis Etienne is the only running back commonly projected as a first-round selection in 2021, no fewer than seven lower-rated backs have chosen to opt out this fall. Some of them may choose to return to campus for the 2021 season. Some of them won't get a sniff from the NFL. All of them are conscious, though, of the accumulated pounding their position entails and, presumably, mindful of the value of self-preservation. Hawkins is one who deserves a closer look. Small by NFL standards - U of L lists him at 5-foot-9, 196 pounds - he projects as a change-of-pace back with elite elusiveness at the next level. Despite missing Saturday's game at Virginia, Hawkins' 822 rushing yards rank seventh in the Football Bowl Subdivision with a healthy 6.2 yards per carry average. - Courier Journal


(DS#7 RB) rSo/2021 RB *Javian HawkinsLouisville
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  11/21/20 - Tutu AtwellJr/2022, Louisville, 5-09, 165 (DS#3 WR) + More +

  Atwell was the other big name left off the field in Saturday's loss to Virginia. The standout slot receiver has an injury that Satterfield would not disclose and is listed as questionable for Friday's game against Syracuse. The Miami native has tallied 528 receiving yards and five touchdowns this season and Satterfield said it will be close to see if he can play on Friday. "No specifics. Should know more this week I think he'll be really close to be able to come back. The negative is that it's a short week," Satterfield said. Satterfield stopped all rumors of Atwell wanting to opt out, like Hawkins. Satterfield said he and Atwell have not had a discussion about opting out this season. - Courier Journal

(DS#3 WR) Jr/2022 WR Tutu AtwellLouisville
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  11/20/20 - Malik CunninghamrJr/2022, Louisville, 6-1, 195 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Malik Cunningham accounted for two touchdowns to offset three first-half turnovers, and Louisville held Syracuse to a season-low 137 yards with three takeaways for a 30-0 victory on Friday night. All of the turnovers occurred before the break, though Cunningham's two interceptions around a fumble in Syracuse territory weren't as costly. That's because the Cardinals' replenished defense created just as many opportunities, two of which the offense converted into 10 points for a 13-0 lead in the second quarter. Cunningham added a 4-yard TD run with 29 seconds remaining in the half before connecting with Tutu Atwell for a 19-yard score midway through the third. The junior quarterback finished 19-of-28 passing for 219 yards as the Cardinals (3-6, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a two-game losing streak. Jalen Mitchell rushed 11 times for 46 yards with a 2-yard TD while Maurice Burkley had 56 yards on 10 carries. Syracuse (1-8, 1-7) never got going in losing its sixth consecutive game. Freshman JaCobian Morgan completed 5-of-12 passes for 40 yards in his second start and the ground game managed just 92 yards. - AP College Football

(DS#8 QB) rJr/2022 QB Malik CunninghamLouisville
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  Louisville linebacker Thurman Geathers has opted out of the 2020 season with four games left on the schedule. Geathers, an outside linebacker that has been a rotation player and pass rusher for the Cardinals, showed promise in some of his appearances. Chris Person, of Rivals.com, first reported the news. The Georgia native played in six games and had four tackles, and he registered half a sack against Notre Dame. He did not play against Virginia Tech, even with Louisville missing eight players on the defensive side because of COVID-19 related issues.

"He's had some ups and downs in his time here, a lot of frustrations. He didn't play a whole lot on Saturday and really decided he wanted to pack it up," coach Scott Satterfield said. "It's unfortunate for him but he wants to move in another direction. Like I told our guys we want guys that want to be here. You have to be 100% committed. This is not a sport where you can be half in and half out, you have to be 100% committed to do everything you are asked to do." Geathers arrived at Louisville as a three-star prospect in 2018 and was ranked as the No. 73 defensive end nationally by ESPN and the No. 67 player in Georgia by 247Sports. - Courier Journal


(DS#999 OLB) rSo/2023 OLB Thurman GeathersLouisville
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  10/27/20 - *Javian HawkinsrSo/2021, Louisville, 5-09, 196 (DS#7 RB) + More +

  Javian Hawkins earned the nickname "PlayStation" when he played Pop Warner football as a kid in Brevard County. On Saturday, he hit the "o" button and gave the Louisville Cardinals a huge advantage in a 48-16 win over the Florida State Seminoles. Hawkins, who starred at Astronaut High and Cocoa High, scored two of his three touchdowns in the first quarter for Louisville as the Cardinals jumped out to a big lead. First, the sophomore tailback scored on a 9-yard run, helping U of L tie the game at 7. But it was his second run that gave the Cardinals huge momentum, and made the game's highlight reel. Starting right, Hawkins was bottled up, but he spun back and headed left, and his speed carried him the rest of the way for a 70-yard touchdown. Hawkins added a third touchdown in the third quarter - a 10-yard scoring run. Hawkins left the 100-yard mark behind in the second quarter. He now has 11 100-yard games in his young Louisville career, good enough for fourth in school history. He finished with 176 yards on 16 carries, averaging 10.8 yards per carry. - Courier Journal

(DS#7 RB) rSo/2021 RB *Javian HawkinsLouisville
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  10/26/20 - *Javian HawkinsrSo/2021, Louisville, 5-09, 196 (DS#7 RB) + More +

  OCT 26 ACC RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Javian Hawkins, Louisville, So., RB, Titusville, Fla.,...Rushed for 174 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in the Cardinals' 48-16 win over Florida State...First Louisville player with three rushing touchdowns in a game since Trey Smith against Wake Forest on Oct. 27, 2018...Saturday marked the 11th 100-yard rushing game of Hawkins' career, tied for the fourth most in Louisville history...His five career 150-yard rushing games are tied for the fifth most in school history. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#7 RB) rSo/2021 RB *Javian HawkinsLouisville
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  10/24/20 - *Javian HawkinsrSo/2021, Louisville, 5-09, 196 (DS#7 RB) + More +

  Javian Hawkins ran for a season-best 174 yards and a career-high three touchdowns for Louisville, which snapped a four-game losing streak Saturday by beating Florida State 48-16. The Cardinals (2-4, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) took advantage of a yielding Seminoles defense to amass 410 yards of its 569 total yards in the first half. Five plays went for at least 35 yards in the half, helping the Cardinals take a 31-14 halftime lead. Jordan Travis, who transferred from Louisville two seasons ago, recovered his fumble after a botched handoff and ran it in 15 yards to give the Seminoles (2-4, 1-4) a 7-0 lead just 2:30 into the game. But Louisville responded quickly, needing just 2:01 to tie it on a 9-yard run by Hawkins, one of his 16 carries on the day.

That was the start of 28 straight points for Louisville, which never looked back. After the Cardinals defense forced a three-and-out on Florida State's ensuing drive, Hawkins gave Louisville the lead for good on a 70-yard scoring run on the Cardinals next play. Malik Cunningham completed 16 of 24 passes for 278 yards and two scores in the victory. Tutu Atwell caught three passes for 129 yards, including a 66-yard scoring strike from Cunningham, and added a 2-yard rushing touchdown. Despite racking up a season-best 265 yards rushing, the Seminoles offense could not match the Cardinals. Travis finished completing just 14-of-32 passes for 141 yards with a touchdown and an interception before being pulled midway through the fourth quarter. - Louisville/AP College Football


(DS#7 RB) rSo/2021 RB *Javian HawkinsLouisville
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  10/22/20 - *Javian HawkinsrSo/2021, Louisville, 5-09, 196 (DS#7 RB) + More +

  Louisville football left its loss to Notre Dame a bit banged up Saturday. Running back and kick returner Hassan Hall injured his shoulder in the 12-7 loss. He went down on a kick return attempt in the first half and did not return. Coach Scott Satterfield said he is listed as day-to-day. Also listed as day-to-day is defensive end Yaya Diaby. Diaby was seen limping off the field in the first half and did not return to the game. Neither Hall nor Diaby practiced on Sunday and will continue to be evaluated. The loss of Hall and Diaby could have an impact on the Cardinals against Florida State this Saturday. Hall is Louisville's backup running back, paired with starter Javian Hawkins. Hall has 111 yards on 26 carries and is averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Without Hall, Hawkins will carry the load again in the backfield. That isn't something new for Hawkins, who is fourth nationally with 519 rushing yards. Since taking over the lead role last season, he has had 20 or more attempts eight times, and his production hasn't faltered. He's capable of being a workhorse for Louisville. - Courier Journal

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  10/19/20 - Tutu AtwellJr/2022, Louisville, 5-09, 165 (DS#3 WR) + More +

  Louisville's offense was supposed to be one of the best in the ACC this year and the reason it was thought of as a contender. But against Notre Dame, in the biggest game on the season, it was the reason it lost, not the defense. The Cardinals tallied just 234 yards and outside of the first drive of the second half, never looked in sync. Wide receiver Tutu Atwell never truly got going with 40 yards in the game, and the offensive line couldn't create room for Hawkins to run consistently. Notre Dame had more than 36 minutes possession. It was so lopsided that Louisville ran just five plays in the first quarter and it took until the second half for Satterfield to get through his scripted first and second down play calls. "That tells you the few amount of plays we ran in the first half," Satterfield said. - Courier Journal

(DS#3 WR) Jr/2022 WR Tutu AtwellLouisville
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  10/16/20 - Malik CunninghamrJr/2022, Louisville, 6-1, 195 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Louisville's offense was one of the best in the ACC last year. It averaged 33.1 points per game and was led by a wealth of talent. With the return of quarterback Malik Cunningham, running backs Hassan Hall and Javian Hawkins and a plethora of receivers led by Tutu Atwell and Dez Fitzpatrick, Louisville was thought to be one of the best offenses in the conference again. Many picked the Cardinals as a sleeper to make the ACC Championship game. But one month into the football season, Louisville (1-3, 0-3 ACC) has been inconsistent on both sides of the ball and is one of three ACC teams without a conference win. While it was understood it would take time for the defense to improve, the offense was supposed to be the strength again - carrying it to wins when the defense struggled. But that hasn't been the case, and now Louisville is on a three-game losing streak.

What's changed? The answer is fairly simple. The offense hasn't been the same efficient group it was last year. It's not because of a lack of talent or some large, schematic change, either. Louisville's main culprit is a turnover uptick and the inability to hit on the big plays it was known for last year. Satterfield didn't put the blame on one person, although he said Cunningham has missed a few throws he made last season. "Now, Malik's overthrown a few of them, but it seems like there's been something different, whether it be Malik not throwing the proper ball or the receiver not running the proper route or the offensive line or tight ends not protecting," Satterfield said. "So, in the course of the season, it's been a little bit of everybody, I think, that have attributed to some of those shots not being there." Louisville averaged 10.1 yards per passing attempt last year. This season, it is at 7.95. A dip, but something that is fixable. - Courier Journal


(DS#8 QB) rJr/2022 QB Malik CunninghamLouisville
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  10/07/20 - Malik CunninghamrJr/2022, Louisville, 6-1, 195 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Malik Cunningham is healthy once again. After taking a hard hit in the final offensive play of Louisville's 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh, Cunningham is back to being a full participant in practice. He was wheeled off the field on a stretcher and was limited during the bye week, coach Scott Satterfield said. But he was a full participant last weekend. His return is good news for the Cardinals. "He's doing good and ready to go. Shouldn't be any limitations as he heads into this game," Satterfield said.

Cunningham is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC and has been off to a strong start statistically. He's sixth in the ACC with 757 yards and second with seven touchdowns. But there's still a place where Cunningham can improve - decision making. He was one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country last season with a 194.74 passer rating, which would've been good for third nationally if he had attempted one more pass. His passer rating is 143.6 (sixth in the ACC), but with even higher usage rate, his interceptions are also up. Last year, Cunningham threw five interceptions on 178 attempts. He has five interceptions through three games this season on 91 attempts. He's on pace for 331 passing attempts this season. - Courier Journal


(DS#8 QB) rJr/2022 QB Malik CunninghamLouisville
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  10/01/20 - Malik CunninghamrJr/2022, Louisville, 6-1, 195 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  After leaving Saturday's game against Pittsburgh on a medical cart, Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham is "good to go," coach Scott Satterfield said. Cunningham went down hard on the last offensive play in Saturday's game. Rolling to his right, Cunningham was tackled as he was throwing the ball on fourth down, hoping to keep Louisville's comeback chances alive. His throw was intercepted. Though he was carted off on a stretcher, Satterfield said he had movement of all of his extremities while on the ground and he gave a thumbs up as he was carted off. He traveled back with the team on Saturday after evaluated and did practice on Tuesday, Satterfield said. Cunningham is currently the ACC leader in passing yards with 757. He also leads the league with seven touchdowns, but has thrown five interceptions, which is equal to his amount all of last season. - Courier Journal

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  09/28/20 - Malik CunninghamrJr/2022, Louisville, 6-1, 195 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  There was a scary sight at the end of Louisville's game against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Quarterback Malik Cunningham, scrambling to his right to avoid a sack and make a play on fourth down, was hit while throwing the ball. He hit the ground hard and stayed down. Cunningham, who entered the week leading the ACC in passing yards and touchdowns, was taken off the field on a stretcher that was put on a cart. While he was being carted off, he gave a thumbs-up to his team. "That's the soldier mentality in him. He gave it his all and he got twisted up. He put his thumb up to let us know he was good so we are going to get back and get better," running back Javian Hawkins said.

After the game, head coach Scott Satterfield said he didn't know the exact nature of Cunningham's injury but that he was moving all of his extremities while on the ground. "He stepped up on that play. They had some pass rushers there, and it looked like he got his feet caught up under a couple of their defenders. He got twisted a little bit," Satterfield said. "The medical team takes every precaution. That's why they took him in to further evaluate him. I have not gotten an update on that, so anything else would be speculation. He did have feeling in his body and his extremities, so that's positive." - Courier Journal


(DS#8 QB) rJr/2022 QB Malik CunninghamLouisville
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  09/16/20 - Braden SmithSo/2023, Louisville, 5-10, 192 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Braden Smith has a knack for impressing people early on. His freshman year at Northwest Mississippi Community College, head coach Benjy Parker found Smith alone in the weight room, going through a drill. The former high school quarterback, making the transition to wide receiver, was throwing a tennis ball off the wall, catching it and sending it back. It was a common drill wide receivers went through. But Smith fielded the ball and threw it back like a shortstop. Parker, impressed with Smith's hand-eye coordination, asked Smith if he played baseball before and the Flowood, Mississippi, native said he had. "I never saw him play, but I bet he was a good baseball player," Parker said.

While many don't associate baseball with him anymore, many have a similar feeling of amazement when they meet Smith. He impressed Parker early in his time in junior college, he did the same with Louisville wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer this spring and took it to the national stage on Saturday. In his Louisville debut, Smith caught four passes for 110 yards, the longest was a 63-yard catch that set up Louisville's first touchdown. He was named ACC receiver of the week for his performance. He is the first Louisville player since Deion Branch (2000) to tally 100 yards or more in his debut. Parker also coached Branch for a year when he was at Jones County Community College and said he and Smith are very similar. "Braden is bigger and probably a step faster, but Branch was certainly very savvy and very tough," Parker said. "They have a lot of the same traits." - Courier Journal


(DS#999 WR) So/2023 WR Braden SmithLouisville
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