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  Louisville coach Scott Satterfield says quarterback Malik Cunningham's status is being evaluated daily for concussion-like symptoms after he was injured Saturday's loss at Boston College. The fifth-year senior ran for three touchdowns and threw for another before finishing the game, a 34-33 defeat, on the sideline. He was removed for one play in the third quarter after taking a hit to the head from BC defensive back Jaylen Blackwell, who was penalized for targeting. Cunningham played two more series before being replaced by Brock Domann.

Satterfield said Tuesday that Cunningham told team doctors that he "felt a little different" after taking another hit later and was pulled from the game. "His status now is day to day and it'll be determined by our doctors what they allow him to do," Satterfield said during his weekly news conference, which came ahead of Saturday's ACC game at Virginia. "If he's able to go, then obviously he'll go. But if they say he's not ready, then he won't go." Cunningham was injured two days after Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a concussion, laying on the turf with his hands and fingers frozen upward after being slammed backward to the turf in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Tagovailoa had experienced concussion-like symptoms after a hit four days earlier against the Buffalo Bills but was cleared to return, raising questions about the NFL's handling of such injuries. - AP College Football


rSr/2023 QB Malik CunninghamLouisville
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  Malik Cunningham ran for three of his four touchdowns as Louisville rolled to a 41-3 win over South Florida on Saturday afternoon. Cunningham put the Cardinals (2-2) comfortably ahead by halftime with TDs on four of five possessions. He had scoring runs of 35, 40 and 8 yards and tossed a 26-yard TD to senior transfer Jaelin Carter, who stretched to make a leaping grab in the end zone for his first score as a Cardinal. Cunningham finished 14 of 22 passing for 186 yards and ran nine times for 113 yards before going to the bench early in the fourth quarter.

It was the fifth-year senior's 10th 100-plus-yard rushing game and third in a row. Cunningham is the eighth player in NCAA history to have over 3,000 rushing yards and 8,000 passing. Louisville had one of its best games of the season offensively, out-gaining USF (1-3) 542-158. That total included 283 rushing, with Trevion Cooley gaining 75 on 11 carries and Tiyon Evans 53 on 13 attempts. The Bulls (1-3) averted a shutout when Spencer Schrader kicked a 37-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Bulls had three first-half turnovers. Gerry Bohanon Jr. threw two interceptions and USF had a fumble. Bohanon was 9 of 17 passing for 62 yards and was relieved in the third quarter by backup quarterback Katravis Marsh, who was 4 of 11 for 48 yards. - Louisville/AP College Football


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  Louisville defensive lineman Jermayne Lole, who transferred from Arizona State, is out for the season with an elbow injury. That comes after he missed the 2021 season at ASU with a triceps injury which occurred two weeks before the season opened. Lole has dealt with more than his share of adversity, most notably losing thee family members within a two-month span late in 2020. - Arizona Republic

rSr/2023 DT Jermayne LoleLouisville
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  Malik Cunningham used his arm and his legs to get Louisville's season on track. The redshirt senior quarterback threw for 195 yards and rushed for 121 more, including a 43-yard scoring run in the third quarter, to lead Louisville to a 20-14 victory over UCF. The Cardinals (1-1) outscored the Knights 13-0 in the second half. Tyron Evans rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown and Tyler Hudson had three catches for 67 yards. UCF (1-1) scored touchdowns on two of its first three possessions, but struggled to get much going the rest of the way. The Knights had their best scoring chance with 2:52 remaining in the fourth quarter but quarterback John Rhys Plumlee was intercepted in the end zone by Jarvis Brownlee. Plumlee was 16-for-34 passing for 131 yards and rushed for 83 yards, but he was sacked four times. Isaiah Bowser rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns. - Louisville/AP College Football

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  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 47. Malik Cunningham, QB, Louisville, Senior. Notable 2021 stats: 2,941 yards, 19 TDs. Last year's ranking: 65. Who topped the Total QBR rankings in the ACC last season? It wasn't Kenny Pickett, or Sam Hartman, or Devin Leary, or Tyler Van Dyke: It was the kinetic Cunningham, who threw for 2,941 yards, rushed for 1,031 and produced 39 combined scores. You can't take your eyes off of him. - ESPN.com

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  2022 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Malik Cunningham, Sr., Louisville,...Entering his fourth season as a starter, Cunningham has passed for 7,889 career yards and 62 career touchdowns. He ranks second all-time at UofL for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 38, seventh with 62 career touchdown passes and second with 100 touchdowns responsible for. He is the only Cardinals quarterback to have nine completions passes of at least 75 yards. - Louisville Football

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  Despite missing the final four games of the 2021 season with an ACL injury, Kei'Trel Clark still ranked among the top cornerbacks in the ACC. He tied with former Clemson cornerback Mario Goodrich and Pitt defensive back Erick Hallett to lead the conference in passes defended with 12, breaking up nine, with three interceptions. He's widely considered a future NFL draft pick and can prove it with another strong season. The Virginia native was also one of two Louisville players to make the All-ACC preseason team. There are no more injury concerns at this point, either. When asked if he feels 100%, Clark simply said, "Y'all gon' see." - Courier Journal

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  2022 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCH LIST: Malik Cunningham, Louisville,...Entering his fourth season as a starter, Cunningham has passed for 7,889 career yards and 62 career touchdowns. He ranks second all-time at UofL for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 38, seventh with 62 career touchdown passes and second with 100 touchdowns responsible for. He is the only Cardinals quarterback to have nine completions passes of at least 75 yards. - Louisville Football

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  Nicario Harper wasn't happy with the feedback he'd received. After two seasons at Jacksonville State, Harper was ready to take the next step and to enter the 2022 NFL draft. The only problem? Scouts weren't sold on him. He was told they wanted to see him in coverage more and to work on his hips. Harper, who had a stint at Southern Miss before Jacksonville State, was open to what he'd been told even if he wasn't thrilled to hear it. "They just really see me as a physical player, as a downhill thumper," the 2021 Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year said, "and I want to be able to show my versatility more." Instead of staying at Jacksonville State, he moved back up to the FBS level and transferred to Louisville, where he's been given the chance to show off his versatility. During fall camp, the Cardinals repped Harper at multiple spots, including the CARD linebacker, free safety and nickelback positions.

Harper is one of six transfers, out of 13 total that joined the roster during the offseason, that coach Scott Satterfield's staff brought in to reinforce a secondary that gave up the fourth-most passing yards in the ACC (3,193 yards) and 20 touchdowns (10th). The bulk of Harper's experience as a Gamecock was at safety where he tallied 54 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery in addition to being a Buck Buchanon Award finalist, given to the top safety in FCS, in his final season. That's not all he has to offer, though, and the Georgia native welcomes the opportunity to display more of his capabilities this season. "A lot of people just think I'm just a physical guy, but I want to show also I can cover," he said. "I can move around. I can blitz. I can play up top. I can play in a box. I can do everything. That's the kind of player I feel like I am, so I want to I'm glad I got the opportunity to show that this season." - Courier Journal


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  Louisville isn't without experienced players heading into Season 4 under Scott Satterfield. The Cardinals return seven players with starting experience on offense and 10 on defense after going 6-7 in 2021. Still, the team lost valuable players like CJ Avery to graduation while others like Tyler Harrell opted to hit the transfer portal. The Cardinals don't have to worry, though, given the host of new players available to help fill in those spots.

When the Cardinals experienced a good amount of turnover among their wide receivers, they turned to the transfer portal to address their need for bodies and experience. Tyler Hudson made the transition from the FCS level at Central Arkansas to Louisville after finishing fourth nationally in receiving yards with 1,242 on 62 catches in 2021. His height (6-foot-2) and experience will be key in helping to bolster Louisville's passing game. - Courier Journal


Sr/2023 WR Tyler HudsonLouisville
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  Monty Montgomery says he can beat anyone at chess, just as soon as he learns how to play. The Louisville linebacker is comically confident, a self-hyping senior who conjures a modern day Muhammad Ali with braided dreadlocks. Though he has been remarkably productive in a limited role, leading U of L in quarterback sacks in two separate seasons despite playing primarily on third down, Montgomery talks a game so big it calls for its own area code. He calls himself a "rock star," the "best ever," and has predicted an All-America season for himself with "monumental awards." "It's time for me to unleash," he said Friday, "and flash the greatness." Whether Montgomery's boasts are sincere or merely a playful pose is an unsolved mystery - U of L defensive coordinator Bryan Brown said he's not sure he has ever encountered another player so outwardly confident - but few athletes have been more dedicated to the pursuit of their dreams.

Admittedly afflicted by "little man syndrome," the 5-foot-11 Montgomery is known for logging the longest hours at U of L's practice facility and for a competitive edge that has been sharpened since childhood in family pushup contests and football games played not only to win, but to humiliate rivals. "Just the fact that you can embarrass a man and not feel any remorse about it, that's the best feeling, man," Montgomery said. "If you take away a man's emotional state, then you win everything, I feel like." - Courier Journal


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  2022 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCHLIST: Caleb Chandler, Louisville, Rs Sr G,...Last season, Chandler became only the second UofL offensive lineman to earn first team All-ACC accolades, joining former teammate Mekhi Becton, who was a first team selection at offensive tackle in 2019. The Jefferson, Ga., native graded out over 85 percent in all 12 games and helped lead one of the nation's top offensive units. The Cardinals averaged 212.9 yards on the ground per game, while averaging 5.4 yards per carry, Overall, the offense finished the regular season averaging 450.2 yards per game and averaged 31.9 points per contest. - Louisville Football

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  Louisville junior cornerback Kei'Trel Clark tore his ACL during a game in late October, and he is still sidelined for his injury. The cornerback recorded 40 tackles and three interceptions in eight games last season and was named 2022 All-ACC. - Rotowire.com

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  A good portion of Malik Cunningham's spring was devoted to getting him more comfortable passing in the pocket as opposed to being more prone to run. He showed progress in that during the spring and continued the work over the summer. Part of that was developing even more confidence in his receivers group, which was built both on and off the field. With more at his disposal, the hope is that Cunningham can do less while still being a dynamic, dual-threat quarterback for the Cardinals. Last year, Cunningham totaled a team-high 1,031 rushing yards - fifth-most in the ACC - becoming the second Cardinals quarterback to reach 1,000 rushing yards after Lamar Jackson accomplished the feat in 2016 and 2017. Cunningham also threw for 2,941 yards, becoming the second player in school history to eclipse 2,800 yards with 19 rushing and passing touchdowns in a season for a combined total of 39.

His numbers helped Louisville's total offense to rank No. 14 in the country, though it didn't always translate into wins for the squad. The Alabama native will have one last fall camp with the Cardinals to make the necessary adjustments to his game to not just help himself and preserve his longevity, but also to use the depth he has around him. "A lot of receivers that we're going to have this year didn't really play last year, didn't have really much production. A couple of them did, so just working on the things that I'm going to be doing in the game, simulate game-like stuff, just getting those throws in and working on all aspects of the game," Cunningham said of his offseason focus. "Moving in the pocket, throwing off platform, going through all my reads, checking down to the running backs, not looking to run - things like that." - Courier Journal


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  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Yasir Abdullah, Louisville, Senior LB,...Abdullah, who registered 52 tackles from his outside linebacker position, earnead second team All-Atlantic Coast Conference accolades after finishing second in the ACC with 10.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss. The 10 sacks were second in the league and 12th nationally. As an outside linebacker, Abdullah was credited with 53 tackles in 13 starts. He totaled a season high 3.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks in a win at Florida State and recorded 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in a win over Syracuse. - Louisville Football

rSr/2023 OLB Yasir AbdullahLouisville
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