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  10/19/20 - Tutu AtwellJr/2022, Louisville, 5-09, 165 (DS#4 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#4 WR) Jr/2022 WR Tutu AtwellLouisville
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  10/16/20 - Malik CunninghamrJr/2022, Louisville, 6-1, 200 (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, 200 (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, 200 (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, 200 (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


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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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  09/14/20 - Braden SmithSo/2023, Louisville, 5-10, 192 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  SEPT 14 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Braden Smith, Louisville, So., WR, Flowood, Miss.,...Finished with four catches for 110 yards in Saturday night's 35-21 win over Western Kentucky...Smith became the first Cardinal to record 100 receiving yards in his Louisville debut since Deion Branch tallied 123 yards against Kentucky in the 2000 season opener. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#999 WR) So/2023 WR Braden SmithLouisville
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  09/13/20 - Braden SmithSo/2023, Louisville, 5-10, 192 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Newcomer Braden Smith, a transfer from Northwest Mississippi Community College, had a record-setting debut for the Cardinals tallying 110 yards. He's the first receiver since Deion Branch in 2000 to record 100 yards or more in his Louisville debut. Louisville's defense has been the hot topic all offseason with many understanding if the defense took a step forward, it would help the Cardinals jump into the ACC's elite. - Courier Journal

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  09/13/20 - Malik CunninghamrJr/2022, Louisville, 6-1, 200 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  In the middle of its game against Western Kentucky, the Louisville football team got some good news. It will be the next stop for ESPN's "College GameDay" show next week when it hosts Miami on Sept. 19. The game is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. and will air on ABC. The time of the game was changed earlier Saturday afternoon after the Virginia-Virginia Tech game was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak at Virginia Tech. This will be the third time Louisville has hosted "College GameDay," it hosted in 2016 and 2017. The postponement of Virginia-Virginia Tech opened the door for the popular pregame show to come to Louisville, as many assumed it would choose the rivalry game over Louisville-Miami. With that matchup postponed, it opened the door for Louisville with the next-best game. The SEC has not started its season yet, and the only Big 12 team that is playing next week is Oklahoma State, which hosts Tulsa and the only other ACC conference games next week are Syracuse-Pittsburgh and Wake Forest-NC State. Wake Forest hosted "College GameDay" this week. Louisville lost to Miami 52-27 last year, but has won three of the last four matchups despite trailing 3-10 in the series. - Courier Journal

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  09/13/20 - Ean PfeiferrSr/2021, Louisville, 6-4, 255 (DS#999 TE) + More +

  Is there a more efficient player on Louisville's roster than Ean Pfeifer? There might not be. The tight end, a graduate transfer from Vanderbilt, has caught three passes in his career and each one has been for a touchdown. He caught two last year, one against Miami and one against NC State.He scored the first touchdown of the year with 10:57 time left in the quarter Saturday, a 28-yard pass from quarterback Micale Cunningham. With that catch, he became the first player in Louisville history to score a touchdown on each of his first three receptions. - Courier Journal

(DS#999 TE) rSr/2021 TE Ean PfeiferLouisville
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  09/12/20 - Malik CunninghamrJr/2022, Louisville, 6-1, 200 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Micale Cunningham accounted for four touchdowns and passed for a career-high 343 yards, helping Louisville overcome a mistake-prone start to roll past Western Kentucky 35-21 in Saturday night's season opener for both schools. Cunningham completed 19 of 34 passes with TDs of 28, 2 and 70 yards to surpass his previous yardage best of 288 last season against Boston College. The junior quarterback also rushed for a 14-yard score after hitting tight end Ean Pfeifer with his first TD pass that tied the game at 7. A fumbled punt snap on Louisville's opening possession resulted in Gaej Walker's 1-yard TD run for WKU.

Louisville regrouped to score on four of the next five drives as Javian Hawkins rushed for a 19-yard TD and Marshon Ford caught a TD pass to make it 28-7. The Cardinals outgained the Hilltoppers 487-248, including 337-120 by halftime on the way to winning their 12th consecutive series meeting. Tyrrell Pigrome tossed a 12-yard TD to Mitchell Tinsley and finished with 129 yards passing in his WKU debut after transferring from Maryland. Omari Alexander blocked a Logan Lupo punt to set up Malik Staples' 1-yard TD for another Hilltoppers score. The game was played before 11,179 physically distanced fans at Cardinal Stadium. - AP College/Louisville Football


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  09/12/20 - Tutu AtwellJr/2022, Louisville, 5-09, 165 (DS#4 WR) + More +

  Atwell returns with high expectations again this fall, and the Hilltoppers know they'll need to do a better job of limiting his production in Saturday's season opener if they want to snap an 11-game losing streak to Louisville. "We kind of have some different coverages - I can't go into specifics - but we have different things that we're going to do to contain him and make them use other players to have to beat us," WKU redshirt sophomore defensive back Beanie Bishop said Wednesday. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound receiver out of Miami Northwestern Senior High School set Louisville's record for receiving yards in 2019 and tied the school record for touchdowns. Atwell's 1,276 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns were top marks in the ACC last season.

Atwell, who averaged 18.75 yards per reception last season, had his big-play ability on display last year at Nissan Stadium. Atwell had a 46-yard touchdown reception from Micale Cunningham early in the second quarter and a 62-yard reception from Evan Conley late in the third. He also had a 9-yard score in the first quarter, a 4-yard reception in the second-quarter scoring drive and a 24-yard reception in the fourth quarter. "He's definitely an electric football player. He did the same thing in the ACC throughout the year," WKU defensive coordinator Clayton White said Wednesday. "I think the most important thing is just to be aware, play smart, understand his strengths and make sure we use our strengths to our advantage as well, and just do a great job of understanding where he's located on the offense and the things he likes to do." - BG Daily News


(DS#4 WR) Jr/2022 WR Tutu AtwellLouisville
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  09/12/20 - Justin MarshallrJr/2022, Louisville, 6-2, 213 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Justin Marshall's time has come. For the last two years he's been biding his time, learning from the wide receivers ahead of him on the depth chart. He redshirted in 2018 and played limited snaps last year while becoming a key member of the special teams unit. This year, though, his snaps at wide receiver will no longer be limited. For Louisville's Saturday opener against Western Kentucky, he'll likely take the field as a starter alongside standouts Dez Fitzpatrick and Tutu Atwell. While he hasn't received the accolades and attention that Fitzpatrick and Atwell have this offseason, there's excitement around Marshall's debut in the role. And it's easy to see why.

He passes the eye test as a 6-foot-3, 213-pound receiver who is long and has good hands. But there's more to the Conyers, Georgia, native than just his size. After an offseason of uncertainty surrounding the football season, a time that left him wondering when he'd take the field for the Cardinals, he's excited to show all of his skills. "I feel like over the years, I've been here for a good minute now, and I've been working," Marshall said. "Just honing my skills each and every day to make sure that when it is my time that I'm ready to showcase my talent." - Courier Journal


(DS#999 WR) rJr/2022 WR Justin MarshallLouisville
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  09/04/20 - Rodjay BurnsrSr/2021, Louisville, 6-0, 215 (DS#19 SS) + More +

  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Rodjay Burns, Louisville,...A Louisville native, Burns made a successful switch to linebacker after starting as a cornerback in 2018. Last season, Burns finished second on the team with 83 tackles and returned a fumble for a touchdown in a win over Western Kentucky. The former transfer from Ohio State recorded a career high 16 tackles and added an interception in a win over Wake Forest. Burns also registered a pair of sacks and led the team with 11.0 tackles for loss. - Louisville Football

(DS#19 SS) rSr/2021 SS Rodjay BurnsLouisville
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  09/04/20 - Dez FitzpatrickrSr/2021, Louisville, 6-1, 210 (DS#24 WR) + More +

  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Desmond Fitzpatrick, Louisville,...Fitzpatrick, a redshirt senior, enters his final season looking to build upon numbers that are approaching UofL's career top-10 lists. The native of Farmington, Hills, Mich., has caught 111 passes for 1,756 yards and 18 touchdowns, which is tied for sixth all-time. - Louisville Football

(DS#24 WR) rSr/2021 WR Dez FitzpatrickLouisville
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