Louisville Football Bounces back at the Bounce House Saturday, Sep 10 2022 

By: Spencer Laws

Head coach Scott Satterfield took a lot of pressure this week from the media, knowing that he and his team laid a pretty large egg last week at Syracuse. 

He said in his press conference Sept. 6, he was very disappointed with how the team played. On top of that, he took a lot of ownership for the downfall himself.

He made a substantial statement going into Orlando and handed UCF a loss in a tough environment after last week’s performance. 

The Bounce

The Cardinal offense came out firing on all cylinders, as they put up a 10-play 75-yard drive. This was finished off by a Tiyon Evans 7-yard run for a touchdown, to quiet down the crowd in the ‘Bounce House.’

The other side of the ball was another story. The defense seemed to pick up where it let off last week in Syracuse. 

Quarterback John Rhys Plumlee and the UCF offense marched right back down the field with a 10-play 80-yard drive. They ran it down Bryan Brown’s defense mouth to tie the game back up at 7. 

However, after that first drive the defense stepped up and only allowed one more touchdown the rest of the game. 

The defense proved they can play, it’s only a matter of when they will show up. 

Malik Cunningham and the offense struggled in their own right last week, inly being able to reach the end zone once.

They came out this week and showed they can move the ball on all sides of the offense. 

Five different players ran the ball, and the offense shelled the ball out to seven different receivers in the passing game.

Five out of the seven receivers that caught a pass had double-digit receiving yards.Tyler Hudson led all receivers with three catches and 67 yards. He was followed by Amari Huggins-Bruce with two catches and 42 yards. 

Cunningham  finished with 195 yards passing, completing 14 of 29 attempts. Not a fantastic stat line by Malik’s standards, but he was able to be very dangerous in the run game. 

Cunningham was the Cards leading rusher with 121 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. With that touchdown, he moved into 3rd all time in rushing touchdowns for Louisville. He trails only Lenny Lyles and Lamar Jackson. 

Cunningham was followed by Tiyon Evans, who had 76 yards on 19 attempts and a touchdown.

Evans continues to show that he is a very reliable back who can run between the tackle and make defenders miss in the flats. 

Questions We Have

Lastly, two questions we still have going forward with this team and staff.

Is Scott Satterfield here to stay? 

The narrative of Scott Satterfield and is he going to hold onto his job continues to be the most talked about storyline from this team. 

Satterfield cools his seat down a little, with a win coming out of Orlando. However, the Knights were only a couple plays away from scoring a touchdown that would’ve made things a lot more interesting in those last final minutes. 

Can Bryan Brown and the defense put together a full game? 

We see that the defense has struggled so far with tackling and stopping the run. UCF tapped into that weakness early, as they ran the wildcat offense in the red-zone for both of their touchdowns in the first half. 

To be relevant in the ACC, the defense and Bryan Brown are going to have to figure out how to slow offenses down in the run game. 

It was announced before the game that Arizona State Transfer Jermayne Lole will miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury.  

To the defensive’s credit, the Cards did record four sacks last night while holding the Knights scoreless in the second half. 

Going Forward

The Cards have another short week, with ACC rival Florida State coming to town Friday. 

This game will foretell where this team is going this year. Did we see a Louisville football team that is going to compete and fight hard? Or is inconsistency going to rule Scott Satterfield and the Cards?

Card Nation has been brought back,  just in time to pack Cardinal Stadium Friday night for the home opener.

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Louisville football collapses to Syracuse in season opener Wednesday, Sep 7 2022 

By Spencer Laws

It was Saturday, October 1st, 2016. The Louisville football team was in Clemson, South Carolina playing one of the biggest games in Louisville football history. Senior wide receiver and hometown kid James Quick had a chance to extend the drive and put the Cardinals in a goal-line scenario to win the game. 

Quick stepped out of bounds just one yard short of the first down and the Cardinals lost the game.

A lot of fans remember the trajectory the team was headed that year.  

Since this play, it seems the Cardinals have fallen, and have fallen drastically; the Cardinals have put up a record of 28-35. They are 1-4 in bowl games since then, and also 1-4 versus in-state rival Kentucky.  

Saturday night’s performance versus Syracuse showed everyone that this season is going to likely run parallel to the last 5 seasons if this team’s production from Saturday is the standard set. The optimism was high for fans coming into this season, as major contributors from last year’s success returned, on top of the transfers that joined the team this season.

A lot of Cardinals fans began to point the finger and look at the job that is being done by their head coach and the performance their football team is doing weekly. 

Where it Went Wrong

The downfall of the Cardinals comes in a lot of areas, starting off with play calling. Satterfield’s commitment to the run game put the Cards in a lot of long-distance situations. This resulted in a lot of tough situations for quarterback Malik Cunningham, who converted only 5-11 times on 3rd down, and 0-2 times on 4th down. 

Averaging 4.4 yards per rush attempt, the team recorded a total of 137 yards on the ground in 31 attempts and a fumble. In the air, Cunningham threw for 197 yards, averaging 8.6 yards per completion on 17-23 attempts with two interceptions. 

Overall, the offense was only able to reach the end-zone once. Running back Tiyon Evans was able to break free for a 36-yard run resulting in a touchdown. He’s one of the brighter spots early on for this team. 

In the meantime, the defense was not much better, as the tackling display was a huge reason for the undoing we watched. Co-defensive coordinator Bryan Brown stated in his press conference on Tuesday that Syracuse was “a little hungrier than” the Cards. 

The defense was scrambling all around the rushing attack of the Orange offense. Syracuse’s offense put up 449 total yards, 208 of those yards on the ground, and 241 in the air. In addition to the yardage destruction, the defense allowed 4 touchdowns and a field goal while forcing 0 turnovers. Interestingly, Syracuse’s 18 penalties are the second most by an opponent since Wichita State’s 19 in 1963.

Looking Forward to This Friday

The Cards turn around from Saturday night with a short week and a trip to Orlando, Florida on Friday to face a very physical Central Florida football team, coached by Gus Malzahn. Malzahn is the former Auburn, helping lead the Tigers to a National Championship back in 2010. 

UCF has been nearly untouchable at home over recent years. Bestowing a remarkable 31-2 record since 2017, the Cardinal defense faces a Central Florida offense led by quarterback John Rhys Plumlee on Friday. Head coach Scott Satterfield stated, “Plumlee may be the fastest QB we’ve ever played against.” Furthermore, Plumlee is a better running quarterback than Syracuse’s Garrett Shrader. Shrader ran 16 times for 94 yards while reaching the in-zone once on the ground. 

This is the third time in the four years of Satterfield’s tenure that Louisville has lost its season opener. One can only hope that the team bounces back and can iron out all the kinks before their home opener on the 16th. 

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Satterfield, Cardinals Kick Off Spring Practice Wednesday, Feb 10 2021 

By Tyler Nunez —

The University of Louisville football team finished its up-and-down 2020 season on a high note, and it’s looking to carry that momentum into the offseason as spring practice begins.

Head coach Scott Satterfield spoke with the media Monday after the first practice of the spring semester to discuss his expectations for the offseason ahead as well as the moves he and his team have made since the Cardinals’ 45-21 win against Wake Forest on Dec. 12.

“It’s great to be back out on the field,” Satterfield said in his opening statement. “Since our game against Wake Forest, we have several newcomers out. Thirteen scholarship players that we brought in mid-term that are really good people No. 1, but No. 2 are going to be really good players for us, too. That’s evident in practice.”

Satterfield stayed busy in the less-than-two months between the season’s end and the first practice of the spring. In addition to getting 13 kids enrolled early, he made several significant changes to his staff, including the addition of three new position coaches and the promotion of defensive coordinator Bryan Brown to associate head coach.

The most recent of those hires was Jack Bicknell, Jr., a 33-year coaching veteran who will take over the Cardinals’ offensive line. He joined De’Rail Sims (running backs) and Pete Thomas (quarterbacks) as new offensive coaches joining Louisville for its 2021 season.
That trio will help bolster an offensive coaching staff without a defined offensive coordinator after Dwayne Ledford took a job coaching the offensive line at the Atlanta Falcons. Satterfield himself will call plays from the sideline and serve as the top offensive guru.

“The one thing I’ve always said is that we always want to continue to build and elevate coaches,” Satterfield said. “I think that’s healthy for any kind of program. We had three guys who left for coordinator positions and one that left for an NFL position. All these guys got promotions and got elevated into something they wanted to do.

“The thing I’m looking for when I’m hiring coaches is fit: good people. I want to bring into this building someone who is going to bring the same kind of integrity we have in the building, the same kind of heart and desire to want to improve and get better.”

With coaching hires out of the way and a complete staff put together, Satterfield and the Cardinals can now use the spring to look forward to the 2021 season.

He said the primary focus of spring camp will be developing those 13 new faces and catching them up to the system so they can have a maximal impact by the time the season starts.

“We’re going to throw them into the fire,” Satterfield said. “They’re going to make some mistakes. We all know that. We’re really just trying to get them coached up. I really want them to get as many reps as they can get.”

More broadly, Satterfield pointed to turnover ratio as a key point of emphasis during this offseason.

The Cardinals were -12 in the turnover margin last year, turning the ball over 24 times and forcing opponents into just 12 turnovers all season. That’s something Satterfield said will need to change if the Cardinals want to have more success in 2021.

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The beginning of the Satterfield era Sunday, Aug 25 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

With an abrupt end to the Petrino era, Louisville football is working to distance itself from another  2-10 season. Head coach Scott Satterfield is looking to take steps in the right direction with a fresh coaching staff.

The first major part of this vision was changing the culture of the program to be more constructive. Satterfield’s coaching style focuses on showing players praise for good work, rather than slamming them when things go south.

“We’re trying to talk to our guys in a positive way. For example, every day we take the offense and show them eight clips and tell them ‘This is what we’re looking for,’ ” said Satterfield.

This optimism does not stop with just the offense, but is a team-wide effort to build players morale.

“One thing we do defensively is called the hustle tape and if you are not on that hustle tape you’re not going to play,” said defensive coordinator Bryan Brown when explaining how he combats low energy.

Satterfield assembled the coaching staff based off of people he worked with in the past and grabbing coaches from Appalachian State.

With a rough 2018 season, Satterfield explained that their greatest weakness is in depth. “When you go from the stars down to the next group it is a pretty significant drop off,” he said.

Building a strong second string will be essential entering the 2019 season as injuries can pop up at any part of the season.

While remaining optimistic Satterfield said, “I am really excited with theses guys, they are great to work with everyday, the egos are left somewhere else.”

Satterfield’s coaching style is chill, staying level headed in a variety of situations.

“I am extremely competitive. I want to win at everything I do, it does not matter what it is,” Satterfield said.

“I am very even-keeled, I want our players to be able to look at me when things go wrong and say ‘We’re still in this.’ ”

Staying calm and collected will be important when facing off against heavy hitting programs like Notre Dame, on the first game of the year.

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Previewing the 2019 Louisville football defense Wednesday, Jul 17 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

Coming off of a harsh football season (2-10) and the end-season removal of former head coach Bobby Petrino, expectations for the 2019 season are unsteady.

While at Appalachian State, new head coach Scott Satterfield led the Mountaineers to a 47-16 career record over five seasons. The 2018 Sun Belt Coach of the Year is also 3-0 in bowl games.

With the introduction of Satterfield, there will be a heightened focus on defense. Satterfield brought along Bryan Brown, his defensive coordinator from App. State, to Louisville.

In 2018, the Mountaineers were at the top of the national defense standings, ranking fourth in scoring defense (15.5 points per game) and fifth in passing defense. Louisville on the other hand ranked No. 127 in scoring defense, allowing 44.1 points per game.

Brown brings an attacking 3-4 defensive scheme. While there are new rising names, expect familiar players such as junior linebackers Dorian Etheridge and CJ Avery. The duo will be vital to bringing the high flying defensive rhythm to life.

While Avery and Etheridge had a combined 111 tackles last season, senior safety Khane Pass brings another 54 tackles into the mix. South Carolina transfer Boosie Whitlow is expected to make plays in the outside linebacker position.

In addition to Pass playing in his final season, the secondary received a boost when junior Russ Yeast decided not to transfer the last season.

The defensive line has the most to prove in the 2019 season. Redshirt senior G.G. Robinson will be expected to anchor the line.

Similar to last season, the Cardinals will have a tough first game against Notre Dame. Last year, Louisville lost 51-14 to powerhouse Alabama.

Louisville’s season kicks off Monday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. in Cardinal Stadium.

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