Louisville Cardinals Football Details
Expectations were big for University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson entering the 2016 season, but it’s probably safe to say that nobody’s expectations were quite that big. Jackson set ACC records for total touchdowns in a season (51) and total yards in a game (610)—and also became the only FBS player to ever pass for 3,300 yards and rush for 1,500—en route to becoming the first Cardinal to ever win the Heisman Trophy. There were too many memorable moments to count, but the enduring image of the year has to be Jackson running all over No. 2 Florida State for a 63-20 win over the Seminoles. While head coach Bobby Petrino’s squad lost significant talent to graduation and the NFL over the offseason, 2017 holds great promise for at least one enormous reason: Jackson is back. What’s perhaps scariest is that he has room to improve—word out of Louisville is that he has been working on reading defensive coverages both before and after the snap.
Having been first established in 1912, the University of Louisville football team enters 2017 with exactly 500 wins in the history of the program. The .529 all-time winning percentage is far surpassed by Petrino, who has gone 67-21 (.761) in his seven years with the program. The 21st century has seen the Cardinals as something of a nomad among conferences, as they moved from Conference USA to the Big East in 2005, then to the American Athletic Conference in 2013, and finally to their current home of the ACC a year later in 2014. Louisville plays its home games at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.