No. 18 Louisville acquitted itself quite well in its last game before jumping to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Cardinals dominated future ACC-foe Miami, 36-9, in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Saturday night as Teddy Bridgewater threw for 447 yards and accounted for four touchdowns (one rushing).
UL finished up the season at 12-1 while Miami fell to 9-4.
Bridgewater, who could be the first quarterback selected in the next NFL draft if he chooses to make himself available, completed 35 of 45 passes and rushed for 24 yards to lead an offense that produced 527 yards. Devante Parker was Bridgewater’s prime target, catching nine passes for a 142 yards, both game highs.
The only real mistake Bridgewater made all night was letting himself get tackled for a first quarter safety as Miami jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
The Louisville defense was superb, holding the Hurricanes to 173 total yards and without an offensive touchdown until the fourth quarter. Miami quarterback Stephen Morris was sacked four times and had a Cardinal defender in his face more often than not.
Miami failed to reach the 10-win mark, which it hasn’t done since 2003. At one time 7-0 and ranked in the top 6 of the polls, the ‘Canes seemed to lose interest in the season after getting crushed by Florida State. But Miami is young and Al Golden has a good nucleus to work with going forward, though finding an adequate replacement for Morris will be task No. 1 come spring.
As for Louisville, it has just matched its best season in school history. If Bridgewater leaves, there will be a major transition process, which has the potential to be rough given the move to a tougher conference in 2014. But as long as UL can keep Charlie Strong in the fold, this should be a program that continues to improve.
Not long after Miami put the wraps on its second spring practice under Mark Richt, the chase to replace Brad Kaaya under center has seen a significant development.
In a press release Tuesday, The U announced that Jack Allison has decided to leave the Hurricanes football program. The redshirt freshman quarterback’s decision was triggered by a desire for a better shot at playing time elsewhere.
“Jack approached me and indicated that he felt like he would have more opportunities for playing time at another program,” the head coach said in a statement. “We wish him all the best in his future plans.”
The strong-armed Allison, who suffered a shoulder injury this past weekend, exited spring practice behind Malik Rosier, Kaaya’s backup the past two seasons, and Evan Shirreffs on the quarterback depth chart. Additionally, four-star 2017 signee N’Kosi Perry is expected to join the fray this summer and compete for the starting job as well.
A four-star 2016 signee, Allison was rated as the No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 27 player at any position in the state of Florida. He took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.
Allison is the second Hurricane to transfer out of the program since the curtain closed on spring practice. Monday, the university confirmed that defensive back Jeff James, the nephew of former U great Edgerrin James, “felt it was in his best interests to get a fresh start somewhere else.”
Duke announced in late February that a pair of sophomore defensive linemen, Brandon Boyce and Marquies Price (pictured), had been dismissed by David Cutcliffe. As it turns out, the linemen will continue their collegiate playing careers as teammates.
On their personal Twitter accounts Monday, both Both Price and Boyce revealed their intentions to transfer to South Florida, the former by way of a relatively lengthy missive and the latter with a simple picture of a USF helmet.
Neither first-year head coach Charlie Strong nor the football program itself have confirmed the twin additions.
Both players will be forced to sit out the 2017 season to satisfy NCAA transfer bylaws. They will each then have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018.
Price started all 11 games in which he played during the 2016 season, and started 14 in his career. His six quarterback hurries last year were second on the team.
Boyce played in 21 games during his time with the Blue Devils. Eight of those appearances came in 2016.
In mid-August, it was announced that Boyce was one of two football players suspended for the first three games of last season. Unspecified violations of team rules was the only reason given for that punitive measure.
As a father five times over, I simply can’t imagine doing what D'Onta Foreman did last season.
On the field, the Texas running back was an absolute beast. He led the nation in rushing yards per game at 184.4 — next closest was San Diego State’s Donnell Pumphrey at 152.4 — while his 2,028 total rushing yards were second to Pumphrey (2,133). On Nov. 5 against Texas Tech, Foreman ran for 341 yards, the third-highest total in Longhorns history.
In a profile that appeared on the NFL Network, Foreman revealed that, unbeknownst to those outside of the football program, his girlfriend gave birth to a baby boy on Sept. 16. His son was born premature and weighed just 15 ounces at birth; 50 days later, the infant passed away — not long after Foreman’s historic performance against Tech.
In fact, Foreman learned of his son’s death as he was driving back to the hospital in Texas City after the game to be with him.
From HookEm.com‘s transcription of his interview with the NFL Network:
I always dreamed of having a boy and naming him after me and you know, just seeing him grow. You know, just loving him.
“He was a fighter, you know. He would like fight and he’s going to make it and everything will be fine.”
“I really didn’t know how to feel. I was like numb. I was driving and then I was crying while I was driving. I was crushed and I was so hurt. I feel like something was taken away from me before I even really got the chance to experience it.
While nothing can ever replace Foreman’s loss, there is a silver lining in his story as the back’s girlfriend is again pregnant. The due date? The same day D’Onta Vanton Foreman Jr. was born.
Foreman Sr. is one of the players who are part of the pool for the NFL draft, which will take place this Thursday in Philadelphia.
Utah has become the latest FBS program to lose a player via the increasingly-popular graduate transfer route.
Jordan Fogal announced on his Twitter page this weekend that, “after many prayers and long discussions, I found it in my best interest to leave Utah and look to transfer to another university. The specific destination for the continuation of his collegiate playing career was not divulged in the missive.
The safety described his decision as “very difficult” as he said “Utah and the fan base here will forever hold a place in my heart and I will truly miss this place.”
As a grad transfer, Fogal will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 at another FBS school. This upcoming season will be his final year of eligibility.
After spending two seasons at the junior college level, Fogal played in 11 games the past two years. Fogal’s two interceptions last season were tied for fourth on the team.
The defensive back’s 2015 season came to a premature end after three games because of an injury. He then played in eight games in 2016 for the Utes.