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2012 Louisville Cardinals football team

The 2012 Louisville Cardinals football team represented the University of Louisville in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cardinals were led by third-year head coach Charlie Strong and played their home games at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. They were a member of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 11–2, 5–2 in Big East play to finish in a four-way tie for the Big East championship. As the highest rated of the four Big East champions in the final BCS poll, the Cardinals received the conference's automatic bid into a BCS game. They were invited to the Sugar Bowl where they defeated Florida.

2012 Louisville Cardinals football
Louisville Cardinals text logo.svg
Big East co-champion
Sugar Bowl champion
Sugar Bowl, W 33–23 vs. Florida
ConferenceBig East Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 13
APNo. 13
2012 record11–2 (5–2 Big East)
Head coachCharlie Strong (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorShawn Watson (1st full as coordinator, 2nd overall season)
Defensive coordinatorVance Bedford (3rd season)
Home stadiumPapa John's Cardinal Stadium
(Capacity: 55,000)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 13 Louisville $+   5 2         11 2  
Cincinnati +   5 2         10 3  
Rutgers +   5 2         9 4  
Syracuse +   5 2         8 5  
Pittsburgh   3 4         6 7  
Connecticut   2 5         5 7  
Temple   2 5         4 7  
South Florida   1 6         3 9  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Cardinals finished the 2011 season 7–6, and a 5–2 record in Big East play gave them a share of the conference championship with Cincinnati and West Virginia. Due to tiebreaking procedures, the Cardinals did not receive the Big East's automatic bid into a BCS bowl (West Virginia received the bid). The Cardinals were instead invited to the Belk Bowl where they were defeated by North Carolina State 24–31.[1]

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at
Louisville
Alma mater (Year)
Charlie Strong Head Coach 3rd Central Arkansas (1983)
Shawn Watson Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks 2nd Southern Illinois (1982)
Vance Bedford Defensive Coordinator 3rd Texas (1981)
Clint Hurtt Associate Head Coach, Defensive Line and Recruiting Coordinator 3rd Miami (FL) (2001)
Ron Dugans Wide Receivers 3rd Florida State (1999)
Brian Jean-Mary Linebackers 3rd Appalachian State (1998)
Tommy Restivo Secondary 3rd Georgetown College (2006)
Dave Borbely Offensive Line and Running Game Coordinator 3rd DePauw (1981)
Kenny Carter Running Backs and Special Team 3rd The Citadel (1989)
Sherrone Moore Tight Ends 4th Oklahoma (2008)
Reference:[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 23:30 p.m.Kentucky*No. 25ESPNW 32–1455,386
September 83:30 p.m.Missouri State*No. 23
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, Kentucky
WHASW 35–747,553
September 153:30 p.m.North Carolina*No. 19
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, Kentucky
ABC/ESPN2W 39–3453,334
September 227:00 p.m.at FIU*No. 20ESPN3W 28–2112,318
September 298:00 p.m.at Southern Miss*No. 19CBSSNW 21–1723,492
October 1311:00 a.m.at PittsburghNo. 18ESPNUW 45–3542,432
October 203:30 p.m.South FloridaNo. 16
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, Kentucky
ABCW 27–2550,167
October 268:00 p.m.CincinnatiNo. 16
ESPNW 34–31 OT53,271
November 312:00 p.m.TempleNo. 10
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, Kentucky
ABC/ESPN3W 45–1744,609
November 1012:00 p.m.at SyracuseNo. 9ABCL 26–4540,312
November 2412:00 p.m.ConnecticutNo. 19
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, Kentucky
Big East NetworkL 20–23 3OT45,618
November 297:30 p.m.at RutgersESPNW 20–1752,798
January 2, 20138:30 p.m.vs. No. 4 Florida*No. 22ESPNW 33–2354,178
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 25 23 19 20 19 19 18 16 16 12 11 20 19 RV 22 13 
Coaches RV 24 20 18 17 16 16 14 14 10 10 18 18 23 18 13 
Harris Not released 18 16 14 10 10 17 18 24 19 Not released 
BCS Not released 16 16 10 9 19 20 NR 21 Not released

RosterEdit

2012 Louisville Cardinals

Running backs

  • 36 Bo Eggers –   Senior
  • 10 Dominique Brown – Junior
  • 32 Senorise PerryJunior
  • 20 Corvin Lamb –   Freshman
  • 28 Jeremy Wright –   Junior
  • 30 Kamal Hogan –   Sophomore
  • 48 Nick Heuser –   Senior
  • 49 Jarel McGriff-Culver –   Sophomore

Wide receivers

  • 2 Michaelee Haris –   Sophomore
  • 3 Charles Gaines –   Freshman
  • 4 Robert Clark –   Sophomore
  • 7 Damian Copeland –   Junior
  • 9 DeVante ParkerSophomore
  • 14 Andrell Smith – Senior
  • 29 Stephen Goodwin –   Junior
  • 31 DeMarcus Topp –   Senior
  • 82 Eli Rogers – Sophomore
  • 84 Aaron Nace –   Sophomore
  • 84 Matt Milton –   Sophomore
  • 87 Kai Dominguez –   Sophomore
  • 88 Jarrett Davis – Junior
  • 89 Scott Radcliff – Senior
Offensive line
  • 53 Jake Smith –   Sophomore
  • 54 Mike Romano –   Freshman
  • 55 Mario Benavides –   Senior
  • 59 Zach Perkins –   Junior
  • 63 Josh Stearns –   Freshman
  • 64 David Noltemeyer – Sophomore
  • 64 Brandon Bramer –   Freshman
  • 66 Alex Kupper –   Senior
  • 68 Kamran Joyer –   Junior
  • 69 Chris Walker –   Junior
  • 70 John Miller – Sophomore
  • 71 Chris Acosta –   Sophomore
  • 72 Hunter Stout –   Junior
  • 74 Ryan Mack –   Freshman
  • 76 Chase Petersen –   Freshman
  • 78 Aaron Epps –   Freshman
  • 79 Jamon BrownSophomore
 

Quarterbacks

  • 4 Will Stein –   Senior
  • 5 Teddy BridgewaterSophomore
  • 12 Luke Brohm –   Freshman
  • 19 Jerry Arlinghaus –   Freshman

Tight ends

  • 32 Gerald Christian  Sophomore
  • 80 Stephon Ball –   Senior
  • 81 Chris White –   Junior
  • 83 Ryan Hubbell –   Sophomore
  • 85 Nate Nord –   Senior
  • 15 Hunter Bowles –   Freshman
Defensive line
  • 17 Marcus Smith – Junior
  • 44 B.J. Butler – Junior
  • 47 Malcolm Mitchell –   Junior
  • 48 Deiontrez Mount – Sophomore
  • 57 Jordan Tennyson –   Sophomore
  • 90 B.J. Dubose – Sophomore
  • 92 Brandon Dunn – Junior
  • 93 Roy Philon –   Junior
  • 94 Lorenzo MauldinSophomore
  • 98 Dominique Dishmon –   Freshman
  • 99 Jamaine Brooks –   Sophomore

Defensive Backs

  • 8 Gerod HollimanFreshman
  • 15 Andrew Johnson – Sophomore
  • 18 Titus Teague –   Junior
  • 19 Terell Floyd – Sophomore
  • 21 Adrian Bushell –   Senior
  • 22 Jordan Paschal –   Sophomore
  • 25 Calvin PryorSophomore
  • 26 Zed Evans –   Junior
  • 27 Jermaine Reve –   Freshman
  • 29 Hakeem Smith –   Junior
  • 30 Anthony Branch –   Junior
  • 41 Stephan Robinson –   Sophomore
  • 45 Mitchell Nelson –   Freshman
 

Linebackers

  • 1 Keith Brown – Freshman
  • 2 Preston Brown – Junior
  • 13 James Burgess – Freshman
  • 24 Daniel Brown –   Senior
  • 27 Mike Adessa –   Junior
  • 31 Champ Lee –   Junior
  • 32 Alex Witcpalek –   Junior
  • 34 George Durant –   Junior
  • 37 Tyon Dixon –   Sophomore
  • 38 Thaddeus Franklin –   Sophomore
  • 40 Chris Zelli –   Senior
  • 42 Jalen Harrington –   Freshman
  • 43 Deon Rogers – Junior

Special teams

  • 18 Matthew Nakatani –   Sophomore (K)
  • 33 Grant Donovan –   Sophomore (LS)
  • 35 Andrew Fletcher –   Freshman (K)
  • 38 Ryan Johnson –   Sophomore (P)
  • 45 John Wallace –   Freshman (P/K)

Head Coach

Assistant coaches

[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/_/id/97/louisville-cardinals
  2. ^ "Coaches/Staff". Louisville Athletics. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  3. ^ http://www.uoflsports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/lou-m-footbl-mtt.html