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2015 Louisville Cardinals football team

The 2015 Louisville Cardinals football team represented the University of Louisville in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cardinals were led by second-year head coach Bobby Petrino, who began his second stint at Louisville in 2014 season after eight years away. The team played its 18th season at its current home of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. They competed in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Atlantic Division. They finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in ACC play to finish in third place in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the Music City Bowl where they defeated Texas A&M.

2015 Louisville Cardinals football
Louisville Cardinals text logo.svg
Music City Bowl champion
Music City Bowl, W 27–21 vs. Texas A&M
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionAtlantic Division
2015 record8–5 (5–3 ACC)
Head coachBobby Petrino (6th season)
Offensive coordinatorGarrick McGee (2nd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorTodd Grantham (2nd season)
Base defense3–4
Home stadiumPapa John's Cardinal Stadium
(Capacity: 55,000)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 2 Clemson x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 14 Florida State   6 2         10 3  
Louisville   5 3         8 5  
NC State   3 5         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Wake Forest   1 7         3 9  
Boston College   0 8         3 9  
Coastal Division
No. 15 North Carolina x   8 0         11 3  
Pittsburgh   6 2         8 5  
Miami   5 3         8 5  
Duke   4 4         8 5  
Virginia Tech   4 4         7 6  
Virginia   3 5         4 8  
Georgia Tech   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 45, North Carolina 37
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at
Louisville
Alma Mater Before Louisville
Bobby Petrino Head Coach 6 Carroll College (1983) WKU – Head Coach (2014)
Garrick McGee Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach / Assistant Head Coach 2 Oklahoma (1996) UAB – Head Coach (2013)
Todd Grantham Defensive Coordinator / Outside Linebackers Coach 2 Virginia Tech (1988) Georgia – Defensive Coordinator (2013)
Greg Brown Safeties Coach / Recruiting Coordinator 2 UTEP (1980) Alabama – Safeties Coach (2013)
Terrell Buckley Cornerbacks Coach 2 Florida State (1991) Akron – Cornerbacks Coach (2013)
Tony Grantham Inside Linebackers Coach / Special Teams Coordinator 2 Radford (2000) Navy – Outside Linebackers Coach (2013)
Chris Klenakis Offensive Line Coach / Running Game Coordinator 2 Nevada (1992) Iowa State – Offensive Line Coach (2013)
L.D. Scott Defensive Line Coach 2 Louisville (2009) WKU – Defensive Ends Coach (2013)
Kolby Smith Running Backs Coach 2 Louisville (2006) WKU – Running Backs Coach (2013)
Lamar Thomas Wide Receivers Coach 2 Miami (1992) WKU – Wide Receivers Coach (2013)
Joe Miday Director of Strength and Conditioning 1 Marshall (2008) WKU – Director of Strength and Conditioning (2013)
Scott Wilks Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning 2 Marshall (2009) WKU – Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning (2013)
Andrew Wagner Director of Football Operations 2 Butler (1999) WKU – Director of Football Operations (2013)

RosterEdit

2015 Louisville Cardinals Football

Quarterbacks

  •  7 Reggie BonnafonSophomore (6'3, 209)
  •  8 Lamar JacksonFreshman (6'3, 196) *
  • 11 Will Gardner –   Junior (6'5, 220)
  • 13 Ethan Horton – Sophomore (6'0, 208)
  • 14 Kyle Bolin –   Sophomore (6'2, 208)

Running backs

  •  4 Corvin Lamb –   Senior (5'9, 208)
  • 12 Trey Smith – Freshman (6'0, 215) *
  • 23 Brandon Radcliff –   Junior (5'9, 214)
  • 27 L. J. Scott – Sophomore (6'0, 226)
  • 31 Mitchell Allen – Freshman (5'9, 191) *
  • 31 Darius Skinner –   Senior (5'7, 190)
  • 33 Malin Jones – Junior (6'0, 225)
  • 34 Jeremy Smith – Sophomore (6'2, 225) *

Fullbacks

  • 37 Conner Kronk – Sophomore (5'11, 220)
  • 39 Griffin Uhl –   Junior (6'2, 264)

Wide receivers

  •  1 Alphonso Carter – Sophomore (6'3, 205)
  •  2 Jamari Staples – Junior (6'4, 195) *
  •  3 Pat Thomas – Junior (6'4, 190)
  •  9 Traveon Samuel – Freshman (5'7, 175)
  • 17 James Quick – Junior (6'1, 191)
  • 19 Ja'Quay Savage – Senior (6'3, 214)
  • 26 Jalen Washington – Freshman (5'7, 177)
  • 38 Chris Miele –   Sophomore (6'2, 190)
  • 81 Emonee Spence – Freshman (6'3, 194) *
  • 82 Dontez Byrd –   Sophomore (5'11, 170)
  • 84 Gio Pascascio – Junior (6'3, 185)
  • 85 Cody Swabek –   Freshman (6'1, 168)
  • 86 Devonte Peete – Freshman (6'6, 203) *
  • 87 Jaylen SmithFreshman (6'4, 184) *
  • 88 Javonte Bagley – Sophomore (6'3, 192)

Tight ends

  • 18 Cole HikutiniJunior (6'5, 240) *
  • 42 Tyler Polston – Sophomore (6'2, 240)
  • 44 Paul Logsdon – Sophomore (6'3, 210)
  • 80 Charles Standberry – Sophomore (6'3, 226)
  • 83 Micky Crum –   Freshman (6'4, 257)
  • 89 Keith TowbridgeJunior (6'5, 261)
 

Offensive linemen

  • 50 Khalil Hunter – Junior (6'4, 300) *
  • 54 Kevin Austin – Sophomore (6'3, 307)
  • 56 Kiola Mahoni – Sophomore (6'3, 300) *
  • 60 Tyler Haycraft – Freshman (6'3, 269)
  • 61 Tobijah Hughley –   Junior (6'3, 289)
  • 62 T.C. Klusman –   Junior (6'3, 275)
  • 63 Nathan Scheler – Freshman (6'1, 270)
  • 64 Gabe Ahner –   Junior (6'3, 289)
  • 65 Luke Schultheiss – Sophomore (6'1, 284)
  • 68 Danny Burns –   Freshman (6'6, 303)
  • 70 Toriano Roundtree – Sophomore (6'8, 305)
  • 71 Chandler Jones – Freshman (6'4, 300) *
  • 72 Lukayus McNeil –   Freshman (6'6, 313)
  • 73 Pedro Sibiea –   Junior (6'3, 300)
  • 74 Geron ChristianFreshman (6'6, 320) *
  • 75 Skylar Lacy –   Sophomore (6'6, 306)
  • 76 Kelby Johnson – Senior (6'7, 297)
  • 78 Aaron Epps –   Senior (6'7, 288)
  • 79 Kenny Thomas Jr. – Freshman (6'6, 320)
Defensive line
  • 14 Drew Bailey – Junior (6'5, 285) *
  • 44 Pio Vatuvei – DE – Senior (6'2, 296)
  • 59 Aaron Ahner – DT –   Senior (6'3, 275)
  • 90 Johnny Richardson – DE –   Sophomore (6'3, 322)
  • 94 G.G. Robinson – DT – Freshman (6'4, 290) *
  • 95 Kyle Shortridge – DT –   Sophomore (6'2, 305)
  • 97 DeAngelo Brown – DT –   Junior (6'1, 308)
  • 98 Sheldon Rankins – DE – Senior (6'2, 303)
Kickers
  • 32 Blaton Creque – Freshman (5'11, 170)
  • 35 Anthony George –   Junior (6'1, 190)
  • 47 Jon Brown – Sophomore (5'10, 202)

Long snappers

  • 46 Brendan Lowery – Freshman (5'11, 205)
  • 49 Colin Holba  Junior (6'5, 233)

Punters

  • 29 Mason King – Freshman (6'3, 175)
  • 40 Joshua Appleby – Senior (6'3, 222)
  • 45 John Wallace –   Senior (6'0, 190)
 

Linebackers

  •  1 Keith Brown –   Junior (6'1, 237)
  • 13 James Burgess – Senior (6'0, 229)
  • 32 Stacy Thomas –   Sophomore (6'1, 225)
  • 42 Isaac Stewart –   Freshman (6'2, 236)
  • 43 Damien Smith – Freshman (6'1, 215)
  • 46 Lamar Atkins  Junior (5'11, 236)
  • 48 Tim Bonner – Freshman (6'4, 215) *
  • 51 Royce Donovan –   Junior (6'2, 224)
  • 52 Nick Dawson-Brents –   Junior (6'3, 265)
  • 53 Amonte Caban – Freshman (6'1, 226) *
  • 55 Keith Kelsey – Junior (6'1, 236)
  • 57 Finesse Middleton –   Sophomore (6'0, 242)
  • 58 Jonathan GreenardFreshman (6'4, 226) *
  • 91 Trevon YoungSenior (6'4, 229)
  • 92 Devonte FieldsJunior (6'4, 245) *
  • 96 Henry Famurewa – OLB – Sophomore (6'2, 245)
  • 99 James Hearns –   Sophomore (6'3, 257)

Cornerbacks

  •  3 Cornelius Sturghill –   Freshman (5'11, 186)
  •  6 Shaq Wiggins – Sophomore (5'10, 171)
  • 10 Jaire AlexanderFreshman (5'11, 170) *
  • 15 Trumaine WashingtonSophomore (5'10, 183)
  • 21 Devontre Parnell –   Junior (5'11, 184)
  • 24 Zykiesis Cannon – Sophomore (6'0, 195)
  • 26 Duke Culver – Sophomore (6'0, 186)
  • 34 George Clements – Senior (6'1, 185)
  • 39 Aaron Floyd – Freshman (5'10, 172)
  • 41 Kevin Elijah – Junior (5'7, 156)
  • 24 Kevon Dunbar – DB – Freshman (6'1, 192)
  • 39 John Stitch – DB – Junior (5'10, 185)

Safeties

  •  5 Khane Pass – Freshman (6'1, 200) *
  • 11 Dee Smith – Freshman (6'1, 200) *
  • 22 Chucky Williams –   Sophomore (6'2, 204)
  • 25 Josh Harvey-ClemonsJunior (6'5, 230)
  • 27 Jermaine Reve –   Senior (6'0, 192)
  • 28 Terrence Ross –   Sophomore (6'1, 208)
  • 36 Kevin Houchins –   Junior (5'11, 201)

  • * : 2015 Louisville Cardinals Football Signed

ScheduleEdit

Louisville announced their 2015 football schedule on January 29, 2015. The 2015 schedule consist of six home games, five away games and one neutral site game in the regular season. The Cardinals will host ACC foes Boston College, Clemson, Syracuse, and Virginia, and will travel to Florida State, NC State, Pittsburgh, and Wake Forest.[1]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 53:30 p.m.vs. No. 6 Auburn*CBSL 24–3173,927
September 1212:00 p.m.Houston*ACCRSNL 31–3450,019
September 177:30 p.m.No. 11 Clemson
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
ESPNL 17–2055,396
September 266:00 p.m.Samford*
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
ESPN3W 45–350,121
October 312:30 p.m.at NC StateACCNW 20–1356,417
October 1712:00 p.m.at No. 11 Florida StateESPNL 21–4171,225
October 2412:30 p.m.Boston College 
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
ACCNW 17–1441,486
October 307:00 p.m.at Wake ForestESPN2W 20–1924,922
November 712:30 p.m.Syracuse
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
ACCNW 41–1746,158
November 1412:30 p.m.Virginia
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
ACCRSNW 38–3151,233
November 213:45 p.m.at PittsburghESPNewsL 34–4542,119
November 2812:00 p.m.at Kentucky*SECNW 38–2462,512
December 307:00 p.m.vs. Texas A&M*ESPNW 27–2150,478
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule source:[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cardinals Release 2015 Football Schedule" (Press release). University of Louisville Department of Athletics. January 29, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "2015 Louisville Cardinals Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved April 12, 2015.