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2017 Louisville Cardinals football team

The 2017 Louisville Cardinals football team represented the University of Louisville in the sport of American football during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cardinals competed in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference and were led by fourth-year head coach Bobby Petrino, who began his second stint at Louisville in 2014 after eight years away. Home games were played at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. They finished the season 8–5, 4–4 in ACC play to finish in a three-way tie for third place in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the TaxSlayer Bowl where they lost to Mississippi State.

2017 Louisville Cardinals football
Louisville Cardinals wordmark.svg
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionAtlantic Division
2017 record8–5 (4–4 ACC)
Head coachBobby Petrino (4th straight, 8th overall season)
Co-offensive coordinatorLonnie Galloway (2nd season)
Co-offensive coordinatorMike Summers (1st; 6th overall season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorPeter Sirmon (1st season)
Base defense3–4
Home stadiumPapa John's Cardinal Stadium
(Capacity: 55,000)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 4 Clemson xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 23 NC State   6 2         9 4  
Boston College   4 4         7 6  
Louisville   4 4         8 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 5  
Florida State   3 5         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 13 Miami xy   7 1         10 3  
No. 24 Virginia Tech   5 3         9 4  
Georgia Tech   4 4         5 6  
Duke   3 5         7 6  
Pittsburgh   3 5         5 7  
Virginia   3 5         6 7  
North Carolina   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 38, Miami 3
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 27:30 p.m.vs. Purdue*No. 16FOXW 35–2837,394
September 912:00 p.m.at North CarolinaNo. 17ESPNW 47–3547,000
September 168:00 p.m.No. 3 ClemsonNo. 14ABCL 21–4755,588
September 2312:00 p.m.Kent State*No. 19
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
ACCRSNW 42–347,812
September 303:30 p.m.Murray State*No. 17
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
ACCRSNW 55–1047,826
October 58:00 p.m.at No. 24 NC StateNo. 17ESPNL 25–3956,107
October 1412:20 p.mBoston College 
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
ACCNL 42–4544,679
October 2112:00 p.m.at Florida StateESPNW 31–2872,764
October 2812:20 p.m.at Wake ForestACCNL 32–4229,593
November 113:30 p.m.Virginia
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
ESPNUW 38–2146,787
November 183:30 p.m.Syracuse
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
ESPNUW 56–1034,265
November 2512:00 p.m.at Kentucky*SECNW 44–1756,186
December 3012:00 p.m.vs. No. 24 Mississippi State*ESPNL 27–3141,310
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summariesEdit

vs PurdueEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 16 Cardinals 7 3 15 10 35
Boilermakers 7 7 7 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–0–1 1987 T, 22–22

at North CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 17 Cardinals 10 10 7 20 47
Tar Heels 7 7 14 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–3 2012 W, 39–34

ClemsonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 3 Tigers 7 12 14 14 47
No. 14 Cardinals 7 0 0 21 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 2016 L, 36–42

Kent StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 0 3 0 0 3
No. 19 Cardinals 21 7 14 0 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–9 1973 L, 3–10

Murray StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Racers 3 0 7 0 10
No. 17 Cardinals 14 21 10 10 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–6 2014 W, 66–21

at NC StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 17 Cardinals 0 10 3 12 25
No. 24 Wolfpack 0 17 7 15 39
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–1 2016 W, 54–13

Boston CollegeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 7 14 17 45
Cardinals 14 7 0 21 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–3 2016 W, 52–7

at Florida StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 7 14 3 31
Seminoles 7 7 0 14 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–14 2016 W, 63–20

at Wake ForestEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 3 7 7 15 32
Demon Deacons 14 14 7 7 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 2016 W, 44–12

VirginiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cavaliers 7 7 0 7 21
Cardinals 7 10 14 7 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–2 2016 W, 32–25

SyracuseEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Orange 3 0 0 7 10
Cardinals 7 28 14 7 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–6 2016 W, 62–28

at KentuckyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 17 14 3 10 44
Wildcats 7 3 0 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–15 2016 L, 38–41

vs Mississippi State–Tax Slayer BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 14 3 3 27
Bulldogs 14 3 0 14 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 1976 L, 21–30
(MSU Later forfeited)

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 16 17 14 19 17 17 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV NR 
Coaches 17 16 14 20 18 17 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV NR 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

RosterEdit

2017 Louisville Cardinals football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Traveon Samuel   Jr
WR 2 Corey Reed Fr
QB 3 Malik Cunningham Fr
WR 3 Cornelius Sturghill   So
QB 4 Jawon Pass   Fr
WR 5 Seth Dawkins So
RB 7 Reggie Bonnafon Sr
QB 8 Lamar Jackson Jr
WR 9 Jaylen Smith Jr
WR 10 Rodjay Burns So
TE 11 Kemari Averett Fr
RB 12 Trey Smith   So
QB 15 Clay Bolin   Fr
QB 15 Sean McCormack   Fr
WR 18 Justin Marshall Fr
RB 22 Harry Trotter So
WR 23 Jovel Smith So
RB 25 Dae Williams   So
WR 26 Chris Taylor-Yamanoha   Fr
WR 27 Collin Miller Fr
RB 29 Malik Williams Sr
WR 30 Jeffrey Banks So
WR 31 Jack Duane Sr
RB 33 Colin Wilson Fr
RB 34 Jeremy Smith Sr
RB 36 Maurice Burkley Fr
FB 38 Vince Lococo   Fr
TE 42 Tyler Polston Sr
RB 43 Jovan Smith Fr
FB 49 Tobias Little   So
OL 60 Tyler Haycraft Jr
OL 61 Caleb Chandler Fr
OL 63 Nate Scheler Jr
OL 65 Ronald Rudd Jr
OL 66 Cole Bentley Fr
OL 67 Thomas Nauert Jr
OL 68 Danny Burns   Jr
OL 69 Chaz Ray Jr
OL 70 Toriano Roundtrree   Jr
OL 71 Toryque Bateman Fr
OL 72 Lukayus McNeil   Jr
OL 73 Mekhi Becton Fr
OL 74 Geron Christian Jr
OL 75 Robbie Bell   Fr
OL 77 Linwood Foy   Jr
OL 78 Max Martin   Fr
OL 79 Kenny Thomas Jr
TE 80 Charles Stanberry Sr
WR 81 Emonee Spence   So
WR 82 Keion Wakefield   Fr
TE 83 Micky Crum   Jr
WR 84 Josh Johnson Fr
TE 85 Jordan Davis   So
WR 86 Devantee Peete Jr
WR 87 Dez Fitzpatrick   Fr
WR 88 Javonte Bagley   Sr
WR 89 Jordan Thomas Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 P. J. Mbanasor So
S 4 TreSean Smith Fr
CB 5 Russ Yeast Fr
S 9 C. J. Avery Fr
CB 10 Jaire Alexander Jr
CB 10 Rodjay Burns So
S 11 Dee Smith Jr
S 12 Rodney Owens Fr
S 13 P. J. Blue   Fr
DL 14 Drew Bailey Sr
CB 15 Trumaine Washington Sr
LB 17 Dorian Etheridge Fr
CB 20 Ronald Walker Sr
LB 21 London Iakopo   Jr
S 22 Chucky Williams   Sr
S 23 Lyn Strange Fr
DB 24 Zykiese Cannon Sr
CB 27 Anthonoy Johnson Fr
LB 31 Malik Staples So
LB 32 Stacy Thomas   Sr
DB 35 Lamarques Thomas So
S 38 Jack Fagot Fr
CB 39 Aaron Floyd Jr
S 40 Kaheem Roach Fr
LB 42 Issac Stewart   Jr
LB 43 Damien Smith So
LB 48 Colin Demetrakis Fr
DL 49 Boosie Whitlow So
DL 50 Jacob Pierce Fr
LB 53 Amonte Caban   So
LB 55 Isaac Martin Fr
LB 56 Kam Jones Fr
DE 57 Dayna Overton Fr
LB 58 Jon Greenard   So
DL 59 Caleb Tillman   Fr
DL 62 Derek Dorsey   Fr
DL 64 Tyler Robertson So
LB 76 Luke Massad So
DE 90 De'Asian Richardson Sr
LB 91 Trevon Young Sr
LB 92 Malik Clark Fr
LB 93 Gary McCrae Jr
DT 94 G. G. Robinson   So
DL 96 Henry Famurewa   Jr
LB 97 Nick Okeke Fr
LB 98 Tabarius Peterson   Fr
LB 99 James Hearns   Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 28 Mason King   So
K 36 Evan O'Hara   So
LS 41 Ryan Betlach Sr
K 45 Blanton Creque   So
LS 46 Brendan Lowery   So
P 47 Austin Johnson   Fr
LS 52 Mitch Hall Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Lorenzo Ward (Associate Head Coach/Secondary)
  • Lonnie Galloway (Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers)
  • Mike Summers (Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line)
  • Peter Sirmon (Defensive Coordinator)
  • Cort Dennison (Inside Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator)
  • Chris Klenakis (Tight Ends)
  • Nick Petrino (Quarterbacks)
  • L. D. Scott (Defensive Line)
  • Kolby Smith (Running Backs)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: October 2, 2017


2018 NFL DraftEdit

The Cardinals had four players selected in the 2018 NFL draft.

Player Team Round Pick # Position
Jaire Alexander Green Bay Packers 1st 18th CB
Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens 1st 32nd QB
Geron Christian Washington Redskins 3rd 74th OT
Trevon Young Los Angeles Rams 6th 205th DE

ReferencesEdit