2018 SPRING GAME
I am really excited about the Spring Game this year it will be Friday night at 7:30 PM! The way we did the teams was try to make them as fair as possible. You get starters versus starters and back-ups versus back-ups. You try to make it as even as possible that way. I do think that this will be a close competitive game and both sides will get a lot of work done! It is interesting to see how these teams match-up and there will definitely be some interesting match-ups to watch!
Daily Focus – Defense
Wednesday was another work day for the Cardinals, and with us moving the Spring Game to Friday (April 13th @ 7:30pm), due to inclement weather in the forecast for Saturday, it was our final heavy workload day of the spring. Yesterday, we focused on the Offense, today, we wanted to take a closer look at the Defense. What will be most noticeable in 2018 is how BIG we will be on the Defensive Line, the increased size will help in controlling the line of scrimmage. Throughout the spring, there was a lot of work on technique and running to the football, and this group will continue to develop and be a focal point of this team. Jonathan Greenard has done a good job of playing with a motor all spring and continued finding the ball, as part of his play-making ability. The Linebackers have also stepped up as one of the more talented groups this spring. You will see a lot of depth at this position, which in turn has created great competition, every Linebacker has had to bring it on a daily basis this spring. Dorian Etheridge will follow up his Freshman All-American season in 2017, with an even better 2018, you will see how much work he has put in this off season on Friday. The Secondary has been fun to watch this spring as well, it will be good to see a Louisville native, Rodjay Burns, on the field this season. He has been a consistent performer throughout the spring. The points of emphasis this offseason has been running to the football,….
Coach Quote of the Day
“We continue to improve and overall our Defense is ascending. I’m appreciative of our players hard work and enthusiasm to a new scheme, language and style. We hope that we conclude Spring Ball with a good competitive Spring Game.”
– Brian VanGorder – Defensive Coordinator
Off the Field Highlights
Meet Brian VanGorder – Defensive Coordinator
Brian VanGorder joined the Cardinal football staff as Defensive Coordinator in January 2018. He brings over 35 years of coaching experience to our program, having previous success as a former college football head coach and defensive coordinator at both the collegiate and professional ranks, including three at Power 5 programs. Coach VanGorder established himself as one of the best defensive coordinators in the country during his run with the Atlanta Falcons beginning in 2007. In that role from 2008-11, he helped the franchise post four-straight winning seasons, including playoff appearances in 2008, 2010 and 2011. VanGorder made a name for himself collegiately during a remarkable run at Georgia, where he spent four seasons. While at Georgia, they posted a 42-10 record, won an SEC title, two SEC East Division championships, three bowl games and three-straight top-10 finishes in the final national polls. In his final season at Georgia, the Bulldogs went 10-2 and finished the season No. 7 in the nation. Most recently, VanGorder, who spent the 2017 season as a defensive analyst at Oklahoma State, was the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach at Notre Dame from 2014-16. Prior to that, he served as the New York Jets linebacker coach during the 2013 season, and has also coached in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons. He has had college coaching stints as an assistant at Western Illinois, Central Michigan, Central Florida, Wayne State and Grand Valley State. VanGorder graduated from Wayne State in 1992 with bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He was a four-year letterman for the Tartars (1977-80) and was inducted into the Wayne State Hall of Fame in 2013. He is married to Ruth and has five children: Molloy, Morgan, Mack, Montgomery and Malone.
Petrino Family Foundation Update
The Petrino Family Foundation Spring Golf Classic Coaches & Cocktails Reception is here! We are expecting around 250 people tonight who will have the opportunity to hang out with the Coaching Staff, Enjoy Volare Appetizers and an Open Bar, and bid on some amazing, unique and hard to find auction items. It is always a fun and exciting night, all in preparation for tomorrow Spring Golf Classic Scramble! Events like this wouldn’t happen without the support of the community and our amazing sponsors. We want to make sure all our sponsors know how much we appreciate them. Take a look below and see exactly who they are! And next time you are in or around their businesses, let them know you are proud of their commitment to help our home community through their support of the Petrino Family Foundation.
As always for more information on the Petrino Family Foundation please make sure you visit our website. www.petrinofamilyfoundation.org