2012 Louisville Cardinals football
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Big East Conference Co–Champions
Sugar Bowl Champions
Sugar Bowl vs. #4 Florida, W 33–23
ConferenceBig East Conference
Ranking
BCSNo. 21
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
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#22 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 champion
§ – Conference co-champions
As of January 5, 2013 • Rankings from AP Poll

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.

Previous season[edit | edit source]

They finished the 2011 season 7–6, 5–2 in Big East play to share the conference championship with Cincinnati and West Virginia in 2011. Due to tie-break rules, 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]

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Coaching Staff[edit | edit source]

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]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2* 3:30 PM Kentucky #25 Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY (Battle for the Governor's Cup) ESPN W 32–14   55,386
September 8* 3:30 PM Missouri State #23 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY WHAS W 35–7   47,553
September 15* 3:30 PM North Carolina #19 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY ABC/ESPN2 W 39–34   53,334
September 22* 7:00 PM at FIU #20 FIU StadiumMiami, FL ESPN3 W 28–21   12,318
September 29* 8:00 PM at Southern Miss #19 M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS CBSSN W 21–17   23,492
October 13 11:00 AM at Pittsburgh #18 Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA ESPNU W 45–35   42,432
October 20 3:30 PM South Florida #16 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY ABC W 27–25   50,167
October 26 8:00 PM Cincinnati #16 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY (Battle for the Keg of Nails) ESPN W 34–31 OT  53,271
November 3 12:00 PM Temple #10 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY ABC/ESPN3 W 45–17   44,609
November 10 12:00 PM at Syracuse #9 Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ABC L 26–45   40,312
November 24 12:00 PM Connecticut #19 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY Big East Network L 20–23 3OT  45,618
November 29 7:30 PM at Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPN W 20–17   52,798
January 2* 8:30 PM vs. #4 Florida #22 Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ESPN W 33–23   54,178
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Rankings[edit | edit source]

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


Roster[edit | edit source]

2012 Louisville Cardinals

Running Back

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

Wide Receiver

  • 2 Michaelee Haris - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 3 Charles Gaines - Redshirt Freshman
  • 4 Robert Clark - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 7 Damian Copeland - Redshirt Junior
  • 9 DeVante Parker - Sophomore
  • 14 Andrell Smith - Senior
  • 29 Stephen Goodwin - Redshirt Junior
  • 31 DeMarcus Topp - Redshirt Senior
  • 82 Eli Rogers - Sophomore
  • 84 Aaron Nace - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 84 Matt Milton - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 87 Kai Dominguez - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 88 Jarrett Davis - Junior
  • 89 Scott Radcliff - Senior

Offensive Line

  • 53 Jake Smith - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 54 Mike Romano - Redshirt Freshman
  • 55 Mario Benavides - Redshirt Senior
  • 59 Zach Perkins - Redshirt Junior
  • 63 Josh Stearns - Redshirt Freshman
  • 64 David Noltemeyer - Sophomore
  • 64 Brandon Bramer - Redshirt Freshman
  • 66 Alex Kupper - Redshirt Senior
  • 68 Kamran Joyer - Redshirt Junior
  • 69 Chris Walker - Redshirt Junior
  • 70 John Miller - Sophomore
  • 71 Chris Acosta - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 72 Hunter Stout - Redshirt Junior
  • 74 Ryan Mack - Redshirt Freshman
  • 76 Chase Petersen - Redshirt Freshman
  • 78 Aaron Epps - Redshirt Freshman
  • 79 Jamon Brown - Sophomore
 

Quarterback

Tight End

Defensive Line

  • 17 Marcus Smith - Junior
  • 44 B.J. Butler - Junior
  • 47 Malcolm Mitchell - Redshirt Junior
  • 48 Deiontrez Mount - Sophomore
  • 57 Jordan Tennyson - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 90 B.J. Dubose - Sophomore
  • 92 Brandon Dunn - Junior
  • 93 Roy Philon - Redshirt Junior
  • 94 Lorenzo Mauldin - Sophomore
  • 98 Dominique Dishmon - Redshirt Freshman
  • 99 Jamaine Brooks - Redshirt Sophomore

Defensive Back

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

Linebacker

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

Special Teams

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

Head Coach

Assistant Coaches

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References[edit | edit source]

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