2007 Louisville Cardinals football team

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2007 Louisville Cardinals football
Louisville Cardinals text logo.svg
Conference Big East Conference
2007 record 6–6 (3–4 Big East)
Head coach Steve Kragthorpe
Offensive coordinator Charlie Stubbs
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Mike Cassity
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
(Capacity: 42,000)
← 2006
2008 →
2007 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 West Virginia $+   5 2         11 2  
Connecticut +   5 2         9 4  
#17 Cincinnati   4 3         10 3  
South Florida   4 3         9 4  
Rutgers   3 4         8 5  
Louisville   3 4         6 6  
Pittsburgh   3 4         5 7  
Syracuse   1 6         2 10  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007 Louisville Cardinals football team represented the University of Louisville in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team, led by Steve Kragthorpe in his first year at the school, played their home games in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and were in their third year in the Big East Conference.


The Cardinals finished the 2006 season with a 12–1 record, including a win in the Orange Bowl. After the win they were ranked fifth in the nation. Returning fourteen starters from their 2006 team,[1] including quarterback Brian Brohm[2] the team was picked, by the Big East media, to finish second in the conference,[3] and were ranked between five and 13 in various preseason polls.[4][5][6][7][8]

Coaching changes[edit]

Almost a week after their victory in the Orange Bowl, head coach, Bobby Petrino, was offered and took the head coaching position with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.[9] Two days later, Steve Kragthorpe, former head coach for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, was hired for the position.[10] Though five assistant coaches were retained, five new assistants were hired in the off-season, three of which came with Kragthorpe from his staff at Tulsa.[11]

Roster changes[edit]

Although returning 14 starters from 2006, the team lost four players to the 2007 NFL Draft. From the offense, running back Michael Bush was taken in the fourth round by Oakland and running back Kolby Smith was taken in the fifth round by Kansas City. From the defense, tackle Amobi Okoye was taken tenth by Houston while cornerback, William Gay was taken in the fifth round by Pittsburgh.[12]


The Cardinals signed 15 recruits for the new class, including three junior-college transfers. Included in the top-50 class were one five-star recruit on defense, three four-star recruits on offense and another four-star recruit on defense. Also entering in with the class was 2006 recruit Josh Chichester, who wasn't able to enroll with his recruiting class.

Pre-season honors[edit]

Three Cardinal players were honored as part of pre-season watchlists for national awards.

In addition to the honors, Brohm was also named to the Playboy pre-season All-America team.[15]



Sources: http://www.cstv.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/lou/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/07-fb-guide-44-59 http://louisville.scout.com/a.z?s=17&p=8&c=2&nid=696&yr=2007

Coaching staff[edit]

The 2007 Cardinal team was coached by Steve Kragthorpe and his staff. Much of the coaching staff from 2006 remained, but Kragthorpe brought in other to fill out the staff, including, initially, three from his previous position.[11][16] Keith Patterson was originally brought in from Tulsa as defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach, however returned to Tulsa before the season began for personal reasons.[17] Patterson was quickly replaced by Mike Mallory.[18]

Name Position Year at
Alma Mater (Year)
Steve Kragthorpe Head Coach 1st West Texas A&M (1988)
Jeff Brohm Quarterbacks 5th Louisville (1993)
Mike Cassity Defensive Coordinator
4th Kentucky (1976)
Reggie Johnson Inside Linebackers 5th Louisville (1996)
Mark Nelson Defensive Line
Special Teams
1st East Central (1980)
Greg Nord Tight Ends
Recruiting Coordinator
13th Kentucky (1980)
Charlie Stubbs Offensive Coordinator
Wide Receivers
1st Brigham Young (1978)
Brent Myers Offensive Line 1st Eastern Washington (1982)
Tony Alford Running Backs 1st Colorado State (1992)
Mike Mallory Secondary 1st Michigan (1985)


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:30 pm Murray State* No. 11 Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY ESPNU W 73–10   42,185[19]
September 6 7:00 pm Middle Tennessee* No. 8 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY ESPN2 W 58–42   40,882[19]
September 15 7:30 pm at Kentucky* No. 9 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY ESPN Classic L 34–40   70,857[19]
September 22 12:00 pm Syracuse No. 19 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY ESPN+ L 35–38   40,922[19]
September 29 3:30 pm at NC State* Carter-Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC ESPNU W 29–10   56,487[19]
October 5 8:00 pm Utah* Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY ESPN L 35–44   40,894[19]
October 13 7:00 pm at No. 17 Cincinnati Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH ESPNU W 28–24   35,097[19]
October 19 8:00 pm at Connecticut Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT ESPN L 17–21   40,000[19]
October 27 12:00 pm Pittsburghdagger Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY ESPN+ W 24–17   34,792[19]
November 8 7:30 pm at No. 6 West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ESPN L 31–38   60,992[19]
November 17 8:00 pm at South Florida Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL ESPNU L 17–55   57,288[19]
November 29 7:30 pm Rutgers Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY ESPN W 41–38   39,612[19]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


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  12. ^ "Four Cardinals Selected in the NFL Draft". Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  13. ^ "Brohm Named to Manning Watch List". Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  14. ^ a b "Wood and Grady Named to Preseason Watch Lists". Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  15. ^ "Brohm Named to Preseason All-American Team". Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  16. ^ "Alford Named as Kragthorpe Completes Coaching Staff". Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  17. ^ "Patterson Leaves Louisville; Returns to Tulsa". Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  18. ^ "Mallory Hired to Coach the Secondary". Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Cumulative Season Statistics". University of Louisville. Retrieved 18 October 2011.