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8-5, 3rd in ACC - Atlantic
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Rankins leads the way for 'hog mollies'

The Saints' first-round selection of Sheldon Rankins started a run of "hog mollies," or "big dudes," as 21 defensive tackles were taken in the first five rounds. Ten draft takeaways

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We'd love to see the keg of nails back

It's one of the coolest trophies in the game, but isn't played for anymore. Louisville made a decision to play a natural rival with less history on the gridiron, leaving Cincinnati out in the cold. rivalries we wish were back on the schedule

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Rankins will help Saints' D step up

New Orleans badly needed a player with Sheldon Rankins' skill set. According to Todd McShay, the Saints knocked this pick out of the park. Best/riskiest picks of Round 1 (Insider)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Sheldon Rankins cleaned up at the Senior Bowl workouts. Quicks off the line, technique & power. He is going to produce for the Saints as a run defender and when rushing inside on passing downs.

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Bio Blast: Sheldon Rankins

The Saints opted for the Louisville defensive tackle with the 12th overall pick. Rankins totaled six sacks and 13 tackles for loss last season.

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Kiper scouting report: Sheldon Rankins

Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down the film on New Orleans' first-round pick, Sheldon Rankins. How does the No. 12 overall pick's skill set translate to the NFL?

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Lamar Jackson can explode onto the scene in 2016 (1:44)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino is embracing the high expectations surrounding quarterback Lamar Jackson and the program. "I'm excited about it. We embrace high expectations," Petrino said. "We've always had them here. Preseason polls are based on how you finished the year and what you have coming back. Obviously, Lamar finished the year very strong. He matured a lot. He had a really good spring. He understands the offense better, is making better decisions and throwing the ball with accuracy."

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Cards flying under the radar?

Most of Louisville's issues stem from the fact that the team just happens to be in the wrong division in the ACC. If QB Lamar Jackson can emerge alongside a loaded defense, watch out. Spring ball roundup (Insider)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Expectations for Louisville are sure to grow even higher following the spring game, where Lamar Jackson threw for a whopping 519 yards and eight touchdowns. Granted, Jackson racked up his big numbers against backups but there is an important takeaway to note: Jackson struggled with his accuracy as a true freshman last season. Through 15 spring practices, he is vastly improved in that area. "There's no question we can throw the ball better right now," coach Bobby Petrino told reporters after the game.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

When Louisville brought back Bobby Petrino in 2014, many criticized the decision - given his past track record and indiscretions. But athletic director Tom Jurich was adamant that he hired a changed Petrino. Headed into Year 3, high expectations await Petrino and Louisville this season -- and Jurich remains confident he will get the most out of Petrino for years to come. That's why Jurich just finished up a 7-year extension for Petrino worth $30.625 million. "I wanted to show everybody the confidence I have in him, the job that he's done and the job that he's doing," Jurich said.

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Petrino gets 7-year extension from Louisville

Louisville's Bobby Petrino will be the third-highest-paid coach in the ACC after getting a new seven-year deal that averages $4.375 million per season.

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FBS teams with the most intact offenses

Florida State tops the list of FBS teams with the most returning offensive starters (11). Connecticut, Miami, Louisville and Kent State are tied for second most, with 10.

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Breaking down ACC Atlantic quarterback recruiting

This is a strong year for quarterbacks on the recruiting trail, and the names are coming off the board quickly headed into the spring evaluation period.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville is hiring West Virginia's Lonnie Galloway as co-offensive coordinator, according to a source. The Charleston Gazette-Mail first reported Galloway's move. Galloway replaces Garrick McGee, who last week left for the OC job at Illinois. Galloway is on his second stint as West Virginia's wide receivers coach, developing two Top 10 draft picks there (Kevin White and Tavon Austin). He has coached receivers at Wake Forest, Appalachian State and East Carolina. This looks like a strong move for Louisville's passing game, which ranked 46th nationally last year. Galloway was set to earn $375,000 this season after a recent contract extension.

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