LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) -- Louisville's 2021 football team continues to get no respect, which will undoubtedly be a rallying cry for the Cardinals this season.
One day after being picked sixth (of seven teams) in the Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division, UofL was snubbed in the preseason all-ACC teams, shut out in all three areas -- offense, defense and special teams.
Unlike a number of other leagues, the ACC only chose a first team, which was dominated -- big surprise -- by six-time defending champion Clemson. The Tigers put eight players on the team, six of them on defense. North Carolina, Boston College and NC State had three representatives.
At least the Cards weren't alone as Syracuse, Florida State and Pittsburgh joined them by having no players chosen.
North Carolina junior quarterback Sam Howell was voted ACC preseason Player of the Year, getting 114 of 147 votes by members of the media. Miami quarterback D'Eriq King finished second with 11 votes.
Howell has thrown 68 career touchdown passes, the most through a sophomore season in ACC history and tied for the UNC school record. The Indian Trail, N.C. native led the ACC and ranked sixth nationally with 30 touchdown passes in 2020, while also topping the league with 3,586 passing yards, the fourth most in the nation.
CARDINAL STADUM IMPROVEMENTS
UofL announced some enhancements Tuesday for Cardinal Stadium, calling them "new fan experience opportunities" for the upcoming season.
The improvements are highlighted by The Alley on the South Floyd Street, where fans will be able to congregate with family and friends prior to kickoff as sort of a second tailgating option. It is located directly across from the entrance into the stadium and was funded in part by a multi-year contribution commitment and construction management services vallued at $850,000 from Buffalo Construction, Inc.
The Alley, which is free and scheduled to open for UofL's Sept. 11 home debut against Eastern Kentucky, will sit on one acre on the corner of Boxley and South Floyd. The property will feature an expansive courtyard with the ability to accomodate a couple thousand fans, turf greens for yard games, live entertainment, numerous drink options and food trucks.
"We are fans too," UofL Athletics Director Vince Tyra said. "We know that the game day experience goes far beyond the actual game. We want to help create destinations and foster more traditions for our fans. The Alley is just one more example."
Tyra said The Alley will be open from four hours prior to kickoff to approximately 30 minutes before.
HONORED JERSEYS--Tyra also announced a new look to celebrate Honored Jerseys. A 400-foot LED board will be installed on the East side of the stadium and will highlight UofL's 23 honorees and the school's 23 bowl appearances. It is scheduled to be fully installed by the Oct. 9 game vs. Virginia.
KICKOFF LUNCHEON--Tickets are now available for UofL's Football Kickoff Luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Galt House Grand Ballroom. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. The event will feature comments from coach Scott Satterfield and selected players.
Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased through the "My Cardinals Account" link at the top of www.GoCards.com, or at this link: https://am.ticketmaster.com/uofl/kickoffluncheon
Russ Brown, a former sportswriter for The Courier-Journal and USA Today, covers University of Louisville sports and college football and basketball for Kentucky Today. He can be contacted at email@example.com.