James Hearns Louisville

Saturday night was a triumphant moment for Louisville Cardinals football, with quarterback Lamar Jackson winning the first Heisman Trophy in program history. However, that moment quickly was overshadowed by the reported shootings of two Louisville football players (and a third victim whose name hasn’t been released) at an off-campus party.

Here’s what Louisville’s WRDB Fox 41 reported Sunday morning:

Two University of Louisville football players were reportedly shot Saturday night at an off-campus apartment.

Sources close to the team tell WDRB News that junior linebacker James Hearns and sophomore linebacker Henry Famurewa were both shot at a party at an apartment near the university.

Neither of the victim’s injuries appear to be life-threatening. 

There was a third victim also shot, but that person’s name is still unknown.

Hearns (#99, seen at top in a photo from The Crunch Zone) was a key component in the Cardinals’ 9-3 regular season. He led the team with eight sacks while adding 11 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and 43 tackles.  Famurewa appeared in nine of Louisville’s 12 games and posted 10 tackles and two sacks. It’s good to hear that neither’s injuries are life-threatening, but this is still a blow for the Cardinals, and one that will make it harder to enjoy the celebrations around Jackson’s Heisman. It also could make it harder for them to prepare for their bowl game;  Louisville plays LSU Dec. 31 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.


About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. He previously worked at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.