Archive for August, 2011

August 30, 2011

Strong Tabs Stein Opening Day Starter

It doesn’t have the drama of Major League Baseball, as fan wait for the announcement of who the opening-day starter is going to be when their favorite teams opens the season. But there is something special when a head coach of a major football power decides who is going to take the first snap.

One of the worst kept secrets at the University of Louisville was who was going to be the starter. While no formal announcement ever came until Aug.29, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion who the starting quarterback was going to be.

After a long position battle through spring practice and fall camp, Coach Charlie Strong has finally made the decision to name Will Stein the starting quarterback for Thursday night’s opener against Murray State.

Stein, a junior and the most experienced quarterback the Cardinals have on the roster, faced competition from highly-recruited Teddy Bridgewater, who enrolled early in the spring to get a jumpstart on learning the offense.

Stein, who appeared in two games last season and went 9-for-14 for 72 yards passing and had his first career touchdown pass, stood up to the challenge like he always has throughout his career.

“I’m very excited,” said Stein. “It’s a big responsibility but I am ready for this opportunity.” He went on to say that he has prepared himself as if he was the starter since day one and played with “a chip on my shoulders as if I am the man, no matter if I’m the third string, second string, or first string.”

Ever since his days as the starting quarterback for Trinity High School, Stein has proved that he is a winner and he wants to show that he can continue to win at the University of Louisville.

When asked about what he thinks are his best attributes as a quarterback Stein cited his ability to extend plays with his feet and his football IQ as being key components that make him a great manager of the game.

The one knock on him that seems to always be an issue, is his size. Stein was asked if this causes him to play with a chip on his shoulder. He answered by saying, “Sort of but not really, I’ve always been joked on or looked upon because of my size, but I’ve also looked at all of the other successful quarterbacks that have been my size or a little taller and there are plenty. I’ve seen too many guys who are 6-foot-5 and can throw the ball 80 yards but can’t make a simple read. It’s not all about height, and if I ever make that excuse for myself then I shouldn’t be playing… People make a big deal of it but if you’re throwing touchdowns and completing passes who really cares?”

The dynamics of the quarterback position have changed drastically from last year’s team when the Cardinals had two seniors, and Stein was the youngest in the group as a sophomore.

Stein now knows that he is the player that the younger quarterbacks look to and he has embraced that. Stein said that he feels in control of the group and joked that he feels like he is the “grandfather of the group” and that they look to him for advice. When asked about the other quarterbacks Stein had this to say about his teammates, “Teddy is just a very talented player, he’s got all the upside in the world to be great here. He can throw it, he’s got some speed, and he’s real smart, he’s heady. He’s definitely a guy who we feel comfortable about back there. Dominique is extremely athletic, he can run the ball, he can throw on the run really well. We all complement each other and we all bring something to the table… Like I said I’m a winner, if we’re winning and moving the ball with Dominique or Teddy and they feel comfortable with that then let it keep going, I’m not going to judge the coaches decisions, they know what is best for this team.”

Everything aside, Stein is the starter for this team and seems confident to take the reins and lead the Cards to what is hopefully another season that ends in a bowl game victory, and that begins with Thursday night’s game against Murray State. In response to the game Stein said, “I am very excited, it’s been a long time coming and as a whole team we are very excited to get on the field and play against somebody else.”

August 25, 2011

Quarterbacks Coach Shawn Watson Addresses Position Battle

By Rocco Gasparro for Inside the Huddle

One of the hottest and most talked about competitions this summer has been that of quarterback position. Looking for its fifth starting quarterback in the last five years, the competition has been extremely fun to watch. However, Will Stein seems to have a leg up on the job due to Teddy Bridgewater experiencing a couple of nagging injuries during preseason camp.

“We’ll probably (let the competition) go at least until Sunday,” said U of L quarterback coach Shawn Watson. “We’ll have Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to finish up our business offensively and evaluate. Then we’ll name a starter next week for Murray State.”

Stein, who has two career starts for the Cardinals in 2009 (against Arkansas State and West Virginia), is a true leader and just loves to play the game. According to Watson, Stein has done enough to warrant the starting job.

“Will has had a really good camp,” said Watson. “He’s had two really good scrimmages. He’s done very well and put himself in position to be the lead dog right now.”

Despite being a teammate of his, Bridgewater has been Stein’s main competitor. A four-star recruit from Miami, Fla., Bridgewater enrolled in January and has been in the mix all summer. However, the No. 2 nationally ranked dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2011 has been limited because of shoulder and finger injuries.

“Teddy, at the same time, has been battling some nagging injuries and has had to battle back,” said Watson. “And this past Saturday, he had a really good scrimmage, too. It’s important at that position to have competition. They’ve had to compete every day and we’ll keep evaluating them.”

Head coach Charlie Strong’s practices are set up where all the team, 2-minute drills and no-huddle work are done at the end of practice. Typically, practice closes with some form of a two-minute drive.

“We’re ending practice with situational stuff, getting into more detailed situations that we do during a team or scrimmage period, and it helps expose the management aspect,” said Watson.

Experience is definitely going to be key, especially for a young football team that will likely have between 15-18 true and red-shirt freshmen in the two-deep. Stein has playing experience at the Division I level with two huge starts under his belt.

“Will has experience on his side and he has awareness because of that experience,” Watson said. “And Teddy has got big talent. He just doesn’t have the experience that Will does. That’s the difference you see on film right now, it’s an experience factor that gives Will an edge. We started camp that way and it has kind of proceeded through camp, but Teddy’s talent shows up on film too.”

The Cardinals are just one week away from starting their second season under Strong. Now, the only question will be who takes that first snap under center come next Thursday evening against Murray State on Sept. 1 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Either way, the Cardinals have options that are sure to excite the fans.


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August 24, 2011

Hurtt Prepares Youngsters For Immediate Action

After entering the season last year with major concerns on the defensive line, the defensive line in 2011 is expected to be the strength of Charlie Strong’s defense.

And after three weeks of practice, the depth and talent is there to be a solid unit for the Cardinals, especially with seniors Greg Scruggs and William Savoy providing the leadership upfront.

As the Sept. 1 opener creeps upon the Cardinals, the team is banged up a bit on the defensive line, but nothing that will keep players out for an extended period of time.

Scruggs has missed the most time with a foot injury, but is expected to be back in the rotation on Saturday. Brandon Dunn and Roy Philon have missed action, but none appear to be overly serious.

Eight days until the 2011 season opener, defensive line coach Clint Hurtt is praying to have all hands on deck very soon.

“There are some concerns, some issues,” Hurtt said. “But football is a physical game and there are going to be some bumps and bruises. Hopefully we should get those guys back pretty soon.”

Because of the injuries on the defensive line this camp, Hurtt has been able to give talented true freshmen B.J. Dubose, Jamon Brown and Deiontrez Mount extended playing time during the first 22 practice and all will likely burn their red-shirts.

“Jamon Brown, Deiontrez Mount are getting additional reps and we had to train Randy Salmon to do some different things in the scheme of the defense,” Hurtt said. “You’ve always got to find the positives in what seems like a negative situation.”

Defensive tackle Jamon Brown has also progressed well and looks to be ready to contribute. A massive specimen at 6-foot-6, 325 pounds, Brown is working on the second group and appears to be ready to participate.

“I would say he’s going to have to play and help us,” Hurtt said. “We don’t have the luxury yet to redshirt a lot of kids. It’s going to have to be baptism by fire, like it was last season for Brandon Dunn. Obviously, as the season progressed, (Dunn) got better and better and better and that’s the plan with Jamon.”

Hurtt is also preparing Dubose and Mount to see action in the season opener.

“Dubose and Mount are going to play significant minutes,” said Hurtt. “You will see a ton of those guys in the first game. Whether we play three or four down against Murray State will determine who plays and how much. That hasn’t been determined.”

Dubose, one of the top defensive linemen in Florida, has emerged and appears physically ready to compete at the BCS level.

“Dubose is an enormous talent,” Hurtt said. “He’s extremely strong and very athletic and fluid. But he’s very raw. I don’t believe he had a defensive line coach in high school. He’s getting all of his teaching out here. He’s absorbing it but it’s a lot (to learn). Sometimes he does too much thinking and I have to tell him to focus on one thing each day to get better that day.”

“His biggest strength is the point of contact,” added Hurtt. “For a freshman at the point of contact he’s unbelievable. He’s very powerful, very strong and can get off of blocks. In terms of understanding keys, pre-snap tips, those are the things he has to continue to learn.”

August 19, 2011

Football Team Making Strides Academically

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Since University of Louisville hired Charlie Strong as its head football coach on Dec. 9, 2009, Cardinal student-athletes have taken major strides in the classroom.

Under Strong’s eye in the spring of 2010, his first year at the helm of the program, 40 football players were named to the athletic director’s academic honor for achieving at least a 3.0 grade-point average, 13 were named to the dean’s list (requires semester GPA of 3.5-3.999) and, collectively, the team secured a 2.7 grade-point average.

The following semester, the fall of 2010, the Cardinals’ football team had 37 student-athletes recognized on the athletic director’s academic honor roll, with 11 earning dean’s list status and one capturing the dean’s scholar award (one semester in which student earns all grades of ‘A+’ or ‘A’ and no ‘A-‘). In the spring of this year, two student-athletes were named dean’s scholars, 12 reached the dean’s list and 36 Cardinals were tabbed athletic director’s academic honor roll members. The team maintained a 2.65 grade-point average.

With the completion of the summer courses, the Cardinals’ freshman recruiting class posted its second-straight above 3.0-grade point average. In 2010, the group earned a 3.44 GPA, and this summer, the newcomers finished with a 3.185 mark.

August 15, 2011

Preseason Senior Spotlight: Mike Evans

By Garett Wall for Inside the Huddle

For Louisville safety Mike Evans, the road to his senior season has been filled with twists and turns all along the way. But after a season of impact and success in 2010, he is ready for the road ahead in 2011.

A native of Los Angeles, Evans arrived in Louisville in the summer of 2010. But that arrival was preceded by many challenges, including a long rehab from a torn ACL and previous stops at El Camino Community College and Nevada. After finishing a successful prep career at Compton High School, Evans spent one season (2007) at El Camino, where he played alongside future Louisville tight end Cameron Graham. While there, Evans was selected as the team’s freshman MVP on a squad that went undefeated and won the league championship.

From there, Evans transferred to Nevada, where he recorded 30 tackles and played in 11 games for the Wolf Pack in 2008 before suffering a knee injury. With a long rehab ahead of him, Evans returned home to southern California to focus on getting healthy. With his knee on the mend in the spring of 2010, Evans was encouraged by Graham to move eastward to Louisville later in the summer and join the Cardinals for their resurgence under the guidance of head coach Charlie Strong.

Evans decided that was a transition he needed to make. After moving to Louisville in the summer of 2010, he was able to contribute immediately to the Cardinals, finishing with 20 tackles while playing in 11 games and making three starts in his first season. He closed the season with four tackles in Louisville’s Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl win over Southern Miss and finished with five stops in the road win at Rutgers in the regular-season finale. Evans credits the Louisville coaches for helping him improve as a player during his time as a Cardinal.

“It’s been a great experience playing for coach Strong and coach Bedford,” Evans said. “I’ve never had coaches like them in my life. They force me to play to the best of my ability and when I’m not playing at that level, they get on me.”

With a year of experience in the program and his injuries behind him, Evans is ready to be an even bigger contributor in his senior season.

“This year, I expect to play a similar role to what I did last season, but I do hope to give a little more,” said Evans. “Last year, I was banged up a lot. I gave what I could, but I wasn’t at my best because of the injuries. I’m feeling 100 percent this year, and I know I can bring more to the team.”

As one of Louisville’s safeties, the 5-foot-10, 187-pound Evans knows first-hand what is expected of the Cardinals’ defensive backs. And he likes what he has seen early in preseason camp in 2011 from not only his group, but the entire team.

“Our defensive backs are a good unit and we really bond well together,” said Evans, who will complete his degree in business management in the spring. “The whole defense does a lot of things off the field together and when we’re on the field, I think that shows. We really play as a team. We stay together as a team, offensively and defensively, and I think that’s going to be a big thing for us this year. Everybody has fun and there’s no jealousy. We want to see everyone have success and we want to win games as a team.”

With that approach to the game, Evans and the Cardinals are well positioned to continue finding success on the road ahead no matter what awaits around the next corner.

August 13, 2011

Preseason Senior Spotlight: Josh Bellamy

By Ira Green for Inside the Huddle

With the conclusion of practice, it’s natural for players to quickly exit the fields, especially on a warm day. Oftentimes, players leave in herds with their position groups. Occasionally, one of the athletes might catch up with their respective position coach to review a play that took place during practice. More often than not, though, there are stragglers who consistently seem to be the last ones off the field.

Oftentimes, one of those stragglers is Josh Bellamy. Ignore the first thought that jumps into your head – no, it’s not because he’s in trouble. No, it’s not because of his speed – he certainly possesses quite a bit of it; ask any of the defensive backs he torched last year. However, if you talked to the senior about his past, being late certainly seems to be a characteristic of his – rather his past.

Coming out of Boca Ciega High in Florida, Bellamy was a three-star prospect with a handful of offers from competitive Division I schools. He certainly was equipped with the intangibles, according to Rivals – a 4.41 time in the 40, a bench max of 245 pounds, a squat max of 320 pounds and a more-than-impressive 33-inch vertical. A two-way player, Bellamy excelled as a running back and as a defensive back. In one season, he recorded 900 yards on the ground and made more than 70 stops as a junior on defense.

Despite all of the accomplishments, he was forced to take the junior college route due to academics.

In a roundabout way, the St. Petersburg, Fla., native landed at Butte Community College in Oroville, Calif., with the opportunity to play immediately. Bellamy spent two seasons with the Roadrunners, catching 80 passes for 1,307 yards and a school all-time record 17 touchdowns.

Back on track, Bellamy felt the detour was more of a learning process and a reason to change his habits.

“I just try not procrastinating on stuff,” Bellamy says on changing his habits. “I’m trying to do everything on time and be more of a grown-up instead of being young-minded about everything.”

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to speak with the imposing 6-foot, 206 pound receiver, he sounds anything but young-minded – more like a determined individual whose got his sights set. Bellamy, though, is quick to credit his predecessors for the change in demeanor.

“We had a lot of good players last year,” Bellamy recalls. “Just coming in, I was kind of like a freshman, so I was learning how the system worked. Doug Beaumont, Troy Pascley and Brandon Heath took me under their wings. I spent a lot of time with them – it was good.”

With the graduation of starters Doug Beaumont, Cameron Graham and Bilal Powell, a new group of faces is expected to lead the offense in 2011. Along with Victor Anderson, Jeremy Wright, Josh Chichester and Andrell Smith, Bellamy is expected to be one of the team’s top targets. But he also knows that his job as one of the upperclassmen is to help mentor the newcomers and give the Cardinals’ more threats on the offensive side of the ball.

“I’m more of a leader this year,” Bellamy, who finished 2010 with 29 catches, 401 yards and 14 touchdowns, says. “I’m trying to take the young guys under my wing. I watched Doug, and I’m trying to take his role and do what he and the other guys did for me last year.”

With the program’s first bowl victory since 2007, a 24-13 win over Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl, the pressure is on for the Cardinals’ to maintain the success.

Don’t expect Bellamy, though, to rest the team’s laurels from a season ago. Instead, he leapt out of character and quickly responded to looking ahead.

“Our goals are just to be better than we were last year,” Bellamy says. “Come out and go hard every day, and it’ll transfer over into the games.”

August 7, 2011

CardsTV – Post-Practice Interviews // Conner Spotlight

Head coach Charlie Strong, junior center Mario Benavides and junior quarterback Will Stein spoke with the media following the Cardinals’ open preseason practice on Aug. 6.

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Preseason Senior Spotlight: Anthony Conner

By Garett Wall for Inside the Huddle

After an offseason of change inside the Louisville football program following the 2009 season, cornerback Anthony Conner looked ahead to his senior year with great anticipation following the introduction of new Cardinals’ head coach, Charlie Strong.

Energy and excitement had returned to the program, and Conner, who transferred to Louisville from Butte Community College prior to the 2009 season, was ready to contribute to U of L’s resurgence. In his first season as a Cardinal in 2009, Conner played in 10 games with two starts and finished with 16 tackles prior to the knee injury. And knowing Strong’s reputation as one of the best defensive coaches in the nation, Conner was excited for what the Cardinals could achieve in year one.

However, that excitement was tempered during spring drills in 2010 when Conner suffered a torn ACL ending his season more than four months before it even started.

“It was really tough sitting out last season and watching the games from the sidelines because I wanted to be a part of the rebuilding process,” said Conner following Saturday’s open practice session. “Not being a part of that hurt me physically and mentally.”

With feelings of disappointment and frustration fresh in his mind, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Conner started his rehabilitation soon after his surgery. Despite not being able to make an impact on the field during the Cardinals’ 2010 season, which culminated with a Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl victory, Conner used his time away from the field to become a smarter football player through what he watched from the sidelines.

“I was able to watch the guys who were playing more closely and go deeper in my playbook, which really helped me,” Conner said. “Even though it was tough not being able to play, it really helped me become a smarter player. Being at the bowl game and seeing us have success as a team gave me even more motivation to get back to the field. When you see your teammates succeed, you want to experience that as a player.”

With the departure of starting cornerbacks Johnny Patrick and Bobby Burns from last season, Conner knew there would be openings and opportunities to contribute in 2011. After the native of Houston, Texas, returned to the practice fields in the spring, he started the Cardinals’ preseason fall training camp working with the first team defense. And with a fully healed knee, Conner looks ahead to the Cardinals’ season-opener against Murray State (Sept. 1 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium) and the entire 2011 season with high expectations.

“It’s exciting to be back and I’m ready to play,” Conner said. “We have confidence through the roof in our teammates and our coaches. We really have a great group on this team and we know we have a lot of great fans behind us. That’s why we work as hard as we do everyday.”

With his knee injury behind him and his senior season on the horizon, Conner is ready to finally get his chance to make an impact in season two of the Cardinals’ resurgence.

August 5, 2011

CardsTV – Post-Practice Interviews // Savoy Spotlight

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Preseason Senior Spotlight: William Savoy

By Ira Green for Inside the Huddle

Moving at a rapid pace is a trait that athletes are often used to, especially football players.

The instant the center-quarterback exchange takes place, it’s hard to fabricate that nearly a hundred different things are happening at once. The offensive line is trying to protect its play-caller, the receivers are running their respective routes and the coaching staff and sidelines are in a flurry. On the opposite side of the ball, the defensive line is trying to pressure the quarterback or ball carrier, the linebackers are covering their territory, the secondary is hoping to avoid any major gains – and similarly, the defensive staff is on its toes.

So, it would be natural to expect University of Louisville defensive end William Savoy to be in that mindset – someone who’s constantly looking for the next play or big thing in life. However, Savoy seems to stray from that framework, focusing more on the present and improving before moving forward.

When asked about his goals heading into the 2011 season, his final season collegiately, he didn’t respond with an individualistic mentality. In fact, it was the exact opposite.

“As a senior, it’s to develop the young guys and also go to a BCS bowl game,” Savoy says. “With the young guys that we brought in, I’m working with them to get the fundamentals down and developing them, and they can help this year and that’s all that really matters.”

While his statistics from the 2010 season probably won’t knock you off your chair (16 tackles and one sack), he helped lead a defensive unit that ranked among the nation’s elite: sixth in sacks per game (3), ninth in pass defense (167.38 yards per game), 14th in total defense (311.69 yards per game) and 18th in scoring defense (19.38). Arguably, the more memorable moment for the fans is when Louisville defeated Southern Miss, 31-28, in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl game, giving the Cardinals their first bowl victory since 2007.

In turn, the successful season quickly created quite a bit of buzz in Louisville – a buzz some, including players, hadn’t seen in years.

With coach Charlie Strong opening two practices to the public, one of them being Friday, it was natural to be curious about the crowd that would show. Hastily, fans – covered from head to toe in Cardinal gear – bolted past the gate and onto the sidelines of the practice fields to get a glimpse of their Cardinals. Pessimistically, there were 1,000 on hand. Realistically, the masses exceeded that total.

“The turnout was a lot more than the previous years,” Savoy, ecstatically, says. “It’s fun – it’s good seeing all the people out here supporting the Cardinal Nation. It gives us juice to perform.

“I feel like the fans are back into it. They believe in coach Strong and the system, and we’re going to try our best to put on a show every game. It’s looking pretty good.”

In order to put on a show, Savoy understands that cohesiveness plays a critical role in team success. Similar to the Cardinals’ offensive line and what seems to be a trend across football, the Elizabethtown, Ky., native says his unit – the defensive line – is taking major strides at becoming and acting like one.

“We’re really working on getting closer as a unit away from the field – that’s where the trust issue comes in,” Savoy says. “If I can trust the guy next to me and he can trust the guy next to him, it boils on to the field. We’ve been really trying to kick it with each other more and be around each other more. Our offensive line does that very well, that’s why they’re so close knit. We’re trying to be like that as well.”

Determined on characterizing his success by team accomplishments, Savoy understands the necessity of development and patience. And when the time comes, the wait will be more than worth it.

August 4, 2011

CardsTV – Fall Post-Practice Interviews

Football head coach Charlie Strong, junior quarterback Will Stein and senior defensive tackle Greg Scruggs each spoke with the media on Thursday morning following the Cardinals’ first fall preseason practice.

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Preseason Senior Spotlight: Chris Philpott

By Garett Wall for In The Huddle

In a season full of pleasant surprises and successes, one of the highlights for the Louisville football team in 2010 was the emergence of kicker and punter Chris Philpott. With his senior season upon him, the Cardinals’ special teams anchor is ready to take his game to a higher level in 2011.

“I want to improve on what I did last season and do everything I can to help us win games,” Philpott said following Thursday’s first preseason practice session. “My goals this season are to make 85 percent or more of my field goals, to increase my number of touchbacks on kickoffs and improve my punting average.”

As a junior last season, Philpott made 14 of 18 field goals, including a long of 46 yards against Arkansas State, and he matched a school record with four field goals in a 26-0 win over Connecticut. He also averaged more than 40 yards per punt while handling the kickoff duties for the Cardinals in 2010. After a busy offseason of work on and off the field, the Atlanta native enters the 2011 preseason slated to handle all three – kickoffs, punting, field-goal kicking – of those duties once again and he is ready for that challenge.

“One of my main goals this summer was to get stronger and faster,” said Philpott. “I knew that if I got stronger and faster, I would be able to handle more of the bulk load while being more flexible and fit to better handle some of the minor injuries that come along. Being stronger in the weight room was important for me so that I can get more air under the ball and get more distance on all of my kicks.”

Despite his consistent season in 2010, Philpott was not among the 30 players named to the Lou Groza Award preseason watch list released in July. The award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker as determined by a voting panel of Division I head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters from across the country, is regarded as the most prestigious college football award for kickers.

“I was disappointed initially (on not being included), but it just gives me more motivation to improve and something to aim for,” he said. “Most of the preseason stuff is based on last year’s statistics, but I know what I’m capable of doing. The goal is to go out there and do it this year.”

With his personal goals in focus, Philpott understands that the most important goal is achieving team success. With a winning season in the books in year one under the leadership of head coach Charlie Strong, Philpott and the rest of the Cardinals’ returning letterwinners have a better understanding and appreciation for what is required from Strong and his coaching staff entering year two.

“Coach Strong expects everyone to improve day-in and day-out,” said Philpott. “Our goal as a team this summer was to never take a step back and only move forward in the weight room and in conditioning. We’ve taken that to heart and we must continue that with this preseason camp.”

With the loss of numerous starters on both sides of the football and more than 20 letterwinners overall from the Cardinals’ 2010 squad, which earned a 31-28 victory over Southern Miss in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, expectations nationally are for Louisville to take a step back in 2011. That was evident as U of L was picked to finish seventh in the BIG EAST in the league’s annual preseason media poll released earlier this week. But that only gives Philpott and the rest of the Cardinals’ more motivation for the upcoming season.

“I think seventh in the league doesn’t do us justice at all, but we obviously haven’t earned any respect yet,” he said. “We’ll take that mentality and work harder every day to reach our goals.”

August 1, 2011

Assistant Coach Previews // Practice Openings

Assistant coaches Vance Bedford, Larry Slade, Brian Jean-Mary, Ron Dugans, Shawn Watson and Dave Borbely each sat down with CardsTV on the morning of Aug. 1 to talk about the Louisville football program. The coaches answered multiple questions about the type of player they are seeking to sport the Red and Black, what it means to be at Louisville, working with coach Charlie Strong and a variety of other topics. Stay tuned for the full interviews with each coach, but in the mean time check out a preview of what’s to come.

Also, click here to read the release regarding coach Strong opening the Aug. 5 and Aug. 6 practices to the public.