Media Day '11: Cards 'excited' about season

InsideTheVille.com has video highlights of the Media Day press conferences from Louisville head coach Charlie Strong and coordinators Vance Bedford and Mike Sanford.

Media Day Notebook

Charlie Strong

- Strong said if the season started today Will Stein would be the starting quarterback ahead of true freshman Teddy Bridgewater.

- Strong said he's told his quarterbacks he only needs them to manage the game, not make turnovers and get the ball into the hands of Louisville's playmakers.

- Strong discussed the progress his program has made in the classroom. He pointed out that his first year, eight players needed summer classes to become eligible to play last season. This year, no players needed summer classes to be eligible this season.

- Strong said the defense has a chance to be an "outstanding" defense because of the front seven. He pointed to Gregg Scruggs, Brandon Dunn, B.J. Butler, Dexter Heyman, Preston Brown and Daniel Brown.

- Strong said Louisville's defense will be the strength of the team, and he expects the Cardinals to be strong up the middle.

- Strong said his defense will apply lots of pressure and will always play man to man with their corners.

- Strong said Louisville must be strong on both sides of the line to be a good football team.

- Strong talked about building on last year's bowl win and moving the program forward. He said his staff and players can't become complacent with last year's success.

- Strong called the Louisville-Kentucky game a "big-time rival" game. Strong said the game is critical so his program can move forward, noting the Wildcats have won the last four games between the two teams in the series.

Defensive Coordinator Vance Bedford

- No surprise here – Bedford says the biggest question mark is at both cornerback spots, where Johnny Patrick and Bobby Burns left major voids. Senior Anthony Conner, who missed last season with a knee injury, and redshirt freshman Jordan Paschal ended spring as the starters and remain starters after five days of camp. True freshmen Andrew Johnson and Charles Gaines are pushing them for playing time.

- While there are questions at corner, Bedford isn't concerned at safety, where starters Hakeem Smith and Shenard Holton return. Bedford says Holton has made major improvement since last season.

- Bedford sounded excited about the potential of the defensive line with sophomore Brandon Dunn, who has grown into a monster defensive tackle, leading the charge in the middle. Bedford thinks Louisville will be strong up the middle with Dunn, middle linebacker Dexter Heyman and safeties Smith and Holton.

- Bedford doesn't know how good Louisville's defense will become this season, but he sounded very excited about the future. Bedford said at least five true freshmen will see action on defense this season.

- Bedford, who said Charlie Strong is more comfortable with his role as head coach this season, enthusiastically explained that Strong is building a great program at Louisville.

Offensive Coordinator Mike Sanford

- Sanford addressed the quarterback situation, stating that Will Stein and Teddy Bridgewater will see action this season. He said the starting job would be sorted out during fall camp.

- Sanford said Bridgewater's shoulder soreness was nothing of concern and that he has been throwing in practice the past two days.

- Sanford expressed concerns about Louisville's offensive line, where four new starters are being broken in, quarterback, and depth behind Josh Chichester at tight end.

- Sanford singled out freshmen wide receivers DeVante Parker and Eli Rogers, and said both should see action this season. Sanford said the staff is very excited about both players.

- Sanford called Louisville's wide receiver corps as the offenses strength. Sanford singled out Josh Bellamy, Andrell Smith and said the staff expects a lot from redshirt freshman Michaelee Harris, who missed last season with a knee injury.

- Sanford feels very good about the running back situation with Jeremy Wright and Victor Anderson.


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