Cardinals have to hit the road again

The University of Louisville football team hits the road again this weekend, traveling to Hattiesburg, Miss., on Saturday to face Southern Mississippi. Here are a few notes and leftovers heading into the fifth week of the season.

CARDS HEADED ON THE ROAD AGAIN

The University of Louisville football program will face a familiar foe on Saturday night, traveling to Hattiesburg, Miss., to play Southern Mississippi.

And U of L coach Charlie Strong knows it won't be easy, despite a 0-3 record for the Golden Eagles. The two schools were once rivals in Conference USA.

Strong said Southern Miss is planning a "black out" for the 8 p.m. contest.

"They'll be ready for us," Strong said, noting the stadium when the Cardinals head into town will be "a bee hive that's buzzing."

"I thought we played pretty well in the first three games, but in our fourth game, we didn't play at the tempo we had been playing at," Strong said. "We didn't practice well last week, so going into that game, I knew we weren't going to play well. We're still dealing with a young football team. As coaches, we still have to be demanding and we have to make sure we coach the little things."

Despite a 4-0 record and being ranked, Strong said there is still room for improvement and noted his team hasn't played very well.

"The last six quarters, I don't think we've played our best football," Strong said. "It's kind of where we hit that spell. We can get better, we want to see improvement."

BUSHELL HONORED BY BIG EAST

The Big East Conference honored U of L senior cornerback Adrian Bushell on Monday as the Big East Defensive Player of the Week.

Bushell, who had 50 tackles in his first season at U of L a year ago, had a team-high seven tackles in a 28-21 victory over Florida International on Saturday.

The native of DeSoto, Tx., also had a tackle for a loss and a pass breakup for the Cardinals in the road win in Miami.

Bushell, one of just 10 seniors on the roster for U of L, was a preseason All-Big East Conference performer in the secondary.

TEDDY NOT PERFECT AGAINST FIU

Teddy Bridgewater didn't have one of his best games against FIU.

The sophomore quarterback and native of Miami completed 19 of 36 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a TD but threw two interceptions.

"It wasn't one of his best games for himself," U of L coach Charlie Strong said. "You expect him to play to play better."

Bridgewater was named honorable mention for the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week award after his performance.

"Our goal is perfection but in this game, mistakes happen," Bridgewater said about his performance. "Sometimes you turn the ball over. We have to learn from this."

Bridgewater has now completed 91 of 124 passes for 1,049 yards and seven touchdowns in four games. He had thrown 98 straight passes without an interception before his first of the season in the first quarter against FIU.

The game did make a return for Bridgewater, whose Miami Northwestern team lost the last game of his career in the FIU Stadium.

"It feels good to play here," he said. "I played about seven times in this stadium. So, it was fun to play back in the stadium again."

DOMINIQUE BROWN'S STATUS STILL UNCLEAR

Junior running back Dominique Brown has been sidelined the first four games by an injury to his right knee.

Strong said he was still uncertain when Brown would be able to return.

Brown didn't practice on Sunday but Strong said he expected the running back to be revaluated on Monday to see if he was making any progress.

Strong said he hasn't thought about a redshirt and noted Brown would still likely travel with the team in case one of the top two backs was injured.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Strong when asked a question about motivating his team: "I only know one way to motivate guys, I have to yell."


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