Weekly Louisville football notebook

A weekly look at some notes surrounding the University of Louisville football program as the Cardinals take a 4-0 mark on the road to Southern Mississippi.


The University of Louisville isn't sure which one of three quarterbacks will be playing this Saturday night when the Cardinals face Southern Miss.

Junior Chris Campbell started the season-opener against Nebraska (a 49-20 loss) and also started last week's loss at Western Kentucky (42-17).

But Campbell has a neck injury and isn't likely to play against Louisville. Freshman Anthony Alford started in the loss to East Carolina (24-14) but suffered a knee injury against Western Kentucky and is also questionable.

Redshirt freshman Ricky Lloyd took a majority of the snaps during Wednesday's practice, while sophomore Cole Weeks took the backup snaps.

"(Campbell) is still day-to-day and he definitely won't be in this week, but it will probably be week-to-week and we are getting good news on all the tests," Southern Miss coach Ellis Johnson said after practice. "Anthony (Alford) was doing some things just to test his brace to see how his knee felt in that. He didn't do any quarterback reps but he just worked out a little bit."

Johnson said earlier in the week there has never been a lot of separation between the three QBs.

Lloyd has completed 4 of 8 passes for 72 yards and one touchdown this season, while Alford has completed 9 of 26 passes for 108 yards.

U of L defensive coaches and players said the Cardinals are preparing for all three quarterbacks prior to the game.


The defense has been a hot topic of conversation through the first four weeks of the season around the U of L football program.

The Cardinals were expected to be better and more consistent on defense and players and coaches agree they need to show improvement.

"We're giving up little mistakes that lead to big plays and touchdowns," linebacker Preston Brown said. "It's the little stuff.

"But we have to cut down on our mistakes."

Even with some questions, the U of L defense is only giving up 339.5 yards a game and 19 points a contest through four games.

The Cardinals are allowing only 91.8 yards on the ground but did allow their first 100-yard rusher in the last 11 games to Florida International last week.

"It's not like we're overmatched," Brown said. "We're just having some mental mistakes that lead to big plays."

U of L does only rank 117th in tackles for a loss and 101st in sacks. But the staff is hoping those numbers have slipped because of the up-tempo, no-huddle offenses the Cardinals have been playing during the first four weeks.


U of L quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has completed 91 of 142 passes for 1,049 yards and three touchdowns this season.

Bridgewater has been sacked only four times in four games.

The sophomore signal-caller lauded the offensive line, which includes two seniors and three sophomores, for "solid" protection.

"All I need is two, three or four seconds," Bridgewater said. "The offensive line is doing a great job of keeping me up. They're working hard each and every week, doing a good job, and also trying to get better."


Strong continues to help the youth of the area, especially in the West End, by adding the Cardinal Strong Program.

The release from U of L said Strong would like to share the "Cardinal Principles" his players adhere to, to encourage young people to use these principles as guidelines for their daily lives.

The release described the principles as: commitment, attitude, respect, discipline and sacrifice.

The program is open to kids ages 6-13 in the city of Louisville. An application must be filled out and signed by a parent/guardian and the pledge must be signed by the participant agreeing to adhere to the Cardinal Principles.

High school students are not allowed to participate due to NCAA rules. Anyone interested call Larry Slade (502) 526-2059.

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