University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong praised his running backs – Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright – and offensive line on Monday, while noting the entire team has to stay focused on each game.
The Cardinals face South Florida on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. But Strong was asked how he would keep his young team that is 6-0 from looking ahead at the Oct. 26 matchup against undefeated Cincinnati.
"We're focused on one game at a time," Strong said. "We're fortunate to be where we are. Our guys know we can't be satisfied and full of ourselves. We are not thinking about Cincinnati. We're focused on one game.
"The only team we need to worry about is us."
South Florida heads into the Louisville game at 2-4 and Strong said he has already reminded his team they were 2-4 at one point last season. The Cardinals finished the season strong and made it to w bowl game.
"They're sitting right where we were last year," Strong said.
Strong said the offense can still improve and noted the defense understands giving up 21 points a game "is not acceptable."
The third-year head coach did laud the effort of junior running back Senorise Perry, who was named Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Week after scoring four touchdowns on Saturday in the 45-35 win over Pittsburgh.
Perry leads the Cardinals with 559 yards rushing and ranks third among Big East backs at 93.1 yards a game.
"He's just one of those guys if he can get his foot in the ground he can get from point A to point B so quickly," Strong said.
Strong updated some injury news for the program.
Offensive lineman John Miller missed the Pittsburgh game with a leg injury and is still day-to-day, while his fill in – Kamran Joyer – is now also listed as day-to-day by Strong because of an injury he suffered against the Panthers. Ryan Mack would be the next guy in line for the offensive line.
Linebacker Daniel Brown is still out and won't play against South Florida, while running back Dominique Brown could play but will likely be redshirted this season "unless we need him," Strong said.
"He understands and is fine with that," said Strong, noting he didn't want to waste a year on Dominique Brown for "10 or 11 snaps."