Inside Cardinal football: U of L notebook

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong has the Cardinals sitting at 7-0 with a short week in front of them. A notebook of some U of L items heading into Friday's home game against Cincinnati.

BRIDGEWATER O'BREIN AWARD SEMIFINALST

University of Louisville sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was named one of the 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award on Monday.

Bridgewater, who has directed the offense for the 7-0 Cardinals this season, has already thrown for 1,694 yards and 11 touchdowns. He's completing 73.4 percent of his passes on the season.

Bridgewater is 12-5 as a starter and has two 300-yard games.

The 2012 Davey O'Brien Semifinalists represent schools from the following conferences: Big 12 (5), SEC (3), ACC (2), Big Ten (2), Pac-12 (2),Big East (1) and WAC (1).

STRONG UPDATES INJURIES FOR CARDINALS

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong met with the media on Monday and was pretty positive when talking about injuries.

He did say linebacker Daniel Brown was out again this week with a knee injury, but noted other than his injury it was "all nicks and bruises."

Offensive linemen John Miller and Jake Smith were dinged up but are expected to play against Cincinnati, while linebacker James Burgess Jr., didn't play the last two weeks but Strong said he could have gone if needed against South Florida.

"You get this late in the year and you expect to have some little things," Strong said. "This is a short week, but we have to get them ready to go."

COPELAND HAD CAREER GAME

Junior wide receiver Damien Copeland had the best game of his career against South Florida, catching five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.

Copeland, nicknamed Honey Mustard because of his blonde Mohawk, hauled in a 21-yard TD pass from Teddy Bridgewater in the third quarter.

"This has to be one of my best games, with a touchdown it feels great," Copeland said. "I just want to do what I can to help my team win.

"We just have an explosive offense and anybody can do it."

But this was Copeland's day. He now has a team-high 23 catches for 262 yards and one touchdown on the season.

U of L coach Charlie Strong said "it's a different receiver every week," and lauded quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for getting a bunch of players involved.

Bridgewater connected with nine different receivers and has hit 12 this season, including eight of those for touchdowns.

CARDS ADJUST PRACTICE SCHEDULE

With a Friday game against Cincinnati on tap, Strong said the Cardinals would adjust their weekly practice schedule.

The team practiced on Sunday – like normal – but usually takes Monday off. Strong said this week the Monday practice would be the normal Tuesday.

The Cards will then go Tuesday and Wednesday before a pre-game prep practice on Thursday. The team will have Saturday off this week.

MAULDIN HONORED BY BIG EAST

Defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin was honored by the Big East as the conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Mauldin had two sacks and three tackles for a loss in the win against South Florida, finishing with four solo and two assisted tackles.

Mauldin now has six of his 10 unassisted and five of his 10 assisted tackles, including 3.5 sacks in the last two games.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Teddy Bridgewater describing his feelings before he took the field and directed the game-winning drive against South Florida.

"There was no need to panic," he said with a smile. "That's what we practice for, we just have to make sure to execute. It was all going to be just fine."


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