Inside Cardinal Football: Weekly notebook

The University of Louisville football team is in the midst of practicing for the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl when the Cardinals will meet Florida in the New Orleans Superdome. Here are a few notes from the Cardinals' camp.


University of Louisville sophomore Teddy Bridgewater picked up another honor this week, named honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly.

Bridgewater, who was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year last week, helped the Cardinals to a 10-2 record and second BCS bowl berth. He guided the Cardinals on a comeback against Rutgers despite a broken left wrist and sprained left ankle in the regular-season finale.

The former Miami Northwestern star has thrown for 3,452 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. He had two 400-yard passing games and has completed 69 percent of his passes.


The Cardinals returned to the practice field in preparation for the Sugar Bowl on Thursday afternoon and practiced in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

After two practices last weekend, the Cardinals were off Sunday through Wednesday. The players were wrapping up finals.

The return to practice was the first of eight straight days on the practice field for the Cardinals, who leave for New Orleans on Dec. 27.


Sophomore Eli Rogers has made some big-time catches during his first two seasons in the program. But he had one of his best against Rutgers.

One drive after letting a ball bounce off his hands that ended up being intercepted, Rogers laid out for a third-down catch down the middle. U of L ended up getting a field goal that won the game on that drive.

Rogers said he didn't know if it was one of his best catches, but noted it was "probably close to it." He had four catches for 56 yards in the game.

"I knew Teddy could get it in there," Rogers said. "It was a perfect throw, it just beat the safety at the perfect moment. If it touches my hands, I'm supposed to catch it. So, I had to catch that one."

Rogers has 42 catches for 443 yards and four touchdowns after catching 41 passes for 454 yards and one TD as a true freshman.

He's been playing his best ball recently, with 20 receptions for 224 yards in the final four games of the season. He has at least one catch in 11 of 12 games.


Bridgewater has moved up into the U of L record book after a second stellar season under center for the Cardinals.

He now has passed for 5,581 career yards and ranks No. 6 all-time, just under 300 yards behind Stefan LeFors for fifth place. He passed Jeff Brohm and Ed Rubbert with his outing in the Rutgers game.

Bridgewater has 683 career attempts, ranking No. 9, and 458 completing which puts him at No. 5 in the record books.

In two seasons, he already has 39 career touchdown passes and ranks behind only Chris Redman (84), Dave Ragone (74), Brian Brohm (71) and Jay Gruden (44).


A high school teammate and close friend of Teddy Bridgewater, wide receiver Eli Rogers said he knew the quarterback would play against Rutgers. Bridgewater didn't start because of a broken left wrist and sprained left ankle.

"That tops it all, I've never seen anything like that," Rogers said. "But he's a warrior. I said as long as nothing is completely broken on his body then he's going to get ready and be ready to go."

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