Louisville Sugar Bowl notebook

NEW ORLEANS - Cardinal Authority will end each day for the next week with an Allstate Sugar Bowl notebook that will be full of nuggets and information on upcoming events as the University of Louisville prepares for the Jan. 2 game against Florida in the Mercedes Superdome.


University of Louisville sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater met with the media for the first time in a few weeks on Thursday, updating his health after playing against Rutgers with a broken left wrist and sprained left ankle.

Bridgewater said he wouldn't give a percentage on how he felt but noted that he would be ready to go for the game against Florida on Jan. 2.

"I'm doing very good," Bridgewater said. "I am feeling good, I have been running around, moving around on it. I just feel good."

Bridgewater is back under center taking snaps and has been wearing a soft cast and said it would be "up to the trainers," if he wore that during the game.

"It's a leather wrist cast that prevents me from extending it too far back," Bridgewater said, noting he would "most likely" wear the cast in the game.

Bridgewater helped the Cardinals to a 10-2 record and berth in the Sugar Bowl, while throwing for 3,452 yards and 25 touchdowns. He helped the Cardinals to the co-Big East title game – a 20-17 comeback win – over Rutgers with the injuries.


Perhaps the most popular question among U of L fans in the final weeks of the regular-season was the use of Corvin Lamb, or lack thereof.

Lamb, a redshirt freshman running back, had been running third string all season but when Senorise Perry went down with a torn ACL the expectations were Lamb would jump right in. And the expectations grew even more when Lamb took a screen pass 53 yards for a TD in the Syracuse game, just after Perry went down.

But it was his only touch that game and he ran just nine times for 46 yards in the final two games of the season. And there was a reason.

"He's been injured," offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said. "He had an ankle issue but he's back to looking like the high school sprint champion he was."

Lamb has been getting a lot of reps in pre-bowl practices and running backs coach Kenny Carter said he is healthy and "we're more than comfortable with what Corvin brings to the table for us."

"The bottom line was he had an ankle (problem), even on the long run on the screen he was injured," Carter said. "But he's worked hard and is fighting through it and we are really excited about Corvin."

Lamb has 11 carries for 45 yards and one TD, while also scoring on his only reception of his career.


Bridgewater said Strong hasn't harped on the Cardinals' being the underdog in the game but he has mentioned it to the team.

And he used the 1991 U of L team as an example.

The Cardinals were underdogs in the '91 Fiesta Bowl but walloped Alabama 34-7 in the school's biggest victory in history.

"He's used it once," Bridgewater said of the underdog role. "Back when University of Louisville faced Alabama in Fiesta Bowl. He mentioned that game. But he really doesn't talk much about it."


The Cardinals do have a curfew and many of the players have said they will be out on Bourbon Street taking in some of the sights.

But not Bridgewater.

Bridgewater said he brought his PlayStation and will spend most of his time in the hotel room playing NCAA Football.

"I don't go out at all," Bridgewater said.


The Cardinals will practice for the first time since arriving in New Orleans in the afternoon on Friday.

The streets are already showing a lot of signs of red and black.

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