Inside Cardinal Football: Weekly notebook

It's been a week since the University of Louisville winning the Allstate Sugar Bowl over Florida and the season is over. But Cardinal Authority will still bring you weekly notebooks as the information becomes available. Here's a look at some of the happenings surrounding the program:


Senior offensive linemen Alex Kupper and Mario Benavides have both been invited and will play in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

The game will be played Jan. 19 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and is for draft-eligible seniors to showcase their skills for the NFL.

The game will be played at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and the practices for the event will be televised live beginning on Jan. 17 on ESPNU.

Kupper, a former Trinity High standout, was a mainstay on the line in recent years. He played all three positions on the line and was a leader of the unit. He was a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is an award that recognizes the top walk-on in college football. He was a second-team All-Big East performer.

Benavides was the U of L center from Los Fresnos, Texas, who started 47 career games for the Cardinals. He started the final 23 games of his career.


U of L will host an autograph session on Saturday to celebrate the Sugar Bowl championship on the concourse at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The event will run from noon until 2 p.m.

Fans can get two items autographed by the players and coaches and can get photographs taken with the Sugar Bowl trophy.

The event is free and open to the public.


U of L finished ranked No. 13 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches poll for this season.

The Cardinals are also showing up in a lot of early preseason college football polls, including ranked No. 8 in ESPN's first poll.

USA Today has the Cardinals listed at No. 16 in the early preseason poll.

The Cardinals are also on the list of short odds to win the national championship next season in Las Vegas. U of L is listed between 15-1 and 22-1 at this point.


On the field wasn't the only place the U of L football team performed well last semester. The Cardinals also did stellar work in the classroom.

The Cardinals produced a collective 2.76 grade point average for the fall semester with 47 student-athletes on its roster achieving a 3.0 or better grade point average, which is the most since Charlie Strong arrived.

The Cardinals had two Dean's Scholars (4.0 GPA) and 74 student-athletes achieve a 2.5 or better grade point average.


U of L athletic director Tom Jurich after the win in New Orleans:

"Our fans turned New Orleans into a home game. It was a home game.


Here's how the 2012 Cards measure up in the record books...

Team Stats - Single Season

(Stat, Rank)

405 points, 7th

23 rushing TD, 8th

456 pass attempts, 5th

307 pass completions, 4th

3849 passing yards, 3rd

27 passing TD, 4th tie (2000, 2004)

5444 total offense, 7th

297 1st downs, 5th

8 fewest interceptions, 4th tie (1995, 2010)

Teddy Bridgewater - Single Season

3744 total offense, 3rd

3718 passing yards, 3rd

419 passing attempts, 6th

287 pass completions, 4th

27 passing TD, 4th tie (Ragone soph. 2000)

DeVante Parker - Single Season

10 receiving TD, 2nd tie (Anthony Cummings 1990, Arnold Jackson 1999)

Teddy Bridgewater - Career

5939 total offense, 6th

5847 passing yards, 6th (trails LeFors by 6 yds)

715 pass attempts, 8th tie (Jeff Brohm)

478 pass completions, 5th

41 passing TD, 5th (trails Jay Gruden by 3)

DeVante Parker - Career

16 receiving TD, 7th tie (Mario Urrutia)

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