Inside Louisville football: Weekly notebook

Only 67 days until the opening game of the 2013 football season for the University of Louisville as the Cardinals will host Ohio University. Cardinal Authority will feature the U of L football program in a weekly notebook on Wednesday's. Here's the latest edition of the U of L football notebook:

Senorise Perry ‘DOING GREAT'

University of Louisville running back Senorise Perry went down with a torn ligament in his knee during the Syracuse game last season.

He missed the rest of the season and sat out spring practice. But he's been going through rehabilitation and at this point is expected back for the season.

U of L running backs coach Kenny Carter said in a recent interview with Cardinal Authority that Perry is "doing great," noting he's on schedule.

"He looks like he's doing what he needs to do," Carter said. "Physically, he looks impressive. He said he feels good, we just have to make sure he's right."

When asked if he thought Perry would play this season, Carter said "I do. Yes, I do think we'll have him ready."

"I think he will be in good shape when it comes time for camp," Carter said. "We just have to manage what we do with him. We're not going to rush it."

When he was injured, Perry was leading the team at the time with 136 carries for 705 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Dominique Brown, who sat out last season, is penciled in as the starter for the Cardinals. Brandon Radcliff and Corvin Lamb are two other capable backs.

WATSON SAID NUMBERS WON'T BE INFLATED

U of L quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said recently he doesn't want any type of Heisman campaign done for him by the school.

Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson has been asked several times in recent months about how he can help Bridgewater get on the Heisman map.

But Watson said he won't inflate the offensive numbers just to try and get Bridgewater's name out there with the voters.

"Honestly, just because the way we are around here it will never be about that," Watson said. "It will be about what it takes for us to win and the team first. You can't sacrifice individual things for the team and again makes him so special, he's motored and geared that way. He's all about the team.

"If we do our job, and we do what we're supposed to do, then I believe those type of things will come down the line."

CARDS RETURN A LOT THIS SEASON

Louisville will field one of the most veteran teams in the country this season, returning the fourth highest total of lettermen in the country.

The Cardinals return 53 of 64 lettermen from last season, giving them 82.81 percent back from the Sugar Bowl team.

Only Rice (85.71 percent), Texas San-Antonio (85 percent) and Wisconsin (83.87 percent) return more than the Cardinals this season.

Colorado returns the most lettermen at 61.

EKU GAME TO BE AT NOON

U of L will open the season on Sept. 1 at 3:30 p.m. against Ohio University in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The game will be on ESPN.

The Cardinals recently found out the second game of the season – a home game against Eastern Kentucky – will be played on Sept. 7 at noon.

The game against the Colonels will be on ESPN3.

Game times for the rest of the U of L games will come at a later date.


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