Inside Cardinal football: Weekly notebook

NEWPORT, R.I. – Cardinal Authority publishes a weekly football notebook. With less than a week until the start of camp and 33 days until the season-opener against Ohio University, this week's notebook is chock full of news.


University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong answered a ton of questions on Tuesday at American Athletic Conference Media Day, including one about the health of three defensive players.

Defensive linemen D'Angelo Brown and Jamine Brooks and linebacker Keith Brown are all injured and won't start the season on the field.

Strong said Brown, who has an Achilles injury, is out for an undetermined amount of time. The sophomore was expected to be a major player on the line.

Brooks and Brown are supposed to return sometime during the season but Strong said he "wasn't sure when they would be back, but we'll get them back."


U of L offensive coordinator Shawn Watson told Cardinal Authority last week that he felt like quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had done everything he asked in the offseason and was "ready" for the new season.

"He's really worked hard in the offseason," Watson said.

On Tuesday, Bridgewater confirmed that he's spent extra time this year making sure that he's "not going to lose a step," when he takes his first snap.

"We do Quarterback School all spring and summer and that's really helped me," Bridgewater said. "I'm so much better than I was when I came here. Coach Watson has really done a good job of making sure I keep improving."

Bridgewater said perhaps the biggest improvement he's made this offseason comes in the leadership – being vocal – category.

"In order to be an action guy, I had to become more vocal," Bridgewater said. "It comes with the role, I just needed to become more of a leader.

"The coaches have all helped and Chris Morgan, our chaplain, has really helped me spiritually. I think I've come a long way."


Bridgewater was asked about how he will deal with all of the hype, national attention and the potential of the NFL Draft talk throughout the season.

The junior Heisman Trophy candidate said, "my coaches have been there for me and have guided me the right way since I've been here."

But Bridgewater said he also knows there is another support system if he needs it, pointing out several former U of L quarterbacks have already reached out and told him they were there if he needed any questions answered.

"Brian Brohm and Chris Redman both told me they were there for me," Bridgewater said. "I really appreciated that because I know both of those guys have been through what I am about to experience."


Here are some important dates coming up:

The Cardinals will report to campus on Monday and begin with the first practice of the fall camp on Tuesday.

U of L will hold its annual kickoff luncheon on Aug. 13 with the local football media day to be held on Aug. 14.

Tickets for the luncheon are sold out.

The first game is slated for Sept. 1 against Ohio U.

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