Mauldin: Lots of 'prayers have been answered'

University of Louisville defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin was back with the football team on Wednesday night, one day after he was a victim in a hit-and-run accident while riding his moped. Mauldin talked about the accident, his health and if he will try to play in Sunday's opener against Ohio University

One day after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident, University of Louisville junior Lorenzo Mauldin was back with his team on Wednesday night.

Mauldin was at practice, said he just felt sore and is hoping he's back on the field for Sunday's season-opener against Ohio University at 3:30 p.m.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Mauldin – a starter at defensive end for the Cardinals – was struck by a car on Wednesday morning. He spent the night in the hospital and said he felt "just sore" after the accident.

"I feel more lucky than anyone on earth," Mauldin said.

Speaking with a group of reporters, Mauldin went on to say "It's beyond scary. Once your life is on the line I mean you kind of think about stuff that you never thought about in life, so it was scary."

U of L officials sent out a release on Wednesday morning that said all the tests run on Mauldin came back positive. He was given tests for a variety of different things, including all of the concussion tests.

Mauldin said he wants to play on Sunday but said he will leave the decision up to the training staff. The trainers will monitor his situation the rest of the week.

"It's up to the trainers who will let me know when I am able to come back out," he said. "Right now, I believe I can step in.

"I can't say I don't want to play on Sunday."

Mauldin said the pain he was in on Wednesday night was on a scale of 1-10 "at least a five or a six now."

"I want to be able to get back as soon as possible," he said.

Mauldin thanked the fans and his teammates for "giving me all the support," noting the "fans are on the same level as God right now, giving me all types of encouragement."

Mauldin was on his moped heading to campus from the football complex around 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning when he was struck.

"It all happened so quickly," he said.

The driver sped off and is still being looked for by the local police but Mauldin said, "I can't be upset because I knew it was not on purpose."

"Some people get upset with slower drivers and they just want to get around," Mauldin said. "They were trying to get around me. After they got around me and they got contact, I don't remember anything after that."

Mauldin said always rode his moped because it was cheaper on gas. He said he doesn't want to ride anything with two wheels again.

"I am going to invest in a car that is covering me completely," he said. "I am a guy who likes to save money, won't be too hard for me."

But for now, Mauldin said he's very "thankful."

"I just feel uplifted again to be able to get back out here with the team," he said. "There's a lot of people who have been praying for me, and apparently the prayers have been answered."

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