Cards into bye week looking to improve

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong spoke with the media on the American Athletic Conference teleconference on Monday. Check out what Strong had to say about his team's play, the open week and injuries.

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong was pleased with his team's effort in Saturday's 34-3 victory over South Florida on Saturday.

The Cardinals are now 7-1 and have the second of three open weeks of the season before playing at Connecticut on Nov. 8.

"It was good to see us get back on track after losing at home to Central Florida," Strong said. "We have a lot of work to get done (in the open week) regarding fundamentals and technique."

The Cardinals dropped two spots in the Associated Press poll and one in the USA Today Coaches poll this week but stayed at No. 19 in the BCS Standings.

Strong updated the media on several other details:

**Offensive lineman Nacho Garcia was the only player who suffered a significant injury in the USF game. Garcia suffered a left knee injury and missed the rest of the game. Strong said Garcia was being evaluated on Monday.

**Wide receiver Kai De La Cruz saw action on just a few plays against Central Florida and missed the entire USF game. De La Cruz has a hamstring injury suffered in the Rutgers game and could return against Connecticut.

"We're going to get him rested and see if we can't get him back for the UConn game," Strong said.

**Dominique Brown led the Cardinals with 125 yards rushing and also had six catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. Strong noted Senorise Perry also had 13 carries but noted Brown was the hot hand.

"Dominique is running very well right now," Strong said. "He's running behind his pads and plays very physical. I really like the way he is running and way things he's doing, including catching the ball out of the backfield."

**Strong called Perry, who also stars on special teams, a "very unselfish player." Perry plays on kickoff return, kickoff and punt return.

"He's a great special teams player," Strong said. "And it's great because he's a starter."

***Freshman wide receiver James Quick has caught a pass in three consecutive games and is coming on, according to the U of L staff.

"He's still learning and still a freshman," Strong said. "He's getting in and he's getting his opportunities. He still has a lot of talented guys in front of him.

"But when he gets an opportunity, he takes advantage of it."


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