U of L football: Weekly notebook

The University of Louisville will play host to Memphis on Saturday at noon in the final home game of the season for the Cardinals. Here are a few notebook items heading into Senior Day for the Cardinals.

Preston Brown THE LEADER

Senior linebacker Preston brown has started 34 games during his career, including 28 straight games in the middle of the defense.

The U of L coaches call Brown the leader on the defense. He's led the team in tackles for two years, including 71 this season and 3.5 sacks.

"He's a leader and he's gone out there on the field and proved it," linebacker coach Brian Jean-Mary said. "He's never been a ‘me' guy. He's always there for his team and he leaves it all on the field."

HOT STARTING CARDS

The University of Louisville football team has been getting off to fast starts all season, outscoring foes 89-9 in the first quarter.

The Cardinals have given up field goals to Kentucky, South Florida and Connecticut and the rest of the games the opponents have been scoreless in the first quarter of games.

Memphis has been outscored 41-38 in the first quarter.

DE LA CRUZ OUT AGAIN

Junior wide receiver Kai De La Cruz was injured during the Rutgers game earlier this season and is still sidelined.

U of L coach Charlie Strong said De La Cruz won't play again this week. He tried to play against Central Florida but has missed the last three games.

De La Cruz has 15 catches for 251 yards and three touchdowns.

TEDDY AND THE RECORD BOOK

U of L junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater could be making his last start at PJCS this weekend as well as the 20 seniors.

Bridgewater said he hasn't made a decision on his future but speculation is he would be a top NFL Draft pick after the season.

Cardinal Authority wanted to updated where Bridgewater is among the U of L record books heading into the final games of his junior season.

Bridgewater ranks third in career passing at U of L with 8,895 yards, trailing only Chris Redman (12.541) and Brian Brohm (10,775).

He ranks fourth in career touchdowns with 65, trailing Redman (84), Dave Ragone (74) and Brohm (71) and is tops in career completion percentage at 68.1 percent.

WATCH OUT FOR MEMPHIS

Memphis does have a solid defense.

The Tigers are ranked No. 14 in total defense and are among the top 25 schools in every defensive category.

Junior defensive back Bobby McCain has been huge for the Tigers with eight take-aways in seven games, including three interceptions last week in a 23-10 win over South Florida.


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