Preston Brown returning home Thursday

Cincinnati native Preston Brown will make his final trip to his home town as a Cardinal this Thursday when Louisville visits rival Cincinnati.

University of Louisville middle linebacker Preston Brown wants to finish the 2013 regular season on a big note. The Cardinals visit long-time rival Cincinnati this week for a nationally televised game.

"The Cincinnati game is a really big game," he told Cardinal Authority on Sunday evening. "We're looking forward to going up there and playing are hardest."

For Brown, it is his final opportunity to play in his hometown as a Louisville Cardinal. The product of Cincinnati (Oh.) Northwest will have a lot of family and friends at Nippert Stadium on Thursday night.

"Yeah, I've had some people asking about getting tickets to see me play," he said. "I'm sure there will be some family and others at the game."

Prior to signing a Letter of Intent with U of L, Brown was committed to the Bearcats. A three-star prospect, Brown and close friend Dominique Brown both reopened their commitments when Brian Kelly left UC for Notre Dame and eventually chose to join Charlie Strong's first recruiting class.

After pledging to Louisville, Brown told that he was "going to help put Louisville back on top." As he looks back on his four year career, Brown is pleased with the accomplishments and direction of the program.

For the first time in school history, the team was was ten or more games in back-to-back seasons, has reached four consecutive bowls, won a pair of conference titles, has including last season's Sugar Bowl, has two post season victories.

"My first two seasons here we were 7-6 and everyone was happy," Brown said. "These past two seasons show that our hard work is paying off. We've done something that no other teams have done this year and we're going to bowls again. The future looks good."

He's also helped Louisville claim the annual trophy games. Last October, the Cardinals snapped a four game losing streak to the Bearcats and gained possession to the rivalry game's Keg of Nails trophy.

With Louisville poised to part ways with Cincinnati due to the move to the ACC, retaining the Keg of Nails is a matter of pride for the team.

"It's really big that we keep the Keg of Nails at Louisville," Brown said. "We've been talking about making sure that we keep it here. It's going to be a really good game. Cincinnati is a really good team, so it should be a great game."

A few members of the UC team recently turned to social media to talk smack about the upcoming and it didn't go unnoticed.

"We saw it," Brown said. "I don't really pay attention to that kind of stuff. We like to do our talking with our shoulder pads."

With 83 total tackles, the 6-foot, 260-pound linebacker is on pace to finish as the team's leader for the second consecutive season.

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