HIGH PRAISE FOR Will Gardner
University of Louisville star receiver DeVante Parker said he's going to miss Teddy Bridgewater, who was picked by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the NFL Draft.
But Parker said he wasn't fretting life without Teddy because of the guy who will step in and replace him - Will Gardner.
"Of course, he's not Teddy," Parker said. "But he has the potential. He has as much potential as Teddy did when he was just starting out.
"Will is light on his feet, he has a great arm and he's ready to step in."
Parker was peppered with questions about Gardner and the expectations this season.
"We expect the same thing, put up good numbers," he said. "He's not Teddy, but he's going to be just fine. We have a lot of guys that can catch the ball from him."
MAULDIN WITH RED DREADS
Lorenzo Mauldin came to the ACC Kickoff sporting his trademark dreadlocks, but this time the tips were red.
Mauldin said he played with the blonde hair last season but wanted to "make a statement," about his senior season. So he went with the red look in "support of my team."
"I'll be playing this year with red," he said. "So, you will know when you see them flyring around on the field that's me."
Mauldin also came up with the quote of the day when asked about his desire to get back to hitting after sitting out spring practice following his shoulder surgery.
""I have M-A-U-L in my last name and that's what I am about to do to somebody," he smiled.
Miami TALKS ABOUT U OF L OPENER
Miami players Duke Johnson and Denzel Perryman were asked a bunch of questions about the opening game against Louisville.
Perryman said he remembers the 36-9 loss in the Russell Athletic Bowl because he said the Hurricanes were "embarrassed."
"I just remember being embarrassed after the game, I was just like, 'We just got embarrassed out here," he said. "Whether we play them in the first game, last game, middle of the season, we're getting after them."
Johnson, the star running back who was injured and missed the bowl game, said he didn't "think that game was difficult."
"The Duke game was difficult, the Virginia Tech game was difficult," he said. "Those games meant something. We were playing for the (division title), so they meant something. That (bowl) game didn't mean anything to us."
MAULDIN SAYS CARDS HAVE NEW SAFETY
During his hour with the print media, Mauldin broke a little news on the U of L depth chart.
Mauldin said former cornerback Terrel Floyd has been moved to the safety position. The media won't meet with Bobby Petrino until Monday.
Floyd made the opening-play pick six against Florida two years ago. The Cardinals are lacking depth at the cornerback position.
ACC NETWORK UPDATE
ACC commissioner John Swofford was asked a ton of questions in his press conference, including about the ACC Network.
He gave an update - sort of:
"Looking ahead, there's not much of an update I have to cover for you today, but I felt it was important to note that we will continue to have our discussions with our partners at ESPN about a potential ACC channel, and I remain pleased with how productive and insightful those discussions have been to this point."