Petrino 'encouraged' by first week

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said he was "encouraged" by a lot of things after the first week of practice. Petrino spoke for 45 minutes about his team and the season this morning at U of L's media day.

With four days of practice in the books, Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino faced the press at the Cardinals' media day on Saturday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

And he did it with a raspy voice.

Petrino said he was losing his voice, but noted that was about the only thing going wrong in the first week of practice.

"I'm encouraged by the things I see," Petrino said. "We're not close to where we need to be as far as our execution, but we'll continue to work on that or get better.

"I'm very encouraged."

The first few days of workouts the offense was a little "rusty," according to Will Gardner. But things have picked up in recent days.

The Cardinals went through the first total team workout together on Saturday afternoon, which was after the media day festivities.

"Offensively, it just takes a little time to get to where you need to be," Petrino said. "But we've made strides and we'll get there."

The first few practices were used to install the offense and the Cardinals will now try to perfect those things prior to the Sept. 1 opener at home against Miami, Fla.

"You can't really stress about it; we're still putting in the offense," Gardner said. "You still just have to have that sense of urgency and still be able to have fun. It's getting there."

Petrino said Gardner has not been as sharp as he was in the spring but "don't get me wrong, he's doing a really good job. It's just a lot to learn and a lot to take in."

The Cardinals will now practice twice on Sunday and the only other "open" practice to the media or public will be a scrimmage at 9 a.m. next Saturday.


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