Will Gardner named U of L starter

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino made it official on Sunday night, naming sophomore Will Gardner as the starting quarterback for next Monday's opener against Miami, Fla. Gardner was expected to win the job after a big spring performance.

Will Gardner is officially the guy.

The redshirt sophomore was expected to be the starting quarterback for the University of Louisville this season and head coach Bobby Petrino confirmed that on Sunday night.

“I thought Will and outstanding fall camp,” Petrino said. “He demonstrated good decision-making and executed our offense."

Gardner will replace Teddy Bridgewater, who left U of L after his junior season and is a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings. Gardner is from Douglas, Ga., and was the backup to Bridgewater last season for the Cardinals.

Gardner played in six games last season after redshirting his first season on campus. He made his collegiate debut in a 49-7 season-opening win last year versus Ohio, throwing for 61 yards and a 30-yard touchdown to Kai DeLa Cruz.

Gardner was 5-for-5 for 42 yards in a win over Florida International. He finished the season 8 of 12 for 112 yards and two TDs.

After a banner spring practice and a monster spring game, completing 32 of 37 passes for 542 yards and four touchdowns.

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