Petrino: "We are not going to panic"

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino met with the media on Monday, two days after losing 23-21 to Virginia. Here are a few key points he made to the media heading into Saturday's contest at Florida International.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said his team needs to turn the page and look ahead to Florida International and not back at a loss to Virginia.

Petrino met with the media on Monday, covering a wide array of topics, including the 3:30 p.m. kickoff this Saturday in Miami. U of L is 2-1 after a 23-21 loss on Saturday at Virginia in the first road game of the season.

"We are not going to panic," Petrino said. "We are going to continue to do the things we think will work, we just have to do them better."

Here are a few other topics from the press conference:

****Petrino confirmed the news that Wallace Bonnafon, the father of freshman quarterback Reggie Bonnafon, passed away on Monday morning.

"We had a tragedy in the Cardinal family," Petrino started the news conference, noting the next few days were going to be "very tough" for the younger Bonnafon.

Wallace Bonnafon had been sick but did attend the first two games of the season, including Murray State when his son accounted for three touchdowns in his first game action.

****Petrino said he was disappointed in the way his team practiced - on offense - last week heading into the UVA game. He said there will be "competition" for positions on offense this week, including on the offensive line.

"We need to compete in practice and we didn't do that last week," he said, noting he told his coaches he didn't like practice last week but Thursday was "much better."

****Petrino said Will Gardner didn't play the best game at 14 of 34 with two interceptions and seven balls batted down. But the coach also said it takes more than just a quarterback to play bad in a loss or play good in a win.

"It was all 11 guys," he said. "When things don't go well, the quarterback takes the blame. But it's really all 11 guys on the field."

****Petrino said sophomore James Quick is getting better and better and was inserted to return punts to give the team a little more explosiveness back there. He said the fumble was a combination of a lot of smaller mistakes by several players.

But he said Quick on offense has "really improved."

"He's getting better and better and it's showing up in practice," Petrino said. "He continues to work hard and get better in practice."

****Petrino said wide receiver DeVante Parker is on the mend, noting he's been working on U of L's "AlterG" treadmill. It's an antigravity treadmill that allows players to workout without putting all of their weight on their legs.

"He's been able to get in the AlterG and walk and do some exercises," the coach said, "It continues to feel better for him."


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