Cards show 'a lot of pride' in solid practice

Just three days after losing its first game of the season, the University of Louisville football team was back at it on Tuesday in what offensive coordinator Garrick McGee called the "best day" of practices the Cards have had in a while.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said on Monday that he felt like his team didn't practice well last week, just before a 23-21 loss to Virginia.

"I told my coaches I didn't like the way we were practicing (last week)," Petrino said, noting the team played like it practiced.

After one day of practice this week, it doesn't seem like Petrino will be doing much complaining as offensive coordinator Garrick McGee and quarterback Will Gardner gave a rave review of how hard the Cardinals practiced on Tuesday night.

"That's the best practice since coach Petrino has been here," Gardner said.

The Cardinals went for more than two hours and will practice hard again tomorrow before a lighter workout on Thursday evening. U of L will leave on Friday for Saturday's 3:30 p.m, game at Florida International in Miami.

"I learned from our players today that they have a lot of pride," McGee said. "This was probably the best practice we had since we been here. There was an extreme response from our players. They were disappointed about what happened on Saturday. They are going to do the right things to make sure that doesn't happen to us again."

Petrino said on Monday that he was going to open up competition for every position and McGee said the players "really responded."

"Everything that we are looking for showed up on the practice field," McGee said about Tuesday's practice. "I learned that these kids have a lot of pride."

Gardner said he felt more accurate on Tuesday, noting the offensive line really stepped it up and the other skill players improved after the weekend loss.

"The guys were flying around making plays," Gardner said. "I was very accurate. Things were going great today. The offensive line was finishing blocks.

"It was a great practice out there today."

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