FIU a real homecoming for a bunch of Cards

The University of Louisville football team has 25 players from South Florida on the roster. It will be a homecoming for those players this weekend when the Cardinals play Florida International on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Two years ago, the University of Louisville football team was greeted with a torrential downpour the day of the game that left the Florida International University campus flooded.

The Cardinals were also greeted by a mob of U of L fans, family members, friends and former teammates of the players on the team from South Florida.

"Almost like a home game," then U of L quarterback Teddy Bridgewater joked.

U of L is ready for another home game.

The Cardinals will travel to Miami this weekend for a game against FIU on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. that should be played in front of a pro-U of L crowd.

FIU drew less than 3,000 fans last week for a game against Pittsburgh, while the Cardinals have 25 players from South Florida with family and friends coming to the game.

"It should be a nice crowd down there for us," senior wide receiver Rogers said. "A lot of guys have family and friends coming to the game."

With so many guys on the roster, U of L coach Bobby Petrino said he would talk to his team about keeping the focus on the game. But he said the local players would have some time before the game to spend with their family and friends - likely Friday at the hotel.

"We'll give them some time," he said. "We want them to spend time with their family and friends but we have to remember why we are there."

Among the players from South Florida is true freshman cornerback Trumaine Washington, who got his first extensive action last week. He said the older players have told the younger players not to get too caught up in the homecoming.

"It feels great to be going back home," Washington said. "Even though we are going back home and a lot of people will be there to watch us play, it's still a business trip.

"We have to go there and take care of business."

Senior wide receiver Michalee Harris and Rogers along with seniors Gerald Christian and Terrel Floyd, John Miller, Chris Acosta and Andrew Johnson will all be making a homecoming in their final seasons at U of L.

Other key players from South Florida are junior cornerback Charles Gaines, sophomore linebacker Keith Brown, junior James Burgess and junior Corvin Lamb.

"It's always exciting to be around the home crowd," Rogers said.

"It's still just another game on the schedule but it's nice to have a lot of family and friend watching you. That's always nice."

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