University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino held his weekly press conference on Monday afternoon to discuss the upcoming contest at Clemson.
Petrino was quick to report that senior wide receiver DeVante Parker was cleared to practice and could play this Saturday afternoon, saying that there is "a good chance" the preseason All-American could be on the field against the Tigers.
Petrino also addressed the Cardinals quarterback situation, with sophomore Will Gardner continuing to recover from a knee injury suffered against FIU and true freshman Reggie Bonnafon both expected to compete in practice this week to help determine the weekend starter.
“We have two of them available to play,” Petrino said of his current quarterback status.
Bonnafon made his second consecutive start against Syracuse on Friday night and helped lead the Cardinals to a victory. He finished 12 of 22 for 174 yards and a touchdown and an interception. His elusiveness in the pocket also proved beneficial in Louisville's 28-6 win.
“Reggie improved during the game,” Petrino said. “I thought he handled the adversity well at the end. We would like to get off to a little quicker start, but he did do a great job in the fourth quarter and made some big plays that allowed us to win the game.”
Despite not playing against Syracuse, Gardner was available to play if needed. Petrino further clarified his post game comments regarding Gardner's availability on Monday.
“I think I made a mistake the other night when I said Will was available to play,” he explained. “He was available in an emergency capacity.
“I think it will be interesting to see how he comes out and practices this week and what improvement did he make.”
Petrino said the key to determining a starter for Saturday will be how well both execute their responsibilities during practice this week.
“We're going to go out there and practice and see how it all plays out,” said Petrino.
Whichever gets the start, they will doing so in the 81,500-seat Memorial Stadium, which is also known as Death Valley because of the difficulty playing with the intense crowd noise.
“I think it's something that you look forward to and enjoy. To be real honest with you, it's going to be very similar to last week. That was a loud place. I don't know if it could get any louder.
“The stadium will be big and there will be a lot of people there, but the field is the same length and the goal posts are the same height. We got to go in and enjoy it. This is one of the things that is exciting about being in the ACC, is some of the venues that we get to go play in. This is our first real experience in that.”