University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino discussed the upcoming home game versus North Carolina State following the team's practice on Thursday. He addressed the status of senior wide receiver DeVante Parker, the continued progress of the passing game and more.
On the improving timing between Will Gardner and the receivers: “I think we've gotten better in our passing game. It seems like our receivers are on time. Our quarterback has been on time. We're working hard on the protection part of it. We're continually working to get better at it. I guess we'll find out here on Saturday.”
On the status of DeVante Parker: I'm knocking on wood here, but he looks like he might be available to go. He practiced all three days and he looked good out there tonight, so I'm excited about it. I'll list him as questionable, but I think he's ready to go.”
On what type of impact Parker could have in first game back: “We'll have to manage him. We'll have make sure he's in there when we run the ball a little and throw the ball, just to get him into the game and give him some opportunities.”
On the impact of Corvin Lamb to special teams: “It hurts us a lot just because you had elite speed out there. He did a great job on our coverage on the punt team and obviously we saw the touchdown on the kickoff return. We lose a real, real fast player. He always gave us energy on special teams.”
Check out the video for all of Petrino's comments.
Louisville hosts N.C. State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.