After enjoying their first weekend off since the start of the season, the University of Louisville football team is preparing for the biggest opportunity of the season, as defending national champion and ACC Atlantic Division leader Florida State visits for a nationally televised Thursday night contest.
“There's a lot of intensity, a lot of focus,” U of L offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said following the team's Sunday practice. “These guys understand what's at stake right. There's a lot on the line right here on our home field.”
Louisville is currently a 6-point underdog to the undefeated Seminoles and will need to have it's best offensive performance of the season to pull off the upset. Consistency has eluded the Cardinals offense throughout the season, but was noticeably better in their last outing, a 30-18 home win over N.C. State.
Improving overall consistency is the focus in practice this week.
“Just concentrating on doing our job,” McGee explained. “Everybody doing their job at the same time and do it consistently and preparing to play our best game, our best game that we've played to date in front of our home crowd.”
The return of receiver DeVante Parker will certainly make an impact, as will a healthy backfield. With four running backs that have enjoyed games with over 100-yards now completely healthy, each could prove to be a difference-maker on Thursday night.
“You play what you see at the time, but its a good thing for us to have depth like that,” said McGee. “Brandon had a good day for us today. He's back after being hobbled last week with an injury, but he was back out there running well today. Michael is feeling fresh. Dominique Brown is fresh and ready to go, and L.J., also.”
“We feel as healthy as we've been all season going into this game.”
Watch the video below for all of McGee's comments following Sunday's practice.