Cards continue bowl prep; both QBs practicing

The University of Louisville football team continues to prepare for the Dec. 30 Belk Bowl against Georgia in Charlotte, N.C. The Cardinals practiced inside the Trager Indoor Facility on Monday and then three offensive stars met with the media. Cardinal Authority was there and has this report.

University of Louisville running back Brandon Radcliff said the practices so far leading up to the Belk Bowl have been spirited.

In fact, Radcliff said there's been a lot of "head cracking."

"Bowl preparation has been very high-tempo, very high-intensity," Radcliff said. "Everybody is playing with their heads loose, and trying to prepare and go out an execute."

The Cardinals have been going strong since the end of finals last week and have one more in-town practice before heading to Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday. The bowl game against Georgia will be next Tuesday in Charlotte.

"We're ready to play the game," senior lineman Jake Smith said. "You're here all day and you kind of eat, sleep and breathe football.

"When you go to a bowl it kind of becomes like camp again."

U of L coach Bobby Petrino said last week that he was unsure what quarterback would start. True freshman Reggie Bonnafon started against Kentucky in place of starter Will Gardner, who is out with a knee injury.

But Bonnafon suffered a bone bruise in his knee in the first quarter. He missed the rest of the game but is back at practice with no updates on his status. Petrino said last week he was "encouraged" but added Kyle Bolin would be ready if he can't go. Bolin threw for 381 yards and three TDs in relief against Kentucky.

"They're doing really well out there," Smith said. "Reggie's moving around real well. Kyle's tossing it around real well. We're excited about both of our options at quarterback.

Smith said the players feel "confident" in either quarterback.

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