U of L football: Belk Bowl notebook

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The University of Louisville football team continues to prepare for Tuesday night's Belk Bowl game against Georgia. The Cardinals went through a practice at Providence Latin School and more on Saturday. Check out the Cardinal Authority notebook.


The University of Louisville football team continued to get both quarterbacks - Reggie Bonnafon and Kyle Bolin - reps on Saturday during a practice three days before the Belk Bowl to be played against Georgia in Charlotte, N.C.

Bonnafon, a true freshman with five starts on the season, was replacing regular starter Will Gardner when he was injured in the first half against Kentucky in the season finale. He suffered a bone bruise but looks healthy now.

Bolin, a redshirt freshman from Lexington, came in for Bonnafon and threw for 381 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Wildcats.

U of L coach Bobby Petrino said last week that he would "see how the week plays out," before making a decision on a starter. Petrino has not met with the media since he's been in Charlotte but it appears likely both QBs will play.

Running back Brandon Radcliff said the team "believes in both of those guys," no mater who gets the start against the Bulldogs.

U of L offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said recently with the system and the way the coaches teach the system is more about believing.

"I think it's just the fact that we really believe in it," We have a way of coaching the system. It's just the system that we really believe in. We're just going to continue what we believe in. That's the most important part.

"We have a lot of confidence in the way we teach it and the way it's called on gameday."


U of L got a chance to experience some fast times on Saturday morning, taking in the Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The players and coaches were treated to a three-lap run over the 1.5-mile oval.

"I was scared on that first curve," Radcliff said. "Being in a car and seeing everything going down and moving 160 mph, now that was fun.

"We are enjoying our time here."

This is the 12th year that both teams from the Belk Bowl have gotten to go for a ride at the speedway. It was the second time for U of L, which played N.C. State in the '11 Belk Bowl and lost the game 31-24.


U of L has two players on the roster from the Charlotte-area, including sophomore linebacker Nick Dawson-Brents and freshman linebacker Isaac Stewart.

Dawson-Brents is a regular on special teams and is a backup on defense, playing some as a down lineman in certain 3-4 packages.

Dawson-Brents said the game will mark the first time his grandmother will be able to see him play at the college level. Stewart is a redshirt for the Cardinals.


The Cardinals went to a steakhouse together on Friday night and are headed to the Charlotte Bobcats vs. Orlando Magic game on Saturday night.

On Sunday, U of L will participate in a trip to a local children's hospital before going on the Belk shopping spree on Sunday night.

There will be a media day on Monday.

The Cardinals have one more practice and then a walk-through on Monday before the game.

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