Belk Bowl: Louisville football notebook

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The University of Louisville football team continues to prepare for Tuesday night's Belk Bowl game against Georgia. The Cardinals will be making a fifth straight bowl appearance in the game at Bank of America Stadium. Check out the Cardinal Authority notebook.


University of Louisville offensive lineman Jake Smith said this bowl preparation for some of the Cardinals' is becoming like old hat.

At least, for the older guys.

Smith pointed out the fifth-year seniors were around for the Beef O'Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2010 - which ended a three-year drought of no bowls.

Those guys were also part of the '11 Belk Bowl the Sugar Bowl and also the Russell Athletic Bowl last season. The Cards are 3-1 in those bowl games.

"I still have my Beef O'Brady's Bowl t-shirt," Smith said. "It's kind of crusty. But I think it says a lot about this program and the guys still around that we've been five years in a row to a bowl game.

Smith is a fifth-year senior along with wide receiver Michalee Harris, running back Dominique Brown and wide receiver Kai De La Cruz.


U of L senior linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin said he was one of the Cardinals' who took a pass on testing out the NASCAR race car at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Mauldin said he did it in 2011 but "felt weird and queazy" when he got out of the car and this time decided he didn't want to try it.

"That first time we got close to the wall, I was like 'I don't think I can do that again'," he said. "So, I decided I wasn't doing it again this year."

But Mauldin did participate in the Belk Shopping Spree on Sunday night, but not purchasing anything for himself.

"It felt great to know I was shopping for my little brother and knowing that I was able to get him a couple of things for Christmas," Mauldin said.


U of L senior wide receiver DeVante Parker will end his career in the Belk Bowl.

Parker has 35 catches for 735 yards and five touchdowns despite missing half of the season with a foot injury. He ranks sixth nationally at 21 yards a catch.

For his career, Parker has 148 catches for 2,655 career yards and 33 TDs. He's tied with Ibn Green for the most TD catches in school history and ranks fourth all-time in career receiving yards and ninth in career catches.

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