Louisville QB to be a game-time decision?

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said after Saturday's scrimmage that he wasn't any closer to naming a quarterback than he was this time last week. In fact, Petrino said he might take a local columnists advice and not name a QB until game day on Sept. 5. Here's what he said and video talking about the quarterback situation.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino is still not ready to name a starting quarterback.

Two weeks from the season-opening game against Auburn and after his team's final scrimmage of fall camp, Petrino said he was no closer to making a starting quarterback announcement than he had been the previous week.

In fact, Petrino talked about not naming a starter until Sept. 5 - which is game day.

"You'd like to do it as soon as possible, but we all heard (WDRB.com columnist) Eric Crawford yesterday," Petrino said. "He had the best idea I've ever heard. So I think we're going to be coachable and take Eric's coaching and keep this thing going.

"What did he say, 'Why name a starter?' At any positions."

Petrino laughed about the comment but then when asked if he really might wait until game day to announce who the starting quarterback was he said yes.

"I might," he said. "I really did think it was a good idea. I'm coachable."

Will Gardner, who earned the starting spot last season before a season-ending knee injury, is one of the four players battling for the position. Sophomore Reggie Bonnafon was the leader out of spring practice, while Kyle Bolin won the Kentucky game and started in the bowl game last season. True freshman Lamar Jackson continues to impress.

"They're improving," Petrino said. "They're all improving. We've taken a step forward (as an offense).

But still without a starter, and that is something we might have to wait for until the final seconds.

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