Louisville offense gets 'lift' by young guys

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino was excited about the future of his program after watching the Auburn game film despite the 31-24 loss to the Tigers. Petrino is high on several youngsters on the offense.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino typically isn't in such a good mood after a loss.

But the second-year U of L coach said he watched the tape and has some high hopes for the Cardinals following a 31-24 loss to Auburn in the season-opener on Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

"I liked the way we responded," Petrino said. "We came out in the second half, competed hard and got back into the game. I really like our team and I like the attitude moving forward."

Petrino was especially excited about several youngsters on offense, including quarterback Lamar Jackson and lineman Geron Christian. Jackson will start this Saturday's game against Houston.

Christian, the brother of former U of L tight end Gerald Christian, started at right guard and played well.

"We put him in the toughest position on the offense line and he held his own," Petrino said.

The coach added later in his news conference that "I really do like this team."

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