University of Louisville junior wide receiver Jamari Staples picked up a nice honor on Monday and gave U of L fans some good news.
Staples, a transfer from UAB prior to this season, had nine catches for 194 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals' loss to Pittsburgh. He was named ACC Wide Receiver of the Week for his performance.
But late in the game, Staples went out with a shoulder injury.
U of L coach Bobby Petrino said on Monday to the media that he was "hopeful" that Staples would return for Saturday's game against rival Kentucky in Lexington, while Staples seemed a little more certain.
"I'm just working to get ready to play," Staples said. "I should likely be ready to play by Saturday."
Staples has 599 yards in ACC games, which tops the confernece, and caught a 49-yard TD pass from Lamar Jackson late in the first half on Saturday for the Cardinals in the loss to the Panthers.
"We're hopeful that he'll get ready to play," Petrino said. "The good thing is it was not a head injury. He's got a shoulder. He's been in getting treatment. I'm hopeful that he'll find a way to get ready to play. He certainly had a great game (against Pitt)."
Staples said he "just took a big hit" when he received the injury.
The product of Lineville, Ala., leads the Cardinals in receiving with 35 receptions for 599 yards and three touchdowns, despite missing the first four games of the season with a knee injury.