A notebook of items as the University of Louisville football team prepares for the Music City Bowl

Here is a notebook of items as the University of Louisville football team prepares for the Music City Bowl. The Cardinals will play Texas A&M on Dec. 30 at 7 o'clock in Nashville, Tenn.

Cards healthy for bowl game?

The University of Louisville football team continues to prepare for the Dec. 30 Music City Bowl against Texas A&M and it appears the Cardinals are "pretty healthy" heading into the bowl game.

Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham both spoke with the media earlier this week and said they expected all of their key players who had been injured back by the weekend.

Linebacker Keith Kelsey injured his ankle in the season-finale against Kentucky and missed the entire season half. But Kelsey said last week he expected to play in the bowl game and Grantham said he would be back at practice this week.

Running back Brandon Radcliff also suffered an ankle injury but has been running with the offense.

"I think we're fine," Grantham said of the defense. "I don't see anything being a problem."

What QB to prepare for?

Texas A&M has had two five-star quarterbacks transfer in the last two weeks with Kyle Allen leaving first and then on Thursday night Kyler Murray confirming that he would transfer.

Murray had been expected to start the bowl game after Allen had departed.

But now the starter is expected to be Jake Hubenak, who is the only scholarship quarterback left on the roster. He is a former walk-on at Oklahoma who played at Blinn College before landing in College Station, Tx.

Hubenak has played in five games this season, completing 12 of 27 passes for 92 yards and one touchdown.

"They still run their system," Grantham said. "We'll continue to prepare the way they've played this year."

Jackson under center?

Freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson seemingly had troubles this season taking a snap from under center with Bobby Petrino saying early in the year that it "just takes time" for a youngster to learn.

Earlier this week, McGee said Jackson had really progressed in recent weeks.

"He is (getting there)," McGee said. "He's a lot better under center than some guys we've had before that have done really well. He's comfortable under center and he's going to get the next three weeks to work at it. So I don't think he'll have a problem at all."

Running back L.J. Scott said this week that Jackson is "much better at it," than he was earlier in the season.

Savage playing against former mates

U of L wide receiver JaQuay Savage - formly known as JaQuay Williams - played one season at Texas A&M before transferring to and will be going against his former teammates.

Savage started the season as a starter but has seen limited time this season. He's played in seven games and has 12 catches for 135 yards and one touchdown.

"I think JaQuay is a guy who has worked hard for us," Grantham said. "He's a guy that has a lot of pride in his work, and I'm sure he's looking forward to playing."

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