A few notes from Nashville where Louisville is preparing to play Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Here are a few notes from Nashville where Louisville is preparing to play Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl. The Cardinals will make a sixth straight bowl appearance on Wednesday night at 7 o'clock.

Brown has been a key to defense

Sheldon Rankins gets props for being the heart of the Louisville defense, while Keith Kelsey and James Burgess lead the team in tackles and Devonte Fields and Trevon Young have been unreal off the edge.

But what about the guy in the middle.

Junior DeAngelo Brown "has been really good for us," according to U of L defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and he's right the 6-foot-1, 308-pound defensive lineman has had a career season.

Brown, who takes on a double-team on many plays in the middle of the line, has a career-best 38 tackles and has started in 11 of tjhe 12 games this season for the Cardinals. He has 6.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks.

"I feel like I've had a pretty good year," Brown said. "I just came out here every day, trying to get better and trying to work hard for the team. I just try to perfect my strengths and get better each and every day."

Brown is one of the players who has put his name into the NFL to see where he stands in the NFL Draft.

Jackson ready for bowl game

Freshman quartrerback Lamar Jackson finished the regular season on a high note in the win over Kentucky and is now preparing for his first appearance in a bowl game.

Jackson said it's always been his dream to play on the bowl stage.

"It's like we are starting over again with practices," Jackson said. "It's been good. I want to master the system even more (before the bowl game) and I hope that I do get better.

"I'm excited to get out there and play."

OL Aaron Epps 'just having fun'

Senior offensive lineman Aaron Epps started the season on the first string an then was bumped out of the lineup only to end the season back on the field as a starter for the Cardinals.

It wasn't the only thing Epps accomplished. He picked up his master's degree last week from U of L.

"That's a really good deal," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said.

The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Epps said he's just out there "having fun" with his teammates for a few more days.

"I just like to compete," Epps said. "I like to play football and just compete."

Cards like the Volunteer State

Louisville is back in the state of Tennessee for a fifth time in a bowl game.

And the Cardinals have had success in the Volunteer State, winning three of four previous games.

Louisville beat Michigan State in the 1993 Libert Bowl, while also beating BYU in the 2001 Liberty Bowl and Boise State in the '04 Liberty Bowl. The lone loss was to Colorado State in the '00 Liberty Bowl.

History in Nissan Stadium

It might have been called LP Field, but Louisville and Petrino have had success in Nissan Stadium.

The Cardinals beat Middle Tennessee 44-17 in the 2006 season - under Petrino. The head coach was also a winner in the stadium in 2013 when his Western Kentucky team beat Kentucky 35-26.

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