While the game is still months away, Bobby Petrino and Mark Stoops met with the media on Tuesday at Frankfort Country Club for the annual Governor's Cup luncheon.
Petrino gave a summer update on his Louisville football team and touched on a number of other topics, including the death of Muhammad Ali and satellite football camps.
Here are some highlights of the 15-minute talk with Petrino:
----Petrino said linebacker Trevon Young is "way ahead" of where the U of L medical staff thought he would be in his rehab from the fracture hip that happened early in the Music City Bowl.
Young is still questionable for this coming season but Petrino said playing this year is Young's goal. The coach did mention James Hearns as a guy who stepped up this spring and would fill Young's role should he not be able to play.
----With most of the newcomers already on campus, Petrino said the workouts have started for the players.
All of the freshmen except Mike Boykin are already on campus and Petrino said he hasn't seen Jawon Pass throw yet but he has been impressed with his size and athleticism. The coach also said running back Dae Williams from Oklahoma looked good at first sight.
Three junior college players are expected in early July, while Gary McCrae isn't expected until the start of fall camp.
----Once again, Petrino said he dislikes the satellite camps and the idea behind them, noting the U of L camp numbers are not as high as they have been in past because of the off-camp deals.
U of L is represented at the West Georgia satellite camp today and they will participate in two more this week but Petrino said "we still have to work hard to get kids on our campus, so they can see what we have to offer."
Petrino isn't expected to attend any of the satellite camps.
"I'm not a fan of satellite camps, I'm just not," he said. "Our whole idea on camps is to get people on campus, see what the University of Louisville has to offer, see what the city has to offer."
----Petrino called the opener against Charlotte a game the Cardinals "should win" and noted the staff has already also started preparing for Syracuse, which is the second week of the season.
"I'm excited about our team," he said. "We finally have a lot of players coming back. We finished very strong. The good thing is the majority of that team is back. We're not reteaching things over and over again."
----Petrino again called Muhammad Ali "The Greatest" and said he used to listen to fights on the radio. He noted the Ali trip to the Orange Bowl in 2007 was the "highlight" of his career.