Galloway gone; no problem for the WRs
The University of Louisville is preparing for the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl without co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway, who was suspended from the game by U of L for his role in the Wake Forest information leak.
But U of L sophomore wide receiver Jaylen Smith said the Cardinals haven't missed a beat.
"We hear his voice in the background," Smith said. "We know how he wants practice to be run and we know what he would say.
"It's been running smoothly still."
U of L quarterback Lamar Jackson said "nothing has changed" in preparation for the game against LSU without Galloway.
Matt Slack, a graduate assistant coach on the offensive side of the ball, is running the show in Galloway's absence with the wide receivers. He came to U of L from Idaho where he worked for former U of L wide receiver coach Paul Petrino.
Hunter playing final game at home
U of L senior offensive lineman Khalil Hunter will have one of the larger crowds of fans at the game.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Hunter came to U of L after two years at Eastern Arizona Junior College but is originally from Orlando. He went to school at Agape Christian Academy before heading to JUCO.
"I had to get some teammates tickets," Hunter said with a smile. "I'll have about 30 or so family and friends watching the game."
Hunter, who started all 12 games this season, said it will be the first time he has played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
"My aunt heard before me and when she called me, it was pretty amazing for me to hear," Hunter said. "It's great that I get to go out at home. I mean this is my home. A lot of people have never been able to see me play in person.
"So it's great for me."
Cards adjusting to the heat
Louisville is adjusting to the hot weather in the Sunshine State.
The temperatures have been in the 80s the first two days the team has practiced and the game time weather is expected to be around the mid 70s, which could play into the outcome of the game.
"Hydrate up," Jaylen Smith said. "It's hot. It's taken a little to adjust but we'll be fine."
Jackson, who is from South Florida, said even he had to make a bit of an adjustment to getting back into the hot weather.
"It's been seven months since I've been back here, so even I have to adjust," he said. "It's hot."
Cards take in Universal Studios
Louisville is on a business trip but there's also some fun to be had for teams in bowl games.
The Cardinals were able to spend Monday at Universal Studios and on Tuesday afternoon went on a shopping spree - spending their $305 gift cards from the bowl gift package at a local Best Buy.
"We're having some fun," Smith said. "It's a good trip."
Jackson said it was his first time to get to ride thrill rides and noted he and his teammates "had a ball" at Universal.
"I had never been on rides before," Jackson said. "That was the first time and it was a ball.
"Just to be able to run around there and have fun with my teammates was a lot of fun."
Jackson said his favorite ride was the Dueling Dragons because "it was by far the best."
Hearns, Famurewa with the team
Two U of L players that were reportedly injured in an off-campus shooting on Dec. 10 have traveled with the team.
Defensive end James Hearns, one of the team's top defensive players, and linebacker Henry Famurewa both traveled to Orlando with the team but have not participated in practice.
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