Smith - from Louisiana - ready for bowl game
University of Louisville junior running back Jeremy Smith grew up about an hour away from the LSU campus on Hammond, La., and watched the Tigers program close as he was in high school.
But LSU never called Smith during the recruiting process.
"Everybody grew up wanting to play for LSU," Smith said. "It was all SEC football growing up. I don't think I was very big on their charts, but hey I am here now and it doesn't really matter."
Smith said he went to a camp at LSU and had two 400-yard games in high school but still didn't draw their attention.
"They had some big guys, so I can't say anything bad about them," he said. "It wasn't a big thing for me. But hey I couldn't get to play for them so now I get to play against them."
After transferring from junior college, Smith had 60 carries for 270 yards and three touchdowns and has followed that up with 54 carries for 374 yards and six TDs this season.
Smith, who will be one of the featured backs next season, said a win over his hometown team would be "just great."
"I would love it," Smith said. "I am going home right after it, I could brag to everybody."
No let down for the Cardinals
Several Louisville players have said this week they feel like they need a win in the bowl game to pay back the fans.
U of L senior center Tobijah Hughley said he knows the fans were letdown when the Cardinals lost the final two games of the season and said his team would be playing this game for the fans.
"We know we let a lot of people down," he said.
Added safety Josh Harvey-Clemons: "I would say that's an accurate statement. We didn't finish the season the way we wanted too.
"A win would definitely help us end the season better."
Greenard to see more time
Louisville confirmed that James Hearns and Henry Famurewa would miss the bowl game with injuries. The two players were shot in an off-campus shooting on Dec. 10.
Hearns leads the Cardinals with eight sacks.
Sophomore Jonathan Greenard, who has played in 10 games and has one start, will get the start in Hearns' spot. Greenard has 17 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks on the season.
Junior college transfer Gary McCrae is expected to back up Greenard.
Louisville didn't quite match LSU in the how many wings did we eat as a group category.
Hughley said the Cardinals had a meal and then went to Buffalo Wild Wings on Tuesday night to have their wings. The Cardinals party - which was around 100 people - ate 2,900 wings.
LSU's party had 4,000 wings.
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