Petrino, LeFors ready for South Florida

University of Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino and quarterback Stefan LeFors are ready for the Conference USA opener at South Florida this coming Saturday in Tampa.

Coach Petrino's Cardinals are 4-0 after defeating the Temple Owls 21-12 last Saturday in PJCS and head to Tampa this weekend for the Conference USA opener against South Florida ranked 26th in the nation.

"Well, we're 4 and 0 and that's a good thing," Petrino said. "I thought the defense did a really nice job [against Temple] [and] our defensive front controlled the line of scrimmage. They played very hard and rushed the quarterback. And I thought our coverage held up pretty good."

Petrino said his team looks forward to the start of the new season with conference play and realizes his team will face a stern test against the Bulls.

"We're looking forward to the South Florida game," Petrino said. they're a good football team. They run real well with the ball. They rush the quarterback and play extremely hard. Offesively, they are kind of similar to Temple in some ways, in that they spread you out with formations. They probably run the ball a little bit better. And they're quarterback's a threat, not just throwing it but running it. It'll be a tough game.

Midway through the second quarter against Temple, starting quarterback Stefan LeFors suffered a concussion and sat out the rest of the contest.

On Monday, Petrino indicated LeFors was doing fine and will be back on the field when the Cardinals take the field Saturday in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

"He'll be ready to go," Petrino said of LeFors. "He threw last night and he'll practice Tuesday. He's fine and ready to go."

LeFors concurred with his coaches statements.

"I'm doing alright," LeFors said. "I'm getting back to normal now."

The Cards are excited about the conference opener and LeFors indicated it's important to get off on the right foot against South Florida.

"It's huge for us, especially going on the road," LeFors said of the C-USA opener at South Florida. It'll be tough. They're a good team. They're fast, they're big, they're physical. It's important for us to get started on the right foot."

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