LeFors focused on winning, not hype

University of Louisville starting quarterback Stefan LeFors doesn't get caught up in pre-season hype. Instead, the 2003 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year is focused on producing a winner on the field.

Last year, it was Parade All-American Michael Bush that attempted to take Stefan LeFors job at quarterback.

This year, it's Kentucky high school football legend Brian Brohm that's trying to do the same. But just like last year, LeFors looks poised to win yet another quarterback controversy and lead the Cardinals to a great season.

When asked how many questions he's had to answers this summer about Brohm, the 2003 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year responded, "Too many."

"It's nothing new really," LeFors continued. "I went through it last year, so it's not new to me right now. It's a challenge for me, and it makes me a better player."

LeFors, who threw for 3,145 and 17 touchdowns in 2003, is prepared to lead one of the highest rated offenses the University of Louisville has ever seen. With quality and depth at every position, LeFors is expected to have a great season. But he said that he only has one goal in mind.

"Just to win, that's all it's about is winning," LeFors said. "Having more points than the other team, I'm not worried about any individual goals or anything like that. As long as I can help this team win a bunch of games, and end with a championship, that's the way we want to go out."

The offense finished fifth nationally with 489 yards a game in 2003 and returns eight starters from that unit. U of L's offense has received early praise from many national publications and has been ranked as high as fifth preseason. But LeFors doesn't feel any pressure to live up to the hype.

"I don't feel the pressure," LeFors explained. "I think it's a good enough offense to where you don't need to feel the pressure."

Although strong at every position, receiver could arguably be the strongest. LeFors is blessed with targets such as 6-foot-3 J.R. Russell, former Kentucky Mr. Football Montrell Jones, and sure handed Joshua Tinch. He did acknowledge that he and the receiving core have a good relationship on and off the field and that's what makes them such a good combination.

"Knowing what they think and them knowing what I think, the way we communicate with each other is very important when we're on the field," LeFors said. "They've got to come back and tell me what they see and what they think. We are all close on and off the field."

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