LeFors back to normal, ready for rest of season

University of Louisville quarterback Stefan LeFors says he's feeling fine after being knocked out of last Thursday's game against Miami and explains how the team will use the loss as it prepares for the second half of the season.

University of Louisville senior quarterback Stefan LeFors made a lasting impression in front of a national television audience last Thursday in a close loss to the No. 2 Miami in the Orange Bowl.

In fact, LeFors was so impressive that ESPN analyst Lee Corso called the Baton Rouge, Louisiana native "one of the best mobile, left-handed quarterbacks" he's seen in the past few seasons.

By now, most Cardinals fans and interested college football observers across the country are familiar with LeFors performance against the Hurricanes. He threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns against the vaunted Canes defense and helped Louisville build an impressive 24-7 halftime lead against favored Miami.

However, LeFors was knocked out the game during the second half after sustaining a head injury, forcing freshman sensation Brian Brohm into action late in the second half. LeFors, who has returned to practice and proclaims he's doing fine, explained that the hit he received in the second quarter was the beginning of the end for him Thursday night.

"It was one hit [in the second quarter], I got whiplashed and the back of my head hit the ground," LeFors explained of the injury. "Then I took another hit to the helmet later in the game and it just kept getting worse and worse as the game went along."

"I had a headache that night on the plane back," continued Lefors. "And the next day I had a headache but now I'm back to normal."

Coming off an emotional loss when victory appeared within grasp, LeFors says that the Cardinals need to put the loss behind them and focus on the immediate task at hand, this Friday's game against South Florida, a team that knocked off U of L 31-28 last season in double-overtime.

"We've just got to practice hard and focus on this week and put the last game behind us," LeFors said. "We've got to move forward. It was a tough loss for us but we can learn some things from that game."

"The season is ahead of us and all of our goals are still there for us," LeFors continued. "So we've got to keep moving forward."

Having moved up three spots in the Associated Press poll to No. 15 this week and ranked No. 17 in the BCS poll that was released today, LeFors is hoping his team can run the table the rest of the season and perhaps sneak into one of the four BCS bowl games.

"It's nice to be up that high and hopefully we can continue to win games and move up," LeFors said. "But we just have to focus on South Florida and the conference now and maybe we can go to one of those games."

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