Cardinal offense continues to improve

Louisville offensive coordinator Paul Petrino tells Inside The Ville that the nation's top offense from a year ago continues to improve and that the numerous preseason accolades won't effect the team's performance in their season opener at Kentucky.

There's always room for improvement, even if your already the best in the land. According to Louisville offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, the time the players spent during the summer months participating in voluntary workouts and into their game one preparations, the 12th-ranked Cardinals offense has continued to improve.

"I think they have been getting better," said Petrino. "Now that we are working on our gameplan for Kentucky [practice] will be a little more condensed. We can really fine tune everything and concentrate on the little things. I think throughout fall camp they have worked hard to improve everyday and I think they've done that."

After racking up over 400 total yards during last year's 28-0 win over Kentucky, Petrino says that he's preparing his offense to face a defense different than the Wildcats used a year ago.


The Cardinals rushed for
261-yards in last year's win

"They are going to a four down lineman look, but they did quite a bit of that at the end of last year," Petrino said of the UK defense. "It's going to be different and it's always a little scary because you don't know exactly what they're going to be doing. We have a pretty good feeling on what they are going to do, but we need to do a great job during the game making adjustments if it's different then we think."

Petrino, who also tutors the Cardinals receiving corp, said that like last year, the competition between players and the possibility of losing your spot on the field has helped keep his squad motivated.

"I think there is enough competition on the team that they better stay motivated or they're not going to be playing," he said. "If you want to be great, you go out every day and work hard and not worry about all that other stuff."

He also shot down the possibility of the Cardinals offense entering their September 4 contest in Lexington over-confident.

"All the hype doesn't mean a thing when the opening game is a cross-state rival," he said. "We're going to go out like it's the championship game and give everything that we have."


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