Petrino, players discuss Kentucky game

It's game week, meaning that U of L head coach Bobby Petrino, along with a few players, visited with the media on Monday afternoon to discuss the upcoming game at Kentucky.

Coach Bobby Petrino

On Kentucky's defense:

When we watch them on video they are very well coached, they run extremely hard to the ball and they are going to play with a lot of young players that will be flying around and giving good effort. It will be a good challenge for us.

On Kentucky's offense:

We're not sure exactly what they are going to do, because of the new coordinator. We do know that they have a lot of confidence in their young quarterback. They have a really good group of receivers coming back and good running backs.

On preparing for Kentucky:

What we have been doing is looking at what they did last year in the Tennessee game and how they called the plays. We have looked a lot at Ole Miss because their quarterback coach came in from Ole Miss and I'm sure he'll have a lot of input into what they are doing. They like their group of receivers, so you have to prepare for the four-wide and three-wide - a little bit more of a spread offensive look.

On Brian Brohm starting his first game:

We have been working on that since spring actually. [We've been working] on what his preperation is and what he needs to look for, but I don't want to make it a big deal. He's been there and he's been in when the game was on the line. He was the guy last year that drove us down for our first touchdown in the Kentucky game. You want make sure that he's relaxed and feel's comfortable.

On his concerns heading into final game preperations:

My concerns are how we are going to practice this week. Starting tomorrow making sure we do it the right way, making sure we are preparing for the right things, making sure that our players understand that I want to go out and be aggressive and go win the game. I do not want to get to the point ever, where we're playing not to lose. We're going to play like we always have. We're going to very aggressive offensively and defensively.

On what true freshmen may see action this fall:

You'll see Earl Heyman playing. Earl has done a real nice job for us. He's extremely quick and plays with as much effort as anybody we have on defense. He goes hard as he can every play. Travis Norton will play on corner and a lot on special teams. We'll prepare Scott [Long] to play each game, kind of like we did Mario [Urrutia] last year. Mike Donoghue has really made strides in the last week as an offensive lineman. I'd like to do the same thing with him. Prepare him to play, but hopefully everything goes well and you can hold on to his redshirt.

On the team's health:

We are in pretty good shape. Harry Douglas is back at full speed, which is good to see because he runs with the ball real well after the catch. Renardo {Foster] will not be ready for the game, so we won't have him. Everybody else should be okay.

On the remnants of Hurricane Katrina effecting preperations:

We are a little bit concerned about the weather coming in on Wednesday and how much that will effect us. I think the wind will be the big deal, but hopefully it will be nice by Sunday.

Linebacker Brandon Johnson

On his comparison of the UofL -UK rivalry being like the gang war between the Bloods and Crips:

I think that was taken a little bit out of context. I was just trying to emphasize the passion of the rivalry. Maybe it wouldn't have been so bad if I would have said the Hatfields and the McCoy's. I apologize.

Be sure to tune into Inside The Ville Radio today at 5:00 p.m. for more on today's press conference.

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