Despite heavy rains, Cards resume practice

Despite a constant downpour on Tuesday afternoon, the 12th-ranked Louisville Cardinals conducted their first game week practice.

Despite a constant downpour that lasted nearly the length of the day, the 12th-ranked Louisville Cardinals opened game week practice on Tuesday afternoon inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Without the use of an indoor facility until later this year, head coach Bobby Petrino had at one point considered moving the day's practice indoor's at the Mid-American Sports Center, but instead chose to remain at the U of L football complex and work on the FieldTurf inside the stadium.

"That's just part of football," offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said of the heavy rains. "You have to go and play on day's like this. We played the Cincinnati game last year in it. You have to be able to go out and execute on days like this."

With the team returning to the practice for the first time since Saturday, junior running back Michael Bush hinted that the team struggled with the week's first session.


The Cardinals practiced under the lights
on Tuesday afternoon

"We came out today and had a bad day," he said. "It rained a lot, but that shouldn't be an excuse. We just weren't ready today. Today just wasn't our day, but we'll be back out the next day and will pick things back up."

Paul Petrino said the rough day of practice had more to do with the increased attention to details, than it did with the inclement weather.

"We always practice real hard early in the week and we got after them some today," he said. "We just have to make sure that we iron everything out and that there are no mistakes by the end of the week."

Now into game week, and despite the rough day of practice, the players returned to practice with increased emotion and determination.

"It seems like everybody is a lot more focused then they were the first couple weeks of camp," receiver Mario Urrutia said. "We were probably a little bit too focused out there today. You can definitely feel the change with the game getting so close."

However, Petrino added that while the anticipation of the season-opener builds each day, that it's something that needs to be controlled during the final week of preparations.

"Each day we do get a little more fired up and a little more emotional," he said. "You don't want to be ready to play the game on Tuesday, but each day you want to make sure that you are a little more mentally and physically ready. Then on Sunday, you are at your peak and ready to lay it all on the line and get after it."

The Cardinals will continue practice through Friday, before traveling to Lexington on Saturday. Sunday's kickoff between the Cardinals and Wildcats is slated for 3:30 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.


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