Cards focus improves during Wednesday's practice

Following a 'rough day' out on Tuesday - due in part to the constant rain - the 12th-ranked Cardinals returned to practice on Wednesday more prepared. "They did much better today" - U of L head coach Bobby Petrino

Following the week's first day of practice on Tuesday, one that featured constant rain and was described by players and coaches alike as a 'rough day' out, Bobby Petrino's Cardinals returned to the FieldTurf inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and turned in a more typical U of L practice session.

"It went good today," said the Cardinals third-year head coach. "The players came out with a lot of enthusiasm and their execution was better [then yesterday]. We're not where we need to be, but we still have two days to practice and get there."

Starting cornerback William Gay, who like most, left practice yesterday dissappointed in the team's play, agreed, saying that they seemed to be more like themselves on Wednesday.

"We did better than yesterday," he said. "We came out more focused and ready to practice. Yesterday we were out there and it was a little slippery and we were trying to stay off the ground, but today was perfect. We did pretty good out there today. It looked more like Cardinal football today."

With the leftovers of Hurricane Katrina now gone, Petrino said that, as expected, the players focus improved.

"I think anytime you have distractions, like the hurricane and the weather, that the focus won't be where we want it to be. We were certainly going to push them to get it where we wanted it and they did much better today."

With just a few days left until the 12th-ranked Cardinals will load the buses and make their short trip east up I-64, Petrino said that the team is right on schedule for reaching their peak on Sunday.

"I like the way they have handled their assignments mentally," he explained. "Physically we will get them where they need to be and then start getting them emotionally ready, but that's not going to take a lot. We are just looking forward to the game. The players are tired of hitting each other, so it's time to get out there and see if we are any good or not."

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