Off Week Football Notebook

With no game this weekend for the No. 18 Louisville Cardinals, many are wondering just when they can expect to learn what time kickoff will be for their next outing against Syracuse. Check out ITV's notebook to learn what's causing the delay and when you can expect to find out what time the November 26th game will begin. That and a few more nuggets in this off week notebook

Game Time

There still has been no decision on the kickoff time for Louisville's final home game of the year against Syracuse on Saturday, November 26. According to U of L Football Sports Information Director Rocco Gasparro, a decision isn't expected until Sunday.

The reason for the delay? Television. ABC has first pick among a group of games that also includes Cincinnati at Rutgers, South Florida at Connecticut and Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, as well as a trio of ACC games.

Should ABC elect to not televise the U of L game, ESPN2 or ESPNU may. Should the game be picked up by one of the networks it will mean that all but one of the Cardinals regular season games will have been televised either regionally or nationally.

The kickoff time for Louisville at Connecticut on Saturday, December 3 has also not been set and will most likely receive the same television consideration.

Senior Day

When Louisville hosts Syracuse a week from Saturday it will mark the final home game for a number of Cardinal seniors. Cardinal fans will want to be in their seats early as the school continues with it's tradition of honoring the departing seniors prior to kickoff.

Also, be sure to tune into WHAS 11's Inside The Huddle with Bobby Petrino on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for a tribute to this year's group of seniors.

Injury Report

Michael Bush should be back
to form against Syracuse
Michael Bush, Jeremy Darveau and Mario Urrutia continue to rehab and are expected to play when Syracuse visits. Bush and Darveau didn't participate during the early stages of practice on Wednesday, while Urrutia worked with trainers and spent much of his time stretching and running.

Also, true freshman offensive lineman Brian Roche dressed in full pads on Wednesday while doing some simulated work with the trainers.

Future Cardinal, tight Zach Meagher of Cincinnati Glen Este High School suffered a torn ACL during his final game of the year, a first round playoff loss to Colrain High School. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Meagher, who visited with the U of L team doctors on Wednesday, is scheduled for surgery on December 1.

Award List

Senior defensive end Elvis Dumervil is not just establishing new U of L, Big East Conference and NCAA records, but the Miami native is also on the verge of earning First Team All-American honors and has made the final lists for a trio of impressive awards.

On Thursday, the 6-foot, 256-pound Dumervil was named a finalist for the 2005 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is awarded on December 5th to the best defensive player in college football and is presented by the Charlotte Touchdown Club. On Tuesday, Dumervil was named a finalist for the 36th Lombardi Award, which will be awarded on December 7. On Monday, the Walter Camp Football Foundation named the senior to the 10 "Players to Watch" for its 2005 Player of the Year award, the fourth-oldest individual college football award in the nation.

Jefferson County's Best

Petrino has guided Trinity to a 10-2
record and a spot in the 4A quarterfinals
Don't look now, but U of L head coach Bobby Petrino's son, Nick, will finish the 2005 high school season as Jefferson County's top quarterback. Nick Petrino has completed 58 percent of his pass attempts this year, throwing for an average of 208.3 yards per game. The junior, who has thrown 19 touchdowns this fall, will lead his Trinity High School team against Boone County tonight in the third round of the Class 4A playoffs. Following Petrino for top county honors is Fern Creek's K.J. Black (206.8) and Marshall commit Brian Anderson of Male (205.8).

Western High School boasts of having two of the state's top offensive threats in running back Justin Collins and receiver Jimorris Johnson. Collins tops Jefferson County and is third in the state 1,725 rushing yards, while Johnson's 700 receiving yards is among the area leaders. Collins is also the state's second leading scorer, averaging over 19 points per game.

6-foot-3, 180-pound receiver Courtney Gibbs of Fern Creek High School led all county receivers by hauling in an average of 77.9 yards per outing.

Male High School junior Doug Beaumont finished second in the county in scoring with a 16.2 average.

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