While the extra time off has helped a number of players rehab from injuries, the Cardinals coaching staff appears to have benefited from the off week as well. Since the Cardinals defeated Rutgers 56-5 two weeks ago, Bobby Petrino and company have landed two verbal commitments and lined up a number of visitors for their final home game.
Expected to be in the stands at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Saturday are DE Deantwan Whitehead, OL Jeramy Devane, DT Aundre Henderson, OL Josh Hawkins, RB/LB Eugene Sowell, DT Corey Peters, WR Tim Hawthorne, DT Nate Cole, as well as many others.
As head coach Bobby Petrino suggested on Monday, the Cardinals will be without junior running back Michael Bush on Saturday. His status for the Cardinals final game at Connecticut remains questionable.
After leaving the Rutgers game early and missing the majority of practice last week senior offensive tackle Jeremy Darveau has returned to practice.
Redshirt freshman Mario Urrutia also returned to practice this week. Urrutia is currently third on the team with 27 catches and 608 yards.
Didn't I see you in the NFL?
When third-year Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino welcomes first-year Syracuse head coach Greg Robinson to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, it won't be the first time the two have been on seperate sidelines.
"I went against him when he was with the Broncos," said Petrino, a former Jacksonville Jaguar offensive coordinator. "We played them down in Jacksonville. We ended up beating them on a two-minute drive. He's doing a lot of same things."
Petrino spent three years with the Jaguars, the first two as the team's quarterbacks coach. Robinson has 13 years of NFL experience, most recently from 2001-03 as the Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator.
Last Saturday night, future Louisville Cardinal safety Maurice Urrutia, the younger brother of Mario, was shot twice while at a club on Bardstown Road. While the injuries were not life threatening, it was certainly a difficult time for all of those involved.
"I certainly feel like he's a member of the team," Petrino said of the younger Urrutia. "It was a hard day [Sunday] for me, the coaches and the players. He was very lucky."
Maurice is currently enrolled at U of L and is expected to join the team for the 2006 season.
Get your tickets!
Less than 100 single tickets remain for Saturday's final home University of Louisville football game versus Syracuse at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 3:35 p.m.
The University of Louisville Ticket Office will be closed for Thanksgiving, but will open Friday, November 25, at 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased over the phone at 502-852-5151 or in person at the Gate 2 Ticket Office at PJCS.
ESPN network to carry final game
The game time for the Connecticut contest on December 3, has been narrowed down to 11:00 a.m. on ESPN2 or 7:45 p.m. on ESPN. A final decision will be announced on Saturday.
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