With Michael Bush out for the season after breaking his right leg early in the second half against Kentucky, the Cardinals have turned to Kolby Smith and George Strippling to keep one of the top rushing offenses in the nation moving. Even without Bush, Louisville, which ranks third in the nation in rushing offense, ran for 312 yards in a 62-0 win over Temple Saturday. U of L has rushed for more than 300 yards in both of their games this season.
Smith, a 5'11, 218 senior, gained 86 yards on the ground and scored one touchdown against the Owls, while Stipling, a 6'0, 195 pound sophomore rushed for 72 yards on only nine carries. Stripling also ran for two touchdowns. Smith, however, didn't return to action against Temple after suffering what was termed a "minor wrist injury" in the first half.
"Kolby is doing good," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said Monday afternoon during his weekly press briefing. Smith is expected to play against the Hurricanes this weekend.
The Cardinals could also get back 6'6, 245 pound redshirt freshman defensive end Jonathan Holston this week. Holston broke his fibula during preseason practice.
"We'll look at Jonathan Holston tomorrow in some individual drills and see where he's at," said Petrino.
Jonathan Holston will be evaluated
during practice this week to see
if he can play against Miami.
And while starting defensive tackle Adrian Grady appears to be recovering well after breaking his fibula against Kentucky, the 6'2, 290 pound sophomore will likely miss at least the next couple games.
"(The doctors) said he'd be out about four weeks," Petrino said. "(Adrian) thought it felt a lot better and then again yesterday when we had our meetings and went out and conditioned he felt like it was coming along. But you still don't know until he gets out there and runs full speed."
Louisville had hopes that true freshman Brandon Heath could provide depth in the secondary this season at safety. Heath, however, broke a bone in his foot over the summer, and hasn't returned to action since.
"Brandon Heath still has not been able to run full speed yet," Petrino said.
Rod Council, perhaps the teams top cover cornerback, suffered a broken ankle in the first half Saturday against Temple. He's expected to miss at least four weeks while recovering.
All told, five Louisville players have suffered broken bones in their lower legs this season. Petrino thinks milk could do the Cardinals some good.
"We need to drink more milk is my thought," he said. "We've had more broken bones in this pre-fall and first part of the season than we've ever had around here. I'm not sure why it happens."
Chris Vaughn, a 6'3, 223 pound sophomore wide receiver, will return to practice this week, according to U of L Assistant Sports Information Director Rocco Gasparro. Vaughn has missed Louisville's first two games due to injury.