Douglas, a slippery 5-11 junior, played a big part in the Cardinals 31-8 win over South Florida last weekend. He had a big game against the Bulls' athletic defense, catching a career-best seven receptions for 86 yards and two scores.
Urrutia also helped Louisville bounce back from their disappointing loss to Rutgers against South Florida, though most of the 6-6 sophomore's contributions came on the sidelines firing up the troops.
"I thought Mario and Harry took over leading our offense," Petrino said after his team's win last Saturday. "It was good to see Mario on the sidelines leading the team. I know he would've liked to have had more catches, but he did an excellent job of leading the team emotionally. He's really stepped up his leadership."
While Douglas leads the Big East in receptions and receiving yards per game, Urrutia, the active NCAA career leader in yards per catch at 19.3, has provided the big play for the Cardinals offense again this season. Perhaps the two best wide receivers in the Big East, Douglas leads Louisville with 51 catches for 819 yards and three touchdowns, while Urrutia has 41 receptions for 707 yards and five scores, including the ESPN highlight touchdown against Miami.
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"They've both stepped up and made a lot of big plays for us this year," center Eric Wood said. "They're both doing a good job of scoring when they get their hands on the ball and making the big catch when we need it."
But more than making the big catch on third down or hauling in an important touchdown reception, Douglas and Urrutia have provided Louisville's offense a vital ingredient – leadership. "As far as Mario and Harry, I think they've done an excellent job all year," Petrino said. "I think more so in the leadership than anything else and keeping everybody together.
"They're both pretty talkative," Wood said. "They're vocal leaders as well as leading by example. Those are two good leaders."
While the Cardinals have struggled somewhat offensively this season because of injuries to star running back Michael Bush and quarterback Brian Brohm, Douglas and Urrutia have been a consistently positive force for Petrino.
"Offensively, I've felt that we've been up, down, up, down," Petrino said. "A lot of that has to do with some of the injuries that we've had and the changing of quarterbacks, but those two guys have been consistent and helped us a lot off the field and in practice getting ready for the game."
Back in the Big East title chase after Cincinnati's upset over Rutgers last Saturday, the Cardinals face a tough challenge this weekend against a stingy Pittsburgh pass defense that ranks 17th nationally. If the Cards hope to come out of the Steel City with a big win and their BCS hopes alive, Douglas and Urrutia surely will play a vital role.
"Emotionally, they bring a lot to the table," said Wood. "They're both high energy players which helps us offensively to stay motivated. You couldn't ask for more of two guys than Mario and Harry give us."