Orange Bowl a dream come true for Urrutia

"This is the biggest game that we will have ever played in," - University of Louisville sophomore wide reciever Mario Urrutia

University of Louisville receiver Mario Urrutia hopes to join fellow Cardinal Harry Douglas as a 1,000-yard receiver this season. The sophomore needs just 71 yards against 15th-ranked Wake Forest in Tuesday's FedEx Orange Bowl to surpass the mark. While he admits that he's looking forward to reaching 1,000 yards, which would give U of L it's first pair of 1,000-yard receivers in one season in the program's history, and helping guide the Cardinals to an Orange Bowl victory, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Urrutia realizes just how much is at stake on January 2.

"You'd like to have the feeling that this is a typical game, but it's not," Urrutia said on Sunday morning. "This is the biggest game that we will have ever played in."

A product of Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Urrutia cherishes his opportunity to help U of L football solidify it's place among the nation's elite programs

"It means a lot," said Urrutia. "It's every kids dream really. Actually, most don't think about going somewhere and building something, but just winning championships. Being able to play here and help build the program is a big thing for me."

"I think winning would boost us tremendously; every kid in the city of Louisville and everybody have been waiting on it," he continued. "I'm just ready to go out and do it for the fans."

It's also an experience that has come sooner then anticipated.

"I'd like to be able to say that I envisioned it, but I didn't, not this fast," said Urrutia. "I thought I'd have to wait until my fifth year here. We had a heck of a year and were here now though and I think we can go out there and do it."

The Cardinals offense will face a Wake Forest defense that leads the nation with 22 interceptions and Urrutia doesn't anticipate seeing much change in the Demon Deacon's approach to slowing down the U of L passing attack.

"They do lead the nation in interceptions and I think they'll come out and try to do what they best," said Urrutia, who anticipates the Demon Deacon secondary to play zone against the Cardinals receivers. "They'll try to use that against us."

There has speculation all season long that Urrutia might consider a jump to the NFL following this season. However, that doesn't appear to be the case - at least not for another year - as Urrutia is looking forward to suiting up with younger brother Maurice Urrutia, a talented safety and receiver who has already started working out with the team, in 2007.

"One of the top reasons is to play with my brother for at least one more year," said Urrutia of his decision to return for his junior season. "He's about 6'4 or 6'5 now. The coaches have seen his hands and he may end up being on the same side of the ball as me."


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