Kragthorpe says team on the right track

Excitement continues to build in Louisville with the Cardinals season-opener against Murray State just 14 days away. Thursday afternoon, Steve Kragthorpe went before Louisville fans to talk about the upcoming season at the 2007 Kick-Off Luncheon. What's on Kragthorpe's mind two weeks before kick-off?

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His first Kick-Off Luncheon at U of L: They're really not firsts for me. I've been through four of these as a head coach. I've coached 51 games in Division 1 college football. This is my first one at Louisville, but this isn't my first rodeo. It will be a lot of fun. We have a very challenging schedule on the horizon starting on August 30. We're 14 days out from game day so I think the excitement is continuing to grow and build as we get closer to game day. We've still got a lot of work to do to be the kind of team we want to be when we take the field for the first time.

Where the team is right now: I think we're about on track. We're still a ways away from where we want to be, but in terms of percentages we're about 90 percent of the way there. We've got a long way to go though. That 10 percent, the difference between 90 and 100 is a pretty significant difference. We're going to have to close that gap in the next 14 days.


Brian Brohm arriving at the Marriott Hotel.

Finding answers about his team: There are still a lot of question marks in my mind. We had a good scrimmage last night. We got 51 snaps in and we'll have another good one on Saturday. Then we'll start to formulate some more concrete ideas in terms of the depth chart going into Monday's practice because that puts us 10 days out when we're really starting to concentrate on Murray.

Is the depth chart set: It's not (set). It's not at all. A lot of guys have opportunities to step up and make plays and a lot of guys have opportunities to step up and not make plays.

Whether or not he enjoys events like the Kick-Off Luncheon: I enjoy it. It's always been a lot of fun for me. I grew up going to these kind of banquets when my dad was a coach. I've been very fortunate. I like seeing the fans and it gives me an opportunity to get away from the grind of two-a-day practices and get to see a few people. So it's a lot of fun. I actually got to see my wife today. So that was good, too.


1,200 fans attended Thursday's Kick-Off Luncheon.

Fan excitement: It's going to be a fun (season). I think we've got a great game day atmosphere and it looks like season ticket sales have gone extremely well and single games tickets, too. So I think it's going to be an exciting time for Louisville football in 2007. We're anxious to get on the field and get going. I'm really anxious to make that first Card March and walk-on the field for the first time. We've got great fans and they have great passion for the game of football.

JaJuan Spillman: That incident happened a long time ago so we've already visited about that. Anything we do in terms of that is handled internally. But that has been addressed months ago.

Whether or not a No. 1 running back has emerged: Not yet. I think it's going to continue to unfold as the season progresses. We've got a lot of viable candidates. We'd like to snap the ball 80-85 times per game and that can mean we're going to run it 45 times in a game. It's very unrealistic at this level that one guy is going to carry it 45 times in a game. So we've got to have a good stable of backs to be effective running the football.

The next scrimmage Saturday: We'll look to get about 80-85 snaps in. This is really the last time that we'll go bone on bone, one's against the one's, two's versus the two's. We'll start to make some more concrete decisions on Sunday night after we've had a good chance to evaluate that scrimmage two or three times. And then Monday we'll go into our normal game preparation.


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