Football Notebook: Simien recovering

Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe discusses the recovery of safety Terence Simien.

Terence Simien, Louisville's starting strong safety, is recovering from a lacerated kidney suffered in the game against Kentucky.

"Terence is doing well," Steve Kragthorpe said. "I actually got to see him Friday before I left. He was going to get up and walk around. He's been released from the hospital and we'll get a report from our trainer today."

Simien is out indefinitely and missed the game at Utah last Saturday. Simien was a key member of UofL's secondary and special teams – he forced a fumble against Kentucky and intercepted a pass in the first game vs. Indiana State – before getting injured.

"In terms of his recovery, everything is full speed ahead," Kragthorpe said. "It looks like he's going to be able to have the kidney in place and it's repairing itself. It's going to be a process, there's no doubt about that. It was not a life-threatening situation but it was a situation where you don't want to lose an organ if anything ever happens again.

"I wouldn't say he's out of the woods yet in terms of the kidney but it's not a life threatening situation and we do feel like talking to the doctors that the blood supply to the kidney is good, which is what you want to see because that's how it heals itself. I think it's looking pretty positive right now and we just hope it continues to follow that trend."

Seniors Daniel Covington and Richard Raglin, both former starters, filled in for Simien against Utah.

"They did a good job, I thought they played really solid," Kragthorpe said. "We missed Terence because he's a good football player but I thought those guys performed pretty well in his (place)."

Decision to kick extra point explained

Kragthorpe is 0-2 in Big East openers at Louisville.
Steve Kragthorpe explained his decision not to go for two after Louisville scored with about 8 minutes to go to cut Utah's lead to 23-13. The Cardinals kicked an extra point to cut the deficit to nine, meaning Louisville still needed two scores in the game's final minutes to beat the Utes.

"Basically at that point in time we were looking to win the game," Kragthorpe said. "So I decided that we would go for one and make it the lead that it was simply because I felt like at that point in time our defense had played extremely well and had only given up three points in that half. We had done a great job with our kick-off cover unit and I felt like we could get the ball back twice and win the game with a touchdown and a field goal. In hindsight, I probably should have gone for two there and made it a situation where we could just go for a touchdown and go for two again and tie the game. But I was looking to win the game at that point in time."

Kragthorpe: Louisville needs to be consistent

Heading into the Big East opener Friday night against Pittsburgh, Steve Kragthorpe says that the Cardinals are still a work in progress and need to be more consistent.

"I don't think we're where we need to be," Kragthorpe said. "We're a work in progress and we've got to continue to work and improve. I think we've done some good things we just haven't been consistent. We've got to make some plays offense when we get down in the red zone and on defense we've got to get off the field on third down.

"We did a poor job taking care of the ball the other night. We had three turnovers in the first half and you can't do that on the road. When we've taken care of the ball like we did against Kentucky we put ourselves in a position at the end of the game to win it. When we didn't do that against Utah it was more of an uphill battle."

Extra Points

-- "We've got to put more points on the board than we are right now." - Steve Kragthorpe.

-- Kragthorpe said he "got a little impatient" and abandoned the running game too early against Utah. The Cardinals fell behind 20-0 to the Utes at halftime.

-- Kragthorpe didn't think the defense tackled as well against Utah as they did in a loss to Kentucky last week.

-- Kragthorpe replaced Trent Guy as punt returner with Andrew Robinson because Guy was "a little banged up."

-- Kragthorpe said that backup quarterback Adam Froman "performed real well" on special teams Saturday night against Utah. Froman saw action in kickoff and punt return situations.

-- Louisville is 4-10 in the Big East under Steve Kragthorpe. The Cardinals have lost their last five league games.

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