Quarterback Tyler Ferguson said when word got out that he was transferring from Penn State University that Bobby Petrino was one of the first coaches to contact him.
And Ferguson said he was "really excited," knowing Petrino's history with quarterbacks.
"I remember watching Brian Brohm when (Petrino) was at Louisville the first time," Ferguson said. "And then Ryan Mallett throwing it all over the field at Arkansas.
"I've been a football fan as long as I remember and I remember those guys. He's a great coach and he reached out to me."
The backup quarterback at Penn State last season, Ferguson was set to enroll at Western Kentucky with Petrino. But when the coach left and came to Louisville, Ferguson said he was excited to get to talk to him again.
"I'm excited to get there and get going," Ferguson said. "I'll be there in May when I can to enroll in a class and start working."
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Ferguson completed 10 of 15 passes for 155 yards and one TD as a backup last season. He had previously been a junior-college standout with the College of the Sequoias in California the previous year, throwing for over 2,600 yards and completing 55 percent of his passes at that level.
"I'm not taking classes this semester, so it's 12 hours a day working out," he said. "I am lifting and working out and going through my Penn State playbook, just to get the basics down again and get ready when I get to Louisville.
"I'm excited because when I went to Penn State it was like I was all pumped up. But this is more like a business trip. I have three years to play two years and I want to do something with it."
As far as this season, U of L coach Bobby Petrino said Ferguson would be "huge in the quarterback room" because he's played the Division I level before and can help the young guys the Cardinals have at the position.
Ferguson said he's ready to try and help Will Gardner, Kyle Bolin, Brett Nelson and Reggie Bonnafon better on and off the field.
"It will be a ton of fun," he said. "All five of us will make each other so much better in the film room and on the field. We have to make each other better in the room."