With a dangerous game against undefeated Rutgers looming, there was little time for the members of the 3rd-ranked Cardinals to celebrate following their 43-33 win over West Virginia on Thursday night. University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino said that his team returned to practice on Monday, and did so with plenty of excitement.
"We went out and practiced (Sunday) and I thought we had a good practice," said Petrino. "We're certainly excited for the Rutgers game Thursday night. Our players came Saturday and did some conditioning. We actually took the young crew in and lifted weights and the older players conditioned a little bit and stretched. We had our normal Tuesday practice yesterday, which was very physical. I thought our players had great tempo and our excited about the game, and have put the West Virginia game behind them."
In & Out
The injury report from Bobby Petrino's Monday afternoon press conference was good and bad.
"Zach is doing good," said Petrino. "He practiced yesterday. We kept him out of the inside run drill, but I was very impressed by the way he moved around and what he did in team. He'll take more reps today and actually get into the physical part of it and we're really excited that he'll be ready to play."
Carter, who suffered an ankle injury during the Cards win over West Virginia, has yet to practice this week.
"He didn't practice yesterday," said Petrino. "I don't anticipate having him practice today or being ready for the game."
Big East Honors
A pair of Louisville players – quarterback Brian Brohm and kicker Art Carmody - along with USF defensive back Trae Williams received BIG EAST Conference weekly football honors on Monday. Brohm was named this week's BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while Carmody earned Special Teams Player of the Week accolades. Williams was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.
In Louisville's 44-34 victory over No. 3 West Virginia on Nov. 2, Brohm completed 19-of-26 passes (73.1 percent) for 354 yards and a touchdown. The junior averaged an impressive 18.6 yards per completion. He also surpassed the 5,000 career-yard mark in the game. It is Brohm's second BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season and the sixth of his career.
Williams registered seven tackles and an interception in the Bulls' 22-12 win over Pittsburgh on Nov. 4. He also deflected a pass that led to another interception. Williams and the USF defense held the Panthers to just 159 yards passing and 214 yards of total offense. The junior defensive back leads the BIG EAST in interceptions (6).
Carmody was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts in Louisville's 44-34 victory over West Virginia on Nov. 2. He connected on field goals of 39, 25 and 18 yards and is 14-of-15 on the season. It was his third game this year with three field goals. The junior leads the BIG EAST in scoring with 81 points (10.1 ppg). It is Carmody's second special team's honor of the season.
Television for U of L - USF
One of the ESPN networks will televise the Cardinals November 18 contest against South Florida. A decision on the game time, which will be either 7:00 p.m. or 7:45 p.m., is expected Monday. ESPN2 or ESPNU will televise the game with a 7:00 p.m. start, while ESPN will broadcast the game should it kick off at 7:45 p.m..