The transcript of Bobby Petrino’s time on Wednesday’s ACC teleconference is below. The Cards have a bye week, but there is still plenty to discuss. He talks about how close Lamar Jackson’s recruitment really was, the win over NC State, preparing for Florida State, and more!
I’m very proud of our win last week. It was a good job to go on the road in a hostile environment against a good team and get a win. I thought our defense played extremely well. Offensively, we played real well in the first half and then did enough in the second half to get the win. And then our special teams played well. We’ve got a bye week, we’re woking hard on the practice field, and certainly going to take advantage of all the time we get to work hard to prepare for a very good Florida State team.
Louisville freshman Lamar Jackson put up some more impressive numbers on Saturday at NC State. He had 103 passing yards, 121 rushing yards, and two total touchdowns. Here are his highlights from the game.
I can’t remember a weekend in recent memory involving UofL sports that struck so many different emotions: anger, sadness, confusion, happiness, relief, comfort. In true Rick Pitino hyperbole, I will say that this was the craziest weekend in all my years on this planet. (It wasn’t, but hyperbole can be fun) There was the scandal news that broke on Friday, a huge football win on Saturday, and also real live basketball at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday as well. It was a back-and-forth of emotion.
This is the first chance I have really gotten to get on here and type something out this weekend, other than posting quick videos that don’t take much time to do. I still hope to post something individually for both the football game and basketball scrimmage. The scandal? Eh, not sure I (or any of us) have enough information to even form an opinion yet, but I will get into that here. So basically, this will just be a quick summary of how the weekend was for me, and probably for some of you too. I will try to expand on these topics soon. Until then, here is how the weekend went…
Bobby Petrino spoke to the media after yesterday’s 20-13 win over NC State. Video and transcript below.
The Cards picked up a much needed win on Saturday at NC State. Check out the highlights!
DAVE DOEREN: You know, excited to be back in Carter-Finley. Been on the road for two games. Proud of our team for finding a way to play really good football on the road. Thought we executed at South Alabama. After the first drive they went down and scored, we responded with a big kickoff return, and unfortunately that was called back, and then the offense responded with 28 unanswered points, and then the defense didn’t let them back in the end zone. I thought our response to adversity was really good. A lot of guys played in the game, and I think everybody on the trip played. When you can get four games in a row where you’re backup quarterback and a lot of your backup players get valuable game experience, it’s really good for the future of your program and for potential injuries that may come. Moving forward, looking forward to starting ACC play and playing Louisville, who had a good win last week, good football team that looks like they’ve settled in on Jackson, the athlete at quarterback that can really run and does a lot of things with his feet, and they have a lot of good young athletes. Defensively Coach Grantham does a really good job with their defense and presents a challenge with their pressure packages, and D-line wise, one of the better D lines that we’ll probably face this year, great defensive tackles and long, athletic ends that can run, and a secondary that leads the nation in interceptions. Louisville definitely presents a great challenge to our football team, and we look forward to having them here in Carter-Finley on Saturday, and hopefully the weather will hold off and we can get a great game in. Any questions?
BOBBY PETRINO: We’re looking forward to going on the road and playing a very good North Carolina State team, a team that’s playing really good defense. They’re big and physical up front. Their linebackers really run and tackle. Basically, the same secondary guys that we played against a year ago. They’re also playing very good offense. I think their running backs are running really hard, big offensive front. Jacoby Brissett is doing a nice job of running their offense, being very efficient and accurate and completing a lot of passes. It’s a great challenge for us and certainly one we’re looking forward to.
Q. The environment after the first win, obviously, it was some time coming. Once the team got that, just the locker room after the game, how the team’s responded in practice, and what that’s done for you at this point going into the next game?
Bobby Petrino met with the media on Monday to discuss the upcoming game against NC State. He talks Lamar Jackson, updates Jeremy Smith’s injury, the offensive line, and more.
Transcript from GoCards.com
Quick comments from Lamar Jackson, Reggie Bonnafon, Trumaine Washington, and Chucky Williams.
Coach Petrino’s press conference after Louisville’s 45-3 over Samford on Saturday.
Opening statement: We did what we were supposed to do. We were supposed to perform well and win the game. I was happy for our players. I know the last three weeks have been hard on them. I was very proud of the way they approached the week and how hard we worked. The good attitude that we had. I do think we improved in practice this week. I think they had fun out on the field tonight. It was good to get the turnovers early by our defense and then offensively be able to take advantage of it. So it was a good win and now we’ve got to get ready for next week’s game.
Q: What was different about the performance tonight? Is this kind of the rhythm you’d like for your offense to have?
Lamar Jackson put up video game numbers against Samford. He had 396 total yards (212 passing & 184 rushing) with 3 total touchdowns. Here are his highlights.
BOBBY PETRINO: Well, we’re coming off a tough loss at home against Clemson, a very good football team where our players competed extremely hard and got into position in the fourth quarter where we had an opportunity to win the game and just weren’t able to do it. We had a good practice yesterday, and our guys are working hard, and we’re anxious to get back on the field and play another game on Saturday.
Q. Kyle Bolin and Lamar Jackson you’ve used in the last couple of games on kind of that quarterback carousel, seeing which one is going to get things going. How do you look at it going forward with these two guys and what you’ve seen so far? Is it a two-quarterback system? Does one guy kind of show more than the other at this point?
Bobby Petrino met with the media on Monday for about 20 minutes and discussed how he is handling being 0-3, the ongoing QB situation, Samford, and more.
Like I told the team, losing’s hard. It’s hard on you as an individual, it’s hard on you as a group. It challenges your attitude, it challenges your character, it challenges how you stay together and believe in each other. So you have to deal with all those things when you lose your first three games, and what we need to do is count on the leadership we have within the team, because we do have some guys who really care and really played hard the other night, put everything they could into the game. And I do like our attitude, but all those things are going to be challenged right now. So the number one job I have right now is to keep the team together, continue to focus, continue to work hard, and really the biggest thing for this week is to improve and focus on ourselves getting better. The issue is us, how we go about our business, how we play the game.
BOBBY PETRINO: We’re working hard on our preparation for Clemson. It’s been a short week, so we came in and practiced Sunday night, had a good practice there. Our players have had a very good attitude and worked extremely hard, came back and practiced physical on Monday, and then yesterday was a Thursday for us. So with the short week of preparation, I’ve been happy with our attitude and our work ethic. We know we’re facing a very, very good football team, and it’s going to be a big challenge for us.
Q. Starting off 0-2 in 2015, obviously the games have been close. Now when you look back on film and you’ve had some time to kind of digest the two, what are some of the biggest takeaways you have right now on some of those key areas that you want to try and minimize those issues?
Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino met with the media on Monday evening after practice to talk about Thursday’s game against Clemson. He recaps the Houston game a little bit, talks about the quarterback situation, the disappointment of the defense, and more.
It has taken a couple days, but I am finally able to sit down and write about this past weekend. It didn’t feel right moving on to the Houston game without recapping how this trip went. There was the game, the radio show at an awesome tailgate, actually going to Auburn, Alabama right after the game ended, and everything in between. I will try to recap it all, and then turn the page and move on to Houston this Saturday.
Friday night/Saturday morning
Bobby Petrino says he has his QB for Saturday, but obviously won’t say who, and I love that. So who do YOU think it will be that starts? For all we know, the starter may play one play, one series, one half. Who knows? May play the whole game and never come out! The fifth option on the poll is interesting. Do multiple QBs play on the first snap for the Cards? Vote below!
On today’s show, we talked about who we would each WANT as the starting QB for Louisville this season. Not who we think it will be, but our preference. I give a terrible answer, but pick somebody in the end. Perrin Johnson joined us, which was a treat. We had our most callers we have had so far and had a great time. Click the soundcloud link below to give it a listed. As always, we are on 93.9 The Ville on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m.