In a move that is not a big surprise, Bobby Petrino officially announced that sophomore Will Gardner will be the starting quarterback for the Louisville Cardinals. Although it was expected, it is still news that it is official, and it just means that we are so close to the season starting!
Will Gardner named starting quarterback for the Cardinals' season opener versus Miami @CoachPetrinoUL
— LouisvilleFootball (@UofLFootball) August 25, 2014
Gardner is listed at 6’5 and 224 pounds. He is from Douglas, Georgia. He missed his entire senior season in high school after tearing his ACL and he redshirted at UofL in 2012. He didn’t play as much last season as I thought he would. I assumed we would be so dominant that he would get some significant playing time. That didn’t really happen, but with a quarterback guru like Bobby Petrino now at the helm, that missed playing time has probably already been made up for.
He had an impressive spring and capped that off with a great performance in the spring game, going 32 for 37 with 542 yards and 4 touchdowns. Throughout the fall camp, it has been assumed that Gardner would be the starter and the rest of the quarterbacks were competing for the backup spot. With an impressive camp, it appears that freshman Reggie Bonnafon will win that backup job and likely find his way on the field at some point during each game.
Ladies and gentlemen, the season is right around the corner!