LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bobby Petrino likes the way his team is progressing as the summer months continue. The coach met with the media for a mid-summer update Thursday. Most of the team members are working out and going through summer school classes as we close in on the start of fall camp August 5th. And then it's less than a month to the season and ACC opener, September 1st at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium against Miami.
The inexperienced Will Gardner is set to take over the reigns at quarterback for departed three-year starter and first-round NFL draft pick Teddy Bridgewater. While Gardner played well in the spring and according to Petrino, has proven to be a strong leader this summer, that position is still at the top of the worry chart.?
"Obviously, quarterback is the No. 1 concern," Petrino said. "We're replacing a guy who played the game at a very, very high level. And not only the starter, but who's going to be the backup. That's a huge issue for us."
Petrino said his offense will have some similar looks to what Cardinal fans saw during his first go-around as the U of L head coach, but plenty of differences as well.
"There are parts of the offense that have changed a lot," said Petrino. "There's new plays, new schemes to the playbook but what I tell our coaches and myself just about every day is that we need to install the offense, like we did in spring ball twice. We'll do it again coming up here and then after 10 days in the fall, we're going to take the offense and mold it around who that starting quarterback's going to be. Certain parts of the offense you emphasize more different years based on the personnel."
The coach took on another duty during a recent break, caddying for his daughter Katie, a Senior-to-be on the U of L golf team, at the Kentucky Women's Open..
"I push the bag," a smiling Petrino shared. "I've learned to be quiet and contribute only if you're asked. I enjoy watching her and I have a tremendous respect for women's golf. It's amazing how much better they continue to get. It's fun. She bosses me around and I handle it pretty well. I'm coachable."