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CRAWFORD | Three and out: Petrino press conference highlights

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino met the media in advance of next Monday's ESPN prime-time game against Miami, the school's first in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Three notes and out:

1. PARKER IS OUT. Petrino confirmed that the Cardinals will indeed be without starting wide receiver DeVante Parker when Miami visits.
  • Clip 1, on the injury: "He has a broken bone in his small toe, the fifth metatarsal, and will get operated on later today. It's a situation that came up Friday night, very late in the first half of the work we were doing -- kind of a simple slant, got tackled and he felt something. . . . My understanding is the reason they (went to North Carolina for the surgery) is because that will be the doctor who will be at the (NFL) combine in the room when they go through his medical history. . . . The timeline they gave me is six to eight weeks. We'll certainly miss him; he's great player.

  • Clip 2, on replacing Parker: "He's a tremendous player, but guys have to step up an perform. I think we're fortunate in the situation we're in that we have a lot of experience. We've got Eli Rogers, Michaelee (Harris), Kai De La Cruz, Matt Milton, James Quick, guys that have played in games and made plays. They're all going to have to contribute, rely on our tight ends and running backs. You're never going to replace a guy like DeVante with just one guy.

  • Clip 3, on changing the game plan in light of Parker's loss: "It will change things around a little bit. I don't know if restrictions is the right word. Certainly when you miss a guy like that it's going to be a little different. . . . We've got to be abel to use the weapons that we have and the things they do well, mix the ball around and get them into a position where they can excel and make plays.

2. MICHAEL DYER ISN'T PROGRESSING AS QUICKLY AS COACHES HOPED. He suffered a bruised thigh in a public scrimmage a week ago Saturday, and Petrino said he's still not sure whether he'll be available Monday.

  • Clip 1, on Dyer's progress: "Michael has not progressed as well as we thought he would initially. He still has some swelling in there. He's not been able to get back out on the field yet. I think today, tomorrow are big days to see if he'll be available for the game. He has made progress, particularly the last part of the week, but we've yet to see if he'll be available for the game.

  • Clip 2, when asked about playing without Dyer: "I never said he was out -- yet. I'm hoping that he's not. I'm hoping that he'll be there and ready to go. You've got good running backs. Dom Brown has had a great preseason. We've learned a lot more about him, his running style, that he hits well and how well he can catch the ball out of the backfield. L.J. (Scott) is a powerful guy who is really mature, knows what to do. (Corvin) Lamb has shown his speed the last few days, certainly in the scrimmage the other night he showed his speed and his ability to take it the distance. He's still learning the offense. Him not going through spring ball has hurt him a little bit. (Brandon) Radcliff has done a real nice job for us. In our first scrimmage, it was a scripted scrimmage, but Lamb took a play and went 80 yards for a touchdown. We have good players at that position."

3. SCOUTING THE HURRICANES. On Miami true freshman QB Brad Kaaya. "We've got his high school film. We've studied that. He's a big guy that makes a lot of good throws, looks like he gets the ball out of his hand quickly, has a quick release. In the video we watched he's not a runaround guy, he's more of pocket passer. But he was impressive."

  • Clip 2, on Miami RB Duke Johnson: "He's a really good player. He's somebody we have to contain. We've got to do a good job setting the edges with our outside linebackers and defensive ends. Our safeties are going to have to do a good job coming downhill and tackling and we've got to get 11 guys to the ball. I think that's the biggest thing when you watch him is we're going to have to run full speed to the ball because he can take it the distance."


  • Petrino, when asked if he'd rather not have a conference game as an opener: "I like to have an opening game that means something. I've always enjoyed that. I think it really helps you throughout the offseason. It helps you get through summer. It's a real motivation factor during camp. You condition for it. You get ready for it.

  • Asked if it's tough being patient as he grooms quarterbacks for his system, Petrino smiled and said, "I've always been really patient. It's one of my strengths." Insert laughter here.

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