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BOZICH | Petrino on Quick, Mauldin, Vatuvei, cheering against Notre Dame

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Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino grew up watching Notre Dame football replays. Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino grew up watching Notre Dame football replays.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Reggie Bonnafon remains the University of Louisville quarterback, with special instructions to get out of bounds or slide as quickly as possible.

James Quick might play Saturday at Notre Dame. Or he might not. Ditto for Lorenzo Mauldin. And Pio Vatuvei.

U of L football coach Bobby Petrino grew up watching televised Notre Dame football replays on Sunday morning – and cheering for the opposing team.

Those are the headline nuggets from Petrino's weekly press conference Monday. He previewed the Cards' Saturday game against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., where it's supposed to snow Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before temperatures soar to 36 Saturday afternoon.

Let's go to the highlights:

Does Petrino sense an extra buzz in town about Louisville's first game against the Irish?

“Yeah, I think there is,” he said. “Being here in Louisville, with the Catholic community that we have and Paul Hornung and all the ties that the city of Louisville has to Notre Dame, I think it's significant.

“I think we'll have a good crowd up there. I know that everybody was talking all summer long about that they got tickets and were on their way up there.

“I grew up on getting up on Sunday morning at 9 o'clock and listening to Lindsay Nelson saying Notre Dame was unable to sustain a drive so we'll move to further action.

“I think it's pretty cool to go play there and coach there simply because of the way that I grew up when I was young and what I got to listen to on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. I have never been there.”

Why was he watching Notre Dame in Helena, Montana?

“There were three channels at that time, you know,” Petrino said. “It might have been the only one that was on at that time.

“My grandparents were fans of Notre Dame so I always went fort the other team. You know how you are when you're young, right?”

What's the status of Quick, the sophomore receiver who missed the Boston College game Nov. 8 because of a violation of team rules?

“He has an opportunity to play,” Petrino said. “He has some stipulations that he has to get done this week. It's a very tight scheduled and I'm hoping that he does everything that he's supposed to do.”

How about defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin, who has been dealing with hamstring issues?

“I think we have a chance to have Lorenzo back,” Petrino said. “It looks very encouraging. But as the week goes on you never know what happens on the practice field.”

Mauldin was listed with the first team on the depth chart that Louisville released Monday. But defensive tackle Pio Vatuvei, who has missed the last two games with an injury, was not.

“I think we also have a chance to have Pio back which would really help us,” Petrino said. “He's really good against the run and a very athletic player inside that's a good football player for us.”

With Will Gardner out and Kyle Bolin, an inexperienced red shirt freshman, serving as the top back up at quarterback, will there be any special instructions for Bonnafon?

“I think you have to play to his strengths,” Petrino said. “He's a great athlete. He did a really nice job the other night (against Boston College) running with the football. At the end of the day when you look and you get 86 yards rushing from your quarterback, that's a significant difference in the game.

“We are asking him to be smart. Makes sure he gets the first down, takes care of himself and gets out of bounds or get down on the ground. He's a really, really good athlete, so in those (running plays) the other night, he never got hit hard one time, you know, which was great to see, something we really look at.

“But he's also a good thrower. I think he can do a good job of particularly throwing the ball down the field.”

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