LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville Cardinal head coach Bobby Petrino says the quarterback competition, at least in his eyes, is not a three-man race. Nor a five-man race.
“I don’t sit down every day at the end of practice and go, ‘OK, who’s the starter today?’” Petrino said after Saturday morning’s team scrimmage (for more on that, check out Rick Bozich’s story here)
“We try to just take them as one person, say what they do well, what they need to improve on, and let’s attack the next practice and the next day and just leave it at that,” said Petrino.
“[We] try not to have you guys (the media) make too big of an issue of it...You’re doing a good job. I appreciate your effort,” he said with a laugh.
Junior quarterback Will Gardner is battling with sophomore quarterbacks Reggie Bonnafon and Kyle Bolin, both of whom started games in his absence last year after Gardner was sidelined with an ACL injury, and Penn State transfer Tyler Ferguson as well as true freshman Lamar Jackson.
“They’re all about even now,” said U of L offensive coordinator Garrick McGee earlier in the week. “We expect them to be perfect, especially with unforced errors. There’s enough things happening out there…with a lot of moving parts. We’re really extreme with our expectations.”
“We all love competition,” said Bolin. “We are thriving off of each other. We see one guy go out there and make a completion (then) we want to make a completion as well. Just knowing that we got a bunch of guys at the quarterback position that can go out and perform at a high level and run an efficient offense, it really shows that we have a lot of depth.”
McGee says no depth chart is on paper yet, but that will have to change eventually. The Cardinals open up the season September 5th against Auburn in Atlanta.
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