Cantwell, Long will play on Friday

At his weekly press conference this afternoon, Steve Kragthorpe said that quarterback Hunter Cantwell is good to go for Friday's game at Memphis, and that he could have played if the Cards had been in action this past weekend.

Cantwell suffered a lateral sprain of his left ankle while scrambling against Connecticut on Sept. 26. He missed just one series, but was noticeably hindered by the injury in the game's closing minutes.

“He’s fine,” Kragthorpe said. “In fact, if we’d have played last Friday night he’d have started. So he’s doing fine and practicing full speed. I saw him at 6:15 (this morning) in the hall and he was doing drop backs to show me that he was ready.”

The passing game will also be aided by the season debut of wide receiver Scott Long, who broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot on Aug. 18. The junior, who hauled in 27 catches for 358 yards a year ago, was expected to be U of L's No. 1 receiver before the season began.

If you're making a list of reasons to get excited about Friday night (the hell else is there to do on a Monday afternoon?), seeing No. 84 on the field for the first time in '08 should be pretty close to the top. The fact that the game is being played on the road, and on Friday night, should not.

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