Wednesday Afternoon Cardinal News And Notes

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Baby 4 Behanan John Ryman Garcia makes this face anytime someone brings up the fact that Louisville is playing Kentucky in football on Sunday. So do I.


Game notes for Louisville and game notes for Kentucky.

C.L. Brown recaps Tuesday night's practice and reveals that Teddy Bridgewater is still a man worthy of being revered.

***Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater heard about UK linebacker Avery Williamson telling WHAS-11's Adam Lefkoe, "I'd love to hit Teddy" to "let him know how physical it's going to be." But Bridgewater brushed it off.

"Yeah I'm aware of it, but it's all about U of L so we pay no attention to it," he said.

Bridgewater was also aware that a video of his karaoke performance with receivers Michaelee Harris and Eli Rogers singing the Temptations version of "Ain't too proud to beg" has gone viral.

"That was just something we did to interact with the student body and get everyone involved," Bridgewater said. "You have to show that you're not just all about yourself. We just wanted to give back to the fans and the student body."

The other big news from Tuesday night's practice was running backs coach Kenny Carter telling the media that while the players are aware who the starting running back is going to be on Sunday, everyone else is going to have to wait until game day to find out.

We had Jody Demling on our radio show last night, and he said that if he had to to guess right now who the starter would be, he'd say Dominique Brown. He did add, however, that there has been some considerable buzz recently around Senorise Perry.

Like me, Demling also believes that this "featured back" talk has become a little overblown and that all three guys are going to get their touches against Kentucky.

You can listen to last night's entire show right here.

Drew Franklin of KSR tried to rile up the troops yesterday by recounting Charlie Strong's declaration that his team would never lose to Kentucky again.

It didn't exactly have the desired effect.

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The official gameday page for Sunday is up over on the U of L Sports website.

According to stat guru Ken Pomeroy, Russ Smith was the worst mid-range and long-range 2-point shooter in college basketball last season.

Yeah, but he's hilarious.

A reminder that the Louisville volleyball team will be taking on No. 10 Kentucky tonight at 7 inside the Yum Center. If you're heading out to the match, be sure to wear red as Anne Kordes and company are hoping for a Red Out this evening.

Mike Riley deserves his propers for this photobomb on an unsuspecting group of people he didn't know before last year's game in Lexington.

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Guy on the far left makes the picture.

You can't read it online, but Stadium Journey magazine has named North Carolina at Louisville as one of its 13 best games to attend of the 2012 college football season.

Bad news for those of you who have relied heavily on ESPN3 in recent years.

Earlier this week I offered up the most brief preview of Sunday's game that you'll find anywhere on the Internet. The flip side of that baby coin is the most in-depth, which can be found from the Sheriff over at Cards and Cats.

Some good news for Chris Smith, it would appear.

The Atlanta Falcons announced Tuesday that they were releasing Chris Redman and signing Luke McCown (Ok, guys). If this is the end of the road for Redman, he's certainly had one hell of a run.

Dexter Heyman also found some red tape in his locker in Kansas City. I have little doubt that he's going to find success in whatever he chooses to do next.

George Durant has some high quality advice for true freshman James Burgess.

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Veteran leadership at its best.

Louisville is Sports Illustrated's early pick to win the Big East in 2012-13.

A Very, Very Early Top Three Teams

1. Louisville: Last season's rollercoaster squad -- which began with lofty preseason rankings before a precipitous tumble out of the rankings in January -- surprised many by reaching the Final Four before being halted by Kentucky, but a smoother journey deep into March should be expected for this year's Cardinals. True, two of last year's top three scorers, swingman Kyle Kuric and guard Chris Smith, have graduated, but newly eligible 6-6 George Mason transfer Luke Hancock (10.9 points, 4.3 assists, 4.2 rebounds per game in 2010-11) will help replace some of the missing offense, as should expected second-year improvements from Chane Behanan and Wayne Blackshear. At the top and bottom of Louisville's lineup is the unmatched combo of senior point guard Peyton Siva, a strong candidate for conference player of the year, and junior center Gorgui Dieng, who averaged 9.1 rebounds and 3.2 blocks while anchoring the nation's most efficient defense last season. And yes, don't worry, there will be plenty more Russ-diculousness.

Louisville, which was a top five market for college football in 2006, ranked 32nd in 2011.

Still no idea what I'm wearing on Sunday. Fah-reaking out.

Peter Principle poster boy Ron Zook declared last night on a CBS college football preview show that he believes Kentucky will upset Louisville and take back the Governor's Cup trophy.

Charlie, thoughts?

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Agreed.

Collins Ukwu, who guaranteed a win over Louisville before last season, says that when Teddy Bridgewater came into the game last year the Wildcats thought it "would be a cake walk."

Ted, thoughts?

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Yup.

Angel McCoughtry has been suspended indefinitely by the Atlanta Dream for an unspecified violation of team rules. The thinking is that it likely has something to do with the recent firing of head coach/general manager Marynell Meadors.

CoShik Williams, who will likely be Kentucky's starting running back on Sunday, might be the best former walk-on in the SEC.

Andrea Adelson writes that Louisville players have remained silent in recent weeks, even while their rivals to the East have not.

"I try to get our players to stay away from all that talking because when the game is played, you're going to have to do your talking on the field, so back away from the talking," Strong said earlier this week. "What's going to be key for us is what we have to get done with our football team. We can't worry about Kentucky. ... You can talk about the billboards, you talk about what our guys are saying, but on Sunday, they get to prove who is the better football team."

Kentucky players have continued to sound off. After quarterback Morgan Newton slammed thetype of schedule the Cardinals play earlier this month, linebacker Avery Williamson recently told WHAS-11 TV in Louisville, "I'd love to hit Teddy [Bridgewater]" to "let him know how physical it's going to be."

Bridgewater has stayed above the fray. When asked earlier this summer if he paid attention to some of the talk coming from Kentucky, he said, "Not at all." Bridgewater is 1-0 against Kentucky, having come off the bench last season to lead the Cardinals to the upset win.

Teddy Heisman checks in at No. 5 on ESPN's preseason list of the best players in the Big East.

The final preseason odds from Bovada have Louisville listed as a 300/1 shot to win the national title, and Teddy Bridgewater at 150/1 to win the Heisman Trophy. It kind of seems like a "if one, then the other" situation, so you might as well drop five bucks on both.

Four days from right now. Can you feel it, Schnell?

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Schnell can feel it.

And finally, beat Kentucky.

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