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UofL vs. Flordia International Game Day Preview
September 9, 2011By Matt McCarthy of KentuckySports.co
Louisville Cardinals VS. Florida International Panthers
Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium
7pm on ESPN
- Will Stein will get the start for the Cardinal's even though he suffered a ankle injury in Thursdays game versus Murray State. Expect Bridgewater and Brown to also see action at QB.
-Adrian Bushell is also expected to play, the junior college transfer joined the team two weeks ago. Bushell played 2 years at Florida before tranfering to junior college.
-Defensive Tackle Roy Philon will play after missing the first game.
-Strong wants Victor Anderson and Jeremy Wright to be more successful than last game and to help keep tempo of the offense.
Charlie Strong Quote on Game-
“FIU is similar to us. It is a team that plays really hard; a team that is playing with a lot of confidence right now. They went and beat North Texas very handily on Thursday night. They have a big-time playmaker in T.Y. Hilton. The thing Hilton can do is he is an all-purpose guy. You look at him and he ended up with seven catches for over 130 yards and then he gets return yardage returning kickoffs. The thing we are going to have to do is contain T.Y. Hilton. Their whole offense is centered around the quarterback. He (Wes Carroll) does a good job. Carroll is a guy who played at Mississippi State and transferred to FIU. FIU returns 16 starters. You will see a defense that is similar to our defense. They blitz a lot and put a lot of pressure on the offense. They are a team that tries to disrupt rhythm, which they do through their defense. I had a chance to watch them on tape also, and it was just fun watching their defense and their offense. It is going to be a great challenge for us and the thing we are going to have to do is to play a lot better than we played in the Murray State game.”
Injury List For UofL:
- Mario Benavides, will not play
-Brandon Dunn might play, will be evaluated before game.
-Josh Bellamy might play, will be evaluated before game.
-B.J. Butler- will not play
-Corvin Lamb- will not play
-Charles Gaines- will not play.
Won the Sun Belt Champions in 2010 and are projected to win their conference again.
They played in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl verse Toledo and won 34-32.
2010 record- 7-6
Last Week beat North Texas 41-16
Players To Watch-
#4 T.Y. Hilton
Sr. 5’10 183lbs., WR- 56 catches for 818 yards and 5 touchdowns. Averaged 28.7 on kick returns with 2 touchdowns .2010 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-Sun Belt Conference Wide Receiver & Kick Returner, named Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Most Valuable Player after racking up 210 all-purpose yards.
Last week Hilton had 283 all-purpose yards and 1 touchdown , including a 62 yard kick return to start the game.
#28 Darriet Perry
Sr. 5’9 202lbs, RB - Rushed for 839 yards in 2010 with 16 touchdowns, received for 137 yards in 12 catches. All Sun Belt Second Team
Last week Perry rushed for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns.
#13 Wesley Carroll
Redshirt Sr. 6’1 202lbs, QB- Spent his Freshman and Sophomore years at Mississippi State. Last year threw 16 touchdowns and 2,623 yards.
Last week Carroll threw for 193 yards and 1 touchdown.
#25 Jonathan Cyprien
Jr. 6’0 205lbs, DB- Named to the All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team, led the team with 113 tackles, 1interception and 1 force fumble
Last week Cyprien had 6 total tackles and broke up three passes.
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