–Charlie Strong opened his Monday afternoon press conference by referencing conference play as a new season.
–Strong says he’d like to potentially change the schedule where they can play at least one conference game early in the season.
–Last week’s practices were split between getting back to the fundamentals and preparing for Pitt.
–Dominique Brown will be made available if Jeremy Wright or Senorise Perry were to get injured. From what I’ve gathered, it sounds like Brown is making progress, but at this point; I don’t think the staff wants to waste a redshirt unless they have to.
–Coach Strong seemed pretty excited about the 11 o’clock kickoff. It sounds like he thinks the team will be focused.
–When asked about defensive leadership, Strong said Hakeem Smith and Preston Brown are the current leaders on this Louisville defense.
–Offensive lineman John Miller will be evaluated throughout the week. A decision likely won’t come until near game time. Senior linebacker Daniel Brown will be out this week.
–Next week’s South Florida game will kick off at 3:30 PM on ABC.
“We’ve had a week off and now we’re ready for the real season – the conference season. It’s a one game season each week.”
“With a new coach, early in the season they were trying to find themselves. They were impressive in the win over Virginia Tech”
“Pitt has conventional offense, lines up and says here we are can you stop it? I like that.”
“It’s key for us to take each game week in and week out one game at a time.”
“You look at our first year here, we lose 20-3 and then last year we get beat. We gotta’ know what we’re up against with Pitt. We haven’t done that with them in the last two years.”
“It’s all about the conference race. We have to make sure we don’t slip in the first game. We need to go play well”.
“We’ve just got to stay hungry and stay humble.”
“I don’t care who we play. If someone wants to play us we’ll put them on the schedule.”
“It’s so tough to go on the road. That’s why we have to make sure and keep our focus.”