While most of us enjoyed the day off of work, Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals were hard at work preparing for the second week of the season. Instead of the normal early afternoon press conference, Petrino had his weekly media briefing following practice at 4:30.
Before getting to Syracuse, Petrino talked a little more about Thursday’s 70-14 season opening win against Charlotte after watching the film. He says the offensive line got better as the game went along and noted that Charlotte threw everything at them and he would’ve liked to have been able to call more runs in the first half.
When asked about Lamar Jackson, Petrino said the second quarter was his strongest in regards to going through his progressions and getting everyone involved. He also said that Jackson did really well with the two-minute drill at the end of the half.
When it comes to the defense, Petrino complemented the front-seven for playing strong and fast, also noting that they only gave up one big play.
Syracuse got their season kicked off on Friday with a 33-7 win over Colgate. Coach Petrino said he thought the Orange played well and mentioned their fast offensive tempo. Petrino also complemented Cuse starting quarterback Eric Dungey and said he has a lot of respect for the sophomore. Dungey completed 34-of-40 passes for 355 yards and two touchdown in the season opening win.
Petrino also complemented head coach Dino Babers and his staff. Babers is in his first year at Syracuse after a successful stint at Bowling Green. Petrino says Babers has a well coached team and his players play very hard. The Louisville staff has not only reviewed film from Syracuse’s season opener, but also film from Babers days at Bowling Green.
In 2014 Petrino caught some criticism when stating how loud it can be in the Carrier Dome. The 49,250 seat arena doesn’t draw a lot of fans for Syracuse football, but Petrino doubled down on his comments about the crowd noise. He noted that it’s always noisy when you play indoors.
Petrino was asked about the status of wide receiver Jaquay Savage who didn’t see action against Charlotte. The Texas A&M transfer wasn’t listed on the depth chart leading up to the game, which caused some concern from fans. Petrino said today that Savage has been dealing with a shoulder injury. He practiced with the team today and is day-to-day.