True freshman quarterback Reggie Bonnafon will make his second career start on Friday evening when Louisville takes on the Syracuse Orange in the Carrier Dome. Bobby Petrino announced the news of Bonnafon starting on the Atlantic Coast Conference weekly coaches teleconference on Wednesday morning.
When asked about the status of Will Gardner, Petrino stated the his initial starting quarterback may be available on Friday, but Bonnafon would get the start.
Gardner has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in week four against Florida International. He returned to practice earlier this week, but is still be held out of contact drills and Petrino says they’re still unsure if he’ll be available on Friday evening.
Bonnafon had his fair share of mistakes in his debut against Wake Forest, but he definitely progressed as the game went on. All things considered, Petrino seemed pleased with the true freshman’s performance and how he’s responded since Saturday.
“He did show his competitive spirit and I really liked his poise,” Petrino said earlier in the week. “I thought his poise was good. Obviously we weren’t executing and moving the ball like we would like to, but we kept approaching it once series at a time. He did a really nice job. He showed a lot of maturity.”