Video courtesy of The Courier-Journal
News came out yesterday that DeVante Parker has a good chance of playing. Whether he catches a pass or not won’t matter; his presence on the field will be enough to divert attention away from UofL’s other receivers. Additionally, DB Jermaine Reve made a quiet return last Friday against Syracuse, giving the Cards more depth in the secondary. Coach Petrino was very complimentary of the Clemson program, but his comment about the crowd noise not being much different the Carrier Dome didn’t go over too well with at least one former Clemson player. Even though his comment was taken out of context,you can bet that the Clemson faithful got word of that comment as well. The offense didn’t need anymore hurdles to jump, but the crowd is sure to be a little extra hype after that.
Here’s the transcript of the presser via the C-J….
Looking back on the Syracuse game, it was a big win for us. It was a good win for us. Again our defense played extremely well. They not only stopped the run and hit the quarterback, but they scored four points. We watched the video. We saw improvement. We hurt ourselves in the first half with penalties and we turned the ball over. There definitely was improvement in the second half.
The other thing I’m excited about is that you can see the competitive spirit and the players competing extremely hard to compete and win the games.
Right now, as far as offense goes, we’re not explosive. We’re not a team that’s going to go out there and rack up 700 yards. We’re working to try to find a way to win the game, which is new for me. I haven’t been in this type of situation where you’re real strong on defense and offensively you’re working just to make sure you score enough points to win.
Our special teams gave us a lift. We did an excellent job punting the ball and getting it down inside the 5 two times in a row. We did a good job on our return game with the opening kickoff. We covered kickoffs really well. I think that’s one of the things I was most excited about was seeing young guys on our kickoff coverage team sprint down the field and show toughness. Stacy Thomas had a couple big hits for us. All of that is a real positive.
We have a great challenge ahead of us. Clemson’s a very, very good football team. They’re very explosive offensively. I think it’ll be our biggest challenge that our defense has faced to date as far as their ability to throw the ball deep, a running quarterback, a great receiver — they have a lot of pieces in that offense.
Who knows what to make of the Louisville-Clemson point spread. It opened at Clemson -10, dipped down to -7.5 and is now sitting at -12.