The last time the Louisville Cardinals took the field, Teddy Bridgewater threw for three touchdown passes and ran for another score in a 36-9 rout of the Miami Hurricanes in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Now after their first scrimmage on Saturday, the Cardinals and coach Bobby Petrino face the task of replacing Bridgewater in the lineup.
“Offensively, we have shown the ability to be explosive and make some big plays,” Petrino said. “We are giving up way too many negative plays with assignment errors and blocking schemes. We have some young guys on the offensive front that are getting schooled, but they are getting better.”
During the scrimmage, sophomore quarterback Will Gardner threw a pair of long touchdowns. A welcome sign for Cardinals fans.
“Will has had a good week,” Petrino said. “He has taken a stride forward. I think (offensive coordinator) Garrick (McGee) has done a great job with his technique. He is starting to get his feet in the right position. He has gotten more accurate as the week has gone along.”
While Gardner might not be able to replace a talent like Bridgewater, it seems like he is off to a good start when it comes to succeeding him.