Inside Cardinal Football: Weekly notebook

Jeremy Wright

The University of Louisville football team is 9-1 heading into the final two games of the season with still a chance to win the Big East Conference title. The Cardinals host Connecticut on Saturday at noon. Cardinal Authority has a weekly football notebook.

WRIGHT READY FOR MORE CARRIES

Junior Jeremy Wright has been splitting carries with Senorise Perry this season. But Perry went down with a season-ending knee injury against Syracuse.

Now, Wright will get the bulk of the carries.

"There's no extra pressure at all," Wright said. "What we do in practice is what we have to do in the game, it's just extra carries."

Wright has carried 148 times for 680 yards and nine touchdowns, including three 100-yard games this season. He has 1,341 career yards and 14 TDs.

Strong said Wright will get the bulk of the carries, while Corvin Lamb will serve as the backup. Dominique Brown was going to be redshirted this season but Strong said, "If we need him to win a championship, we'll use him."

"Jeremy Wright is going to be the starter," said Strong. "Corvin Lamb has been taking repetitions. If we have to use Dominique Brown, we will. We want to go win a championship. We'll go with Jeremy just because he has the experience and he is going to play as much as he can. A lot of times, with the running back, you do need to give him a rest. We are going to feel very comfortable when Corvin goes in."

Lamb has carried two times for minus-one yard and one touchdown and caught one pass for a 53-yard TD this season.

CARDS SOLID IN THE RED ZONE

The Cardinals lead the nation in red-zone offense, converting 41 of 42 times – 98 percent – on the season.

U of L has scored on 27 straight red-zone possessions, dating back to the Sept. 15 game against North Carolina.

Clemson, Mississippi and Wyoming are second nationally at 94 percent.

A FEW LEFTOVERS

Here are a few leftovers heading into the weekend:

*Louisville has had 14 players catch a pass this season, including nine different players who have hauled in a touchdown pass.

*In all on offense, Louisville has had 12 different players score this season. Those 12 players have combined to score 43 offensive touchdowns. Senorise Perry leads the team with 11 touchdowns, while junior Jeremy Wright is second with nine. Sophomore wide receiver DeVante Parker has six TD catches.

*U of L is looking for its 10th victory of the season, which would mark the fourth time in school history the program reached double digit wins. U of L won 11 games in 2001 and '04 and 12 in '06.

*In three years under head coach Charlie Strong, the Cardinals are 9-3 in games following a defeat. Louisville has lost two or more games in a row just twice.

BRING A TOY TO THE GAME

The U of L football program is teaming up with Margaret's Moving and Storage and Toys for Tots and are asking fans for help.

Fans are encouraged to bring a new – unwrapped – toy to the UConn game. Boxes to collect the toys will be located in Street Fest and at each gate.

Toys for Tots will give the toys to families in Louisville who can't afford to provide their families with toys for the holiday.

AUTOGRAPH SESSION ON DEC. 5

The U of L football team will hold an autograph session on Dec. 5 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The event will benefit Dare to Care Food Bank and will be held in the PNC Club at the stadium.

There will be a two-item limit per person and attendees are requested to bring non-perishable food items to donate.

The players will be the only participants in the session.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

U of L coach Charlie Strong talking about senior quarterback Will Stein, who had graduated and is in the MBA program at the school.

"Stein is in the MBA program," Strong said laughing. "I said, ‘Why would you get into the MBA program and want to coach. I just don't understand."

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