Petrino: Louisville offense has room for growth

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 9, 2014 at 2:43 pm •  Published: August 9, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — First-year Louisville coach Bobby Petrino is well known for his offensive expertise and the high expectations he places on his quarterback to make his multiple sets work.

Even in the first week of practice.

The Cardinals' initial workouts have yielded encouraging signs about presumed starting QB Will Gardner and other offensive skill players. But Petrino said the whole unit has a way to go to be productive and has expects improvement over the next few practices.

"Offensively, it just takes a little time to get to where you need to be," the coach said during Saturday's media day session.

Execution on both sides of the ball is important for Louisville as it prepares to enter the Atlantic Coast Conference. With defending national champion Florida State, Clemson and Notre Dame on the schedule, the Cardinals must be able to put points on the board and Petrino believes that objective starts with practice proficiency.

Gardner has taken that message to heart.

"We're still putting in the offense in and you can't really stress about it," the redshirt sophomore said, "but you still have to have that sense of urgency and still be able to have fun."

Gardner takes over the offense from Teddy Bridgewater, now with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. He played in six games last season and showed his potential by completing all five passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in Louisville's 72-0 shellacking of FIU.

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