Quick look at Louisville

Quick look at Louisville

The Gators will match up with Louisville in the Sugar Bowl on January 2. The Cardinals have a roster full of familiar names because of head coach Charlie Strong's familiarity with the state of Florida.

The Louisville offense ranks 98th in the country with 127.1 rushing yards per game and 24th in the country with 298.6 passing yards per game.

The success through the air has come from sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. There were questions about his ability to stay at quarterback out of high school, but Bridgewater played well enough this season to earn the Cardinals a share of the Big East title and a spot in a BCS bowl game.

Bridgewater completed 69% (267-for-387) of his passes this year for 3,452 yards, 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He has also added 223 positive rushing yards and one touchdown this season.

DeVante Parker leads the Cardinals with 712 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He's an explosive threat in the passing game, earning those numbers while averaging just 3.2 catches per game. Damian Copeland leads the Cardinals with 48 catches, adding 597 yards and one touchdown.

Eli Rogers, a high school teammate of Bridgewater at Miami Northwestern, has 42 catches for 443 yards and four touchdowns on the season. The tight end isn't an important part of the Louisville passing game, as Ryan Hubbell has only 14 catches in 12 games this season.

Redshirt junior running back Jeremy Wright, a native of Clermont, Fla., leads the Cardinals with 740 rushing yards, adding nine touchdowns on the ground. Wright and Senorise Perry, who had added 705 yards and 11 touchdowns, combined for 1,445 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground this season.

Perry tore his ACL in early November and is out for the rest of the season. Wright has served as the workhorse back.

The Louisville defense is 52nd in the country with 151.1 yards per game allowed on the ground and 19th in the country with 193.8 yards per game allowed through the air. The unit has forced 12 fumbles and recorded nine interceptions this season.

Linebacker Preston Brown leads the Cardinals with 96 tackles on the season, adding 1.5 tackles for a loss, one interception, three pass breakups and three quarterback hurries. Safety Calvin Pryor is close behind with 94 total tackles, adding two interceptions.

Florida cornerback transfer Adrian Bushell, who also serves as the Louisville kickoff returner, is starting for the Cardinals and is fourth on the team with 59 tackles. He leads Louisville with 11 pass breakups and 12 pass defenses.

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