This past week saw Louisville get a much needed win over Florida International by a score of 34-3. The Cards were coming off a troubling loss to Virginia and were in desperate need of a bounce back game. However, the game was not all positive for Louisville as starting QB Will Gardner left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury – the same knee in which he has previously torn his ACL, leaving him currently listed as day-to-day in the Cards’ injury report.
Ordinarily this would present a simple solution, hand the ball over to your backup QB, who in Louisville’s case is freshman stud Reggie Bonnafon. However, Bonnafon did not practice with the team in the week leading up to the game, nor did he make the trip to Miami as he was on a leave of absence after his father’s death.
This has left the Cardinals in a bit of a predicament. Gardner has been the “go-to guy” all season, ranking 57th in the nation in passing efficiency, fourth among ACC quarterbacks. Despite those respectable statistics, anyone who’s watched all four of Louisville’s games is still waiting for that “wow” moment from Gardner. He’s been efficient, but that’s about the extent of it.
Head coach Bobby Petrino has not yet issued a statement about the status of Gardner. According to the Courier-Journal, Gardner’s knee has been examined and evaluated three more times since the end of the Florida International game this past Saturday.
“We will monitor his symptoms and progression from treatments on a daily basis and see how he responds throughout the week” the university said in a statement earlier this week.
UofL fans are ready for their “wow” moment from their QB, something they were blessed with often with Teddy Bridgewater at the helm. Maybe Gardner’s injury will give Bonnafon a chance to blow some Louisville fans away, and take the starting spot from Gardner. It will be interesting to see who lines up under center this week at home against Wake Forest, and Louisville fans are hoping that whoever it is provides some exciting play under Petrino’s high profile offense.
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