University of Louisville wide receiver Eli Rogers will be one of the Cardinals' 39 players from the state of Florida on the field on Saturday, when Louisville plays host to FIU at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
1993 Liberty Bowl Team to be Honored on Saturday
The 1993 team, which defeated Michigan State 18-7 in the Liberty Bowl, will be honored during the FIU game on Saturday.
Under the direction of Howard Schnellenberger, the Cardinals went 9-3 as an independent and dominated Michigan State. The Cardinals defeated No. 23 Arizona State 35-17 that season and also thumped Texas 41-10.
Teammates to Face Off
Former Miami Northwestern High teammates Teddy Bridgewater and FIU’s E.J. Hilliard will likely square off as the two starting quarterbacks in the game on Saturday.
They both played at Northwestern together in 2010 and are extremely close friends. Hilliard came in relief of starter Jake Medlock during last season’s contest and went 9-of-10 for 82 yards and a touchdown. Hilliard is likely to start this week against the Cardinals because Medlock is nursing a concussion.
Third Down Success
The Cardinals have been stellar on defense this year and have had great success on third down. Louisville ranks fifth in the nation on third-down defense, allowing the opposition to convert on 24.4 percent of their tries.
The Cardinals held Kentucky to 0-13 on third down. It's the first time the Cardinals have stopped an opponent from converting a third down since 2002, when Duke was 0-for-15 on third downs on Sept. 7.
Abundance of Broward-Dade County Talent
There will be a number of south Florida natives on the field when the Cardinals take on FIU on Saturday. Louisville has a remarkable 23 players on its roster from Broward and Dade counties. In total, the Cardinals have 39 players on the roster from the state of Florida.