Big-screen scoreboards are great for the fans, but who knew the players enjoy looking at them as well.
As junior running back Corvin Lamb of the University of Louisville football team was racing 97 yards on a kickoff return for a touchdown in the win over Miami, he glanced up at the scoreboard to get a glimpse at himself.
"I was running full speed until I looked at myself at the big screen," Lamb said after practice on Thursday. "It was so amazing. I was just so happy to be out there running again with my teammates."
After a 24-yard field goal put Miami ahead 10-7, Lamb took a kickoff at the three-yard line and went untouched for an electrifying return for a touchdown that excited the crowd. It changed the complexion of the game and helped the Cardinals to a 31-13 ACC win in front of a sold-out crowd.
"I knew that we were down and that something needed to be done," Lamb said. "I didn't know I was going to do it right then. I felt it, but it did feel good to do it."
The scary thing for opponents on the rest of the teams on the schedule, Lamb said he never really reached full speed.
"I have been out for a full year so it was exciting to be out there," Lamb said. "I wasn't even running full speed, but I would like to be. I don't think I got touched, I remember just hitting it and running. I was trying to make a play and contribute to the team."
Lamb's road to recovery has been difficult after tearing his ACL early in the season last year, and the road back has been long and winding.
"It was more of a mental struggle seeing my teammates out there having fun," Lamb said. "I was just inside, and I can't go outside because I was doing my rehabilitation. It was a process. It was a mental process of just getting myself together."
Lamb's long road back came full circle when he was out on the field for the opening kickoff, and he was happy to contribute on special teams.
"I feel like special teams is a huge part of the game and it can change the complexion of the game," Lamb said. "If I have to be on special teams to help my team win, I will do that to help my team win."