For the second week in a row, Louisville will be sans its starting quarterback for a conference game.
On a teleconference Wednesday, Bobby Petrino confirmed that Will Gardner will not start Friday’s game against Syracuse. Petrino did allow that “[t]here’s a chance [Gardner] will be available” in an emergency-type situation.
“Will was out there last night and did more in practice,” Petrino said. “Reports from the training room this morning was there was limited swelling so we get a chance to get him out today at practice again.”
Gardner suffered a left knee injury in the win against FIU. He left in the third quarter didn’t return.
With Gardner out, at least at the beginning, Reggie Bonnafon will make his second consecutive start.
In his first collegiate start against Wake Forest, a 20-10 win, Bonnafon completed 16-of-32 passes for 206 yards. He had no touchdowns but also no interceptions. The true freshman added 46 yards on the ground against the Demon Deacons; in the first four games, Gardner ran for minus-72, so obviously Bonnafon adds a dimension that the starter doesn’t possess.