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Bobby Petrino: Louisville football 'right there' in competing with FSU, Clemson

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson addresses reporters Friday during the ACC Football Kickoff.

Matt Baker | Tampa Bay Times

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson addresses reporters Friday during the ACC Football Kickoff.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Florida State and Clemson have been the class of the ACC, and that will likely continue this season. But don't sleep on Louisville.

The Cardinals have one of the top quarterbacks in the league (Lamar Jackson), and coach Bobby Petrino said he thinks his team is close to challenging the Seminoles and Tigers. Louisville's two losses to Clemson since joining the ACC have been by a combined nine points, and the Cardinals took a 21-0 lead on FSU in 2014 before the Noles rallied to win.

"I feel like we're right there..." Petrino said Friday during the ACC Football Kickoff. "It's been competitive, but like I said, it's our job to get over the hill and find a way to win."

Petrino is entering the third season of his second stint as Louisville's head coach and said he thinks his team finally had the roster and depth it needs to challenge for conference championships.

Petrino also said his Cardinals are tweaking their fall camp to account for a tough early schedule (home against FSU on Sept. 17 and at Clemson on Oct. 1). Those changes include harder conditioning earlier than usual and more practice with handling crowd noise.

"It's kind of preparing the body for the grind that's ahead of them," Petrino said.

[Last modified: Friday, July 22, 2016 11:20am]

    

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