Louisville Cardinal quarterback Will Gardner may recover from his knee injury in time to return by the start of training camp, head coach Bobby Petrino told reporters. Gardner was 5-2 as a starter last season and will join sophomore Reggie Bonnafon, redshirt sophomore Kyle Bolin and redshirt junior Tyler Ferguson in the mix for the starting quarterback job.
“He’s had very good work here the last month, and he’s really made tremendous improvement,” Petrino said. “He’s ahead of schedule, but yet we’re pulling the reins back and making sure that he only does what the previous schedule told him to do. But he says he’s felt better than he’s ever felt, better than after the first time he had surgery.
“The unknown is that it’s a third surgery on the same knee and what happens will when he start torquing the knee, when he starts running, changing the direction. He’s doing great with that, but how he responds with he starts torquing it and delivering the football is the concern. But Will is very confident. We feel like he can get in the competition when we start practice in August, be 100 percent and ready to go.”
Gardner threw for 1,669 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2014 before having surgery on his left knee following an injury sustained in a 38-19 win over Boston College on Nov. 8.