Cards Can Shock The World Against Florida

Adrian Bushell.

Adrian Bushell.

UofL football takes on No. 3 Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans. It will be just the second BCS Bowl game for UofL, but Cards defensive back Adrian Bushell will be playing in his second Sugar Bowl. He played in his first as a freshman at Florida on Jan. 1, 2010. The Gators, led by Tim Tebow, beat Cincinnati 51-24. Bushell has played a total of 22 games as a Card, starting 19, including 12 this season. He has twice been named first team All Big East Conference.

KENT TAYLOR: There was so much talk about you guys going to the Orange Bowl – what was your first thought when you saw Sugar Bowl, and you saw Florida?

ADRIAN BUSHELL: Just to get a chance to play against my old team, my old school. Just another opportunity really, got a chance to go out and make a lot of people mad, a lot of people happy and a lot of people satisfied at the same time. Not many people are picking us to win, but we have a chance to go shock the world.

TAYLOR: How much do you keep in touch with Florida players and how much have you talked to them since the matchup was announced?

BUSHELL:  I got a couple of guys, my roommate actually, that I went to Florida with, Frankie Hammond, but that’s about it.

TAYLOR: What do you think they’re thinking about playing Louisville from the Big East?

BUSHELL: I think they think this is another Cincinnati. I feel like – like I said – we have the opportunity to go out and do something that we’ve been working hard towards the whole season. Spring workouts, summer workouts and now going through 12 games of the season to get to play the No. 3 team in the nation – it’s a big opportunity.

TAYLOR: Did you play at all in that 2010 Sugar Bowl?

BUSHELL: I played some on special teams.

TAYLOR: What makes Florida so good?

BUSHELL: Defense, front 7. They have a great defensive line and I think that’s where the game is going to be won, is in the trenches.

TAYLOR: Is it any easier being an underdog?

BUSHELL: A little less pressure, but you still have to go out and do your job.

TAYLOR: How much buzz has there been around campus?

BUSHELL: The city is definitely excited. More people out in the streets are asking about the football team. It’s just different around campus.

TAYLOR: Were you disappointed by the turnout at “Card March” on “Senior Day?”

BUSHELL: I try to not pay too much attention to it. It was “Senior Night,” I had family in town. We were just trying to send the rest of the seniors out with a win.

TAYLOR: I’m sure Teddy Bridgewater has impressed you countless times in practice and games, but what did he show you with his performance in the Rutgers game?

BUSHELL: Unbelievable toughness, with the wrist, the ankle, not even being able to take snaps under center. I give him all the credit.

TAYLOR: Having played at Florida with those type of players, there is talk of a Heisman campaign for Teddy – is he that type of player?

BUSHELL: I believe so, the sky is the limit for Teddy. If he continues to work hard, no telling what he can do.