Louisville's top WR on the mend

Howie Lindsey, Publisher
Cardinal Sports

Louisville's best wide receiver, Jaylen Smith, is back catching passes at practice today. What could it mean for Louisville's offense?


Gail Kamenish

Coach Bobby Petrino said Monday that Smith could work out Monday and would start catching passes Tuesday.

"Jaylen will have a chance to practice this week," Petrino said. "And we'll see how practice goes. We'll see if he'll be available for Saturday. We don't know yet, but I did find out he'll be able to go out today and run around, but he won't catch passes today. And then we'll progress him tomorrow to catch passes and see where he is at."

Smith, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior wideout, was Louisville's top threat in the first three weeks of the season. Smith caught eight passes for 117 yards against Purdue. He caught nine passes for 183 yards and a touchdown during the UNC game, his best game ever.

Against Clemson, Smith caught five passes for 79 yards and a touchdown before he was hurt late in the game. In the days after the game, Smith's wrist was tested and has been out of the lineup the last three weeks.

The Cardinals didn't necessarily need Smith to beat Kent State or Murray State, but he was missed against NC State last Thursday. In his stead, freshman Dez Fitzpatrick caught 10 passes for 134 yards and sophomore Seth Dawkins had five catches for 133 yard and a touchdown.

Smith may not be back this weekend vs. Boston College, but the Cardinals could use his presence on the field vs. Florida State in Tallahassee.

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