UofL FOOTBALL | Jamari Staples wants to beat UK for Bobby Petrino

11/24/2015 06:30 AM

Bluegrass bragging rights are on the line this weekend when the Louisville Cardinals head to Lexington to take on Kentucky, and junior Cardinal receiver, Jamari Staples, wants to win the rivalry for his head coach.

As a transfer from the University of Alabama Birmingham, Staples is playing in his first season as a Cardinal and Saturday will be his first contest against UK. He hasn’t been raised in the rivalry like James Quick or Reggie Bonnafon, two Louisville natives, but pride and respect for his head coach is all the incentive he needs to play his heart out.

In his time as a head coach at Louisville, Bobby Petrino has never lost a game to Kentucky, and maintaining that unblemished record is what motivates Staples to play UK with the intensity of a championship game.

Garrett Moore

Garrett is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.

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