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Louisville won't name QB starter before Auburn game

Louisville quarterback Reggie Bonnafon appears to be the favorite to start Week 1. Jim Owens/Icon Sportswire

Bobby Petrino listed four co-starters at quarterback on his depth chart before Saturday's opener at No. 6 Auburn. The chart included Reggie Bonnafon or Kyle Bolin or Will Gardner or Lamar Jackson.

Thanks for the insight, Bobby.

No surprise, but Petrino admitted he was basically trolling media and Auburn with his depth chart. On Wednesday, Petrino said he knows who will start but there is no advantage to naming a quarterback, but likewise there isn't much of an advantage by keeping it secret and trying to dupe Auburn.

From the Louisville Courier-Journal:

"Petrino reiterated that he knows personally whom the Cardinals will start at quarterback and is comfortable with the pick, but he sees 'no advantage' in announcing it publicly before the game. U of L's depth chart on Tuesday said only that any of Reggie Bonnafon, Kyle Bolin, Will Gardner or Lamar Jackson could be the starter. Petrino said the starter's decision has been based on a 'whole body of work' during camp -- in the meeting rooms and at practice.

"Asked if he plans to play the starter the entire game, Petrino said, 'That's how you'd like to have it play out. One guy goes out there, starts and has a great game, throws it all over, makes a lot of plays. ... We do feel comfortable with the experience and the depth that we have at the position, but obviously we would just like it to play out that way.'"

It would be a surprise if Bonnafon is not the starter for the opener. Bonnafon played well at times as a true freshman a season ago, but he made significant gains during the spring with Gardner rehabbing an ACL tear. Petrino has said previously Bonnafon was the favorite to start, and it is unlikely anything has changed over the course of fall camp.

Of course, that will be a fluid situation throughout the season as Petrino likely won't hesitate to pull Bonnafon if he struggles for an extended period to start the season. Gardner and Bolin also won games for the Cardinals last season, so Petrino has options at the position if it does not go as planned.

The second-year Louisville coach also dismissed a pair of questions about returning to Atlanta and the Georgia Dome after quitting on the Falcons midway through the 2007 season. In his first season as the Falcons' coach, Petrino left the NFL's Falcons for Arkansas.

"I'm just very happy to be the head coach here at the University of Louisville, and I'm excited about what we have going here and looking forward to this game on Saturday," he said.