Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 8/22/13
Louisville receiver Damian Copeland had reason to smile after practicing for the first time in two weeks. The senior was held out of fall camp workouts as a precaution because of a sore left knee. But during that time, he remained active and spent a lot of time making mental notes about the ninth-ranked Cardinals' offense and marveling at the talent of the Cardinals' receiver corps. In his return to the field Wednesday, Copeland displayed the skills that led to last season's breakout performance. After two injury-plagued years he stayed healthy and posted career highs of 50 receptions for 628 yards - second on the team to DeVante Parker's 744. Copeland, Louisville's receptions leader, aims for a stronger follow-up in hopes of returning the Cardinals to another BCS bowl berth. ''It felt great running around out there,'' Copeland said. ''It was just a little knee ding and the coaches wanted to be conservative in treating it. ''The biggest thing for me is building on last season a...
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