Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Honey Cutting Mustard for U of L ; Healthy WR Copeland Solid in Passing Game

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Honey Cutting Mustard for U of L ; Healthy WR Copeland Solid in Passing Game

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As a nickname, "Honey Mustard" doesn't have the same ring to it as "Honey Badger." Damian Copeland's Louisville teammates say the moniker is their way of saying they like the wide receiver's style. But what they like even more: Copeland is contributing for the No. 19 Cardinals.

Injuries were a problem before this season and limited the junior with the blond mohawk to just eight games - including only one last year - and 113 yards.

Copeland enters Saturday's home game against North Carolina tied for the team lead with eight receptions and his 92 yards are just two behind leader Andrell Smith. While sophomore Teddy Bridgewater has involved everybody in Louisville's passing game, Copeland's inclusion demonstrates the Cardinals' trust in his health and ability.

And with a hairdo similar to former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, Copeland's also showing a willingness to stand out off the field.

"It was just trying something new," said Copeland, a 6-foot-1, 188-pounder. "I had a mohawk last year and it was black but after the (Belk) bowl game I just decided to do something with it. People like it. They call me 'Honey Badger,' 'Badger Milk,' 'Honey Mustard.'.."

Copeland's first reception this season drew the kind he wanted on the field. With Louisville facing third down from its 2 on the opening drive against Kentucky, he made a diving grab of Bridgewater's low pass near the right sideline for a 23-yard gain that jump-started the Cardinals' offense. Louisville went on to complete the 99-yard drive and a few more in a 32-14 victory with Copeland catching a career-high four passes for 51 yards. …

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