Saturday's practice was the first with full pads and along with the pads came increased intensity from the players. Numerous drills had the players making serious contact during the early afternoon session.
Senior wide receiver Dontay Spillman made his return to the practice fields on Saturday. As we were told yesterday, Spillman was absent during the first two days of practice because he still had some items to work on. Spillman has apparently reached those goals and has began working out with the team. Not only did he work with the receivers on Saturday, but he also spent some time returning punts.
2003 signee Michael Bush made his first appearance of the spring. The Parade All-American spent the majority of the afternoon following the offensive unit and listening in on plays. Eddie Miller was also present, as he will most likely be for the entire spring practice.
Drill of the Day
New Cardinal defensive line coach Reggie Johnson still has the high intensity that he often exhibited as a member of the Cardinals defense from 1987-90. During one period, Coach Johnson had the defensive linemen making serious contact, as he randomly called out numbers. The drill quickly drew the 'ohhhs' from the fans standing nearby.
Long Way To Go
A common comment from the coaches and players through three days, is that everyone has been impressive with their focus and desire to learn the new system, both offensively and defensively, but that they all still have a long way to go.
Trinity high school quarterback Brian Brohm made an unofficial visit to the Cardinals practice on Saturday. He arrived with his father Oscar about midway through the practice session. ITV will have more on his visit.