First off, considered yourself invited to Saturday's practice. For the first time in the Petrino era, the Cardinals will perform on the field inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The full scrimmage will begin at approximately 12:00 p.m.
While it was still breezy on Friday afternoon, it was the best wind conditions that the quarterbacks have had since practice started. With less wind, Justin Rascati was able to show his accuracy off even more, especially on the deep routes. Stefan LeFors continued his solid play as well, but doesn't seem to shine as much as Rascati outside of a scrimmage situation. LeFors complete package also includes maturity in the pocket and an excellent up the field runner.
Redshirt freshman Renardo Foster wore a white jersey this afternoon, meaning that he's getting a look as a possible offensive lineman. With his 6'6, 310-pound frame and his defensive end like speed, Foster could make a great additional along the offensive front. Stay tuned.
In addition to quarterbacks Eddie Miller and Michael Bush visiting spring practice, incoming freshman punter Brent Moody attended practice today. Moody, who also happened to be the first of many commitments that ITV first reported prior to signing day, visited with Mike Hughes for a few minutes.
Yes, I'll say it again...we are loaded at the wide receiver position. They are all good! If I was picking my first four right now I'd go with Joshua Tinch, Antoine Harris, Broderick Clark and J.R. Russell. Russell has surprised me more than any other player so far this spring.
Petrino praises youngsters
Coach Petrino praised redshirt freshman Gavin Smart and true freshman Reggie Bradshaw for their play during the first two weeks of spring drills. Smart, who was switched from receiver to corner, appears to possess the talent, speed and acumen to become an excellent corner down the road and provide depth in the secndary this season. Bradshaw, a running back from Canada, was compared to former Cardinal Leroy Collins for his shiftiness and speed to go all the way.
Battle at strong OT one to watch
With four of the five offensive line spots likely taken, the strong tackle position appears to be the most interesting to watch. According to Coach Petrino, redshirt freshman P.J. Tavarsky has moved ahead of veteran OL Jason Hilliard on the depth chart. Tavarsky, a 6'4, 300 pounder from Indiana, has done a nice job this spring and appears to have a bright future on the line.
See you in the stadium!