Day 8: News & Notes

Here are a few news and notes from day eight of the spring practice session.

Schedule Change
Due to the cancelling of Monday's practice, the Cardinals will practice on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., with a half scrimmage scheduled for the second half of the session.

Gavin Smart
Redshirt freshman cornerback Gavin Smart is getting additional reps with the first unit defense. He split time with Josh Minkins during Tuesday's practice.

Call It Even
The battle for the starting runningback spot is running even through the first eight days of spring. While most have written Eric Shelton in as the starter, junior Lionel Gates is proving every bit his equal. Gates is also showing a bit more leadership, which will play a big role in the coaching staff's decision when deciding on a depth chart. Runningback Coach Joel Thomas explained it best, "it's a position that's earned!"

Brinson Harley
While spending the first few days of spring practice working out in the weight room, redshirt freshman Brinson Harley returned to the practice fields this afternoon and began working with the defensive line. Harley will counted on for needed depth along the defensive front.

Another Visit
Trinity High School quarterback Brian Brohm made his second visit during spring practice. While he spent most of his time watching the quarterbacks, he did wander around and observe drills being run by the various units.

Dontay Spillman, Broderick Clark and Victor Glenn are getting the most reps at returning punts through the spring. Robert Haskins spent some time on Tuesday practicing kickoff returns.

Renardo Foster
Foster who made the switch from the defensive line to the offensive line last week began working with the offensive front today. While his reps were limited it was clear that he has some catching up to do and received some extra attention from Coach Mike Summers.

With each practice session comes the addition of even more offensive plays. For the first time the Cards offense began working on the shotgun formation. Unfortunately there were glimpses of last season as a few snaps went array, which caused head coach Bobby Petrino's vocals to raise an octive or two.

Tight Ends
Also new today was additional plays geared towards the tight ends. It was great to see Ronnie Ghent running routes and catching the ball again. Chad Jorgensen continues to show off his great pass-catching abilities, as well as his impressive speed. Richard Owens also ran routes and didn't drop a ball.

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