New uniforms unveiled, spring game notes

Coach Petrino unveiled the new football uniforms today and spoke at length about the offensive line, quarterback race and Friday night's Spring Game.

New uniforms unveiled today


The Cardinal football team has a new look.  Normally used as a pass receiver and blocker from his tight end position, Coach Petrino instead used Ronnie Ghent to model the Cards new uniforms at a 1:00 press conference today on the second floor of the football complex.  The uniforms look starkly different from the plain style former coach John L. Smith favored and feature a white stripe down the red pants, highlighted by a red shoulder stripe on the white jersey.


Other news from today


Coach Petrino talked about the offensive line at length and declared his five starters for Friday night spring game.  Petrino said sophomore Travis Leffew is penciled in at weak side tackle and will team alongside fellow sophomore guard Jason Spitz.  Senior Dan Koons will be at the center spot with senior Jerry Spencer as the strong side guard and senior Jason Hillard at strong tackle. 


Petrino said freshmen PJ Tavarczky and Renardo Foster are both doing a tremendous job as well and is looking forward to their development over the summer.   Petrino said he expects a great competition again this fall for starting spots on the offensive line and mentioned he likes how hard Foster has been playing despite the few mistakes he makes because of the transition from the defensive line to the offensive line.  

Petrino also spoke about the quarterback race between Stephon LeFors and Justin Rascatii, calling the race even as spring practice concludes.  Petrino said no starter will be named entering fall drills.


Petrino feels Lefors has a slight edge right now, noting his quicker release and ability to execute what the coaches have asked of their QB's. He went on to say that Rascati has made great improvements on his fundamentals and techniques but needs to spend this summer working to improve in both areas.  Petrino also complimented Coach Brohm for doing a good job working with both  QB's on their techniques.

Petrino said the team will be split into two teams:  the Red team will consist of the #1 offense and defense and the White team will be the second string.  Though some players will see time on both squads.


Petrino said he wants a game like atmosphere tomorrow except for kickoffs and punts.  Petrino indicated that all punts will be fair caught.  Petrino wants to get the coaches off the field during the game to let the players make plays on the field to see how they react under game-like conditions.  The plays will be called on the field.

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