The Cardinals started practice with their circle drill - a toughness drill that pits one offensive player against a defensive player, who then go at it surrounded by the rest of the team. True freshmen Jermaine Reve and Brandon Golson both had their numbers called by Charlie Strong and were up for the challenge.
The team then worked on tackling and blocking drills. Golson, a talented linebacker who enrolled this semester, stood out during tackling drills until he went down with an apparent knee injury. He was carted off the field and team officials didn't know the extent of the injury after practice.
The highlights of practice were 7 on 7 skelly drills, redzone action and a simulated scrimmage to conclude the 24 period workout.
Bridgewater, who had a fourth tocuhdown dropped by tight end Chris White, connected with Stephon Robinson on scoring strikes from 15 and 13 yards out, then hit Stephen Goodwin in the corner for an 18 yard score. Stein didn't throw a touchdown.
During the full scrimmage, Stein took first snaps. He found Josh Bellamy streaking down the sideline and Bellamy did the rest, beating Shenard Holton and Anthony Conner to the ball, then outracing both defenders to the endzone. Later, Stein found Stephon Ball open behind the linebackers for a 30-yard pickup over the middle.
But the star of the scrimmage was Perry, a 6-0, 202-pound sophomore who moved to running back this spring. Perry was electric during his breakout performance, showing explosion, cutting ability and the ability to catch the ball and make things happen out of the backfield.
Perry broke off a big run around left end early in the scrimmage, juking a defensive back to free himself for a sizable gain. Later, the Georgia native took a short shovel pass from Bridgewater, broke a few tackles, and outraced the defense to the end zone for a long scoring reception.
"He'll be a major contributor for us," Louisville running back coach Kenny Carter said.
Bridgewater also looked sharp during the scrimmage. He completed two of his first three throws, then connected on passes to Jarrett Davis, Stephan Robinson and Stephon Ball. When his receivers weren't available, Bridgewater scrambled for a nice gain until the whistle stopped the play.
Toward the end of the scrimmage, Bridgewater converted three straight fourth downs - an eight yard pass to Scott Radcliff on fourth and seven; a pass to White on 4th and 5; and a shovel pass to Perry on fourth and three that Perry ran to the endzone.
On defense, Dexter Heyman had a solid practice. He sacked Stein in the backfield, then was excellent in coverage to knock down Stein's pass with a diving effort on the sideline. Louisville's defense also forced a fumble that Roy Philon picked up and ran in for a score. Zed Evans recorded a sack on a blitz, and the defense stopped the offense once on 4th and one.