Saturday Practice: Strong building toughness

Charlie Strong told the media after practice Saturday that he's trying to build toughness in his team, and the Louisville head coach sounded pleased with the physical play of his players following the final open practice of fall camp.

Practice Notebook

Louisville was in shoulder pads and shorts for Saturday's practice, the final workout open to the public. Another large crowd was in attendance, and fans were treated to a physical and intense practice session.

Freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 5 of 9 passes, by our count, during one on one wide receiver/defensive back drills, but experienced shoulder soreness during practice. At one point, Bridgewater left the field for a while to ice his arm, but returned for the end of practice, though he didn't participate. Charlie Strong said after practice it wasn't a big deal.

Josh Bellamy appears poised for a breakout senior season. Bellamy is in great shape, and has been impressive catching passes all over the field the past two days.

Newcomers DeVante Parker and Corvin Lamb showed promise during Saturday's practice. Parker, a wide receiver, made a bunch of impressive catches, including a touchdown from Will Stein during one on one drills. Lamb, who scored on a long run down the sideline after getting outside the defense, possesses a low center of gravity, breakaway speed and shifty moves.

Michaelee Harris' knees are fine, but the redshirt frosh didn't practice because of a thumb injury. Harris, who wore a soft cast on his left hand, ran the sidelines during practice. No official word on when he'll be able to return to action.

Freshman wide receiver Eli Rogers didn't participate in drills because of a hand injury.

Lexington Catholic star Kyle Bolin, Louisville's top 2013 quarterback prospect, attended practice. He spoke after practice with Strong and quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson.

Sophomore linebacker Preston Brown made several nice plays during skeleton drills, and practiced well. Freshman corner Andrew Johnson intercepted a tipped pass, then show impressive speed racing the other way.

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