Cardinals conduct first scrimmage

The University of Louisville football team ran approximately 130 plays in its first scrimmage of the summer on Saturday morning on the football practice fields.

The University of Louisville football team ran approximately 130 plays in its first scrimmage of the summer on Saturday morning on the football practice fields.

Head coach Charlie Strong had a scripted scrimmage that matched the first and second units against each other. The defense came out early on and set the tone, stuffing the Cardinals' offense before the they rebounded later in the scrimmage and began to run the football behind senior Victor Anderson and sophomore Jeremy Wright. Wright had two the day's best runs on consecutive plays when he plowed for 10 yards and 18 yards.

Tight end Chris White led the Cardinals in receiving, including scoring on a 70-yard run on a short pass from Will Stein. He caught a short pass and broke a couple of tackles for the longest play of the scrimmage. Wright also scored on a short run and Stein also ran in a score. Placekicker Chris Philpott missed a field goal from 51 yards that hit the crossbar, but came back on the next try and connected from 52 yards. He later booted a 35-yard field goal.

The defense stuffed the Cardinals early on behind the play of linebacker Daniel Brown and Dexter Heyman. Both Brown and Heyman burst in and forced a safety when the Cardinals' offense started on its own one-yard line. The Cardinals did a number of series from their own one-yard line, but most of the plays started on their own 35-yard line. Safety Calvin Pryor made a nice play breaking up a pass early on in the scrimmage.

Senior wide receiver Josh Bellamy was the second-leading receiver. He made a brilliant catch diving down the sidelines. Freshman DeVante Parker also made a spectacular catch going up over the defender.

Louisville will practice again Saturday afternoon before taking Sunday off from practice, but will be on hand for Fan Day from noon to 2:30 p.m.


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