Spring Practice Notebook

InsideTheVille.com's spring practice notebook includes a change to Charlie Strong's coaching staff, position changes, new additions and an injury update from Louisville's first practice Wednesday evening. We also have a post-practice video interview with QB Teddy Bridgewater.

Practice Notebook

Running back Kamal Hogan has moved to safety to start spring practice.

Freshman safety Gerod Holliman won't participate in contact drills this spring because of his shoulder.

Offensive lineman Hunter Stout moved to defensive tackle to start spring practice with Roy Philon out with a back injury. Brandon Dunn and Jamaine Brooks are the only other scholarship tackles available this spring.

Freshman LB Keith Brown looks the part. Insiders tell InsideTheVille.com he did great in winter conditioning and the coaching staff is eager to see the U.S. Army All-American in pads this spring.

Louisville has applied for a waiver to the NCAA that would allow Tennessee transfer Matt Milton to play next season. Insiders believe there is a solid chance the waiver is granted because of a health issue with a family member.

Four-star Nashville DB Jalen Ramsey visited Louisville for the start of spring practice. Louisville, which has only 12 available scholarships next year, is looking to take two CB's. Ryan White, a four-star CB from Trinity, is already committed to the Cardinals.

Griffen Uhl, a big defensive tackle from Henryville, IN, attended Louisville's practice Wednesday and will walk on at UofL in the fall.

Redshirt Mike Romano worked with the first team offensive line at center in place of the injured Mario Benavides. John Miller and Jake Smith worked at guard on the first team, with Jamon Brown and Alex Kupper at tackle.

Preston Brown, Deiontrez Mount and Daniel Brown opened spring practice as the starting linebackers. Preston Brown worked at middle linebacker.

Redshirt LB Jalen Harrington wore a brace on his right knee during practice and didn't participate.

Eli Rogers and Adrian Bushell, among others, returned punts.

There were no surprises in the secondary with Adrian Bushell and Andrew Johnson at cornerback and Calvin Pryor and Hakeem Smith at safety. Reshirt Charles Gaines is back on defense and starts the spring as cornerback.

Junior college TE transfer Ryan Hubbell physically resembles former star Gary Barnidge, but it was senior TE Nate Nord that made two outstanding receptions during practice.

Restivo Joins Staff

Tommy Restivo, a bright young mind on the defensive side of the football, has been named secondary coach at Louisville, head coach Charlie Strong announced on Wednesday.

Restivo replaces Larry Slade, who was named the Director of Community Relations and Career Preparation at Louisville. Slade will be in charge of community service projects and assisting the football student-athletes in preparing for life after football, including resume building, designing cover letters and working on interview skills. Slade was an assistant coach for the Cardinals for the last three seasons.

Restivo spent the previous two seasons as the defensive quality control assistant at Louisville under defensive coordinator Vance Bedford and Strong. He has been a key component in the Cardinals building a top 25 defense over the last two seasons.

Prior to joining the Cardinals, Restivo was the defensive graduate assistant at Florida for Strong, who was the defensive coordinator. Restivo also was the defensive quality control assistant for the Gators in 2008, who were crowned the BCS champions with a 24-14 win over high-powered Oklahoma.

A native of Toldeo, Ohio, Restivo was a defensive graduate assistant at Marshall.

Restivo graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Kinesiology, where he also lettered as a linebacker.


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