Scrimmage Notebook

Louisville conducted their first major scrimmage of spring practice Saturday morning. has a complete report, plus post-scrimmage interviews with coordinators Shawn Watson and Vance Bedford.

Scrimmage Notebook

Officially, Louisville's defense won Saturday's 120-play scrimmage 19-18.

Unofficially, the Cardinals offense, led by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and running back Jeremy Wright appeared to have the better day.

Though Bridgewater started slowly on a cold, windy Saturday morning, he heated up as the scrimmage went on connecting with DeVante Parker and Eli Rogers deep. Bridgewater picked Louisville's secondary apart in third down passing situations and directed scoring marches during redzone work.

While Bridgewater gave the defense fits with his passing, Wright had an impressive day on the ground, leading the offense in rushing.

Running backs Senorise Perry and Corvin Lamb both lost fumbles and the Louisville defense registered a few sacks on the day.

Here are a few highlights from the scrimmage:

Jeremy Wright took the first snaps at running back during the scrimmage and was impressive throughout the 120-play scrimmage. Wright gained big yardage on first down a few times helping the first team move the chains. Wright also caught a pass out of the backfield for a nice gain on third down to move the chains, then scored from eight yards. Wright's 10 yard run around the left side set up his touchdown run.

Teddy Bridgewater appeared in strong command of Louisville's offense. He spread the ball around to a host of receivers and backs, moving the chains, getting the offense out of poor field position on their goal line and directed scores inside the redzone. Bridgewater connected with DeVante Parker on a perfect deep post route, then found Eli Rogers deep over the middle later in the scrimmage.

Bridgewater was effective in third down passing situations, moving the chains three of four opportunities. Bridgewater hit Rogers in stride over the middle on the first series, then found Andrell Smith over the middle on the next to move the chains. On third and medium, Bridgewater also found Wright out of the backfield for a first down.

Fullback Nick Hauser had a solid scrimmage. Hauser was effective in the redzone, moving the chains on a catch and run out of the backfield, and also made several good blocks to free Jeremy Wright.

Tight end Ryan Hubbell had a touchdown reception before he was leveled a yard into the end zone.

Senorise Perry made a good run in the redzone but fumbled just short of the goal line. Cornerback Jordan Paschal recovered in the end zone. Paschal also recovered Damian Copeland's fumble in the end zone after his catch and run that would have moved the chains.

B.J. Butler, Brandon Dunn and Preston Brown recorded sacks.

Backup safety Jermaine Reve had an impressive scrimmage, making a touchdown saving tackle against Parker and a shoestring tackle on third down. Reve, a redshirt freshman, lined up as the Cardinals nickel back in passing situations.

Matt Milton, a 6'6 transfer wide receiver from Tennessee, caught a 15 yard out route from backup Will Stein for a first down early in the scrimmage.

Charlie Strong made a point in instructing running back Dominique Brown to "square his shoulder and run downhill." Brown made a nice cutback inside on third and one for a first down.

Freshman All-America linebacker Keith Brown stopped Jeremy Wright for no gain on third and goal inside the five. Brown saw action with both the first and second team.

Kicker John Wallace made 2 of 3 field goals, missing a short attempt that he made on the redo. Andrew Fletcher hit from 32 yards.

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