After one practice, no football coach is going to make any bold predictions about his team. But at least U of L coach Charlie Strong had a smile on his face.
Strong said he was "a really good first day of practice," as the Cardinals went through about a three-hour workout on the practice fields at the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex.
"It was really great was to get back out here and get into the flow and watch a football team that has been picked to win the conference to start acting and start carrying themselves like champions," Strong said. "You saw guys out here making plays, (sophomore quarterback) Teddy (Bridgewater) really directing the offense and then guys on defense making plays.
"There's no reason why the names aren't on the back of the jersey's but this is a football team. We don't need any individuals. We have a long way to go."
Louisville will hold another open practice for media and fans on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and then not have an on-field workout on Sunday.
The Cardinals will head into camp mode on Monday with practices for six straight days. The Opening game is Sept. 2 against Kentucky at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
Strong said for his team to live up to the preseason expectations as Big East Conference favorites, the Cardinals must improve on a lot of the little things.
The third-year head coach said that happens every day.
"The way we practice today should carry over and get better and better every day and things should happen for us," Strong said. "But we just can't get complacent. We really haven't done anything yet. But now that we have been picked, that's what it's all about, so lets go carry ourselves like it."
Bridgewater, who took over the reins of the offense in the third game last season and is one of the top sophomores in the country, said the team was excited to get camp going and was really pumped to see the crowd.
"Last year, we struggled at home," Bridgewater said. "So, it was good to come out here and give the fans something to watch. There was a great crowd out there today, and it was so exciting to see how many actually showed up to support us."
Cardinal Authority will have a notebook from the opening practice.