Fourth-year head coach Charlie Strong, who welcomes back the majority of last seasons 11-2 squad, was impressed by the effort the players delivered on day one.
"I was happy how we came out," he said. "The attitude was right. It's good to have a veteran team, because guys know exactly what to do and where to go."
"I like the overall work ethic and just how hard the guys went," he added. "Now the guys know the checks on defense, the tempo of the offense and what we expect."
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was also impressed by how the team responded during the first day of practice.
"The first day is about being organized and showing effort. Today everyone came out and gave it their all."
Expectations are high for the Cardinals and a likely preseason top ten ranking awaits. Another conference title and a spot in a Bowl Championship Series bowl have become the expectation for this Cardinals team.
"We have to keep fighting and keep working," Bridgewater said. "Nothing is going to be given to you and we know that if we want something, that we have to go out and get it."
"We're not going to forget where we came from. A couple of years ago we were 7-6, so it's things like that you just can't forget."
While a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy, Bridgewater remains focused on the team goals of reaching and winning a BCS Championship.
"I don't pay attention to it," he said of the building Heisman hype. "I'm all about this team having success."
Now a junior who has started 22 games for the Cardinals, Bridgewater has become a more seasoned quarterback and team leader.
"Since this is my third spring, I feel more like a veteran and like one of those guys that everyone on the team looks up to," said Bridgewater. "You want to be out there and be a captain, so when young guys don't know their assignment you can help them out."
While he won't have the opportunity to practice with incoming wide receiver James Quick of Louisville Trinity until the summer, Bridgewater is looking forward to the 5-star signee joining an already talented group.
"He's a great player and we can't wait to get him. He's one of those guys who can change the speed of the game with his speed. He can do it all, special teams, also."
The Cardinals will continue spring practice on Friday at 4:00 p.m. and again on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.. Both practices are open to the fans to watch.