Spring Practice: Ron Dugans talks receivers

University of Louisville wide receivers coach Ron Dugans visited with Cardinal Authority following Tuesday's practice...

After getting the day off on Monday to have more time to enjoy the University of Louisville's NCAA Championship game, the Cardinals football returned to the practice fields on Tuesday.

Head coach Charlie Strong attended the title game in Atlanta, then returned to Louisville to conduct Tuesday's practice. Strong left practice 5-10 minutes early to catch a direct flight to New Orleans for tonight's NCAA women's championship game to support the Cardinals.

Following Tuesday's practice, Cardinal Authority spoke with wide receivers coach Ron Dugans.


The current group of receivers played a crucial role in the successes of last season providing the 2013 Cardinals not only a talented, but very experienced group.

Despite the experience, the focus remains on the fundamentals.

"Work on the little things, that's what we have been stressing all spring and those guys know it," explained Dugans. "I want to be a detailed player, I want to be dependable, that's what those guys have been working on. Trying to be a dependable guy and being where you are supposed to be."


With such an experienced stable of receivers returning, Dugans says the emphasis is working towards perfection.

"You always strive for perfection and perfection for us is the national championship."

The coaching staff has stressed putting the Sugar Bowl high behind them and to focus on the future.

"Now it's time to get back to work for the 2013 season," said Dugans. "We're expecting perfection and expect to get to the national championship and not just a BCS bowl game."


While the group of receivers is talented one, the opportunity for another to step up and be noticed always exists.

This spring, seldom used senior Jarrett Davis (5'9, 175) has taken advantage of the chance.

"He's kind of like a Scott Radcliff, but he's faster," said Dugans. "He's done a really good job this spring. He's the most improved at that position this spring."

Senior wide receiver Damian Copeland agrees.

"You know who really is surprising me is Jarrett Davis," said Copeland. "He's a senior and hasn't played much, but he's matured a lot. He's having a great spring."

Davis has 26 career appearances and has totaled 19 receptions for 156 yards.


The U of L coaching staff took advantage of the men's basketball NCAA Championship exposure as a recruiting advantage. During the Cardinals title-winning performance on Monday night, the coaches turned to email, Twitter and Facebook to reach out to recruits.

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