Louisville opening practice: Notebook

The first day of the fall camp is in the book for the University of Louisville football program. The No. 9 ranked Cardinals went through a two-hour workout on Tuesday evening with the media and fans watching. Cardinal Authority was on hand and has a few notebook items from the open practice.


The University of Louisville football team opened fall camp on Tuesday night with an open practice that drew a huge crowd of fans.

U of L estimated around 1,600 fans crowded around the one side of the practice fields next to the Trager Center to watch the two-hour workout by the Cards.

"It was amazing," U of L quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said. "That's the reason we are as good as we are because of the fans. They travel on the road and they support us here. It was good to see all the fans come out."

U of L coach Charlie Strong said the fans are "so supportive," noting the Sugar Bowl last season when the team was swarmed by the fans.

"It's carried over from the Sugar Bowl and the fans are amazing," he said.


Strong starts fall camp with 105 players on the roster.

The Cardinals roster included a few new walk-on players, including former Central High School wide receiver Tae'Shawn Gibbs. He led Central to a Class 3-A state title last season, throwing for more than 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushing for more than 800 yards and 14 scores.

Martin Williams, a wide receiver from Lawrenceville, Ga., Doss High wide receiver Zach Taylor and wide receiver George Clements from Willow Springs, N.C., are also new walk-ons on the roster for the Cardinals.


Strong said on Monday that D'Angelo Brown and Jamaine Brooks would both be missing from the start of practice this week.

Brooks has a knee injury and is expected back sometime early this season, while Brown has an Achilles injury and is sidelined indefinitely.

Linebacker Keith Brown is also currently out of practice because of an injury and Strong said it will "take some time for him to get back out here."

Cornerback Andrew Johnson was dressed but didn't participate in practice, instead working out with a trainer on the side. Strong said he wouldn't miss much practice time in recovering from an injury.

Freshman quarterback Kyle Bolin looked fine after recovering from a knee injury, while running back Senorise Perry also participated in drills.

Michaelee Harris was limited but was dressed and did some drills after he has been sidelines two years in a row by knee injuries.


While it was only one practice, several freshmen stood out during the drills the Cardinals' went through on Tuesday.

Former Trinity High All-American wide receiver James Quick and New Orleans linebacker Lyn Clark were singled out by coaches or players.

Strong said Quick made one of the best catches of the night when he went high to pull down a Will Gardner pass, one-handed, and then made a spin-move to get away from the defender. Quick had a bunch of catches and was also working with the punt return and kickoff return teams.

Clark, who is one of the new linebackers on the team, made several key plays and senior linebacker Preston Brown singled him out for his solid play.

Freshman linebacker James Hearns also had a memorable moment, getting tangled up with and then into a scuffle with tight end Zeke Pike.


One day after Strong announced he had joined the program, former Auburn running back Michael Dyer was participating in practice.

Dyer, a two-time 1,000-yard rusher with the Tigers, enrolled in school and went through the physical and paperwork process with the team on Monday.

Strong said it was hard to judge his performance on day one with the Cardinals using all five running backs during drills.

Dyer was stopped for a loss by Lorenzo Mauldin on his first carry in a live drill, before then breaking two long runs later in the drill.

Dyer was the 2011 BCS National Championship game MVP.


*Jake Smith was at center with the first string as expected, but Jamon Brown was at left tackle. Brown was supposed to move to right tackle, but Ryan Mack was at right tackle and Brown at left tackle instead of Nacho Garcia.

*Will Gardner was the backup quarterback, behind Bridgewater, with true freshman Kyle Bolin and Brett Nelson also getting some snaps.

*Charles Gaines, who moved back to cornerback, had an interception against Bridgewater and returned it for a touchdown in a drill.

*Trinity quarterback Reggie Bonnafon, a 2014 commitment, and Lafayette quarterback Clay Bolin (2016) were both on the sidelines watching.

*Quick, Robert Clark, Devontre Parnell, Charles Gaines, Senorise Perry and Corvin Lamb were among those getting a shot to return kicks.

*DeVante Parker along with the guys above were returning punts.

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