Charlie Strong impressed with fans, team

University of Louisville head coach Charlie Strong visited with the media following practice on Wednesday and made a point in thanking the many fans that attended the two open practices.

Charlie Strong wasn't expected to visit with the media following his team's practice on Wednesday evening, but the fourth-year head coach made a quick visit, making a point to thank the large amount of fans that attended the Cardinals two open practices.

More than 1,600 fans packed the University of Louisville practice field sideline on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and judging from their frequent vocal reactions, they were into it.

"What was great was the fan support that we had," said Strong. "It makes it easier for the players because they come out here and see this support."

This comes from a coach who challenged the Cardinal faithful prior to the Sugar Bowl, saying last December, "someone told me that we are such a young program, that we have a young fan base, but I don't buy that. I think when you are passionate about something, you support it."

The response was immediate. A month later he presented the game ball from Louisville's 33-23 victory over third-ranked Florida to the 30,000+ fans that attended the Sugar Bowl.

During his opening comments on Wednesday, Strong continued to express his appreciation for the fan response.

"It's all about our fans, also," he continued. "They've made it about themselves and just the way that they give us the support that they give us. They are backers and our players know this. When they come out here to work and see that crowd, it's easy to practice."

For the second straight, the ninth-ranked Cardinals practiced at a high pace. The team practiced without pads for the second day and the play of the first team was as to be expected. However, the younger and less experienced second unit continues to grasp the speed of practice.

"I'm very pleased with our second day," said Strong. "We went one-on-one's today and the second needs to learn what they are doing, just the tempo of practice. Some of the guys are new to the program and they don't really understand."

The players will don pads for the first their next time out.

"Tomorrow we will be able to put the shoulder pads. So, the tempo will be better just because now you will have something to bang, but the players need to understand how to practice."

Cardinal Authority will continue to provide updates following every practice as the team prepares for the 2013 season.

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