U of L football camp: Day two notes

The University of Louisville's second open practice of the new football season was held on Wednesday night on the practice fields. Cardinal Authority was there and has a complete notebook of items from the practice.


Former Auburn running back Michael Dyer continued to get some reps on Wednesday night, working with the backup unit.

Dyer spent some extra time after the practice, running to get in better shape, and was seen by running back coach Kenny Carter much of the practice.

"It's just the second day, so it's hard to tell," U of L coach Charlie Strong said. "We have five running backs and we just keep getting them reps."

Dyer made several eye-catching runs during the second practice, including a spin away from defenders and then a burst of speed by the cornerbacks.

Dyer ran for 1,000-plus yards two years in a row at Auburn and was the 2011 BCS National Championship Game MVP.

Dyer just joined the U of L team on Monday.


Michaelee Harris led U of L in catches and receiving yards in 2011 and could be back on the field soon for the Cardinals.

Harris suffered a knee injury two years ago and again last year in the preseason. He has been going through rehab since then and hopes to play this season.

Wide receiver coach Ron Dugans said he's "close" to making a return. He's been on the field the first two practices, but not going through team drills.

"He's close," Dugans said. "We're trying to be on the safe side and want to make sure that he is ready to go before he comes back."


On Monday, Charlie Strong mentioned two signees from the Class of 2013 that hadn't made it to campus.

One of those freshmen – Chucky Williams – is expected to arrive at U of L on Friday. His high school coach, Mike Tunsil, said Williams made it through the NCAA Clearinghouse and would head to Louisville tomorrow.

Williams is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound three-star safety from Hialeah, Fla., Champagnat Catholic High School. He had been committed to Mississippi but flipped his commitment to U of L less than two weeks before signing day.

He won't participate in practice until at least on Saturday. Williams will have to get his physical and paperwork completed before participating.

With his arrival, Fleming Island (Fla.) linebacker Donel Elam is the lone member of the '13 class who didn't make it to campus.


U of L wide receiver coach Ron Dugans spent a lot of time the first two practices, working with freshman James Quick.

The All-American from Trinity has "a lot of potential," according to Dugans and has really been impressive in the first two days of camp.

Quick committed to U of L over Ohio State during the Army All-American game.

"The biggest thing Quick did was get in the classroom this summer and learn the offense," Dugans said. "He's really done a good job with that."


*Charles Gaines had two more interceptions in the practice, including one off Teddy Bridgewater for a pick six. He had another on Tuesday night.

*Gerod Holliman also had an interception and several other big plays.

*The two most impressive freshmen on the night – tight end Keith Towbridge and cornerback Richard Benjamin – for the Cardinals. Towbridge had several nice catches over the middle, while Benjamin had an interception he returned for a TD.

*The Cards will work in shoulder pads on Thursday and then on Saturday go into full equipment for the first time this fall.

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