Louisville football finally puts on the pads

The University of Louisville football team had its first practice with full pads on Saturday morning. Cardinal Authority was there and has a practice report from the U of L camp. Practice was closed but media interviews after the practice.

The University of Louisville football team went through its first practice of fall camp in full pads on Saturday morning.

The Cardinals spent an hour and a half outside before moving into the Trager Center because of the rain, ending just over two hours after the day started.

"It was fun to put the pads on," senior linebacker Preston Brown said. "The 7-on-7 and basketball is over for the most part. We got to put the pads on, pop the pads and see who really wants to play."

Brown and senior linebacker George Durant said there were a few "ohs and ahs" on the first day of hitting with the team.

"There were a few," Brown said. "I don't want to throw anyone under the bus but when we watch film we're going to be laughing."

The Cardinals had two days of shorts and helmets and then had two more days of going in shorts and shoulder pads before full equipment on Saturday.

Linebacker coach Brian Jean-Mary said the first day is always "up and down" for both sides of the ball but said overall it was a good day.

"We got a chance to see some of the toughness aspects of football," Jean-Mary said. "The first day of pads is always exciting for both sides, it's real football."

A few other observations:

*Freshman Chucky Williams was at practice and dressed in No. 33 uniform. Williams will be in full equipment early next week. His arrival leaves Fleming Island, Fla., safety Donel Elam as the only member of the 2013 signing class not to make it to campus. Elam is not expected to make it academically.

*Running back Michael Dyer continues to impress the coaches and his teammates, with Brown noting that he "runs really hard." Brown said after the first day of pads it's evident that Dyer's main goal is "to run you over. He's physical."

Running back Senorise Perry was back at full strength in full contact for the first time since his season-ending knee injury against Syracuse. Perry said earlier in the week that he was going to see how it felt but he went full go.

Jean-Mary said sophomore Keith Brown is out for an undetermined amount of time with an injury. He said he hopes to have him back this season but wouldn't "do anything to risk further injury to our players."

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