Cards give the fans an open practice

About 3,500 fans showed up for fan day as the University of Louisville football team went through a two-hour practice on Sunday afternoon in Papa John's Cardinal. Cardinal Authority was there and has this report from the practice.

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong said he felt bad about not having an autograph session for the fans.

But the Cardinals gave about 3,500 fans something else on Sunday, going through a two-hour open practice at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

"I know we didn't have an autograph session and I feel bad about it, more importantly because its for the kids to get a signature," Strong said. "But for our fans to come out today and give us this support is overwhelming."

The Cardinals were in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts and went through a regular practice session of drills for the fans, including several periods of 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 scrimmaging without tackling.

"I know how our fans are and I knew they would come out in a large crowd today," Strong said. "They are just like our players and they feel the excitement. They know two weeks from today we'll be here."

Here are a few nuggets from the practice:

*Senior wide receiver Damian Copeland has been sidelined with a minor injury this week and Strong said he's "day-to-day."

*Strong said the offensive line is "still a work in progress," noting Nacho Garcia is back after an injury. He and Ryan Mack are battling for the right tackle spot. Mack was in with the first-team much of the practice.

*Offensive lineman Kam Joyer is also sidelined and is day-to-day, missing four days of camp. Joyer was expected to start at right guard. Chris Acosta is now running with the first-team with Joyer sidelined.

*John Wallace ended the practice with a 46-yard field goal.

*Wide receiver Michaelee Harris has been practicing but Sunday was the first time he was with the team in 7-on-7. He's coming back from two knee injuries and went through the whole practice with the Cardinals.

*Strong said backup Will Gardner is "still learning the offense."

As far as autographs sessions in the future, Strong said he would re-evaluate the situation prior to next season.

Defensive back Terrell Floyd has "had the best camp" of all the secondary guys per Strong but is sidelined with a minor foot injury.

Freshman James Quick was returning kicks and punts – one of several guys there – and did get some reps with the first-team offense.

Ryan Johnson appears to be the starting punter.


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