It was another spirited day in the Trager Indoor Facility for the University of Louisville football team on Friday afternoon.
The Cardinals drew their largest crowd of the spring season for practice No. 11 with more than 250 folks watching from the sidelines.
While the team wasn't in full pads, there was a lot of work on 1s vs. 1s in skeleton drills, including a late practice goal-line situation drill. The offense seems to be grasping the system and the defense is flying around.
The number of dropped balls was down from earlier in the week from the wide receivers, while the linebacker continue to be pushed harder and harder by Todd Grantham.
With just two more practices before the spring game, the coaches continue to ask for more and more from the players. It's a fast-paced tempo and there's a lot to remember.
It's not always pretty but it's spring ball and they are doing a lot of learning.
We're still not certain how much junior Luke Brohm will see the field, but he's in on a lot of plays and has been impressive.
A cousin to the Brohm family - Jeff, Greg and Brian - the 6-foot-1, 232-pound Brohm came to U of L from St. Xavier as a walk-on quarterback.
But the new staff has moved Brohm to the fullback/H-back position and he's getting a ton of reps. Brohm had a sensational touchdown catch on a goal-line drill on Friday and has had at least one eye-popping catch in four of the first 11 practices for the Cardinals.
Brohm is a smart kid and knows his football. He's big enough to do the blocking portion of the job and has some great hands. He could be a major addition to that position.
With Lorenzo Mauldin sidelined this spring because of injury, another veteran needed to step up and it appears to be B.J. Dubose.
The senior right end continues to impress on the field for the defense it appears he's become a vocal leader on the defense as well this spring.
Dubose has a fumble recovery in one drill on Friday and picked off a deflected pass on Wednesday. He's been solid on the first team defense throughout the first 11 practices.
NAME TO WATCH
It's not a new name but one some fans might have let slip into the back of their minds - running back Corvin Lamb.
The speedy redshirt junior suffered a torn ligament in his knee in the opener last season against Ohio University. He's only been back to full contact for a couple of weeks and is still being limited this spring as a precaution.
The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Lamb is showing his versatility and is likely to be the guy who benefits from the Bobby Petrino screen game this coming season. He's been catching a lot of those.
If Lamb stays healthy, he will be a major factor in the offense this season.
A FEW LEFTOVERS
***Former JUCO transfer Brett Nelson seemed to be getting a lot of reps with the No. 2s on Friday, while Kyle Bolin was getting the remainder. I still believe Bolin is the No. 2 but the staff is certainly giving Nelson every opportunity.
***With Junior Day scheduled for Saturday, there were not a lot of prospects on and Friday. Lafayette quarterback Clay Bolin, the brother of U of L QB Kyle Bolin was at practice.
***A bunch of Fern Creek High School players and coaches were in attendance.
***A regular at practice in recent days has been Central High School coach Ty Scroggins, who played for the Cardinals.