Spring football report card: Practice #13

Cardinal Authority will be there for every University of Louisville spring football practice and have reports from all 14. Here's a look at the daily report card for Tuesday's practice.

OVERVIEW

The University of Louisville football team was back at it on Tuesday, the first practice of the final week of spring football.

The Cardinals were in the stadium and just did beat the rain but did get bite by the cold weather. It was around 62 degrees when practice began and two hours later it was in the low 40s.

But the work ethic was still top notch.

Once again, Louisville spent a lot of time on positional red-zone situations with the 1s vs. 1s for much of the time. The coaching staff - 13 practices into the spring campaign - are getting more intense and practices seem faster.

Senior offensive lineman Jamon Brown said the offense is finally "getting a hang of" things. It's a new system, especially different on the offensive line portion, and it's just taken a little longer than expected to get things going.

But while things seem to be running smoother, the mistakes are more glaring because the coaches are now not just correcting but making sure the player who makes the mistake learns from a little bit of good ol' fashion yelling.

The Cardinals have just one more full practice before Friday's Spring Game.

OFFENSIVE STANDOUT

While there were a few drops early in spring ball, it appears James Quick, Eli Rogers and Robert Carter have really settled into their roles in the offense.

Rogers, wearing a yellow jersey on Tuesday because of a minor injury, caught a ton of Harry Douglas-type short routes over the middle and out in the flats. He was perfect from what I saw on this practice as far as drops.

The Miami native has been solid for several years and could really see his catch total increase a ton this season. He's going to be a major, major target of Will Gardner's.

Quick has put together several solid practices in a row and once again had two or three eye-catching plays on this day. He's also being used quite a bit in the reverse game, while Clark is also catching a lot of short balls and seems to have settled into his role.

With DeVante Parker a nightmare matchup on the outside and potentially 6-foot-5 Matt Milton also on the field, the trio of Rogers-Clark-Quick is likely to get a lot of targets this season.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUT

A lot of defensive guys have stepped up this spring, especially some of the younger guys at the linebacker position.

On this day, junior linebacker James Burgess was all over the field making plays. He's made plays on the field for two years and was back at it on this day in the new scheme.

Burgess would have had several sacks and picked off a pass that was deflected by Keith Kelsey into the air off Will Gardner. He also picked up a fumble.

Burgess had an interception, fumble recovery and 39 tackles as a sophomore. Expect him to be the big-play guy on defense again this season.

NAMES TO REMEMBER

We have told you about a few guys on defense to watch and tow more were standouts on Tuesday - Stacy Thomas and Nick Dawson-Brents.

Both are big, physical players who make plays from the linebacker position.

Thomas, who was a redshirt last season, batted down several passes and was right there making plays in the run game on Tuesday. He also had several stops in the scrimmage on Saturday.

Dawson-Brents is seemingly sitting on a huge season at 6-foot-3, 265 pounds.

A FEW LEFTOVERS

***Former U of L standout center and current NFL player Eric Wood was at the practice.

***Terell Floyd continues to make big plays on defense, batting down a pass in the end zone on one play to DeVante Parker.

***Michalee Harris has been limited much of the spring with his knee injury. He's been limited and running some drills.

***The Spring Game is 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The final practice is tomorrow at 4 p.m. and admission is free to both.


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