Cards impress Petrino in scrimmage

The University of Louisville football team went through its first controlled scrimmage of the preseason on Monday night. U of L coach Bobby Petrino said he was impressed with his team play.

The University of Louisville football team was back on the practice field Monday night, going through a fourth full-team practice.

But at the end of the practice, the Cardinals went through what U of L coach Bobby Petrino called a "controlled scrimmage."

"The first part of it was scripted, so we had some first and 10, first and lone and play action and then a blitz period," Petrino said. "It was done one vs. one and twos vs. twos and then we moved the ball and got the coaches off the field. Making them manage the game, huddle up, a combination of getting ready for an opening game and also evaluating out depth chart."

Petrino said even being the first scrimmage his team "got a lot out of it," but still has plenty of room for improvement before the Sept. 1 opener against Miami, Fla.

"We are still a long way from where we need to be but I do think we took a step forward to where we need to be tonight.

"We have improved (since going into pads)."

Petrino said the first team defense "got a lot of negative plays," but called it a balanced scrimmage between offense and defense.

He said quarterback Will Gardner "made pretty good decisions," and threw a couple of touchdown passes and "took a huge step forward."

In the running game, Petrino said Dominique Brown ran down hill "very well" and caught a few passes out of the backfield, while Michael Dyer had some flashy runs, including one where he broke two tackles. L.J. Scott showed his power and speed and Brandon Radcliff also broke a long run for a touchdown.

Petrino said Kelby Johnson and Ryan Mack joined Jake Smith, John Miller and Jamon Brown on the first-team line, while he also rotated Tobiah Hughley at center and moved Smith to guard.

"We're getting better," Petrino said. "But we have a long way to go, three weeks from tonight (for the Miami game)."

The Cardinals will practice once again on Tuesday before twice a day on Wednesday and Friday. U of L will scrimmage on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with Fan Day from 3-5 p.m.

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