University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino welcomes back 42 letterwinners and a collection of newcomers to the practice fields this month with the start of spring practice. The offense returns 20, including six starters, with the defense returning just four starters of the 22 that were on the roster last season.
Competition will run high as players vie for the multiple open positions. Cardinal Authority will have spring practice covered from start to finish, including player and coach interviews, news updates, features, video and more.
Here's a few essentials as a spring refresher:
- OFFENSE (6): QB Reggie Bonnafon, QB Will Gardner, OT Aaron Epps, C Tobijah Hughley, WR James Quick, RB Brandon Radcliff
- DEFENSE (4): LB James Burgess, LB Keith Kelsey, DE Sheldon Rankins, DT Pio Vatuvei
Only three seniors, all on the offensive line, are present on the offensive depth chart for spring practice. There are only six seniors on the defensive depth chart. Here's how the entire roster breaks down by class:
- Freshman: 9
- Sophomore: 27
- Junior: 31
- Senior: 12
Players that spent 2014 as a redshirt season:
- OFFENSE: OL Danny Burns, TE Micky Crum, QB Tyler Ferguson, RB Malin Jones, OL Lukayus McNeil
- DEFENSE: S Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB Isaac Stewart, CB Cornelius Sturghill, DL Tae Thibodeaux, CB Shaq Wiggins
Out for Spring
A short list of players will not participate during spring practice as they continue to recover from injuries.
Senior running back Corvin Lamb, junior quarterback Will Gardner, senior safety Jermaine Reve, and senior linebacker Trevon Young are expected to miss the month of spring practice.
Additionally, linebackers James Burgess and Nick Dawson will see limited action as they also return from injury.