Spring Football Report Card: Practice #2

Cardinal Authority will be there for each and every University of Louisville spring football practice over the next few weeks and will have reports from each. Here's our report card from day two.

Overview of Practice

A much warmer afternoon than day one, the Cardinals again practiced without pads, but with continued intensity.

As expected, the quarterback rotation changed on day two. Listed as equals on the depth chart, the quarterbacks will each receive reps throughout the spring with the first team. After Reggie Bonnafon received the majority of the first unit snaps on Tuesday, it was Kyle Bolin that saw the majority of the reps with the first squad on Wednesday. Bonnafon and Tyler Ferguson split their time between the first and second units.

Like Tuesday, the defense continues to be ahead as the offensive players continue to improve their timing. The reloading secondary has been impressive during the first two days, with multiple players snagging interceptions.

Former Cardinals Jamon Brown, Charles Gaines and Mario Urrutia took in the action of day two and witnessed another fast-paced practice with competition continuing to run high.

Offensive Standout

Jamari Staples, wide receiver: The %%MATCH_17%% transfer has made acrobatic catches during the first two days of practice. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound junior has the ability to elevate and adjust in the air to make difficult receptions in tight coverage. His familiarity of Petrino's offense from his time playing for then UAB head coach and current U of L offensive coordinator Garrick McGee is proving valuable. One of his catches, a leaping snag at the goal line in tight coverage, drew the praise of former U of L standout receiver Mario Urrutia.

Defensive Standout

Cornelius Sturghill, cornerback: Initially signed as a wide receiver with the 2014 class, Sturghill began the transition to cornerback during his redshirt season. The %%MATCH_16%%, Tenn., native has been solid in his play at right corner during the first two days and has drawn praise from his teammates for his performance during practice. Sturghill was among the leaders during the team testing period prior to the start of spring practice, recording a 38.5" vertical and a lightning quick 40-yard time of 4.34, both ranking as the second best on the team.

They Said It

U of L Safeties Coach Greg Brown

"Two days in, we're a work in progress and you have guys that are working very hard, putting in the time both on and off the field. We'll see where it takes us. We have 13 days to get better.

"Now it's time for new guys to step up and let's see what they are all about. That's the exciting thing about college football. It's a new year, every year. Let's see how fast we can come together as a team. Let's see how fast we can come together as a secondary, have some chemistry and bond, and see how fast we can become a good team."

A Few Leftovers

  • Cornerback Zykiesis Cannon and linebacker Isaac Stewart were among those that recorded an interception on Wednesday.
  • Running backs Brandon Radcliff and L.J. Scott continue to split the majority of the snaps with the first team.
  • Wide receiver Jaquay Williams, a %%MATCH_15%% transfer, is expected to play a large role in the passing attack this fall. He enjoyed a better day on Wednesday making a few nice receptions.
  • The tight ends are seeing a lot of action in the passing game during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. Sophomore Keith Towbridge, who transformed his body into a more athletic physic during the off season, should see his reception total of 9 from last season increase in 2015.
  • Slightly larger crowd on hand for the Cardinals second day of work.
  • The Cardinals will return to the practice fields on Friday and Saturday. A scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday's session. Start times have yet to be announced.

    Sights & Sounds

    Here's a few sights and sounds from Wednesday's practice session:

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