Spring Football Report Card: Practice #3

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 three.

The University of Louisville football team held its third practice of spring on Friday afternoon. They continue on Saturday morning, with a practice that will be highlighted by a short scrimmage.

Here's Cardinal Authority's report card from day three:

Overview of Practice

Following a chilly day on the first day of spring, Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrino said that he wanted to work outside for as much of spring practice as possible. He explained that he wanted his competing quarterbacks working in all conditions. On Friday, temperatures dropped into the upper 30's, accompanied with a biting wind and an occasional burst of snow flurries, the Cardinals ignored the comforts of the Trager Indoor Facility and worked with the usual high energy of a Bobby Petrino led practice.

While there was no tackling, the team worked in full pads for the first time this spring.

As expected, Tyler Ferguson saw the majority of the snaps with the first team during day three. The quarterback depth chart had Ferguson and returning veterans Kyle Bolin and Reggie Bonnafon as equals, and Petrino has split first team reps amongst the trio. Bonnafon ran with the first group on Tuesday, with Bolin getting the rotation on Wednesday.

The reloading receiving corp continues to impress. Jaquay Williams and tight end turned receiver Charles Standberry were among those making great catches during the two hour practice.

The Cardinals defense has also looked the part during the first three days of spring. Tough up front, with an experienced linebacker unit and a group of play-makers in the secondary.

Offensive Standout

JaQuay Williams, wide receiver: At 6-foot-3, 215-pounds, Williams is an imposing receiver, who has great hands and the ability to breakaway. The Texas A&M transfer, who was a four-star prospect and a member of the Scout 100, made a number of nice catches on Friday.

Defensive Standout

Keith Brown, linebacker: The former freshman All-American is making the transition from the inside to outside linebacker this spring and through three days has made the move look smooth. His speed rushing the edge was notable on Friday. On one play during 11-on-11, he was quick to get into backfield, flushing Ferguson out of the pocket and forcing a difficult throw that was nearly intercepted by Josh Harvey-Clemons.

They Said It

Due in part to the evenings Sweet 16 contest, there was no media access following Friday's practice.

A Few Leftovers

  • The first team safety combo of Josh Harvey-Clemons and Chucky Williams looks imposing. With what safeties coach Greg Brown described as a "nine foot wingspan," the 6-foot-5 Harvey-Clemons creates a match-up advantage, while the 6-foot-2 Williams has been one of the early surprises.
  • The quaterbacks each had the opportunity to display their running abilities during 11-on-11 drills and all have the ability to make a positive play with their feet when needed.
  • Each of the quarterbacks had nice throws during the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 portions of practice, including a 35-yard toss from Bolin to tight end Keith Towbridge. Wide receiver James Quick made a nice play on a deep throw from Bonnafon.
  • Nashville Overton athlete Elijah Pankey made an unofficial visit with Louisville on Friday afternoon and took in some of the Cardinals practice.
  • A pair of underclassman teammates from Louisville Doss also visited the Cardinals practice on Friday afternoon.
  • Louisville will practice, including a short scrimmage, on Saturday morning. Practice is scheduled to begin at 9:50 am.

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