With below freezing temperatures outside, the University of Louisville held practice inside the Trager Indoor Facility for the first time this spring on Saturday morning.
The two hour practice, which was preceded by a team walk-through, was highlighted by a short simulated scrimmage with contact for the first time this spring. The three quarterbacks shared rotations throughout the session, with each making a few impressive throws, but still showing further development. The defense played fast, reacted quickly and tackled as a group.
Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrino discussed the progress of the team following four days of spring practice.
"Overall this week, I thought we got a lot accomplished," he said. "We put a lot in, so we threw a lot at them. Today we decided to cut back and just go back and do the things we were doing the first three days and I think that helped us."
Shaq Wiggins Injured
Near the end of the simulated scrimmage portion of Saturday's practice, cornerback Shaq Wiggins was making a play on a deep throw ball and landed hard, possibly partially on the receiver he was covering, and immediately screamed in pain.
Occurring on the opposite side of the field, Wiggins, who entered spring as a first team cornerback, suffered an injury to his arm, possibly a fracture. The Georgia native received immediate medical attention and was receiving care within minutes.
Meeting with the media minutes the conclusion of practice, Petrino had yet to receive an update on Wiggins injury.
"I know that it was an arm injury," he said. "I don't know the extent of it right now."
Wiggins tweeted a few hours later thanking everyone for their well wishes via the social media tool, "thank you everyone for your concerns I'm doing well now. Nothing major."
Stay posted for further updates on his status as they become available.
Eastern Arizona College transfer Khalil Hunter committed to the Cardinals last October with hopes of becoming a member of the starting offensive line. The 6-foot-4, 291-pound junior entered spring practice as the No.2 right guard, but has been splitting time with the first unit.
His skill is evident and the newcomer is improving as he attains more of an understanding of the offensive schemes, an area where the head coach is hoping to see veteran leadership help the progression move quicker.
"I think Khalil Hunter is going to be a real good player for us," said Petrino. "Right now he's making a lot of assignment errors. I put that on the other guys, they need to tell him what to do. They've been in it, they need to tell him. He needs to listen to them because there was a few times when they told him what to do and he still didn't do it."
In an effort to be more safe on the playing field, the coaching are teaching a few new tackling techniques this spring.
During the team's first day of tackling, the defense played very well. They flew around the field and were making some big hits.
"I was happy with the way the defense tackled," Petrino said afterward. "I thought for the most part that they are tackling well. We are working hard at some new techniques at tackling that are designed to keep your head out of it and work shoulder tackling. We've done a nice job in the off season defining exactly how we're going to do that and I saw it show up on the practice field, so I was really happy about that."