Overview of Practice
The Cardinals worked inside the Trager Indoor Facility for the first time this spring. It also marked the first outing the spring that the team tackled, which brought a higher sense of intensity to the practice session.
Highlighted by a simulated scrimmage, the Cardinals spent much of the two hours working on the schemes installed during the first three practices. Both sides of the ball enjoyed success. While implementing new tackling techniques, the defense was quick to the ball as a group and had multiple big plays.
The trio of quarterbacks competing at the top of the depth chart rotated with the first team throughout and all have had positive plays. However, as the first days of spring practice progresses, Petrino anticipates some separation between Kyle Bolin, Reggie Bonnafon and Tyler Ferguson to develop.
“We wanted to come out this week and make sure that they all felt that they were getting an even shot, with the same amount of reps with the first group and the second group. I think Coach McGee and I have done a good job with that. Right now they need to step in that huddle and perform well against the first defense, which things happen a lot quicker.”
Josh Harvey-Clemons: Junior safety Josh Harvey-Clemons arrived with high expectations when he transferred to Louisville from Georgia a year ago. A product of Valdosta, Geo., the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder, who has been impressive during the first three days of spring practice, seemed to take his play and energy to another level once the players began making contact on Saturday morning.
James Quick, receiver: The junior receiver is back to his former spot. The Louisville Trinity product earned All-American honors while playing the slot receiver. Moving back inside, matching up against a linebacker or safety, Quick, who clocked a 4.34 40-yard during team testing, is better able to take advantage of his speed. He was targeted numerous times on Saturday and enjoyed his most productive outing.
They Said It
"We're a good receiving corp. We have a lot of weapons to go out there and make a lot of big plays."
A Few Leftovers
- A number of receivers had big gain receptions on Saturday, including Gio Pascascio, Jamari Staples, Charles Standberry and Ja'Quay Williams who each had receptions of more than 50 yards.
- Cole Hikutini, a junior college transfer, continues to impress. The 6-foot-5, 242-pound tight end had a nice reaching grab in heavy coverage near the goal line and kept his balance enough to dive in for the score.
- Senior tackle Aaron Epps was a vocal leader during the team's work on Saturday. The Georgia native, who made six starts in 2014, could be heard instructing newcomers along the line.
- Charles Gaines and Gerald Christian were among the former Cardinals watching Saturday's practice.