OVERVIEW OF PRACTICE
It felt like spring for a change.
The Louisville football team spent day five of spring ball outside in 70 degree weather with some wind, but nobody was complaining. Just a week earlier it was in the 40s.
The Cardinals did a lot of installing last week and seem to be taking the intensity of practice and the amount of plays to another level this week. Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said it was a critical week for the offense.
McGee said the three main quarterbacks have all had their moments in the first week, with Reggie Bonnafon looking really sharp on Tuesday.
It always seems like the offense wins during spring because there's no tackling guys to the ground, but really the defense looked sharp on this day. During one drill between the offensive and defensive lines, it was a big win for the defense. Only two of 10 guys rushing the passer didn't get stopped before they got the quarterback.
Alphonso Carter, Wide receiver
The guy with the new name, formerly known as Paul Harris, had several nice catches throughout the practice. He's going to be a major weapon, along side Jaquay Williams and Jamari Staples on the outside and James Quick and Charles Standberry on the inside.
Carter, who played a season at Tennessee, is big and physical and catches the ball away from his body. He seems to have sensational hands.
Sheldon Rankins, Defensive lineman
Rankins is the leader on the defense and he's just so solid, he was last season and will be the main man up front for the Cardinals.
I expect Rankins to have a big-time season in the fall. He's not likely to lead the Cardinals' in tackles from his position but will lead them in tackles for a loss.
He's a total stud and showing it in spring.
THEY SAID IT
Reggie Bonnafon, Quarterback
"We're all out here competing but we want to see each other improve and we want to help each other get better. If we all get better, the team will get better."