OVERVIEW OF PRACTICE
With a host of recruits looking on, the University of Louisville football team held one of its loudest spring practices on Friday.
But the noise didn't come from the coaches or players. Nope, Mother Nature provided some fireworks as a heavy rain and bad weather forced the Cardinals inside for practice seven of spring ball. It was a driving rain for much of the practice, pelting onto the roof.
It sure didn't slow the Cardinals.
U of L got in a normal spring practice, even doing some punting inside the Trager Center despite the low roof. Bobby Petrino spent much of his time in the offensive huddle, but did make his point several times with the defense.
With an expected controlled scrimmage on Saturday morning, the Cardinals were not in full pads and didn't do any tackling drills.
L.J. Scott, Running back
Scott came in last spring and made a splash and he's looking even better this time around. He looks bigger and faster since the offseason. Scott checked in at 6-foot and 226 pounds. He played in all 13 games last season and rushed 29 times for 201 yards and two touchdowns. He did have a 100-yard game against Murray State and by the looks of it there's more 100-yard games in his future. On Friday, he was sharp on his cuts and really made some nice, powerful runs in the team drills.
Jaire Alexander, Cornerback
Well, it might be the second times the true freshman from Charlotte, N.C., has been in this spot but he so deserves it. Alexander had an eye-catching pick of Tyler Ferguson and another pass breakup of a Kyle Bolin pass during full team drills. He's shown in the first seven practices that he's going to see the field. Alexander gets better and better every day as he gets more comfortable with the system.
It was a big day for visitors. Cincinnati La Salle running back Jeremy Larkin and 2017 Chicago Arlington Hills tight end Cole Kmet were among the visitors.
Grove City, Ohio, strong safety Xavier Moore was also at practice, along with Mundelein, Ill., Carmel tight end Noah Turner, who already has 15 scholarship offers.
Logan Klusman, a top 2016 long snapper from Lafayette, La., is ranked as the No. 9 long snapper in the country by Chris Sailer Kicking and was at practice, along with St. Xavier center Nathan Scheler, who will walk-on in the fall.
A FEW LEFTOVERS
*****Paul Logsdon, a walk-on tight end from Butler High School, made several nice catches. He's a 6-foot-3, 210-pound freshman.
*****Junior quarterback Will Gardner, who was the starter for much of last season before he suffered a knee injury, is there in the offensive huddles watching each day.
*****Senior walk-on Darius Skinner, who is from Winchester, Ky., continues to get a ton of reps with the second team. He's a fast dude.
*****Keith Towbridge and Micky Crum are splitting many of the tight end reps.