Spring Football Report Card: Practice #8

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 eight, which was a scrimmage day for the Cardinals.

OVERVIEW OF PRACTICE

It was a full-contact scrimmage for the University of Louisville football on Saturday morning inside the Trager Center.

The weather wasn't bad but the Cardinals were mainly inside because the Pap John's 10K race was going on outside and there was a lot of commotion.

The U of L offense scored nine touchdowns in about an hour and a half of full scrimmage, while the defense made a ton of plays. Bobby Petrino seemed pleased with the scrimmage.

"I think the thing I was most encouraged with was how competitive it was," he said.

Here's a breakdown of the scrimmage:

OFFENSIVE STANDOUT

Jeremy Smith, Running back

There were plenty of big plays on offense, but junior-college transfer running back Jeremy Smith was mighty impressive. No official stats but I had hm with 10 carries for about 115 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown run. He had a 26-yard run - with a stiff arm - to set up another touchdown and just ran had the entire time. He's a big kid - 6-2, 221 pounds - and has a punishing running style. He's going to get reps.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUT

De'Eric Culver, cornerback

The 6-foot, 186-pound sophomore from Tallahassee, Fla., appeared in six games on special teams last season but is working his way up the depth chart. He's corner who has a little more size than some of the others and great ball skills. He had an interception, forced a fumble and had two other pass break-ups down the field. He turned in a stellar day.

PLAY OF THE DAY (Defense)

Zykiesis Cannon, Cornerback

The offense was moving the ball on a drive that started at the 40. But Cannon made a huge stick of Javonte Bagley at the 1-yard-line in fourth down to keep the offense out of the end zone. Cannon made several other tackles and was helped on that play by Josh Harvey-Clemons, who was right there to clean it up.

PLAY OF THE DAY (Offense)

Keith Towbridge, Tight end

Take your pick of Towbridge touchdowns for Play of the Day. The offense was slow to start until Kyle Bolin hit Towbridge on a 43-yard TD pass. The big tight end also had a 12-yard catch for a TD on a nice play fake by Bonnafon near the end of the scrimmage.

WALK ON SPECIALS

Darius Skinner and Dontez Byrd

There are plenty of weapons on the offense but two walk-on players are making their presence known so far during spring practice. Byrd caught had a 29-yard touchdown catch from Tyler Ferguson and then had a 40-yard bomb from Ferguson that set up the offense for another touchdown later in the scrimmage. Skinner, who has been running hard and impressive throughout the first two weeks, had six carries for around 50 yards. Skinner scored in a 10-yard run.

INJURY UPDATE

*****Transfer cornerback Shaq Wiggins was injured last weekend in the scrimmage and still hasn't been back to practice because of the elbow injury.

*****Petrino said running back L.J. Scott was limited because of a slight hamstring injury. He ran only three times in the scrimmage.

*****Junior wide receiver James Quick took a huge hit from Kevin Houchins over the middle and was helped off the field. He appeared to be OK after practice.

*****Cornerback Cornelius Sturghill did not participate in the scrimmage.

A FEW LEFTOVERS

*****Quick had four catches for right at 100 yards but did fumble at the end of a 70-yard catch from Bonnafon early in the scrimmage.

*****Alphonso Carter had three catches for around 70 yards, including a 25-yard jump-ball pass for a TD from Bonnafon late in the scrimmage.

*****Trumaine Washington and Stacy Thomas also had interceptions.

*****Walk-on Malin Jones ran seven times for around 25 yards and a TD.

*****Tight end Micky Crum hauled in a 5-yard TD pass from Bonnafon, while Gio Pascascio had a 20-yard TD pass from Ferguson.

*****There were a couple of visitors with two guys returning after also showing up on Friday. Mundelein, Ill., Carmel tight end Noah Turner, who already has 15 scholarship offers, was there along with top 2016 long snapper Logan Klusman of Lafayette, La.


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