OVERVIEW OF PRACTICE
Louisville used a wonderful weather day to not only get back outside but to practice inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
It was a full practice on a Friday, including full pads.
U of L coach Bobby Petrino spent a lot of time in the middle of the practice with the squad going over punt coverage and punt returns. While the Cardinals did a lot of special teams work last spring, it appears they are working more on that this time around.
The offense and defense never really went full scrimmage but they did go hard and it was a bit surprising with a scrimmage on tap for Saturday morning.
Charles Standberry, wide receiver
Standberry scored the first touchdown of the season last year against Miami and played some key moments as a tight end. He's been moved to the inside wide receiver slot and with his size, strength and speed he's going to be a match up nightmare. Standberry looks really good and is running his routes a lot better in recent weeks as he continues to improve.
Chucky Williams, Safety
Williams continues to impress on the defensive side of the ball in the safety position. He has some big shoes to fill in the secondary but he's really coming on strong and should be a major addition to the defense with more time in the game. Williams showed signs last season of being a major player and it should come true this fall.
It was a big day for visitors.
Fremont, Ohio, Ross, 2017 wide receiver Russ Yeast - the son of former Kentucky star Craig Yeast - visited and left with an offer from U of L.
Trinity athlete Rodjay Burns, who has committed to the Cardinals, was also at practice along with Rockford, Mich., kicker Quinn Nordin - who just received a U of L offer earlier this week - also on a visit.
Ryan Burns of Powder Springs, Ga., was also at practice.
Santa Clarita, Calif., College of the Canyons offensive tackle Egidio DellaRipa made his official visit to U of L.
DellaRipa arrived in Louisville after being delayed on Thursday night and left on Friday night. He was at practice on Friday the entire time.
He's a current Fresno State commitment but was asked to blueshirt, meaning he won't get a scholarship until the fall. DellaRipa is expected to make an unofficial visit to Fresno State and then perhaps make a final decision.
A FEW LEFTOVERS
*****Tight end Cole Hikutini has missed practice this week with an injury. He had been getting a lot of reps with the first team before his injury.
*****Wide receiver Traveon Samuel, a true freshman, is no longer wearing a non-contact yellow jersey and appears to be healthy. He made several nice catches on Friday.
*****Colorado defensive line coach Jim Jeffcoat, who was a first-round pick in the NFL Draft in 1983, was also at practice visiting with the U of L staff.