OVERVIEW OF PRACTICE
The University of Louisville football team was tested in a big-time way on Saturday morning by head coach Bobby Petrino.
The Cardinals went through a full-contact scrimmage that lasted more than two hours without much of a break between reps and only a few special teams breaks.
The final 10-15 minutes of the scrimmage was "about toughness," Petrino said noting that his team ran the ball in fourth-quarter situations in the final stages.
"We try to run the ball every snap and let our players understand that, at some point in the fourth quarter, you're going to have to run the ball to win, or stop it to win," he said. "It was about the toughness."
If asked for a winner, the offense won the early part of the scrimmage but as the limited players on the line started to tire the defense won. The Cardinals turned the ball over twice on fumbles and five times on interceptions which didn't please Petrino.
"It was a lot of fun out there," Petrino said. "I thought we had a good week in our preparation for the Auburn game, our guys did a good job with that, and a lot of drill work where we got better individually. We are starting to see the line come around.
"I liked what I saw this week."
Reggie Bonnafon, Quarterback
The sophomore quarterback looked sharp with his arm and his legs int he scrimmage, opening the day with a 12-yard completion to Keith Towbridge.
Bonnafon completed around 17 or 18 of about 28 passes (no official stats kept) for just under 300 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for around 150 yards and two TDs.
Bonnafon seemed more poised and comfortable in the pocket and Petrino made the defense play live once he was out of the pocket to "see what he can do."
The TD passes were a 49-yard strike to Dontez Byrd and a 28-yard strike to Treveon Samuel. Bonnafon had runs of 21, 23 and 30 yards on scrambles down the field.
No question, he was the best QB on this day.
OTHER OFFENSIVE STANDOUT
Keith Towbridge The tight end had five catches for around 50 yards, including three that went for first downs.
Traveon Samuel The true freshman slot receiver had several big catches, including a 20-yarder from Bonnafon and the 28-yard TD. He added a 15-yard reception later in the day before going out with turf toe.
Charles Standberry The sophomore moved from tight end to slot could lead the team in receptions. He has great hands, runs awesome routes and is a night mare matchup. He had about seven catches for over 100 yards on the day.
L.J. Scott and Jeremy Smith The running backs both had right around 100 yards with Smith getting into the end zone twice.
James Quick The junior slot receiver had five catches for 90 something yards, including one over the middle where he hung onto it despite getting hit hard.
Micky Crum The tight end hauled in a 38-yard TD catch from Kyle Bolin and had another reception where he ran over a cornerback for the first down.
Josh Harvey-Clemons, Safety
Harvey-Clemons not only had an interception but had several big hits on the day for the u of L defense. He was all over the field.
A transfer from Georgia, Harvey-Clemons is really going to make the departure of Gerod Holliman and James Sample sting not hurt as much as many might believe.
At 6-foot-5, Harvey-Clemons is great in coverage and he's a hitter.
OTHER DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS
Stacy Thomas The linebacker has been showing a lot in spring ball and on this day had two interceptions. He is really pushing for some playing time.
Trumaine Washington Washington had a pick of Kyle Bolin early in the scrimmage and was in on a lot of tackles.
Jaire Alexander The true freshman had a pick six off Tyler Ferguson and was also in a causing a fumble early in the scrimmage.
Kyle Shortridge and D'Angelo Brown The two big guys up front really stood out and player well. Shortridge is one the staff has been waiting on to contribute more.
A FEW LEFTOVERS
*****Brandon Radcliff had a 2-yard TD run but did have a fumble and another fumble on a reception that looked like it could go a long way.
*****Kyle Bolin threw for about 150 yards and had one TD, while throwing two interceptions and what Petrino said was "taking too many sacks."
*****Tyler Ferguson threw for about 250 yards in the scrimmage but had three interceptions and two of those would have likely been returned for a TD.
*****Wide receiver JaQuay Savage (he changed his last name) has been out after a head injury but is expected back at some point this week.
*****This was the last Saturday practice of the spring. The Cardinals will practice on Tuesday and Wednesday and the Spring Game will be on Friday night at 7 o'clock.
*****The Cardinals had about 25 prospects on campus for Junior Day.