Football News & Notes

ITV's news and notes of the happenings inside the Cardinal football program. Included in this update is a progress report on the quarterbacks, receivers and secondary.

Upcoming Schedule
August 7: Practice Opens
August 9: U of L Football Fan Day
August 9: Media Day
August 22: Kickoff Luncheon

Practice Open
Fans will be permitted to attend the entire session of the Cardinals practices for the entire first week of practice. Once the team begins preparations for its season opener against Kentucky practices will be closed following the first 30 minutes.


Stefan LeFors (ITV)
All of the quarterbacks, including incoming freshmen Michael Bush and Eddie Miller worked out with the receivers and defensive backs recently. Stefan LeFors continued to stand out among the quarterbacks, showing great accuracy, timing and leadership. Despite the fact that he will soon be in a heated contest for the starting position, LeFors frequently assisted the younger quarterbacks. Justin Rascati continues to throw the most impressive balls, but still shows signs that he is still learning the speed of the college game. Michael Bush was very impressive with his throws 15 yards and in, but needs to improve his timing and reading coverages of deep routes. Eddie Miller also appears to have the ability and understanding to challenge for the starting position. While he didn't throw as often, his passes were accurate and the timing was impressive.

Receivers & Tight Ends
J.R. Russell appears ready to pick up where he left on in the spring. During their voluntary workout, Russell pulled in two difficult receptions. Victor Glenn was also impressive in his routes and pass catching ability. Tight ends Ronnie Ghent, Richard Owens and Chad Jorgensen were also taking part and all three proved to be ready. There are no visible signs of Ghent's injury from a year ago. Owens, who has bulked up to 275-pounds, will be even more of a threat this fall. Jorgensen may have a difficult time getting game action because of the presence of two talented tight ends in front of him on the depth chart, but his knack for pulling in difficult passes may force the coaching staff to find time for him in passing situations.

Kerry Rhodes (ITV)
Defensive Backs
Junior safety Kerry Rhodes has looked sharp in his coverage skills during voluntary workouts and along with senior cornerback Josh Minkins, should become the vocal leaders of the young Cardinal secondary. Redshirt freshman Gavin Smart' speed and ability to provide tight coverage should ease some concern about the youthful secondary. A number of incoming freshmen will get an opportunity to play right away. Eric and Thomas Miller, who have the size to eventually move to linebacker, Malik Jackson and William Gay will all be given a look for immediate action. There is also a possibility that a current receiver may make the switch to the secondary.

Offensive Line
In what has become a frequent occurrence over the past week, the offensive line can be found on the north field in front of the football complex working on their cohesiveness and timing. The extra work being put in by the guys up front should in itself reduce a number of false start penalties which became common last fall.

The actual installation of the new FieldTurf playing surface is expected to begin early this week at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Crews completed the drainage, electrical and surface work last week, preparing the playing area for the final stage of the install. Work should be completed in time for a team scrimmage scheduled to take place in the stadium on August 16th.

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