Football News & Notes; B. J. Vickers update

It's a busy day around the football complex as players report and prepare for the start of practice on Thursday. ITV has the latest news and notes, including an exclusive update on B.J. Vickers, an introduction to fullback Brian Hall, status update on Kurt Quarterman and more.

B.J. Vickers & Antwuan Giddens
Highly touted prospect B.J. Vickers who signed with Louisville, along with fellow high school teammates Eddie Miller and Antwaun Gidden, spoke with ITV on Tuesday and gave us an update on his status. As ITV first reported on July 17th, Vickers will be a partial qualifier his first year, which will allow him to work out in the weight room and study film, but not participate in practice. While other sources have questioned his status with the team, Vickers told ITV that he will arrive in Louisville on August 21. He already has his housing set up and will be rooming with Miller.

Vickers also informed us that he has had the opportunity to play on a FieldTurf surface at the University of Washington during a camp visit. "I liked it," explained Vickers. "I was able to get a better grip, make better cuts and didn't slip like I would on real grass."

Vickers also informed ITV that Giddens is finishing a needed course and will arrive in Louisville in January.

Brian Hall

Fullback Brian Hall (ITV)
Despite a published report in the Courier-Journal, ITV was actually the first member of the media to speak with new Cardinal fullback Brian Hall. While the report in the Courier-Journal had Hall signed with Washington State out of high school, Hall told ITV that the report simply isn't true and that he didn't sign with anyone out of high school.

Hall, who actually played defensive end at Mira Mesa High School in San Diego, took a year off from football before enrolling at Mesa Junior College where he made the switch to fullback. As a sophomore at Mesa, Hall was named Foothill Conference Honorable Mention.

Following his sophomore campaign, Hall (6'1, 240) began marketing himself, sending highlight videos to as many football programs as he could. While he was offered a scholarship by Alabama State, Hall decided to accept an invitation to walk on at Louisville, where he will be counted on to add much needed depth to the fullback position.

Kurt Quarterman
ITV reported in the premium forum yesterday about the likely return of offensive lineman Kurt Quarterman. ITV has now confirmed that Quarterman is on the roster and will participate in practice. Quarterman (6'6, 350), who considered Florida State and Auburn before committing to Louisville in 2002, will provide quality depth along a youth filled offensive line.

The battle for kickoff duties should be one to watch as practice begins. Both Nate Smith, who appears to have a lock on handling the field goals, and Wade Tydlacka seemingly have worked on their craft all summer. Former Cardinal Jon Hilbert can usually be found working with them as well. Rob Zarrilli, who is an invited walk-on has recently started working with them as well and quickly proved that he has the leg strength to compete with Tydlacka for the kickoff responsibilities.

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