The pads were on the contact was made for the first time, as Louisville conducted its first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday morning. While no stats were provided, the defensive side of the ball reports a good outing, which included a couple interceptions and would-be sacks.
The scrimmage, especially the periods that featured live tackling, provided new Cardinals secondary coach Keith Heyward to get an even better grasp on his deep and veteran group.
"It was good to see guys tackle," he said. "As I'm learning the guys, and as coach said, we've got to play physical, so I get to see who is a physical player and who needs to be more physical."
With plenty of experience in the group, which features returning starters at each position, Heyward singled out a lightly used sophomore, a redshirt freshman, a player converting to a new position, along with a returning vet, among those that performed physically during the scrimmage.
"Dee Smith had some pretty good tackles, Josh Harvey-Clemons and Khane (Pass), those guys and we had an opportunity were we could have hit the quarterback, but of course the quarterback isn't live, but (Alphonso) Carter would have a good hit. Right now, those guys stick out to me."
Carter, a junior who is transitioning from wide receiver to cornerback this spring, along with junior college addition Ronald Walker are the two new faces in the secondary. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Carter has impressive size for the position and has expectation is that he'll contribute at his new spot this fall.
"That's what we are developing him for right now in spring, so there's going to be a lot of competition at corner," said Heyward. "With him and Ronald (Walker), those will the two new guys playing corner, and then Trumaine (Washington) and Jaire (Alexander) who played in that boundry, but he's a guy that could definitely emerge in the boundry."
Both are guys that Heyward explains are one's that need to "get up to speed" on the expectations and demands of the coaching staff.
"(Walker) is a guy that is new here and he just has to learn the system and technique, so he has a lot of catching up to do, but he has great size and he can run," he said. "We just have to make sure we teach him right."
The Cardinals will begin week two of spring practice on Tuesday. Here's the remaining practice schedule:
Spring Practice Schedule
March 29 (Open, 3:50 p.m.)
March 30 (Open, 3:50 p.m.)
April 5 (Open, 3:50 p.m.)
April 6 (Open. 3:50 p.m.)
April 16 (Spring Game, 1 p.m.)
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