Louisville junior Reggie Bonnafon begins his third season with a bit more understanding of what his role will be. Following two seasons that saw him compete at quarterback, the Louisville Trinity product began to transition into a new role that saw him utilized at multiple positions as his sophomore season progressed.
With quarterback Lamar Jackson capping off his first season as a Cardinal with back-to-back MVP performances in a comeback blowout victory at rival Kentucky in the season-ending Governor's Cup and then again in Louisville's win over Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl, Bonnafon's new role continued into the off season and spring practice.
His time is now split between wide receiver, running back and quarterback, both on the practice fields and in the meeting rooms. He will also serve as the team's holder on special teams this fall. It's reached the point where he no longer considers him a quarterback, but instead labels himself as an "athlete" when asked what position he plays.
"It's been pretty fun actually," he said following Tuesday's practice. "It reminds of like playing in little league growing up and they let me play multiple positions and having the freedom to do that. So far it's been pretty fun. Conditioning has increased because of that, but so far, so good."
While experienced at each position, Bonnafon continues to view himself as a student as he prepares for the season ahead.
"Really just getting a better understanding of the game of football," he explained. "With me playing multiple positions I'm really just a student of the game and I'm just trying to get a feel for the different type of defenses. I'm just trying to become an expert in everything that I'm doing."
Louisville returns to practice on Wednesday at 3:50p.m. Fans are welcome to attend.