Louisville held its first full scrimmage of the spring on Saturday morning, mimicking a real game setting as much as possible on a chilly and windy day at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
The team approached the scrimmage as if it were game day, both in their preparation during the week and throughout the contest. Afterward, U of L head coach Bobby Petrino was pleased with the team's performance during the 135-play scrimmage.
"Overall I thought we got a lot accomplished today," said Petrino.
Petrino praised a number of areas on the field, including the play of sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson and the improving offensive line. Known for his ability to create with his legs, Petrino kept his second-year quarterback in the pocket for much of the scrimmage.
"It was back and forth," he said. "Both sides of the ball made some plays. I thought it was really the first day we had some big plays throwing the ball down the field. Some of our protections allowed us to do that. We needed to finish some of those drives, but the defensive line made some big plays on fourth down."
"We put a lot of pressure on Lamar today. Lamar is a guy that has the ability to run the ball, but we made him stand in there and throw it. I really thought he improved today. He was making better decisions and he was more accurate."
While no official statistics from the scrimmage were released, Jackson had at least three passes of 50 yards, connecting with James Quick for a 54-yard touchdown and a 55-yard bomb to Jamari Staples.
Junior running back L.J. Scott also had an impressive scrimmage, leading the team in rushing. Among his big runs were a pair of 20+ yard bursts.
"I thought watching the scrimmage that L.J. Scott ran the ball really well," said Petrino. "I thought he did a nice job of hitting the holes, breaking tackles and converting some runs that he had to break some tackles to big yards."
**Tight end Micky Crum did not participate in the scrimmage due to a bone bruise. He could return as early as Tuesday.
**Senior safety Josh Harvey-Clemsons led the team in tackles on Saturday.
**When asked L.J. Scott named named the deep bomb to Staples as Jackson's best throw of the day.
**DeAngelo Brown has been limited in practice with a minor hamstring injury, but is expected to return to full strength soon.
**Alphonso Carter and Chucky Williams both grabbed interceptions.