It was a big day for Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.
After ending his freshman season with over 400 yards of total offense in the Music City Bowl, Jackson has improved in the offseason and showed that off on Saturday at the Louisville Spring Game.
Jackson threw for 519 yards and eight touchdowns, including TD passes to seven different receivers, as the Red team whipped the White team 73-6 before about 16,500 fans at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
"He was going through his progressions and doing what the play was called to do,” Petrino said. “He was really going through the process of getting ready to play. He’s got great arm strength and good wrist snap.”
Jackson completed 24 of 29 passes in the game, including an 85-yard strike to James Quick to end the second quarter and a 65-yard strike to Reggie Bonnafon on his only play of the second half.
Jackson also hit Jamari Staples on a 54-yard TD pass.
Quick led the offense with five catches for 152 yards, while Staples had four for 107 yards. Jaylen Smith caught five passes for 99 yards and a TD, while tight end Cole Hikutini had five catches for 75 yards and two TDs.
Bonnafon had three catches for 81 yards, while L.J. Scott and JaQuay Savage also had three catches apiece and Charles Standberry and Brandon Radcliff caught TD passes.
Scott led the Red team rushing with six carries for 51 yards.
The White team's backfield of Jeremy Smith and Malin Jones carried a combined 12 times for 125 yards. Jones scored on a 65-yard run and finished with 62 yards on seven carries, while Smith had 63 on five attempts.
Jackson, who didn't run much because the QB wasn't live when he was scrambling, carried six times for 31 yards.
Stacy Thomas and Chucky Williams led the Red team in tackles with seven apiece, while Petrino singled out Josh Harvey-Clemons for his solid play. Trumaine Washington had two interceptions and Jonathan Greenard added another.