University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino will start spring practice on Tuesday and announced the spring football game will be played on April 15 at 1 p.m. in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
Petrino said he was excited about spring because his team "had a really good offseason."
He updated the status of several players:
JAMES HEARNS: The standout defensive end is "full go" for spring practice after being shot in the elbow during an off-campus incident in early December. He missed the Citrus Bowl game last season after emerging as one of the nation's top pass rushers during the season. Hearns posted a career-best 43 tackles and finished with eight sacks.
HENRY FAMUREWA: The defensive end was also injured in the off-campus shooting and is going to see limited time this spring. Famurewa was shot in the foot and Petrino said he would participate but on a limited basis.
CORNELIUS STURGHILL: The junior cornerback was shot in the foot last summer when he was home in Memphis, Tenn., during a drive-by shooting and is able to participate in some drills this spring. Sturghill played in seven games during the 2015 season and tested out prior to last season as the fastest guy on the team.
"He's been very impressive," Petrino said of Sturghill. "He's explosive and fast. It will be great to have him back."
KHANE PASS: The sophomore safety played some snaps towards the end of last season and then had shoulder surgery. He finished with 19 tackles and will be participating in only non-contract drills.
LONDON IAKOPO: The big-hitting safety played in five games last season before tearing his ACL. He will participate in non-contract drills after being almost fully recovered from the surgery. He had five tackles in his limited snaps.
MALIK WILLIAMS: The junior-college running back emerged as a guy who was going to likely get a lot of snaps this season but tore his ACL in the regular-season finale against Kentucky. He is also going to return but "towards the end of spring ball," according to Petrino. Williams had 19 carries for 145 yards and one touchdown last season and was the Cardinals' kick returner.
JAYLEN SMITH: Smith is expected to be one of the Cardinals' top targets on offense but will sit out spring ball after having surgery on his right foot for a stress fracture. Smith had 27 catches for 599 yards and six TDs and is just 25 yards short of 1,000 for his career.
JONATHAN GREENARD: The defensive end who played a lot last season because of injuries and is expected to fill the void left by DeVante Fields graduating will be out after hip surgery.
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