Cardinal football holds first scrimmage

The Cardinal football program ended its fourth day of spring practice with a brief scrimmage.

With its first full scrimmage of the spring on the horizon, the University of Louisville football team worked out for two hours on Sunday. The afternoon session, held in full pads, was a mixture of individual drills and a brief scrimmage.

After position drills to start the day, the Cardinals went through about an hour scrimmage with the first team offense going against the first team defense and the second teamers also facing off against each other.

Midway through the practice, the team came together for a full 11-on-11 scrimmage. Most of the highlights from the offense came at the beginning as the Cardinals scored on its first three possessions. Junior Eric Shelton scored on a four-year run that was set up by a 23-yard scamper by senior Lionel Gates. Shelton carried nine times for 52 yards and Gates rushed six times for 42 yards.

On the next possession with the second units squaring off, sophomore quarterback Justin Rascati set up the Cardinal offense when he hit junior Montrell Jones with a 55-yard pass along the sidelines. Jones leaped over a defender and made a spectacular catch in traffic.

Red-shirt freshman Reggie Bradshaw ended the drive with a three-yard score. Bradshaw was the top rusher on the day, carrying 13 times for 105 yards and three scores. He added the third score when he went untouched 49 yards to paydirt. He also added a 10-yard scoring run.

The defense took over after that as the first team stopped the explosive Cardinal offense on three straight drives. Malik Jackson and Abe Brown showed promise on the defensive side of the ball, with Brown recording the game's only interception.

Rascati was the top passer, completing 11-of-17 passes for 193 yards, including touchdown passes of 18 yards to red-shirt freshman Harry Douglas and three yards to sophomore Wayne Riles. Senior Stefan LeFors was 5-of-12 for 52 yards with each completion going to senior J.R. Russell who caught five for 52 yards.

The Cardinal hit the practice fields on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. The Cards will scrimmage again on Saturday, April 3.

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