University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino

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High octane scrimmage for Cards

"Sometimes in scrimmages like this, particularly when the head coach is an offensive guy, it might look a little better on offense than it really is." - <b>University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino</b> <p> <b>BONUS COVERAGE:</b><br><a href="http://mb4.theinsiders.com/flouisvillefrm18"><b>ITV Video: Petrino Comments</b></a><BR><a href="http://mb4.theinsiders.com/flouisvillefrm4.showMessage?topicID=6212.topic"><b>Saturday's Statistics</b></a>

One thing is clear after the University of Louisville's full contact scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Second year head coach Bobby Petrino has an extremely explosive and balanced offensive attack.

Starting quarterback Stefan Lefors completed 15-24 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns, while reserve Justin Rascatti completed 21-29 for 337 yards and four touchdowns. Fourteen Cardinals caught at least one pass, led by Joshua Tinch's 3 receptions for 112 yards.

"I thought [the offense] threw and caught it real well," Petrino said. "I'm happy with our receivers. They made a lot of contested catches and Stefan and Justin threw the ball real well."


Montrell Jones makes the catch (ITV)
Newcomer Montrell Jones caught 6 passes for 57 yards while J.R. Russell caught 5 for 96 yards and 1 touchdown, and redshirt freshman Harry Douglas had 5 receptions for 72 yards.

"That's a good group of receivers," Petrino continued. "It's going to be real interesting to see how it plays out with playing time because today they were all making plays. I think Montrell's [Jones] doing a real nice job and this is the best Tinch has looked since I've been here."

Playing without senior running back Lionel Gates, who missed the scrimmage with a pulled hamstring, backs Eric Shelton and Reggie Bradshaw each had impressive performances, a credit to Mike Summer's offensive line. Shelton carried 17 times for 85 yards and two scores.

"We've got some big guys," Petrino said of the line. "We're still young but Kurt Quarterman is doing a nice job and he's so big [the defense] might not see our backs."

The defense played solidly at times, recovering two fumbles, but was burned deep and over the middle by the the Cardinals passing attack.

"Sometimes in scrimmages like this, particularly when the head coach is an offensive guy, it might look a little better on offense than it really is," Petrino explained. "They did get two turnovers, they had some three and outs and they stopped the offense sometimes in the red zone. But we've got a lot to improve."

"We came out aggressive [on defense]," said safety Kerry Rhodes, who made 5 tackles, forced a fumble, and broke up a pass. "We had a lot of press coverage and they got a couple of good throws over the top but a lot of quarterbacks and receivers combinations won't make those plays. We had good coverage but J.R. [Russell] and Stefan are great and they'll make those plays occasionally."

The kicking game continues to be impressive, particularly the play of redshirt freshman Art Carmody.

"I've been real happy with Art Carmody," Petrino said. "He's a very confident young man and I think he has the demeanor that you want as a kicker. He's been very accurate and a little stronger than I thought."

With spring practice half complete, Petrino expects big improvement from his team over the course of the next two weeks.

"I think we have a long way to go and a lot to improve," Petrino said. "We'll come back next week and we'll start all over again [but] I think we'll see some big strides in the next seven practices."

NOTES

  • In the first five series' between the 'one' offense and 'one' defense, the U of L offense scored on Eric Shelton TD runs of 19 and 8 yards, and converted a 43 yard field goal by Carmody, while the defense held on third and 10 and recovered a fumble caused by safety Kerry Rhodes.
  • Redshirt freshman Malik Jackson started the scrimmage in place of Rhodes at safety with the first unit.
  • Michael Bush attended practice and told Inside The Ville he'll wear the cast on his right foot for the next six weeks.
  • Robert McCunne, the Cardinals starting middle linebacker was late arriving to the scrimmage but played several series upon arriving.
  • Montrell Jones showed a crowd of 500 why he's the most physical receiver on the U of L roster, carrying five defenders out of bounds after the catch.
  • Receiver Harry Douglas made the most eye-opening catch and cut.

    STATS

    Rushing
    Eric Shelton 17-85, 2TD; Reggie Bradshaw 14-57; Sergio Spencer 8-34, 2TD; Deriontae Taylor 1-2

    Passing
    Stefan LeFors 15-24 257 yds., 3 TD Justin Rascati 21-29 337 yds., 4 TD

    Receiving
    Joshua Tinch 3-112; J.R. Russell 5-96, 1 TD; Harry Douglas 5-72; Jimmy Riley 2-68, 1 TD; Montrell Jones 6-57; Broderick Clark 3-28; James Jackson 2-30; Adam McCauley 3-28, 2 TD; Reggie Bradshaw 2-16, 1 TD, Tiger Jones 1-37, Robert Haskins 1-20, 1TD, Todd Brigman 1-9, Thomas Boyce 1-5, Wayne Riles 1-5, 1 TD

    Defensive Stats
    Smith 6 tackles Stanley 5 McCune 5 Rhodes 5 FF, PBU A. Sharp 4 PBU Jackerson 3 Harris 3, PBU Haskins 3 Taylor 3 RF Brent Johnson 4, PBU


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