Tuesday Practice News & Notes

Inside the Ville provides you with the latest headlines from the practice fields.

The Cardinals returned to the practice fields for the first time since Saturday's scrimmage and ITV was on hand to bring you the latest news and notes.

Climbing the Charts
Redshirt freshman linebacker Preston Smith was notified Tuesday morning that he was being promoted to the first unit. Smith, who led the defense with six total tackles in Saturday's scrimmage, joins Robert McCune and Abe Brown on the first team.

Players of the Day

  • S Kerry Rhodes: Rhodes, who had a impressive scrimmage on Saturday, continued to play well on Tuesday. However, the leadership he provides in the youthful secondary also plays a large role with this team. At one point during, while watching from the sideline, he noticed redshirt freshman and fellow safety Malik Jackson miss a read and following the play called him over and provided some pointers, helping to explain what to look for.

  • WR Joshua Tinch: Tinch seemed to have a slow start to the spring practice session, likely due to his quick return to football following the Cardinals basketball run. However, since late last week, Tinch has started to catch anything thrown his way, including a number of acrobatic receptions. On Tuesday, during a receiver blocking drill he used his size to overpower the opposing defensive backs, showing why he has all the tools to become a 1st team All-Conference receiver this fall.

  • C Will Rabatin: The senior center displayed his ability to get down field and continue to provide blocking. On a reverse play, Rabatin was 35-yards upfield continuing to clear a path for Robert Haskins.

  • CB William Gay: Gay, arguably the top defensive back on the squad, had a great afternoon. He broke up a couple passes and exhibited the ability to fight through blocks to make the tackle.

  • P Todd Flannery: During full punt drills, Flannery, who is currently second on the depth chart behind Brent Moody, turned in a great performance with booming and hanging kicks.

    We Got Spirit...
    I'm getting older, so maybe my memory is going, but Tuesday marked the first time since Coach Bobby Petrino arrived that I have witnessed somewhat of a skirmish between teammates. Late into Tuesday's session, offensive tackle Travis Leffew and defensive tackle Amobi Okoye briefly tangled before the coaches ended the abruption.

    Run, Run, Run...
    One reason that I can't recall two teammates having an on the field confrontation before is because Coach Petrino doesn't approve of it. Minutes following the excitement, Petrino called the entire team together and had them run four sets of 40-yard sprints. After the sprints, the drills resumed.

    Miller Time
    Redshirt freshman Thomas Miller has left the team due to medical reasons (shoulder). We were informed that his twin Eric Miller, remains with the team.

    Yellow Jersey
    Sophomore fullback James Jackson wore a yellow jersey today, which kept him out of contact drills. Jackson is expected back soon.

    Interested Observers
    Future Cardinal wide receiver Mario Urrutia as well as two invited walkons, Nick Borgelt (Holy Cross) and Justin Deeley (St.X) watched the Cardinals practice on Tuesday afternoon.

    Coach Petrino Show
    As the Cardinals enter their final week of spring practice, a special edition of the Coach Bobby Petrino Show will air on FOX 41 this Sunday night at 10:30 pm.


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