The Wrap Up

It's less than 80 days to the opening kickoff against Kentucky and the football team recently started voluntary workouts and 'The Wrap Up' has plenty of news and notes from the football facility. We've even tossed in a tidbit or two regarding recruiting.

Saterfield Departs
Head Coach Bobby Petrino announced on Thursday that senior-to-be defensive tackle Tyrone Saterfield is no longer on the team for failing to meet academic requirements this summer.

As someone mentioned on the RedRage Pigskin forum, this isn't a 'crippling blow,' but it sure creates concern. U of L will now enter fall camp with just three experienced defensive tackles, Bobby Leffew, Montavious Stanley and Amobi Okoye, so there is obviously little room for injury and endurance issues.

While the defensive tackle position is one that most would prefer not to see true freshmen getting a lot of minutes, it appears that one or more may be forced into action this fall.

Veltkamp Improves Training
Just after the new year, Bobby Petrino decided to make a change with the programs strength and conditioning and brought in Jason Veltkamp from the University of Utah as head of the Cardinals strength and conditioning.

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Since arriving, Veltkamp has focused on improving the teams overall speed and endurance. Prior to each practice period (spring and fall) every player is tested in the 40-yard, 10-yard, bench press, hang clean, back squat, vertical and pro agility. After posting their best marks of that period, a new goal is established for each athlete that they work towards during the next practice period.

"We do a lot of explosive training in the weight room and speed training," said Veltkamp. "We don't just lift for strength, but we also lift to improve speed."

Some of the team bests are:

  • Reggie Bradshaw: 4.42 40-yard
  • Robert McCune: 495 bench
  • Jason Spitz: 585 back squat

    However, one of the more impressive changes in the weight room has been increased discipline. Gone are the days of staggering into the weight room. Now each player arrives on time and all dressed the same. While the strength and speed are improving, so to is the team focus.

    Summer Workouts
    Before you know it, the 2004 football season will be upon us. While the fans continue with their everyday lives, which of course includes counting down the days until the season opener, the players are already working together. They can be found on the front lawn of the football complex and on the practice fields, as well as inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

    On Thursday the action inside the stadium was high, as the players participated in their own 7-on-7 contest. Both sides of the ball performed well. Defensively, William Gay and Kerry Rhodes making a number of impressive pass deflections, while on offense Joshua Tinch, Stefan LeFors and Harry Douglas impressed.

    Douglas used his speed on a number of occassions to burst down the sideline and creating great seperation from the defensive backs. Tinch continues to show no concern when coming across the middle and forced to go high for the reception.

    J.R. Russell has become a very vocal senior leader and was both instructing and congratulating teammates when needed.

    Big Red Is Back
    After suffering multiple ACL injuries,

    Matt Sanders
    dating back to his senior year at Male High School, Matt Sanders has worked extremely hard during the off season. He's frequently pushing himself in the weight room and in running drills, testing his knee every time out.

    Well, it appears the hard work is over. The knee brace is gone and he has been cleared to go 100% and he's doing just that. During Thurday's 7-on-7, Sanders moved well and displayed signs that his quickness hasn't left him.

    Sanders should see plenty of action this fall as a reserve middle linebacker, playing behind senior Robert McCune.


    Cards Own State
    While U of L is still the State Champs, I'm not talking about the action on the field between the two rivals. I'm referring to the contests between the state's two Division I-A programs with the state's top prospects.

    Players such as Earl Heyman, Blake Boyd, Mike Donoghue, Lamar Alston, Lee Renfro, as well as others, list Louisville as a favorite. What's even more impressive is the fact that a growing number of these players are from outside the Louisville Metro area.

    It's a testament to the great recruiting work being done in state by Bobby Petrino, Greg Nord, Mike Summers, Jeff Brohm and others.

    Newbies On Campus?
    We've learned that incoming freshmen Mario Urrutia, Brian Brohm and Josh Waller have all frequented the football facility and occassionally participating in voluntary workouts. Additionally, we've learned that incoming invited walkon quarterback Hunter Cantwell has made an appearance or two and can often be found in the Student Activites Center lifting weights.

    Returning Home?
    Jacksonville, Florida wide receiver product Rocky Ross may be returning to The Bluegrass. Rocky's parents are originally from the state of Kentucky and his father frequents the River City due to his job as a UPS pilot.

    With a 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame, coupled with 4.55 speed, Ross is a rising prospect in the Southeast and received a scholarship offer from Louisville this past Tuesday.

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