Monday's Football Notebook

News & notes, including the latest on Michael Bush, Bobby Leffew, Joshua Tinch and more.

Injury Update
Defensive tackle Bobby Leffew is fully recovered and ready to go with the start of fall practice. He is running well and is showing no signs of the injury that limited him during spring camp.

Kolby Smith
Sophomore running back Kolby Smith is also fully recovered. On Monday afternoon, he was running well and making good cuts during route drills.

Michael Bush is nearly 100%, but is still being held out of voluntary drills that would force him to make cuts.

"It's about 90% right now," continued Bush. "I still haven't started cutting on it yet, but it feels good."

Bush does feel that his rehad from the injury he suffered during the first day of spring practice is progressing well.

"It's coming along real good," said Bush. "I should be back and ready long before the season starts. It just set me back so much that I had to start over. I had to work on losing weight and all the other things that I was doing before I got hurt."

Route Drills
The players on hand ran mostly route drills on Monday afternoon as most receivers, including J.R. Russell, Joshua Tinch, Montrell Jones, Harry Douglas and Todd Brigman, participated. Backs Kolby Smith, Eric Shelton, Lionel Gates and crew also took part in the passing drill.

Joshua Tinch
Tinch's dedication to the weight room and individual instruction has paid off as he appears to be in the best shape of his career.

Word is also circulating that Tinch will likely gain a year of eligiblity and could return for another season in 2005 when the Cardinals begin Big East Conference play.

Improved Workouts

Monday's running drills
New U of L Head Strength & Conditioning coach Jason Veltkamp is making a great mark on the Cardinal football program.

All the players appear to have responded to his more demanding workouts and are showing signs of improved strength, speed and endurance.

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