Practice Quick Hits

Quick notes from the Monday's practice at the U of L football complex.<p> <b>UPDATED</b> Monday 8:00 PM

The team has voted and the following four players have been named captains for the 2004 season:
Stefan LeFors
Kerry Rhodes
Robert McCune
J.R. Russell

Itching to get on the field
Freshman Breno Giacomini has yet to practice, but watched from the sidelines on Monday as he awaits word from the NCAA Clearinghouse. He is expected to be fully cleared and could begin practice either Tuesday or Wednesday. Giacomini has bulked up and is weighing an impressive 260-pounds and projects at defensive end.

Update Giacomini received clearance to play toward the end of Monday's practice. He's expected to join the team for Tuesday's practice.

Sophomore Michael Bush spent a few minutes with linebacker coaches Tony Levine and Reggie Johnson, but spent most of his time working with running backs.

The Real Deal
Late commit Rod Council is worth every bit of the various rankings that he received as a senior in high school. He showed impressive cover skills on the first day of action, staying stride for stride with every receiver he covered, including the fast and elusive Harry Douglas. Council also received a look at punt returner.

Tight End
As he did during the spring, Joshua Tinch spent some time working with the tight ends on Monday.

Senior Adam McCauley saw considerable time with the first unit offense at tight end, while true freshman Scott Kuhn from Conner High (KY) received most of the second team snaps.

Good to be Back

Linebacker Matt Sanders, who has missed the past two seasons because of injury, returned to the practice field Monday. Sanders, a highly rated defender two years ago at Louisville Male, saw action as the number one inside linebacker in place of the still recovering Robert McCune.

"It's been a long time coming," Sanders said of his return.

McCune, who recently had knee surgery, tested his agility and cutting during the first day of practice and might return to action this Wednesday.

First Team Defense

On the opening day of practice, the first team defense included Bobby Lefew and Montavious Stanley at tackle, Marcus Jones and Elvis Dumervil at end, Sanders, Abe Brown and Preston Smith at linebacker, William Gay and Antoine Harris at corner and Kerry Rhodes and Brent Johnson at safety.

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