If you blinked you might have thought the team was going through a scrimmage on Wednesday. Coach Petrino twice had the team run a simulated scrimmage and a number of players played well. Among those that stood out were safety Brent Johnson, receiver Harry Douglas, quarterback Stefan LeFors and cornerback William Gay.
The team will dress in full pads for the first time on Friday. Practice will be held at 2:00 p.m. due to the Fan Festival later that evening at Cardinal Park.
Senior linebacker Robert 'Hammer' McCune appears to be nearly 100%. McCune participated in the majority of drills on Wednesday afternoon.
'Strong' Free Safety
Senior free safety Brent Johnson turned in his best performance of the first three days of practice on Wednesday. He was reading the offense well and breaking on the ball, making a few nice pass deflections.
Long Road Back?
Shane Bailey, who is one of the very few that came into fall camp under-conditioned, is making a strong effort to regain his spot on the 2-deep chart, a spot he had at the end of the spring. During sprints at the end of Wednesday's practice session, Bailey often led the pack, running full steam.
Return of the QB
Former Louisville quarterback Marty Lowe has returned to the River City and will replace Greg Brohm as 840 WHAS's sideline reporter during games. Lowe played for the Cardinals from 1991-95 and threw for 4,861-yards, sixth most in U of L history.
Russell, LeFors & M. Jones
Despite running the numerous 50-yard sprints under the direction of Coach Veltkamp and the team ready to move onto the next exercise, senior J.R. Russell emphatically urged his teammates into running two more, stating, "two more for Kentucky!"
Improved Receivers, Improved Secondary!
It's no secret that Louisville is very talented and very deep at the receiver position, but the talent pool in the Cardinals secondary is rapidly improving. Obviously, being forced to guard some of the better receivers in the country will have a positive effect, but the coaching of Defensive Coordinator/Safties Coach Mike Cassity and Cornerbacks Coach Joe Whitt Jr, has been impressive. The two coaches are giving more attention to detail in all aspects of the positions.
You Make The Call!
While observing both the receivers and running backs through all three days, I realized just how difficult a job Coach Petrino and his offensive assistants have in deciding which players start and how often each one plays. With at least seven receivers and five running backs being more than capable of hearing his number frequently called, I'm glad I don't have to make that call.
Knock On Wood
With McCune growing healthier each day, the Cardinals continue with no significant injuries through the first few days of practice. There have been a few limps, but nothing that hasn't been overcome by the following day.