Spring practice opens Thursday

The University of Louisville football team will kick off its 2005 spring drills with a 4:00 p.m. workout on Thursday at the Papa John's Football Complex.

The Cardinals' workouts are open to the public, but spectators are encouraged to call the Sports Information Office at 852-6581 for practice updates.

The Cardinals will have 15 practices between Thursday and April 22 when the team will conclude spring drills with the annual Red & White Spring Game at 7:30 p.m.

Louisville is coming off a memorable 11-1 season that included a trip to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and a school record No. 6 AP ranking. The Cardinals defeated No. 10 Boise State, 44-40, in the Liberty Bowl to cap one of the best seasons in school history.

Offensively, the Cardinals return 10 players who started at least one game in 2004 and lost five starters. The offensive line will be one of the key positions with four of five starters returning. On defense, the Cardinals bring back seven players with starting experience from a year ago, but did lose six starters. Louisville has 45 lettermen returning.

Here are the practice times for the spring:

3/31: 4pm
4/1: 3:30pm
4/2: Noon
4/3: Noon
4/6: 4pm
4/8: 3:30pm
4/9: 10am
4/12: 4pm
4/13: 4pm
4/15: 3:30pm
4/16: Noon
4/18: 4pm
4/19: 4pm
4/21: 4pm
4/22: 7:30pm - Spring Game

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