Spring Practice: Wednesday Notebook

The rain held off and the Cardinals put in another strong afternoon of work. The notebook includes player reports, news of a walkon, unofficial visitor and more.

The Cardinals returned to the practice fields for the first time since Monday's controlled scrimmage. Despite the threat of rain, a large crowd attended the session, including a few dozen college coaches on hand to observe a Bobby Petrino run practice.

Climbing the Depth Chart
While the first teams on both sides of the ball remain intact, a few players are seeing increased action with the projected starting units.

On Wednesday, cornerback Deon Palmer and defensive end Maurice Mitchell saw time with the first team, while on offense, receivers Mario Urrutia and Jimmy Riley spent time working with the top squad.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Palmer has looked impressive through the start of spring and appears to have a jumpstart on locking down a spot on the second team, playing behind starters William Gay and Rod Council.

Just a redshirt freshman, Palmer transferred to U of L from Georgia Southern prior to the start of the 2004 season.

Off And Running?
During Monday's scrimmage the first team defense limited the Cardinals ground game to short yardage. On Wednesday, Michael Bush, Kolby Smith, George Stripling and Reggie Bradshaw appeared to be running with more determination. We'll see how they do in the next scheduled scrimmage on Saturday morning.

Back In Pads
Senior receiver Joshua Tinch put on pads for the first time this spring on Wednesday. While he was still limited in his activity, he is expected to return to full practice drills possibly as early as Friday.

Returning Kicks
The Cardinals coaching staff spent a large portion of Wednesday's practice working on kickoff returns. Rod Council, Broderick Clark and George Stripling all looked impressive finding the seams.

New Addition!
Manual High School running back Quintin Diggs has received an academic scholarship to the University of Louisville and will join the football team as a walk-on this fall.

As a senior, Diggs rushed for 1,192-yards and 12 touchdowns on 159 attempts.

Big Visitor
Defensive lineman Aundre Henderson of Manual High School also visited the Cardinals practice Wednesday afternoon.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Henderson currently holds a scholarship offer from Kentucky and is receiving heavy interest from Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Clemson, Minnesota, Purdue and others.

Henderson will also attend U of L's Junior Day.

Future On Hand
Cardinal signee JuJuan Spillman watched the practice on Wednesday. Spillman, who returned from a basketball tournament in Las Vegas on Tuesday, departs for Ohio on Thursday to begin preparations for this weekend's KY v. OH all-star basketball game.

Alabama HS Visitors
Coaches from Spain Park High School in Hoover, Alabama also attended practice on Wednesday. ITV has learned that the coaches wanted to see the U of L program up close. Their presence can only boost Petrino's staff in their recruiting efforts of Spain Park quarterback Neil Caudle.

Caudle, who has scholarship offers from Auburn, Alabama, Louisville and Michigan, has a number of family connections with Auburn, but is apparently a big fan of Bobby Petrino.

Next Scrimmage
The Cards will conduct their next scrimmage on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.


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