Day 3: News & Notes

Competition Update
  • The competition between middle linebackers Matt Sanders and Nate Harris hasn't been as close as many expected to this point. Through three days, Sanders appears to have a firm hold on the starting job, while Harris is running with the second group.

    Harris is as athletic and quick as billed, but he's still adjusting to the tempo of head coach Bobby Petrino's practices, as well as improving his understanding of defensive coordinator Mike Cassity's defense.

    Sanders, who appeared in 10 games last year, is doing a commendable performing as the quarterback for the defense. When he is on the sideline, he's often discussing alignments with fellow linebackers Brandon Johnson and Abe Brown.

  • Sophomore linebacker Malik Jackson has been one of the great surprises of the first three days. After seeing limited time as a redshirt freshman in 2004, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Jackson is ready to make a push for reps with the first unit.

    On Monday, he split time with Abe Brown and filled the role well. He has a better understanding of the defense and seem's to read the offense even better.

  • The competition at cornerback is the highest I may have ever seen at Louisville. While William Gay and Rod Council will create headaches for opposing coaches all year long, a now healthy Gavin Smart, along with solid newcomer's Bobby Buchanan and Travis Norton, assistant coach Joe Whitt Jr. has a group that will likely develop into one of the nation's top unit's by year end.

    Injury Update

  • Sophomore receiver Harry Douglas inched closer to returning to practice on Monday when he ran some cut drills and pass routes with an assistant trainer. He moved well and didn't show any signs of a lingering sprained ankle.
  • Freshman offensive lineman Brian Roche also continues to rehab. Roche, who broke his leg while visiting a friend last winter, spent time riding a stationary bike and working with a medicine ball.
  • Skellie Action

    After reporting to practice an hour prior to the veterans for the first two days of fall camp, the program's newest members started Monday with the upperclassmen. Following practice, Coach Petrino kept the freshmen, transfers and a few others on the field for a few minutes of skellie action.

    Time's Running Out

    If you want to check out the 14th-ranked Cardinals prior to the season opener at Kentucky your time is getting short.

    The remaining schedule for open practice:
    Aug. 9: 10 am
    Aug. 10: 10 am
    Aug. 11: 9 am & 4 pm
    Aug. 12: 9 am
    Aug. 13 : 9 am & 6 pm

    FanFest is Saturday, August 13th at 6:00 p.m. Saturday will be your last opportunity to see U of L before they play UK. Practice will be followed by autograph session. Hotdogs and Pepsi to the first 500 fans to arrive.

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