Monday's practice highlights

The Louisville Cardinals put on shoulder pads for the first time during preseason camp Monday afternoon. Bobby Petrino's troops practiced hard for about two hours, - the newcomers actually went for about 3 hours - enduring 90-plus degree temperatures during a grueling, fast paced session. If you missed practice, we'll bring you up to speed with these highlights.

The Louisville Cardinals put on shoulder pads for the first time during preseason camp Monday afternoon.

Bobby Petrino's troops practiced hard for about two hours, - the newcomers actually went for about 3 hours - enduring 90-plus degree temperatures during a grueling, fast paced session.

Here are a few highlights from Monday's practice:

  • Senior LB Brandon Johnson picked off a pass during skeleton drills for the second straight day. Johnson, extremely fast for a 6-5, 220-pound LB, has good instincts when the ball is in the air and uses his speed to his advantage in pass coverage.

  • Notre Dame transfer Chris Vaughn, a 6-4, 219-pound WR, slipped through protection to block a punt during special teams drills Monday morning.

  • Sophomore P Todd Flanery looks likes he's way out in front of two freshman walk-on's - Gabe Mullane and Elliot Treece - in the race to replace Brent Moody, who transferred to Florida State. Flanery has shown a strong leg and has been fairly consistent with his punting.

  • JUCO OT Marcel Benson has the size and athleticism to become a contributor along the offensive front. However, he's got to become much stronger - evidenced by the whipping DE Josh Williams put on him during one-on-one blocking drills - and improve his balance if he's to reach his potential.


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  • Freshman TE Careg Bonner missed Monday practice. Apparently he was slightly dinged up during Sunday's practice session.

  • 6-3 freshman WR Scott Long received some snaps with the first team offense during 7-on-7 drills. If he becomes consistent catching the ball, Long might make an impact this fall.

  • Don't be surprised if sophomore TE Gary Barnidge becomes one of Brian Brohm's favorite targets this season. The 6-6, 235-pounder has been impressive during drills and has made some impressive grabs in traffic.

  • Two interesting position battles to watch during the preseason; Matt Sanders vs. Nate Harris at middle linebacker, and Gavin Smart vs. Rod Council at CB. The linebacker spot looks like Sanders' to lose and Council might have the edge at corner.

  • DE Elvis Dumervil, last year's leading sack artist with 10, gave All-America OT Travis Leffew fits during drills. Though only 6-1, Dumervil possesses outstanding speed and quickness off the edge and has extremely long arms that he uses to get to quarterbacks.

  • Malik Jackson (6-2, 230) is making a strong push for snaps at outside linebacker, and he's providing a stiff challenge for returning starter Abe Brown. Jackson has consistently been around the ball during drills.


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