Bobby Petrino's Louisville Cardinals were back on the practice fields Tuesday morning for their fourth session since fall camp began Saturday afternoon. Tuesday's practice marked the second consecutive day the Cardinals were in shoulder pads, and the squad appears ready to go in full pads Wednesday. The team worked for about two and half hours in the Tuesday morning heat, and spent considerable time concentrating on special teams.
Bobby Petrino's Louisville Cardinals were back on the practice fields Tuesday morning for their fourth session since fall camp began Saturday afternoon.
Tuesday's practice marked the second consecutive day the Cardinals were in shoulder pads, and the squad appears ready to go in full pads Wednesday. The team worked for about two and half hours in the Tuesday morning heat, and spent considerable time concentrating on special teams.
Here are the highlights from Tuesday's practice:
Prior to Saturday's first practice, Petrino told the media one of the major focuses during fall camp would be to concentrate on special teams. Tuesday, Petrino began practice working with his field goal and punt units, then after position drills and a mid-practice water break resumed special team work with his kick-off coverage unit.
Joshua Tinch has clearly shown he's one of the team's undisputed leaders with his work ethic early in fall camp. He's also proved capable of hauling in the tough catch in traffic, making two spectacular grabs in tight coverage during passing drills. Don't be surprised if Tinch replaces J.R. Russell as Louisville's go-to guy this season.
JUCO transfer Nate Harris and sophomore Matt Sanders split reps with the first team defense Tuesday, and it appears that 6-2, 230-pound Florida native will be given every opportunity once the pads go on to earn a starting spot in the middle of coordinator Mike Cassity's defense.
QB Hunter Cantwell has thrown the ball extremely well in fall camp.
If finding a back-up for Brian Brohm at quarterback was a concern heading into fall camp, it doesn't look like much of one through the first four practice sessions. Redshirt freshman Hunter Cantwell (6-4, 230) continues to impress with his ability to throw the ball, especially down the field. Cantwell clearly has a strong accurate arm, but he's looked particularly good throwing the touch pass and has been on target with nearly all of this throws. It'll be interesting to see how well Cantwell operates when the pads go on tomorrow.
Freshman wide receiver Scott Long seems to get better every day. In fact, it seems he's already worked his way up the depth chart, running a number of series with the No. 2 offense during skeleton drills Tuesday, making a nice catch on a slant route during 11-on-11 drills against the second team defense. At 6-3, Long certainly has the size to compete right away, but it's been his speed that has been most surprising. Long certainly looks like one of the newcomers who will see action this fall, and might start out working on special teams, too.
Another freshman receiver – Trenton Guy – looks like he might develop into a true deep threat in time. Guy has shown nice hands and the ability to get behind the defense the past few days. He made a nice diving catch for a long gain after getting behind corner Lamar Alston toward the end of Tuesday's practice.
Since camp opened last weekend, Petrino has spent significant time working on his offense's two-minute drill. From the look of things, Brian Brohm and company will have no problems moving the ball quickly when the need a quick score in a close ball game.
Michael Bush's one-handed grab down-field against tight coverage might have been the best grab of the day.
Gavin Smart will have a hard time keeping redshirt freshman corner Rod Council out of the starting line-up. Council was excellent in pass coverage today, and made a sensational pass break-up during 7-on-7 drills. What separates Council from others? He has outstanding closing/recovering speed.
Two true freshman – quarterback Lee Sweeney and tight end Careg Bonner – didn't practice on Tuesday. Sweeney hasn't practiced since Saturday and Bonner missed his second practice in a row.