Urrutia stars during Friday morning scrimmage

After nearly one week of practice, including the past two days in full pads, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino was ready to see his team tackle. To accomplish that, Petrino brought out the yard markers and referees Friday morning for an intense, controlled scrimmage that lasted nearly an hour and a half. What he saw was an active defense that flew around the field - making plays and batting down passes at a nice clip.

After nearly one week of practice, including the past two days in full pads, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino was ready to see his team tackle.

To accomplish that, Petrino brought out the yard markers and referees Friday morning for an intense, controlled scrimmage that lasted nearly an hour and a half. What he saw was an active defense that flew around the field - making plays and batting down passes at a nice clip.

"It was a controlled scrimmage," Petrino said afterward. "I wanted to see us tackle and get our guys running to the ball. I didn't worry too much about scheme because we just wanted our players to line up, run hard and make plays."

Petrino also said after the scrimmage that he was pleased with how his defense ran to the ball.

"I think we started to see [the defense] running to ball and that's always hard to do, because when we practice we want everyone to stay up and stay healthy, but when we scrimmage we want them to fly around and go full speed. You have to have a good balance of it because you want everyone ready for that first game," said Petrino.

The Cardinals run game also looked solid, with junior Michael Bush picking up the tough yards off-tackle. While Petrino sounded fairly pleased with his running backs after the scrimmage, it was clear he wants to see them make more big plays.


Bobby Petrino sounded pleased
with his defenses energy after
Friday mornings scrimmage.

"We have some pretty good running backs," Petrino said. "We have to do a good job of getting them some holes. I'd like to see a few more plays from the running backs, but we had a couple [today]."

Though the pass defense, especially from the first team, was solid during the scrimmage, U of L's wide receivers managed to make several big plays. Mario Urrutia turned in an outstanding performance. The 6-6 redshirt freshman wide receiver caught three touchdown passes, including two 60 yarders from backup quarterback Hunter Cantwell and one covering 25 yards when he out-jumped cornerback Bobby Buchanan in the endzone.

Chris Vaughn, a transfer wide receiver from Notre Dame, and Corey Thompson, who transferred from Duke, both caught touchdown passes from third-string QB Bill Ashburn.

"I thought [our receivers] came out and made some big plays which is something we needed to do," offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said. "We've got to clean up some little details on a few routes and be a little bit better on third down. But we made some big plays and came out and played hard."

Cornerback Rod Council stood out on defense. He's simply a "shut down" corner on the edge and broke up a deep Brian Brohm pass along the sideline that was intended for wide receiver Broderick Clark.

Brandon Cox and Adrian Grady played solidly for the second team defense. Cox, an end, intercepted a Hunter Cantwell pass in the flat, while Grady, a backup tackle, recorded a sack. True freshman tackle Earl Heyman made one tackle for loss against the third-team defense.

Fullback Brock Bolen, a transfer from Illinois, made the longest run of the scrimmage of the third team defense, breaking a tackle near the line of scrimmage before out-running several defenders in pursuit.

Notes

  • Apparently, freshman quarterback Lee Sweeney has returned home to recover from a viral infection, possibly mononucleosis. His status for the coming season is unknown at this time.
  • Defensive tackle Montavious Stanley turned in a fine performance during the scrimmage, highlight by a pursuit tackle of Kolby Smith for no gain.
  • The offense had some problems holding onto the football early during the scrimmage. Both quarterbacks - Brohm and Cantwell, put the ball on the field and running back George Strippling coughed one up too.


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