Pads on; Let the hitting begin!

It's time to put on the pads and do some hitting for the Louisville football team. The Cardinals will gear up for the first time this spring Saturday morning as things start to heat up at the U of L football complex.

Things will start to get serious Saturday morning for the Louisville football team. The Cardinals began spring practice Wednesday, and will, for the first time since the Toyota Gator Bowl, put the pads on today for some serious hitting.

Through the first two days of practice, the Cardinals have practiced in helmets only. Today, they'll finally get to do some hitting. That's something that Bobby Petrino has been looking forward to.

"We're looking forward to getting the pads on Saturday, and getting out here and starting to bang a little bit," said Petrino. "It's hard to come out for two days in just helmets."

Practice begins at 9:30 Saturday

Through the first two days of practice, Petrino's primary focus has been on installing the offensive and defensive packages. He said the installation process would give way to greater repetition this weekend.

"We have inserted a lot of material, and we'll have one more day of installation on Saturday, and then we'll cut it back for Sunday and start going over it again," he said. "I think the execution will pick up."

Fans attendance for the Cardinals first two practice sessions has been good. About 500 fans watched Louisville's first practice, while about 200 fans came out Thursday. Practice starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, and is open to the public.

Today's weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 63 degrees.

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