Running back Michael Bush and quarterback/wide receiver Pat Carter missed practice on Tuesday. Bush and Carter both participated in Sunday's scrimmage, and were impressive during the first week of spring practice. Sports Information Director Rocco Gassparo said both players missed practice because they were ill. Gassparo didn't know if either player would return to practice Wednesday.
Sophomore safety Deon Palmer was impressive Tuesday. Palmer ran with the first unit defense during Tuesday's practice and intercepted two passes. He also was a standout during one-on-one tackling drills against the running backs and tight ends, and nearly intercepted a third pass that Scott Long caught for a touchdown. "It was perfect coverage," assistant Joe Whitt told Palmer. "Just make the play."
The Cardinal defense spent time working on their tackling Tuesday. The linebackers and safeties worked against the running backs and tight ends in one-on-one tackling situations. Standouts on defense were safety Richard Raglin, linebacker Lamar Myles, linebacker Nate Harris, safety Deon Palmer, and linebacker Malik Jackson. Terrance Butler appeared to struggle somewhat during the drill, while Myles showed that he could find the ball carrier and deliver a pop. Running back Brock Bolen slipped past defenders on more than one occasion.
Sophomore transfer wide receiver Chris Vaughn might be emerging as the Cardinals primary pass catching threat across the middle of the field. Vaughn hauled in several receptions over the middle during Tuesday's practice, and looked comfortable doing it. Vaughn has ideal size to go across the middle, and speed to get separation from linebackers.
Defense Taking Shape
The first team defense on Tuesday: Brandon Cox and Zach Anderson at end, Amobi Okoye and Adrian Grady at tackle, Preston Smith, Malik Jackson, and Nate Harris at linebacker, William Gay and Rod Council at corner, and Brandon Sharp and Deon Palmer at safety.
The second team defense on Tuesday: Jonathan Holston and Maurice Mitchell at end, Earl Heyman and Willie Williams at tackle, Lamar Myles, Terrance Butler and Abe Brown at linebacker, Travis Norton and Marcus Folmar at corner, and Richard Raglin and Jonathan Russell at safety.
Ever wondered why a punter would want to come to Louisville and play for the Cardinals?
Redshirt freshman Gabe Mullane offered an interesting explanation. "It's all about (winning) a ring," he said when asked why he chose to walk-on at U of L.