Spring Notebook: Day 6

University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino is getting a look at a number of combinations along the defensive front as a handful of players took turns working with the first team on Wednesday...

The first and second teams on the defensive side of the ball has seen it's share of player movement over the past couple practices. On Tuesday, outside linebacker Preston Smith had moved up to the first team linebackers, joining Malik Jackson and Nate Harris, while Deon Palmer was the majority of the reps at strong safety.

The moving continued on Wednesday. Senior Abe Brown split time with Preston Smith, while defensive tackle Earl Heyman and defensive end Jonathan Holston saw some time with the defensive line first team.

Palmer Continues
Safety Deon Palmer followed up a solid Tuesday practice, with another impressive outing on Wednesday. The sophomore, who ran with the first team for a second consecutive day, intercepted three passes during pass drills and had a few additional near misses, including one that slipped through his hands.

Junior Jon Russell also snagged an interception on Wednesday.

Pat's Back
After being absent from practice on Tuesday due to an illness, junior Pat Carter returned to practice on Wednesday. Again, he rotated reps at both receiver and quarterback, while also working with punt returns.

"He's got a great arm," U of L quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm said of Carter. "He's a great athlete. The key for us is to give him a very limited package of things for him in every game in case we need him to play. He can do a lot of special things with the ball. He does a great job at receiver as well."

Praise Continues for O-line
With three starters needed for the Cardinals offensive line, much of the focus of spring ball has been directed towards assistant coach Mike Summers group. Through the first week of practice, the new line has drawn the praise of Michael Bush, Brian Brohm and a number of others.

Sophomore running back Brock Bolen has also been impressed by the early play of the new offensive line.

"The o-line is doing great," he said. "We have a bunch of young guys to go along with the older guys and they all know their assignments and are doing a great job."

Quick Hits

  • Freshman JuJuan Spillman may have had his best outing to date on Wednesday. Under tight coverage, the receiver displayed his quickness and made two difficult catches down field.
  • Redshirt freshman Josh McDonald is now working with the linebackers. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder joined the Cardinal program as a receiver following an All-State performance at Castle High School in Indiana.
  • Senior Michael Bush missed a second day ofpractice due to an illness.
  • Punter Todd Flannery turned in another solid outing – possibly his best of the first week of spring practice.
  • Sophomore receiver Mario Urrutia struggled on Wednesday afternoon, dropping a couple of accurately thrown balls.
  • Linebackers Malik Jackson and Terrance Butler both made an interception during skelly drills.

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