Spring Notebook: Scrimmage Prep

With threatening weather approaching on Friday afternoon, the Cardinals utilized the Trager Center indoor facility for the first time this spring. InsideTheVille.com was there as well and came back with comments from U of L head coach Bobby Petrino and more...

The risk of potential thunderstorms, hail and tornados forced the University of Louisville program indoors on Friday afternoon. With a scrimmage scheduled for Saturday afternoon, the Cardinals spent the majority of the practice session working on different alignments and packages.

"I think we are getting better," said U of L head coach Bobby Petrino following Friday's workout. "We still have a long ways to go. We are giving everybody reps, so sometimes it doesn't look as smooth as you'd like, but what we're really working for is individual improvement. Having guys learn the details of their position, understand what we want to do on offense, defense and special teams and then play with great effort."

Petrino hopes to see the individual efforts carry over into Saturday afternoon's practice and scrimmage.

"We're going to come out and practice real hard for a good hour," Petrino explained of the practice scheduled for noon. "We'll go through a lot of drills and continue to improve on our technique, get them nice and tired and then see who can execute and do what they're coached to do when they are tired."

Brohm Report
Junior quarterback Brian Brohm continues to perform well and may have had his best outing of spring practice on Friday.

"Brian did real well today," said Petrino. "He looked really sharp. I think that's the sharpest I've seen him."

Bush Report
Senior running back Michael Bush missed his third consecutive practice. While we're told it's nothing to be concerned about, Bush is being held out because he's not completely 100%.

Get Physical
After watching his offense essentially have it's way with his defense during the team's first scrimmage on Sunday, Petrino says that he's hoping for much improved play on the defensive side of the ball on Saturday.

"I hope they do," said Petrino. "I'd like to see them come out and play real physical. We haven't tackled great yet, because we've basically only two days of live tackling, so hopefully our tackling will pick up."

This past week of practice has been promising as players such as Deon Palmer, Malik Jackson and William Gay have started to make big plays.

"We are starting to make some plays," continued Petrino. "That's the thing that I've been happy with - we're getting turnovers."

Is freshman Craig James moving
to the secondary?
On the Move?
Freshman Craig James spent the first week of spring ball working with the receivers, but on Friday began to receive some reps at cornerback. As a senior at Jacksonville (Fla.) Lee High School, James recorded 36 tackles and 2 interceptions playing in the defensive backfield.

Quick Hits

  • Sophomore receiver Corey Thompson, who transferred to Louisville from Duke a year ago, has improved each day out and has seen a continued rise in his share of reps.
  • Pat Carter turned in the reception of the day.
  • Sophomore receiver Mario Urrutia caught everything thrown his way on Friday and appears ready for Saturday's scrimmage.
  • Junior Day
    U of L is set to host dozens of high school prospects on Saturday afternoon for it's annual Junior Day, something Petrino says has become a day to showcase the rapidly growing program.

    "I think it's something that we try to showcase," he explained. "It's the first time for a lot of them to get a look at our campus. They'll get to talk to our coaching staff and see all of our facilities. That's why we are practicing and not just scrimmaging. I want them to see how we practice and see the drills that we go through."

    On Friday, a few of Saturday's expected visitors stopped by the Trager Center to watch the Cardinals prepare for the upcoming scrimmage, including four-star quarterback Matt Simms of Don Bosco Prep. Simms, who was accompanied by his father Phil, is a former teammate of current Cardinals Darius Mann and Brian Roche.

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