Cards tackle, but Bush sits out contact

The University of Louisville football team tackled during the second half of Wednesday's two-hour practice session inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, but star senior running back Michael Bush didn't participate during the contact portion of the action. has the latest from the practice fields.

The Louisville football team tackled for the second half of Wednesday afternoon's practice inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, but three key offensive cogs were held out of the action.

Besides quarterback Brian Brohm, who is being held out of contact drills this spring while he rehabs his right knee, running backs Michael Bush and Kolby Smith did not participate in the hour long hit-fest. Bush missed practice last week because of illness, returning to the field for the first time since the first week of practice on Tuesday.

"I'm doing good, I'm fine," Bush said after practice. "I was down for almost the whole week last week with the flu, so Coach decided not to have me out here getting everybody else sick."

George Strippling ran well in
Michael Bush's absence Wednesday.

George Strippling and Sergio Spencer filled in for Bush and Smith. Strippling ran particularly well during practice. Spencer, a sophomore from Male High School, is himself nursing an injury to his left wrist. Spencer said he thought he suffered torn ligaments in his wrist during Saturday's scrimmage, and would find out exactly the nature of his injury Wednesday night. However, Spencer was adamant the injury wouldn't keep him out of spring practice.

The Cardinals spent the last session of practice working on overtime situations. After falling in a dramatic OT thriller at West Virginia last season, Bobby Petrino put his team to the test Wednesday afternoon. The offense faired well in the overtime drills, scoring touchdowns on three of four possessions. The first team defense stopped the offense on the final OT sequence, recovering a Chris Vaughn fumble inside the 10 yard line.


  • Though Michael Bush was held out of the contact portion of Wednesday's practice, the 6-3, 250-pound senior did participate in non-contact drills during the first part of practice.

  • Freshman wide receiver JuJuan Spillman made an impressive leaping touchdown catch from Pat Carter in the end zone over tight coverage.

  • Preston Smith delivered the hit of the day when he drilled Chris Vaughn over the middle of the field. To his credit, Vaughn, a sturdy 6-3, 230-pound sophomore, held onto the ball despite Smith's heavy blow.

  • Sophomore linebacker Lamar Myles returned to practice after missing Tuesday's practice to attend the funeral of his grandfather in Florida.

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