Camp Season Approaches

With our exclusive coverage of the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, coupled with the visit by 7'3 center Hasheem Thabeet grabbing the majority of the headlines for the past few days, we put together some news and notes to get you back up to speed with the latest from the world of Cardinal football...

Last June marked the first ever QB/WR and lineman camps held by the U of L football program and both were considered huge successes as a number of the top player's in the country spent time learning from the Cardinal coaches.

It all kicks off again this Sunday (June 4) with the QB/WR camp, while the lineman camp and 7-on-7 passing tournament are set for June 10. The Senior Development Camp, which will include an NFL-style combine, will be held on Sunday, June 11.

"In those camps, the players are going to learn the same techniques that we teach our players," said U of L Football Director of Operations Greg Brohm. "The coaching staff works intensely with each player."

Due to the success of the linecamp last spring, this year's event will include an added feature that will only enhance the experience of those participating.

"We're going to have coaches from other colleges in the area at that camp, so (players) will get to work with coaches from around Kentucky and Indiana - it's a good way to be seen by these coaches," explained Brohm.


U of L Offensive Coordinator &
Receivers Coach Paul Petrino
The popularity of all the camps has only continued to increase, as the amount of athletes signing up to attend rolls forward at a strong pace.

"With the quarterback - receiver camp we are ahead of where we were last year," Brohm continued. "It just makes perfect sense when you have a coach like Coach Petrino, Jeff Brohm who played quarterback in the NFL for many years and Paul Petrino, who is one of the best receivers coach that I've ever been around. When you have guys like that running that type of camp and working in the offensive system that we have, it's really a no-brainer for a high school quarterback or receiver who wants to improve his skills."

Stay tuned to InsideTheVille.com all week for updates on players that will be camping at Louisville this June.

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Didn't we start to read and hear about how Louisville was going to be the surprise team that would challenge for a spot in the Bowl Championship Series Championship game around this time last year? With many of the preseason magazines now hitting the newsstands, the Cardinals are once again finding themselves among the prognosticators title talk.

Unlike last year, the so-called experts aren't stepping out on a very long limb. With a number of experienced veterans, such as Brian Brohm, Michael Bush, Rod Council and Nate Harris, returning, this year's squad is arguably the deepest and most talented one ever assembled at U of L.

Both Bush and Brohm are being mentioned as early Heisman Trophy candidates by online, print and television media. Sophomore center Eric Wood was named to The Dave Rimington Trophy spring watch list of top collegiate centers for the 2006 season.

The spring watch list consists of thirty-nine of college football's top men in the middle and will be updated once prior to the beginning of the season. Five sophomores, eleven Juniors and twenty-three Seniors make up the very strong field. The lone returning finalist from last year, Dan Mozes, will anchor the West Virginia offensive front this fall.

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Bryan Dermody, an assistant strength coach for the past four months at Drake University and a former player at Lakeland College, has joined University of Louisville Coach Bobby Petrino's staff as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

As an assistant at Drake, Dermody directed the strength programs for the football, volleyball and track and field teams.

Prior to joining the Drake staff, Dermody served four seasons at Iowa working with the football program and was also an intern with the Hawkeyes for two seasons prior to that. As an intern, Dermody was involved with all aspects of the football strength and conditioning program, including the administration of the developmental program.

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A handful of incoming freshmen will attend a summer semester at U of L. While they will begin classes later this week, Anthony Allen, Rodney Gnat, Brandon Heath, Johnny Patrick, Latarrius Thomas and Peanut Whitehead will also participate in voluntary workouts throughout the summer.

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It appears that the traditional kickoff of the football season between the Cardinals and Wildcats will once again be played on a Sunday evening.

With a large slate of games on tap for Saturday, September 2, fans of the the in-state rivals can expect for the brass at ESPN to eventually announce that the Cardinals will attempt to win their fourth straight over the visiting Wildcats on Sunday, September 3.

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  • As we reported in our premium forum on Friday, Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer High School tight end Cameron Joplin picked up a scholarship offer from Louisville last week. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder also holds offers from Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Northwestern.

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