Heat plays role in Sunday morning practice

Wearing shoulder pads and helmets, the 13th-ranked University of Louisville Cardinals worked out under the hot sun on Sunday morning. An ITV Gallery, with an emphasis on the Cardinal secondary is also included in today's news and notes.

With temperatures soaring into the 90's by the start of the 13th-ranked Louisville Cardinals 10:00 a.m. practice on Sunday, a number of players felt the effects of the scorching sun by the end of the two hour session.

Wearing shoulder pads and helmets during their third practice of the 2006 season, the Cardinals worked with more emotion on Sunday. With 15 minutes remaining in the practice, starting quarterback Brian Brohm was overcome by the heat and had to be treated by the U of L training staff. The Heisman candidate appeared fine when leaving the field under his own power. Defensive linemen Zach Anderson and Amobi Okoye, along with linebackers Terrance Butler and Abe Brown were among the few others that also felt the effects of the extreme temperatures.

Competitions at a number of positions appear to be developing as the team approaches full pads practice.

Junior outside linebackers Malik Jackson and Terrance Butler were neck-and-neck throughout spring and the battle for the starting position has continued into the start of fall camp. Through three days of practice, the 6-foot-3, 222-pound Butler has received the majority of the reps with the first unit.

With a stockpile of talent along the defensive line, head coach Bobby Petrino and co-defensive coordinators Mike Cassity and Kevin Wolthausen have plenty of options to choose from. While Zach Anderson, Amobi Okoye, Adrian Grady and Brandon Cox currently make the first team line, there are plenty of others making statements for eventual playing time. Sophomore defensive lineman Earl Heyman has continued a trend that began during his first fall camp. The Louisville Ballard product is frequently remains afterwards to work on a particular technique and is often the last player to leave the practice field.

Safeties Jon Russell and Deon Palmer continue to split time with the first team.

The Cardinals will resume practice on Monday morning at 9:00 a.m., which will be the final practice open to the fans and media.

All photos © ITV, 2006.

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