After taking Monday off to rest from three straight days of practice, the Louisville players endured another physical practice on the fourth day of spring practice. The Cardinals will return to the practice field Wednesday to prepare for Thursday's scrimmage, the first official one of spring practice.
"It'll be a good opportunity for some of the younger guys to step up and get in the game situations and see how they play," said junior center Eric Wood of the upcoming scrimmage. "Sometimes practice isn't the proper assessment of players' actual ability so I guess we'll see what they can actually do."
Running Back Committee
The Louisville running backs got plenty of work in Tuesday, including some very physical goal-line running toward the end of practice. Juniors George Stripling and Brock Bolen and sophomore Anthony Allen are the main running backs jockeying for position in the backfield.
"We just need to come out and focus on the little things," Bolen said. "We've got some great running backs and hopefully it's running back by committee so we can all get in there with fresh legs and just pound on the defense."
Allen, who played at 228 pounds last year and is up to 235, has looked good this spring. "It's all muscle and I've gotten leaner," Allen said. "I've been working on my speed during the off-season and I've gotten a lot faster.
"Everything is going good and I think everything is coming together. We've got a lot going on right now. We've been doing some one-back stuff and some two-back stuff so it looks like we're going to do both."
Allen said he's focused on two things this spring.
"I need to work on my acceleration through the hole and keeping my pads low," he said. "I'm setting my expectations high and I hope to build on what I did last season."
Spring Notebook: Day Four
Michael Bush attended practice today and seemed to be walking just fine along the sidelines of the Trager Center.
6-5, 230 pound Trinity High prospect Same Roby stopped by U of L Tuesday, arriving with Oscar Brohm midway through practice.
great early this spring.
6-6, 295 pound Marc Stevens from Lexington, Ohio watched practice. Stevens made an unofficial visit to Louisville for the West Virginia game last season and spent several minutes after practice talking with Eric Wood about the Cardinals program.
Three players I plan to watch closely during Thursday's scrimmage: DT L.T. Walker; WR Troy Pascley; OL Mike Donoghue. Walker, a 6-3, 305 pound sophomore has been an impressive physical specimen during the first few days of spring practice. Pascley, a redshirt freshman, certainly passes the look test. He's tall, fast and seemingly catches everything thrown his way during drills. Donoghue is currently working with the second team, but appears the most likely current reserve to crack through to the first team up front this spring.