Offense shines during scrimmage

Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe put his team through a physical and entertaining one and half hour scrimmage Thursday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. has the scoop.

Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe put his team through a physical and entertaining one and half hour scrimmage Thursday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The Cardinals began the scrimmage working first and ten starting at the 35 yard line, then moved to mid-field for several series. Kragthorpe concluded the scrimmage with several red zone series.

"We were trying to create game situations," Kragthorpe said. "We get down inside the red zone and around the goal line and I want to see how guys respond."

Led by Brian Brohm, the first team offense scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, then had to settle for an Art Carmody field goal on their third possession.

After jumping out to a 17-0 lead, the first team defense regrouped and stepped up, holding Brohm and the Louisville offense to consecutive three and outs on the next two possessions.

Harry Douglas made several
big plays.

Offensively, there were plenty of fireworks. Brohm was sharp the entire scrimmage, completing 12 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown, while backup Hunter Cantwell completed 6 passes for 95 yards.

Brohm connected with Harry Douglas twice on deep routes for big gains and also had a 50 yard touchdown pass to the 5-11 senior called back because of penalty. Douglas led Louisville with 3 receptions for 87 yards.

Sophomore JuJuan Spillman also had a big scrimmage. Spillman finished as the games leading rusher, carrying 6 times for 61 yards, including a nifty 18 yard touchdown run.

"I thought it was great," Kragthorpe said. "The tempo was excellent, we had no turnovers and very few penalties. So having only six practices – this being our sixth – I was very pleased with the execution.

"I saw some good things on both sides of the ball. I saw some offensive plays. I saw the defense step up and make a goal line stand. I feel pretty good about things, but there are still a lot of things that we've got to improve upon. This will be a great film for us and give us a chance to really evaluate some guys and see where we're at."

Kragthorpe sounded pleased with the play of his quarterbacks following the scrimmage.

"I thought Brian threw the ball very crisply and Hunter threw the ball well. So I was pleased with both quarterbacks," Kragthorpe said. "Harry made some plays on the outside and I thought Sergio ran the ball hard. So initially those are the guys that stood out on offense.

Defensively, the new Louisville coach seemed happy with the play of his defensive line.

"I thought Peanut did some good things and Earl (Heyman) did some good things on the inside. And Adrian (Grady) played well on the inside. Malik played just a little bit and got just limited reps tonight, but I thought he did some nice things. So I think overall we're coming along."

Unofficial Scrimmage Depth Chart

*First team offense: QB Brian Brohm; Linemen George Bussey, Eric Wood, Danny Barlow, Breno Giacomini, Marcel Benson; WR's Mario Urrutia, Harry Douglas; TE Gary Barnidge, ; RB Anthony Allen

*Second team offense: QB Hunter Cantwell; Linemen Mike Donoghue, Marcus Gordon, Jeff Adams, Josh Byrom, Nick Borgelt; WR's Corey Thompson, Scott Long, JaJuan Spillman; TE Scott Kuhn; RB's Sergio Spencer, Brock Bolen, George Stripling

*First team defense: Linemen Brandon Cox, Earl Heyman, Peanut Whitehead, Adrian Grady; linebackers Lamar Myles, Malik Jackson, Preston Smith; defensive backs Bobby Buchanan, Rod Council, Latarrius Thomas, Jonathan Russell

*Second team defense: Linemen Michael Adams, LT Walker, Maurice Mitchell, Willie Williams; linebackers Stephen Garr, Terrance Butler, Mozell Axson; defensive backs Deon Palmer, Richard Raglin, Travis Norton, Marcus Folmar.

Unofficial Scrimmage Stats

Passing: Brohm 12-207 (TD); Cantwell 6-95 (TD); Wolfe 2-19

Rushing: Douglas 1-28; Allen 7-22; Spillman 6-61 (TD); Spencer 8-28; Stripling 4-2 (TD); Bolen 2-9

Receiving: Douglas 3-87; Urrutia 2-17; Carter 2-49 (TD); Bolen 1-4; Kuhn 2-47 (TD); Spillman 1-11; Barnidge 1-9; Long 1-5; Thompson 2-21; Gardner 2-19; Nochta 1-19

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