Another high octane scrimmage

With a large crowd looking on inside the Trager Center, including more than one hundred high school prospects who were in town for "Junior Day," Steve Kragthorpe and the Louisville Cardinals conducted their second major scrimmage of the spring.

With a large crowd looking on inside the Trager Center, including more than one hundred high school prospects who were in town for "Junior Day," Steve Kragthorpe and the Louisville Cardinals conducted their second major scrimmage of the spring.

The Louisville coach had to be pleased with both his offense and defense, as the two sides battled each other during the hour and half scrimmage. Brian Brohm threw two touchdown passes to Mario Urrutia and connected with favorite target Harry Douglas for another score – a 60 yard strike.

"I thought we did some really good things today," Kragthorpe said. "I'm obviously pleased with the offensive production and I thought our defense stepped up and made some plays down the stretch in the red area, goal line situations.

"We were pretty error-free for the most part. Five penalties on the day in about 85-90 snaps, so for the most part I'm pretty happy with the execution."

"I thought it was a real good scrimmage," Brohm said. "Both sides got the better of each side once in and while and it was a good back and forth scrimmage."

Besides Brohm, Douglas and Urrutia, Kragthorpe also came away pleased with the play of sophomore wide receiver Scott Long, who is in a fierce battle with Chris Vaughn, JaJuan Spillman and Trent Guy, for the #3 wide receiver job.

Harry Douglas

Long made an impressive, diving grab over cornerback Marcus Folmer on a pass from Hunter Cantwell, then later hooked up with Cantwell again for a 15 yard touchdown.

"There were some great individual efforts," Kragthorpe said. "I thought Brian threw the ball well and Harry stepped up and made some plays again. Mario made some plays and Scott Long made a nice play on the sideline on the fade ball."

Once again, the 5-11 Douglas proved an elusive target. Seemingly every time the offense needs a big play, Douglas manages to find open space and make plays, including a tough 20 yard reception for a first down on third and 17 during Saturday's scrimmage.

"Harry's a good football player," Kragthorpe said. "I think the thing we have in our advantage right now is Brian's throwing the ball well, seeing the field well and absorbing what we're doing from a system standpoint. We've got a stable full of playmakers. If we can continue to do a good job executing I think we'll be hard to defend because we've got enough weapons to pick up the slack if the defense wants to take away a particular part of our arsenal."

Kragthorpe was also pleased by Anthony Allen's efforts. Allen had a five yard touchdown run early in the scrimmage that was preceded by a tough nine yard gain between the tackles, but it was his effort to elude a certain safety that had the U of L head coach beaming.

"I thought Anthony Allen ran the ball hard in between the tackles and got some real positive yards. Even though his numbers won't reflect it, he made some big runs today," said Kragthorpe. "One, he was dead in the end zone for a safety and he did a good job escaping there. He only got a one yard gain on the stat sheet, but that's plus two in terms of point production and we take that thing and finish the drive off (with a touchdown). So that's a nine point swing for us."

That was the Louisville's offenses most impressive series of the scrimmage, driving 99 yards for a touchdown. Aided by Allen's escape and a pass interference penalty, Brohm drove the Cards the length of the field for a score.

"We were on our own one and the defense did a good job holding us, then we got the pass interference penalty to get out of there and just went right down the field," Brohm said. "It was a long drive with a lot of plays and that was good for both the offense and the defense to be out on the field for a long time."

Now, Louisville heads down the home stretch of spring practice. With only three more practices to go before next Friday's Red-White Spring Game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Kragthorpe wants to make the most of practice this week.

Anthony Allen

"We've got a ways to go with some of the fundamentals in technique and that's what we really need to concentrate on over the course of the next three practices before we play the spring game Friday night," Kragthorpe said. "We're doing some very good things. Our guys are flying around, but we've got some fundamental alignment, assignment, technique errors that are causing us to be out of position and not putting us in position to make some plays on both sides of the ball.

"I'm pleased with where we're at and happy with the progress that we've made but certainly not satisfied. We've got a long way to go to be the kind of football team we want to be and we need to really do a great job of utilizing these next three practices and the spring game to put ourselves into position (to improve)."

Kragthorpe said 55-60 percent of his offense has been installed this spring, adding that "a lot of the nuances, a lot of the wrinkles and a lot of the special plays aren't in right now."

"I think you'll see a lot of what we ran in the past be re-installed back in," Brohm said. "What we did was put in most of the Tulsa offense first to make sure we got acclimated with that and got the basics down. We'll just keep building on those things as we go on."

Louisville's secondary appears to be limping into next week's spring game. First teamers Bobby Buchanan and Latarrius Thomas are both nursing leg injuries and did not participate in Saturday's scrimmage. Redshirt freshman corner Johnny Patrick is also out with an injury.

"There's no doubt we're a little banged up in the secondary, but I'd be a little bit more concerned if we were in the middle of the season," Kragthorpe said.

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