Mallory on the play of his safeties through the first week of camp: "The guys are coming out each day and playing fast. We need to make sure we continue to improve each day and we've got to be better when we walk off the field than we were when we walked on. But I think we're doing a good job and things are looking good."
Mallory on Latarrius Thomas: "Last year, (Latarrius) was still learning the ropes and thinking when he was playing. But he's done a good job going from the spring to now and he's got a lot better command of what's going on. He's more comfortable in his play.
shown a lot of improvement.
"He's been blessed with good size and good speed. That's a good combination. He has a good sense for the football and, obviously, he's a very athletic kid. He keeps growing, developing and learning the nuisances of the position and he's only going to get better."
Mallory on Brandon Heath, who is pushing for playing time in the secondary: "Brandon's doing a good job. He's getting a lot of reps and he's showing a lot of improvement. He's another guy that we want to keep working because he's got talent – the size and the speed."
Mallory also said that junior "Richard Raglin is really starting to show some promise."
InsideTheVille.com also spoke with Louisville assistant Brent Myers following Thursday's practice. Myers, also in his first year at Louisville, coaches the offensive line. Here are some highlights from our conversation with Coach Myers:
Myers on the offensive lines progress during camp: "With the amount of stuff that we've put in and the defense has put in there has been some mistakes. But we've progressed quite well with the one's. We're still making some mistakes, but we're doing some really good things, too."
Myers on the strength of the line: "Quickness, athletic ability, leadership, experience. There are four guys that have played quite a bit of football here. Those guys have done a really nice job of helping the young guys. They're leadership ability is phenomenal."
Myers on Breno Giacomini's transition to tackle: "He is doing very well. He's going to be a very fine offensive tackle for us. He's very, very energetic. I wish I had his energy. Because he played tight end and the relationship between the tight end and the offensive tackle in the run game it's been a very easy transition for him to play tackle.
"We had to refine his pass protection stuff, but he's caught on very well and he's a very good protector because he's so tall and long and athletic. I think he's going to be really good and I'm very excited about him."
Myers on reserve lineman Brian Roche: "Roche has been playing hard trying to get up in the lineup, but he's got a pretty uphill battle because he's got two good players in front of him. But he's doing a good job and staying with it. He's trying to get better every day."
energy at tackle.
Myers on backup center Nick Borgelt: Myers singled out Bogelt, saying the junior has been consistent and has a good understanding of the offense. "He's very smart and directs things very well. I think he's going to be a real good football player."
Myers on starting left tackle George Bussey: "He's a hell of a football player and a great left tackle. He's competitive, smart, tough and knows the offense. I think that guy's a real good football player. I think he's one of the better guys in this league."
The University of Louisville ticket office located near Gate 2 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium will be open from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 to sell tickets to the Cardinals' first two home games.
A limited number of single-game tickets to the Cardinals' home football games against Murray State on Aug. 30 and Middle Tennessee on Sept. 6 became available when each school returned a portion of their ticket allotment. Season tickets are sold out, as is the Cardinals' Oct. 5 vs. Utah, in which some single game tickets were offered this week.
Tickets, priced at $45, may be purchased with no service fees by visiting the U of L ticket office. Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets by visiting www.ticketmaster.com online, calling (502) 361-3100 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including statewide Kroger locations. For more information, contact the U of L ticket office at (502) 852-5151 or 1-800-633-7105.
Saturday's scrimmage open to public
University of Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe announced that Saturday's scrimmage is free and open to the public. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.