Louisville's practice Friday afternoon set the stage for the first spring scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Cardinals have been extremely physical all week since putting the pads on Tuesday but toned it down on Friday in anticipation of tomorrow's high-intensity scrimmage.
Louisville will host the first of two junior days Saturday. This weekend's junior day will be mostly attended by in-state and local prospects.
Louisville quarterback signee Zack Stoudt attended practice Friday with his father, Cliff, and his younger brother. Stoudt watched the quarterbacks intently throughout practice and threw the ball around after practice with his brother.
JaJuan Spillman returned to practice after missing the last two practices with an ankle injury. Spillman looked good and appeared to have no lingering effects from his minor injury.
Defensive lineman Maurice Mitchell has been rehabbing an injury this spring and is not participating in practice. Instead, he spent Friday's practice running sprints with running back Dale Martin on the sideline.
Louisville closed practice with some red-zone work. Trent Guy, Scott Long and Johnnie Burns each caught touchdown passes in the 7 on 7 situational work. Reserve defensive back C.J. Peake made an interception in the end zone, while starting outside linebacker Josh McDonald came up with a pick near the goal line.
Don't be surprised if the first team defense consists of this group during Saturday's first spring scrimmage: DE – Earl Heyman and L.D. Scott; DT – L.T. Walker and Adrian Grady; LB – James Bryant, Chris Campa and Josh McDonald; CB – Woodny Turenne and Johnny Patrick; S – Richard Raglin and Josh Wiley.
Keep a close eye on defensive tackle L.T. Walker. He's in the best shape of his career and looks to be having a big spring. A former four-star prospect, Walker could be poised to emerge as a major force next season up front.
Fritz Rock, a talented 6-1, 200-pound wide receiver from Plymouth, MN, is visiting Louisville this weekend for the first of Louisville's two junior days. Rock attended Louisville's practice with his brother Friday afternoon and received considerable attention from the Cardinals coaches, including a conversation with Steve Kragthorpe following practice.
Rock caught 25 passes for 250 yards and four TD's as a junior for Wayzata High. Rock has been timed at 4.55 in the forty. He has offers from Indiana and Minnesota and attended Michigan's junior day earlier this spring.
Former Louisville standout and current Green Bay Packer offensive lineman Jason Spitz was at practice on Friday.