Spring Practice #2: News and Notes

Louisville was back on the football field Monday afternoon for their second of six open spring practices. The Cardinals went 24 sessions without pads, highlighted by a stingy pass defense during skeleton drills.

The quarterback battle is the big position to watch this spring and it appears a wide-open competition. It was difficult to identify a front-runner during Monday afternoon's practice between Adam Froman, Justin Burke, Tyler Wolfe and Zach Stoudt. The quarterbacks threw a couple interceptions during 7 on 7 drills and there were a lot of ball batted down in the secondary.

Justin Burke, a transfer from NC State, took the first series of snaps during 7-7's, completing both passes for short gains. Adam Froman, the junior college transfer from Santa Rosa (CA) CC, took the next series of snaps, with Tyler Wolfe going third in the order.

Sophomore Zach Meagher, the oft-injured tight end, looks to be trying out a new role this spring as a fullback/H-Back.

JUCO transfer DE Malcolm Tatum looks on
during Monday's second spring practice

Several players were on the bikes when Monday's practice started, including starting defensive tackle Tyler Jessen, running back Bilal Powell, defensive lineman Zack Kiernan and offensive lineman Ryan Kessling. Jessen had a protective boot on his left foot.

Wide receiver Scott Long and linebacker Mozell Axson, both seniors, also sat out practice.

Practice is a lot more quiet this spring without Ron English barking orders all over the field.

CB Johnny Patrick, CB Karldell Dunning, S Richard Raglin, S Chaz Thompson, LB Dexter Heyman, LB Jon Dempsey and LB Brandon Heath started out working with the No. 1 defense during 7 on 7. Daniel Brown, a R-FR, Daniel Covington, Chris Campa, Stephen Garr and Josh McDonald worked in with the two's at safety and linebacker.

If you head out to one of the four remaining open practices this spring, you'll likely need an updated roster to figure out some not-too-familiar faces, including several walk-on performers. The Cardinals have a slew of in-state non-scholarship players on the field this spring, including WR Mike Hayes from Male; RB Jeremiah Curtley and WR DeMarcus Topp from Paducah-Tilghman; WR John King from Trinity; RB James Miller from Covington; WR Lincoln Carr from Crestwood; and OL Alex Kupper from Trinity.

CB Ravelle Sadler, a transfer from Western Michigan, saw some snaps during 7-7's.

R-FR Stephon Ball has moved from wide receiver to tight end this spring. Ball checks in at 6-4, 218.

Louisville returns to the practice field on Wednesday around 4 p.m.

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