Louisville returns to practice

After a two week spring break, Steve Kragthorpe's Louisville football team returned to spring practice Tuesday afternoon. The Cardinals were in full pads and got after it toward the end of their return practice session.

While the practice began with a heavy focus on special teams work, Louisville ended practice on Tuesday with two spirited ‘live' periods – 11 on 11 full contact - with a 7 on 7 skeleton session worked in between.

Here are a few highlights from those periods:

Justin Burke worked more with the first team and actually took the first snaps with the first team offense during the initial ‘live' period. Of the four quarterbacks in contention for the starting job, Burke might have had the best practice because of his decision-making and accuracy…His 15 yard slant pass in 11-11 action was delivered to a streaking wide receiver right on the money.

When it's all said and done, the race might come down to Burke and junior college transfer Adam Froman. Froman also had a solid day of practice, taking the No. 1 snaps during the final ‘live' period. Froman doesn't have the best arm in the group, but he's probably the guy most capable of ‘making plays,' whether using his arm or legs.

Tyler Wolfe, the only quarterback with game experience at UofL, had a rough day with his accuracy and decision-making. He missed badly on several throws and threw an interception to safety Chaz Thompson that was returned for a touchdown. If you were lining them up, Wolfe clearly appears behind the two possible frontrunners.

Zack Stoudt, a redshirt freshman, shows a lot of promise. Still, he's young – and a tad inconsistent. Stoudt has a fine arm and is capable of making good decisions, like when he immediately picked up a fumbled snap and ran full speed for positive yards around the left end. A play or two later, though, saw Stoudt throwing into double coverage on a simple out route that was nearly picked off.

If you think Victor Anderson is resting on his press clippings this spring you're sorely mistaken. Anderson has been an intense competitor all spring and Tuesday made the run of the spring so far, busting through a host of defenders with a combination of power running and shifty spin moves. Anderson looks bigger and stronger this spring and it's showing out with his ability to finish runs against bigger defenders.

Chaz Thompson worked with the first team defense at safety and had a big practice. Not only did he intercept Wolfe for a TD during ‘live' 11 on 11 action, he also picked off a errant throw during 7 on 7 drills.

Freshman wide receiver Andrell Smith is a nice looking prospect. Though he may not play this fall because of veterans like Scott Long, Josh Chichester, Troy Pascley, Doug Beaumont and Trent Guy, Smith figures to be a contributor sooner than later. He's got good size, speed and shows excellent hands – consistently catching the ball away from his body. When he learns how to consistently get off his man at the line of scrimmage he could be a force in the passing game.

Louisville hosted some local visitors Thursday. The Fern Creek and South Oldham football teams were out at practice checking out the Cardinals.

If you want to check out spring practice better do it on Thursday, as it will be the final open practice before the annual spring game on April 17th. Practice on Thursday starts at 4 p.m.

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