"The guys have improved and that's what you want to see each day," Strong said. "Tomorrow will be interesting because we get to put the pads on. I like the way they came out today and ran around. The first day we [just told them] to run to the football. And today I think we ran to the line of scrimmage and to the ball."
Strong and his staff will have a busy weekend. Friday evening they'll be working late at the football complex breaking down film of the day's practice. Saturday, they'll conduct the first major scrimmage of spring practice, as well as hosting the program's annual Junior Day, an event for invited recruits to come to campus and watch practice.
The Cardinals will scrimmage for the first time under Strong Saturday morning. Strong said he's interested to see how his defense responds to the challenge.
"We're going to scrimmage tomorrow, put the ball down and let them go hit some," Strong said. "We have to make sure guys can tackle, and if he can tackle to see if he can get off blocks. What you like to see is guys running around, getting to the football and tackling. [On offense] you want the offensive line opening up holes and seeing the running back run through them."
Strong said he thinks the players are eager to put the pads on for the first time since the season-finale against Rutgers, a loss that ended the Cardinals season with a 4-8 record.
"I think they are," Strong said. "We've been off since Thanksgiving so the guys get a chance to put the pads on and go hit each other."
Louisville is expected to host about 100 recruits Saturday, most of which are expected to be in attendance for Saturday mornings scrimmage. Friday, three prospects – QB DaMarcus Smith, Fern Creek lineman Jamon Brown and Alabama tight end Collin Jarboe – attended practice. Smith and Brown have already committed to UofL, while Jarboe holds an offer from the Cards.
"Recruiting is an every day process and we've got some guys coming in tomorrow," Strong said. "It will give them a chance to see our facilities and a chance to watch us practice. I'll address them. More than anything we want to get them on campus and let them see the campus."