"It was intense today and we definitely have to get smarter as a team," said junior defensive tackle Greg Scruggs. "Every day is a day to get a little bit better and as long as you do that, you can call it a successful day. I think that's what we're trying to do and today was one of those days."
Louisville practiced in shoulder pads and shorts during Monday's two and half hour, 25-period practice.
Deon Rogers, an athletic freshman linebacker from Florida, was cleared to practice Monday and is expected to begin practicing Tuesday. Rogers sat out Louisville's first three practices while his academic paperwork was cleared. Still no word on freshman running back Corvin Lamb, who also is awaiting clearance.
We'll put this one in the motivation file. Louisville will host their annual Media Day event Tuesday at the football complex and there will be no team photo taken. I've covered a lot of these events and this will be the first time a team photo isn't taken. Team sources said Friday that there will be a team photo taken if they make a bowl game.
Demar Dorsey, a four-star safety who was denied entrance to Michigan, is still awaiting word from the NCAA Clearinghouse. Louisville wants him on the field, and he's expected to be on the field as soon as he is cleared. Team sources hope that will happen sometime this week.
Good news for starting strong safety Terence Simien. Team sources told InsideTheVille.com Friday that the junior has been cleared for contact, which is big news for the Cardinals secondary. The 6'3, 208-pound safety missed 10 games last season with a lacerated kidney in the UK game. Simien started the first two games in 2009, recording 10 tackles, an interception and forced a fumble.
Josh Bellamy, a junior college transfer, was one of the most impressive performers during last weeks practices. Bellamy had fans buzzing about his potential to help out Louisville's wide receiver corps this season. Following Friday's practice, InsideTheVille.com asked defensive back Darius Ashley what makes UofL's new wide open so tough. Here's what he has to say about Bellamy: "Josh is a physical specimen, he's about 6'1, 205," Ashley said. "He's fast, a combination of speed, size, strength and quickness. He's a total package."