The ACC football coaches had a teleconference on Wednesday to talk about their teams and wrap up the spring season. Bobby Petrino updated the status of Will Gardner, talked about wide receivers who have stood out, and more.
For the transcript of all of the coaches, click here.
BOBBY PETRINO: Well, I thought we had a very good spring. It was nice to have the continuity on our staff and have all of our coaches back and see the improvements that we made because our players really understand how we’re going to work and go about our business and the tempo that we’re going to practice at. So I felt like we were able to make some real strides there. We’ve had some good quarterback competition going on, which is always a lot of fun and something that I thought they all handled well, and then I like what I see from our defense. We’re going to be strong on the defensive front. We’ll have some new guys in the secondary, but they’re talented, and we have a really good linebacking crew. Overall I thought we got done a lot in spring ball, but certainly we have a lot of work ahead of us and a long way to go to get ready for a real tough early schedule.
I didn’t go to the game, so this is likely all you will see on here regarding the spring game.
Earlier this week, I posted about five players to watch on offense at this Friday’s spring football game. Now it is time for the five players to watch on defense. Once again, these won’t be the obvious guys that you already know about like Sheldon Rankins or James Burgess. Rather, this will be a list of guys that you may or may not have heard of, but that we expect to make an impact in the 2015 season for the Cards.
Once again, just for reference, I will tell you the five guys we highlighted going into last year’s spring game, just to show we may have an idea of what we are talking about. And if this is completely wrong this year, my fault. Last year’s five to watch on defense:
1) Keith Kelsey – Had to fill the void left by Preston Brown last season. I would say he did that.
2) Sheldon Rankins – Like I said, not even listing him this year because he is obvious. Was not obvious at this point last year.
3 & 4) Richard Benjamin & Chucky Williams – Had these guys on here because of the loss of Hakeem Smith and Calvin Pryor. Had no idea Gerod Holliman would blow up like he did, and James Sample wasn’t even a thought to be a Cardinal at the time.
5) Trevon Young – Didn’t have a breakout season, but also played a similar position as some guy named Lorenzo Mauldin. He still appeared in 11 games though.
So what that shows is this list may miss a time or two (Benjamin and Williams) or it can have guys on here that can be huge on defense (Kelsey and Rankins). Take it for what it’s worth. It would be easy to name the big-time guys. Taking a couple chances here.
We started doing this post last season during the week of the Spring Football game. We give you five offensive and five defensive players to watch at this Friday’s spring game. These are guys that you may have heard of, but they are not the obvious names that you surely know. For example, I did not put DeVante Parker on the list last year. Pretty sure you already knew who he was and that he was going to be a decent player for the Cards. Right?
So this is just to bring your attention to a few guys that may be under the radar, but that we expect that you will need to know by the time the season starts in September. Just as a reference, the five guys we highlighted last year on offense were:
1) Will Gardner – Was an obvious choice, but he was following Teddy. It couldn’t be ignored to watch him.
2) L.J. Scott – Had a phenomenal spring game. Didn’t see too much action during the season, but fans still knew who he was after that spring game and he should be in for a big sophomore campaign.
3) Matt Milton – Never did pan out as a big wide receiver threat in games, but I do remember him catching a touchdown in the spring game, so that made me feel good about including him.
4) Tobijah Hughley – I had never heard of him leading up to the spring game, but we included him anyway. He ended up starting 12 games at Center last season.
5) Keith Towbridge – Was only a backup in 2013, but played in all 13 games last season. Expected to be a big playmaker at tight end this season.
So what does all of that mean? Probably not much, unless you like to learn about players and then see them probably pan out as contributors during the season. You can be sitting there Friday at the game and tell your friends about these players that they don’t know about, and then you sound smart. And if these players don’t play well, then I will take the blame. Just tell them about that idiot on CardinalSportsZone.com.
So here are the five guys to watch for this Friday on offense. And the biggest one besides these five will be obvious: the Quarterback race between Reggie Bonnafon, Kyle Bolin, and Tyler Ferguson.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.– The University of Louisville football team will hold its annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game on Friday, April 17 at 7 p.m. at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Admission to the game is free.
Spring Game events begin at 3 p.m. in StreetFest with live entertainment and carnival rides for both children and adults. Located between stadium Gates 3 and 5, the StreetFest area will feature food vendors, beer and drink specials, plus live music and family-friendly games and rides.
Just another awesome video from the most recent UofL spring football practice.
Two guys expected to be leaders this season are Brandon Radcliff and Sheldon Rankins. They spoke after Saturday morning’s scrimmage. We are 5 months from the season opener against Auburn!
This video has it all. Football highlights, Bobby Petrino talking football, and Sean Moth narrating in the background. Awesome stuff!
Here is a highlight video from Saturday morning’s scrimmage inside the Trager Center.
The Cards went inside to the Trager Center on Friday while the world outside got crazy with floods and fires.
Georgia Transfer (CB) Shaq Wiggins went down with an apparent arm injury according to those at practice this morning.
Michael McCammon of Scout.com tweeted
Wiggins is projected to be the starter at the Corner Back position for the Cards. We will have more later right here on CardinalSportsZone.
Two days of practice, two videos. Good job video crew. Keep it up!
Transcribed by Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal.
Well, it was fun to get started. I thought we got a lot done today. First and foremost, the players came out with good attitudes, and we worked hard. I think they worked to get better. I thought we did a good job as practice went on of improving. Obviously when you are just in helmets, it’s hard to know when you go offense versus defense exactly how everything works, and the defense is always ahead of the offense when the shoulder pads aren’t on. But it was fun to see us make some plays down the field, and the defense plays fast. That’s a really good defensive front, and they play fast. Overall, I was happy with the way the kids worked.
Hopefully a new video comes out everyday. If not, it will be a disappointment. We need all of the football video we can get! This is from Tuesday’s first spring practice.
It is already that time of year again. Spring football begins today, and Bobby Petrino met with the media on Monday to talk about the state of the team. The Cards are in the Sweet 16 (men and women) and spring football is starting. This is a very fun time!
I’m excited to get started tomorrow. I’ve certainly been looking forward to this. It’s a new team. We have a lot of new working parts, so it will be a lot of fun to see how it all goes together, who wins competition for positions. The thing we always understand is that spring football is, number one, about our players getting better at their craft and working hard on their technique and fundamentals, working hard to become experts about what they do.
Bobby Petrino tweeted out some of the results from the football team’s testing numbers today. These are from the bench press, 40 yard dash, broad jump, and vertical. Reggie Bonnafon is fast and he can jump…just saying.
Also, we have a kicker/punter bench pressing 385 pounds. Check out the rest of the numbers and see what you think.
The Louisville Cardinals had their football pro day on Wednesday inside the Trager Center, and there were representatives in attendance from all 32 NFL teams. There were three head coaches there: New England’s Bill Belichick, Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, and Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis. The cool thing about that to me is that they easily could have been somewhere else since both Alabama and Southern California also had their pro days on Wednesday. I am sure they sent team personnel to those also, but to have any head coaches here is a pretty big deal.
Bobby Petrino has always been good about keeping the local talent here in town. He did that again yesterday when 3-star defensive lineman Derek Dorsey committed to the Cards. Dorsey attends DuPont Manual High School, which is basically in UofL’s backyard.