I attended the open football practice on Wednesday afternoon at the Trager Indoor Practice Facility. Like most spring practices without the full pads on, it is hard to tell too much from what you see. But since I did go and saw more than those who were not there, I can at least come up with some quick hitting notes, so this should be better than nothing for those who could not make it out there. If you want to see the full spring schedule, click here.
*Teddy Bridgewater is not walking through that door unfortunately.
*In all seriousness, I am fully confident that by the time practice starts in the fall, Bobby Petrino will have his quarterback groomed and ready to go. Things are just shaky right now. Will Gardner looks good at times, but then average at times. Kyle Bolin is usually Mr. Accuracy, but he wasn’t today. He also had a couple of fumbles. The overall quarterback play for me was average at best today.
According to Ryan Bartow (247 sports) and Mike Hughes (InsideTheVille), Louisville has offered 2015 safety Khalid McGee of Miami Northwestern High School. New wide receivers coach Lamar Thomas made the offer. Scout.com is the only service that I saw a rating for him, which was a 3-star.
McGee is about 5’10 and 180 lbs and also holds an offer from Florida State. Since he is only a junior, he will surely get more offers next season. Right now most of his offers come from his home state: Florida State, South Florida, Central Florida, Florida Atlantic, and Florida International. He also has a couple other offers from random places like Cincinnati and Utah, but obviously most come from the Sunshine State.
Previous position breakdowns:
Today we continue the position breakdowns for the 2013 football season and focus on the Wide Receivers, which Coach Charlie Strong said at his press conference on Monday would be the strength of the offense. If you want to talk about a position with depth, this is it. So let’s go ahead and get into it.
6’3 209 lbs
A local product from Ballard High School, DeVante Parker has led the team in touchdown catches in each of his first two years as a Card. As a freshman, he played in 11 games and caught 6 touchdowns. Keep in mind this was also Teddy Bridgewater’s first season, and later in the year, Parker was often double-teamed so Bridgewater would not force it to him. He still finished with 18 catches for 291 yards.
The Countdown to Kickoff is down to 2 days! Rather than find a former player, we decided it would be nice to pay tribute to current Wide Receiver Michaelee Harris, who is out for the season after tearing his ACL, his 4th knee injury since 2010.
Michaelee Harris: Redshirt Sophomore
2011 Stats: Started 12 games, 37 receptions, 455 yards (12.3 avg), 2 TDs, Long of 44 yards
This video is an absolute must-see. Thanks to Elle Raiser for being at Clucker’s on UofL’s campus on Monday afternoon and getting this footage! Teddy Bridgewater, Michaelee Harris, and Eli Rogers put on a little show!
I was lucky enough to be able to attend the 2012 UofL Football Kickoff Luncheon at the Downtown Mariott on Thursday afternoon. It was a good experience with Cardinal football, great food, and some laughs as well.
I attended Fan Day at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Sunday afternoon, and that is what I went for, to be a fan. I acted like a kid again and got autographs, only these days it is different because the whole team is younger than me! Still cool though of course, and I hope that never gets old for me. I had to get items autographed for the tailgate trailer that my friends and I have been working on. You will see pics of that soon I am sure!
In what has become an unfortunate trend for Michaelee Harris, the redshirt sophomore wide receiver from Miami, FL has another knee injury. This time, he has torn the ACL in his left knee and will likely miss the entire 2012 season for the Cards. He was already rehabbing his right knee when this latest injury occurred.
Coach Charlie Strong said it was a non-contact injury, and it happened in a 7 on 7 drill when Harris planted his foot to make a cut. This is just terrible news for Harris, who has never been 100% healthy since the start of the 2010 season. We wish Michaelee a speedy recovery.