Former Cards Shining in Shrine Game Practice

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com
Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

This year’s East-West Shrine Game will take place on Saturday, January 17 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Instantly having flashbacks to the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl game in 2010 and leaving there being so excited to have a 7-6 record on the season.

This year’s game will include 6 former Louisville Cardinals playing for the East. And according to this article from cbssports.com, four of those six have been standing out at practices.

Louisville is well represented on the Shrine Game East roster and several former Cardinals stood out during practice on Wednesday, both on offense and defense.

One of the better offensive line prospects at this all-star game, guard John Miller has flashed explosive lower body traits and point of attack power to be a people mover in the ground game. He has also taken well to coaching, improving in several areas throughout the week. On Monday, coaches scolded him for not rolling his hips prior to contact during drills, but he showed much better hip snap prior to engaging with his target on Wednesday. Miller, who played both left and right guard in college, might be the highest rated offensive lineman in this game.

A former high school quarterback, running back Dominique Brown had a disappointing senior season with Michael Dyer and Brandon Radcliff stealing carries as part of a heavy committee at Louisville in 2014. However, Brown has flashed his athletic potential this week and with his size (6-2, 240), he has the potential to develop into a hybrid H-back role. During Wednesday’s practice, he impressed during pass protection drills and as a receiver out of the backfield, creating separation and looking the ball into his hands.

On defense, defensive end B.J. Dubose and linebacker Deiontrez Mount both had their moments during Wednesday, drawing praise from coaches. Dubose brings a lot of energy off the edge, but also showed his discipline during seven-on-seven drills, holding backside contain and sniffing out misdirection plays. He has a lean body type for the position, but plays fast and controlled in space. Mount passes the eye test with a tall, athletic build, but he doesn’t have that natural position for the next level. Nonetheless, he did well when asked to drop, covering a lot of ground with his light feet and lower body flexibility. Mount also showed burst off the edge during pass rush drills. His best fit in the NFL might be weakside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

Louisville offensive tackle Jamon Brown and tight end Gerald Christian are also on the East squad, but Christian hasn’t been able to practice due to injury.

Good for all of those guys. It shows that we have had some pretty good coaches here at UofL the last few years. Just keep cranking out NFL prospects!

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