A nice size crowd came out to witness the first practice for the Cardinals under the direction of first year head coach Bobby Petrino and his new staff.
It was clear from the start of practice that Paul Petrino was back on the Louisville coaching staff. As promised, he began working the receivers hard from the beginning. Not only does he work them hard, but he works hard himself. Numerous times Paul Petrino sprinted upfield after a missed reception or to show better technique.
It is also clear that there is a slew of talent in this group. Receivers that seemed to stand out this afternoon were Antoine Harris, Joshua Tinch, Broderick Clark and J.R. Russell.
Foster is going to be a serious presence on the defensive line this fall. He exhibited the speed that may allow him to grab one of the end spots and at 6'6, 310, he has the size to play tackle.
All were impressive this afternoon. All though it will be difficult to see until they don pads, Eric Shelton and Lionel Gates appeared to look the best carrying the ball. True freshman Reggie Bradshaw gave glimpses of his speed and seemed to catch the ball the best.
Coach Greg Nord had the tight ends working on numerous drills this afternoon. I was impressed by the progress of Ronnie Ghent, as he showed no signs of his knee injury. Chad Jorgensen, who has added some weight, especially to his lower body, exhibited great hands.
While Gannon was present at today's practice, he was limited to the sidelines and didn't participate. I spoke with a representative of the athletic department and was informed that the talented defensive back is still recovering from his hip injury. He won't participate in practice this spring.
Mike Hughes noticed Eddie while he was throwing the ball into a net, showing that he truely does have a rifle of an arm. Mike chatted with Eddie as everyone else wondered who the impressive quarterback was. Eddie told ITV that he will be spending the next three weeks in Louisville so he could experience practice and to learn the Petrino offense in person. He also gave ITV the latest news on his high school teammates and fellow U of L signees, receivers Antwuan Giddens and B.J. Vickers. Both are excited and are looking forward to arriving in Louisville early this summer to begin working out with the team prior to the start of practice. He also told ITV that Giddens will be fully qualified to play and the Vickers is taking extra courses to become eligible.
The former Cardinal defensive back attended the early portion of practice and explained how his NFL prospects are looking. He is working closely with his agent and hearing from a number of teams. He mentioned the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins as teams that have shown considerable interest in signing him.