Fall Practice: Day One
Fall practice officially opened today on the practice fields adjacent to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and the countdown to the first game is in full swing.
An impressive size crowd made up of fans and family of players watched the majority of the practice. The Cardinals will practice at 4:30 on Friday and fans are welcome to drop by the practice fields and watch the action.
Here's our report from Day One of Fall Camp.
QB The order after day one appears to be Stefan LeFors, Justin Rascati, and Michael Bush. Lefors has the experience, throws a nice ball and can make plays with his feet. Rascati is the drop back type of the bunch. Bush saw extensive time and reps and seemingly has all the tools to be great...wherever he plays. Bush has a cannon for an arm but at times during practice over threw some of his receivers. His athletic ability will have him playing significant minutes before long.
Lionel Gates (ITV)
WR The three man receiving corp of J.R. Russell, Joshua Tinch, and Broderick Clark should provide lots of fireworks and explosiveness for the Cardinal offense this fall. Tinch appears ready for a breakout type season and uses his athletic ability to make big plays....Clark and Russell are among the best in the league at their position. Russell has made a number switch and will #3 this season.
OL The tackles appear to be Jason Hilliard and Travis Leffew with Jason Spitz and Jerry Spencer at guard. Senior center Dan Koons anchors the line. Redshirt freshmen Michael Sturgeon, P.J. Tavarczky, Renardo Foster and Kurt Quarterman saw significant time with the second team line at tackle.
DL The first team defensive line consisted of ends Montavious Stanley and Marcus Jones and tackles Scott Lopez and Tyrone Saterfield. Saterfield has trimmed down noticably and appears quicker and more athletic. Bobby Leffew, Elvis Dumervil and Matt Sanders saw time with the second team.
LB Rod Day, Robert McCune and Brandon Johnson lined up as the first team linebackers to begin practice....Jonathan Jackerson and James Greene will push the starters for playing time....Day and McCune are sure tacklers and Johnson shows tremendous athletic and playmaking ability coming around the end.
Antoine Harris (ITV)
DB Gavin Smart and Josh Minkins are the first team corners to begin fall practice. Kerry Rhodes and Brent Johnson appear set at safety.....Rhodes has bulked considerably and appears ready to assume the role as the starting free safety....Smart, though inexperienced, has the tools to excel as a cover cornerman....Antoine Harris has made the switch from receiver to cornerback and looked pretty good, working quite often with the second unit.
News and Notes
Wide receivers Broderick Clark and Victor Glenn are one-two on the depth chart to return punts this fall....Clark appears to have the early edge.....Michael Bush saw extensive action at quarterback today and was sporting new contact lenses that Coach Petrino insisted he wear....we'll soon see if the better vision pays off in Bush's quest to nail down the starting nod at QB....Bush also worked as the protector on punts, calling out the play....
Harry Douglas (ITV)
Freshman safety Malik Jackson looks the part. He's athletic and at 6'2, 200 looks like he'll eventually be a prime candidate to make the move to outside linebacker.....freshman cornerback William Gay shows promise as a cover corner....Gay broke up a couple passes during passing drills and drew rave reviews for fellow cornerback Josh Minkins and Cornerbacks Coach Joe Whitt Jr....freshman quarterback Preston Smith (6'3, 210) has great size and mobility but appears headed for a "red" shirt on the defensive side of the football before long....Smith is another member of the class of 2003 who could convert and be effective at linebacker.....Kurt Quarterman and 6'6, 310 Renardo Foster could become a dynamic force on the offensive line in the near future.....playing side by side at tackle and guard, the duo have tremendous size, agility and strength.....together the two weigh in at nearly 650 pounds.....Though Michael Bush just completed his first practice..he displayed tremendous athletic ability and seems to possess natural poise and confidence behind center....he's going to be hard to keep off the field before long.....First team QB Stefan LeFors is a steady influence behind center....he throws a nice ball, seems to have command of the offense and runs well when pressured.....fullback D.J. Kamer was impressive today showing the good pass catching and blocking....