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Spring Practice Notes

Mario Urrutia

After two days of spring practice InsidetheVille.com brings you an in-depth report loaded with player evaluations, news of unofficial visits by high school prospects and more. <P> <li><a href="http://louisville.[NETWORKDOMAIN]/3/spring05.html"><font color="#990000"><B>ITV Spring Practice Guide</b></font></a><p>

Impressive Play
While the team is going without pads until Sunday at the eariest, a number of the younger players have looked impressive through two days of spring drills.

Elijah Daniel - Daniel is the type of athlete that can excel at either the defensive back or receiver position and through two days, the Brundidge, Alabama native has spent his time on the offensive side of the ball. He has made a number of impressive catches, including an over the shoulder catch under tight coverage from fellow redshirt freshman Rod Council.

Marcus Gordon - The junior college mid-year transfer is quieting any possible skeptics quickly. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman has quick feet and has blocked well in line drills.

Stevin Williams - Another junior college transfer that is known for speed. At 5-foot-8, 153-pounds he's not big, but the speed everyone heard about during the recruiting process is legit. In addition to working with the receivers, Williams has spent time working with the punt return unit.

Mario Urrutia - In my humble opinion (for what it's worth) Urrutia has been the nicest surprise through two days of practice. During fall camp as a true freshman out of Fern Creek High School, Urrutia appeared confused on routes and looked slow and timid at times. He's been just the opposite so far. He is running tight routes, making great catches, running to the huddle and appears focused.


Cornerback Rod Council
Rod Council - Many wanted the former high school All-American cornerback to play as a true freshman, but head coach Bobby Petrino and staff chose to redshirt the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Council. The early impressive on Council is that he is everything that he was hyped up to be. He has extremely quick feet and looks great in man coverage.

George Stripling - The redshirt freshman running back runs well and hits the holes hard. Once he see's an opening he explodes upfield.

Unofficial Visitors
You can expect that high school prospects will make Louisville a priority stop during their travels over the coming weeks and throughout the summer months. Already two of note have stopped by the Cardinals practice. Defensive end Greg Middleton out of Indianapolis and offensive lineman Nick Sloan both made stops during the first couple days.

Okoye the Leader
Junior defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who will replace graduated Bobby Leffew as a starter this fall, is being counted on for leadership in the defensive unit this season and the coaches are letting him know.

During one of the defensive line drills, coach Kevin Wolthausen kept motivating Okoye by continually telling him in a coaches type of way, to "become the leader of this team!"

Trip Delayed
Incoming freshmen Darius Mann and Brian Roche had hoped to visit U of L's first few practices, but have instead decided to delay their trip for a week or so.

Until Wednesday, Roche was still wearing a protective boot on the leg he broke when he slipped on a patch of black ice earlier this year. Now that he's out of the boot, Roche, along with Mann, hopes to visit soon.

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