Kragthorpe feeling pretty good

Steve Kragthorpe

After just six days of spring practice, including Thursday night's scrimmage, University of Louisville Steve Kragthorpe says that he's pleased with the progress of his Cardinals squad.

University of Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe saw plenty to like in the Cardinals first full scrimmage of the spring season, with strong play came from both sides of the ball.

"I thought it was great," Kragthorpe said following Thursday evenings scrimmage. "The tempo was excellent. There were no turnovers and very few penalties. This being our sixth practice I was very, very pleased with the execution. I saw some good things on both sides of the ball. I some offensive plays and saw the defense step up and make a goal line stand, so as a head coach you have to walk off the field feeling pretty good about things. There's still a lot of things that we have to improve on and this will be a great film for us to really have a chance to evaluate some guys and see where we are at."

While there were a number of big plays made during the scrimmage, quarterbacks Brian Brohm, who threw for over 200 yards and a touchdown and Harry Douglas, who had 100 receiving and 28 rushing yards, were among those that drew praise from their head coach afterwards.

" I thought Brian threw the ball very crisply tonight," said Kragthorpe. "Hunter threw the ball well, so I was pleased with both of the quarterbacks. Harry made some plays on the outside and I thought Sergio ran the ball hard. Overall on the offense, those are the guys that initially stand out.

"I thought Peanut did some good things and Earl did some good things on the inside," continued Kragthorpe. "Adrian played well on the inside. Malik played just a little bit tonight, but I thought he did some nice things, so overall I think we are coming along."

The Cardinals ended the scrimmage working on goal line situations, with both sides of the ball coming up with big plays.

"I'm looking at different phases of the game," said Kragthorpe. "We're trying to create the game situations. I want to see how guys respond when we get down in the red zone and near the goal line. That's one of the things that I talked to the defense about. Early in the scrimmage we gave up a long post route, but we held them to a field goal, so that was a good job of keeping them out of the end zone. I also want to see our offense compete and hopefully do a good job of executing in those tightened spaces."

As the only member of the coaching staff present on the playing surface during the scrimmage, Kragthorpe explains that it gives him the opportunity to see how the players react to different situations.

"That's one of the things that you want to see and that's why I'm the only coach on the field," said Kragthorpe. "I have a pretty good observation and a pretty good vantage point to see how guys respond to different situations when they are out there. I want to see how guys respond not only when things are going poorly in terms of getting the ship righted, but I want to see how they respond when things are going well. Can they stay focused? Can they stay attentive to detail? For the most part I thought our guys did that tonight."

The Cardinals will return to practice on Monday, April 9. The annual Red-White spring game is scheduled for Friday, April 20.

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