Camp Kragthorpe Opens Fall Practice

Scribblings from the opening day of football practice at the University of Louisville:

ul_cardinal_head_logo2 The session was held on one of the practice fields where field turf has been installed since last spring. The fields are NFL-type quality, explaining why practice was moved from PJCS. However, not having an elevated view makes it difficult for fans to get an overall impression of how practice is going.

ul_cardinal_head_logo2 Nice crowd, probably between 300 and 400 people on hand to get their first look. People who attend football practices are usually diehards but attendees included a pretty good mix of youngsters, girl friends, parents, former football players, retirees, boosters and some wannabes.

ul_cardinal_head_logo2 Quiet crowd, though, people anxious to see something good in a practice session where only routine stuff is happening. If anyone spoke out loud, you could be certain you were overhead by at least 10 people. Too quiet for football fanatics.

ul_cardinal_head_logo2 Somewhat disconcerting to see other players wearing the numbers previously worn by Brian Brohm (12), Mario Uruttia (7), Harry Douglas (85), and Patrick Carter (4). Life goes on.

ul_cardinal_head_logo2 Freshman Stephon Ball, who was slated to be a tight end, moved to wide receiver for the start of fall camp.

ul_cardinal_head_logo2 Josh Chichester, the big 6-8 sophomore from West Chester, Ohio, was impressive in pulling in hard-thrown passes.

ul_cardinal_head_logo2 Steve Kragthorpe has a way of disappearing during practice sessions. During the Petrino years, Bobby was always easy to find because he was either chewing somebody out or glaring at them. With everyone situated at ground level and the different units spread out over the practice facility, Kragthorpe was difficult to find. Had to leave early, never saw him.

ul_cardinal_head_logo2 Ken Delgado, the defensive line coach from California, impresses this observer with intensity and consistency. Doesn’t miss a thing, always constructive and positive.

ul_cardinal_head_logo2 Defensive coordinator takes no prisoners, he’s all over those guys but in a way that makes one want to respond in a positive way.

ul_cardinal_head_logo2 It’s early, anything is possible, stay positive.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

3 thoughts on “Camp Kragthorpe Opens Fall Practice

  • August 6, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Thanks for the update. Makes these meetings easier to sit through.

  • August 6, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Good job, Charlie. Got a few opinions and insights from you that no one else had. Thanks for being our eyes and ears at practice numero uno!

  • August 6, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks Mr. Blunt. I’ve forgotten where you said to send the money? 🙂

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