Checking In On Louisville Football Camp

Screw up, do push ups. There seemed to be plenty of them going around at Monday’s practice session. Click on photo for larger view and slide show.

Intensity Remains At High Level

Spring football at the University of Louisville is into its third week now, and the atmosphere continues to be high pitched. The coaches aren’t swearing as much as they were the first few days but parental guidance is still advised.

Doug Beaumont
Doug Beaumont

This is football, after all, and not a game for the meek, at least not anymore on the U of L campus. Too much ground to make up from the past three seasons for any niceties. There is a sense of urgency for many players, knowing a harder and tougher breed will be joining them in August.

As a result, one doesn’t hear much from the players, none of the joking that used to occur between the players or with fans on the sidelines during practice sessions. In fact, the players rarely say anything, obviously wanting their actions to speak for them.

Bilal Powell
Bilal Powell

The crowd is down to a couple of hundred people, consisting of the hard core fans, friends, parents and girl friends. The hard core includes more than a few with a knowing look in their eyes, like they can really determine whether progress is being made, ready to post their conclusions on local message boards.

Bilal Powell has slimmed down and looks quicker, but you already knew that. Doug Beaumont is still the best receiver, no news there. Josh Chichester still has a way to go, mumbling under his breath that his missed reception was actually thrown out of bounds.

Honestly, watching practice at the field level is challenging at best — far different from the view provided from the stands in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Sometimes it’s difficult for one to tell whether the skill level has actually improved or one sees great improvement because that’s what one wants to see. The observer will leave that for the coaches.

Strong misses nothing.

The only things certain are that a lot of work needs to be done and that the intensity level has improved dramatically during practice sessions.

Chris White, a freshman receiver from Elizabethtown, appears to have a bead on this Adam Froman pass but the defense closes quickly, denying him the reception, courtesy of sophomores Daniel Brown (24) and Agyei Williams (40).

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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.

9 thoughts on “Checking In On Louisville Football Camp

  • April 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm
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    Maybe, in addition to a countdown clock for the arena, we need a countdown clock for Sept. 4. Go Cards!

  • April 12, 2010 at 9:52 pm
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    Or a countdown clock until Friday night. I can’t wait for the spring game. It will be interesting to see the crowd. I say 26000

    • April 12, 2010 at 9:57 pm
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      Probably not a bad guess, Creighton. Considering the good weather (stay away rain) and the hunger for football in this town, I’ll go 29,000.

  • April 12, 2010 at 11:12 pm
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    Good stuff Charlie. Yes, the intensity level is high. Hell, I almost broke out the Cards cheer when they were doing the line drills in front of us. (afraid I would be the only one doing it). LOL

    I don’t know about wins and losses in store for us but I can guarantee there will be an excitement we haven’t seen since the second game of the 2007 season.

    Good seeing you and look forward to talking with you again.

    • April 13, 2010 at 8:52 am
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      Terry, thanks again for the tip yesterday. I will be following through.

  • April 12, 2010 at 11:30 pm
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    Great post Charlie; Tom has been under the weather but we are hoping to see you Friday night….unless it rains. Go CARDS!!!!!!

  • April 13, 2010 at 10:18 am
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    I’ll say 25,500 at Cardinal Stadium Friday night.

  • April 13, 2010 at 3:27 pm
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    Thanks for the great post- looking way forward to this season!

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