Checking In On Spring Practice

With the continuing rain, the first session of spring football practice was moved to the Traeger Center, that marvelous facility Tom Jurich made possible with contributions from the Traeger family and a number of other very generous U of L fans.

Some first day impressions:

UL_Cardinal_head_logoJames Bryant, the 6-3, 257-pound linebacker transfer from Miami, impresses right away. Intercepted a pass, ran it to the end zone. He’s a gifted athlete, knows exactly what to do with an interception. Don’t ever get in his way.

UL_Cardinal_head_logoJose Chichester, the 6-8, 223-pound wide receiver, is for real. Plays with confidence, has great hands and speed.

UL_Cardinal_head_logoJajuan Spillman back with the team, laughing, happy to be contending again; he’s endured the suspension, walked the straight and narrow, ready to resume where he left off.

UL_Cardinal_head_logoDidn’t see Brock Bolen with the backs; either in class or just missed him.

UL_Cardinal_head_logoDefensive tackle Adrian Grady looks healthy again, all business today. Quiet guy, but will make some noise next season.

UL_Cardinal_head_logoJames McKinney, the Michigan transfer from Louisville Central, was built to be a defensive football player, resembles a Brinks truck.

UL_Cardinal_head_logoDefensive Line Coach Ken Delgado pays close attention to detail, a real teacher, makes learning contagious.

UL_Cardinal_head_logoJeff Brohm, as offensive coordinator, is where he needs to be. Seems to be an inordinate amount of talent at quarterback, running back and wide receivers, still more coming in with the freshman class.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Checking In On Spring Practice

  • March 19, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Nice to hear some positive feedback on this year’s team. With all the angst from last year. Kinda strange that the only Brohm is on the sidelines. Best of luck to Hunter, he’s waited his turn.

  • March 20, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Great site with important information. Keep it up. We need a civil discourse. Your review of the first practice is very informative. I think Hunter will not miss a beat . The Cards are an offensive oriented team. Bilal Powell is the best RB since Bush and with Vic and the other freshman that orientation will continue. The WR corps will not disappoint. I see the Cards contending for the Big East title, now that Jeff Brohm has the offense.

  • March 20, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    I agree with your review. Beside not seeing Brock Bolen, I did not see George Stripling.

    I was impressed by the passion and detail with which new DC English coaches. The players can not help but improve under his tutoring. I anticipate huge improvement on the defensive side of the ball this season.

  • March 20, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Thanks for the info; it all sounds good and we are so excited about this coming football season….we’d better beat Kentucky this year or Coach K will be in deep trouble with the fans. Oh no… no Brock Bolin or George Stripling?…. I hope everything is ok with them. I’d hate to start the season without eiher of those guys. Nothing more exciting about Cardinal Football….unless it’s Cardinal Basketball tomorrow night. GO CARDS !!!!

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