Football Shakes Winter Doldrums

Ah, the spring football game, a sure sign that the pigskin season will return in all its splendor to college campuses in a few months. Say goodbye to the cramped arenas and the flu season, get outside to enjoy the outdoors again, and get reacquainted with the neighbors.

This spring in particular brought a much-needed new beginning for the University of Louisville football team. The offense includes a lot of new talent blessed with proven potential and speed and a new coordinator in Card favorite Jeff Brohm. The defense is badly seeking respect under its new coordinator, Ron English, whose continuing tirades kept defensive players warm under the shoulder pads on those cold, rainy days.

Defense, of course, remains the primary concern, especially after last season’s numerous disappointing showings. Indications this spring are that the situation will get better, as Mike McCammon over at Ditchball, observes:

However, while the lack of experience on the defensive side of the ball is a clear reason for concern, I believe there is no reason to hit the panic button. According to one of my most trusted sources, this Louisville defense will play much more fundamentally sound football compared to what the world of college football saw from U of L last fall. Head coach Steve Kragthorpe assembled one heck of a defensive staff during the off season and it’s going to pay off.

Still, defensive improvement is a work in progress. Keep this in mind when Hunter Cantwell is throwing touchdown passes at will during the scrimmage. Enjoy the warm weather, celebrate the return of college football.

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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 “Football Shakes Winter Doldrums

  • April 17, 2008 at 3:34 pm
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    As much as I was ready for the football season to end last year, I’m eager for it again this year.

    I don’t want to move too fast, though. I need a good 5 months of this warm weather.

  • April 17, 2008 at 9:42 pm
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    I hope that Coach K IS the man to get the job done at U of L but the jury is out on that call after the dismal showing last year (couldn’t hold a lead over U o K for the final 28 seconds….). We have to trust Tom Jurich (and I do) – he KNOWS football and he says Kragthorpe is the man… sure hope he’s right. Go Cards – tomorrow night 7:30.

  • April 18, 2008 at 6:59 am
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    I’m blissing about BBall still

    don’t wake me

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