Members of the University of Louisville football team go through opening exercises under dark skies and a tornado watch as spring practice began Wednesday. The overall tone of the session was a little friendlier (but not much) than Charlie Strong’s first practice session last season. The clouds lifted later in the day.

Defensive line coach Clint Hurtt barks out instructions to his charges in the shadow of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The opening practice session was attended by approximately 1,200 fans.

Kamel Hogan, a redshirt freshman, gets an assist from defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, in tucking his dreadlocks under his helmet, the coach proclaiming the locks were in honor of Shoni Schimmel having scored 33 points in the Lady Cards’ 85-75 win over Xavier in basketball. “That Shoni Schimmel is a baller,” said Bedford.
Tight end Josh Chichester appears to be lecturing head coach Charlie Strong on the finer points of football but we all know it’s an optical illusion, not going to be happening anytime soon. The Cards will practice in shorts again Friday before putting on the pads for the first time Saturday. Both sessions are open to the public.

Chase Peterson, a 294-pound offensive freshman tackle, makes his way on crutches to the practice field. He is among 14 players on the injured list as spring practice gets under way.

Charlie Springer

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

2 thoughts on “Louisville begins spring football camp

  • March 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm
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    great seeing you out there today! The team looked good for the first practice!

  • March 23, 2011 at 11:13 pm
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    Sorry I couldn’t be there, but your photos almost make up for that, Charlie. Great content and composure!

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