April 10, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville football team finished its 14th spring practice and caps the spring season with the annual Red-White Game on Friday in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Head coach Bobby Petrino said during his Thursday press conference that the 1s will face the 2s in a regular game in the first half and will likely use a running clock in the second half.
The fifth-year head coach will put the first group in the red uniforms and the second group will be in white.
"I've been happy with our progress," Petrino said. "We certainly have a long way to go. Our coaches have done a good job of teaching our schemes. We have had a lot of competition out there. We have made great progress, but we have a lot of work to do."
The Cardinals have used the spring to install a brand-new offense. While the Cardinals have made a lot of progress, the fans won't necessarily see a lot of it because Petrino primarily plans to work the fundamentals.
"We won't do a lot on scheme," Petrino said. "That's not going to be important to us tomorrow night. We want to execute our base offense. We want to be physical in the run game, but that's what we will be looking for tomorrow."
Sophomore Will Gardner will lead the Red Team on Friday night. According to Petrino, Gardner has taken over as the front-runner at that position, but he continues to learn the offense and get comfortable as the leader.
"It will be good experience for him," Petrino said. "Everything we have done, he has continued to work hard and get better. He has worked hard and is a natural leader. We just have to get him in the situations that he will see in a game so that it is somewhat familiar to him."
The Cardinals had to replace at least 11 starters on both sides of the football, which has led to great competition this spring.
"All positions are open," Petrino said. "When you go into August, you start all over and it's open. There are players who have started and have experience that have theirs locked down, but we want an open competition."
The coaching staff will get a long look at what positions might still be open when the Cardinals scrimmage for the final time this spring on Friday night.