Aug. 11, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky.- In only its third day in full pads, the University of Louisville football team went through an intense scrimmage on Monday evening in the Trager Indoor Practice Facility.
The Cardinals started the scrimmage in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, but lightening and heavy rain forced the Cardinals inside.
"It was a lot of fun," head coach Bobby Petrino said. "We got a lot accomplished. We are a long way from where we need to be, but I thought we took a step forward this evening."
The Cardinals went first offense against the first defense for the first part of the scrimmage before Petrino switched it up.
Running backs Dominique Brown and Michael Dyer both ran hard during their time with the first group. Dyer made a spectacular spin move on a reception over the middle and created a big play opportunity.
"I thought four guys really ran the ball well," Petrino said. "Dominique Brown did a nice job running down hill and caught the ball well out of the backfield. Michael Dyer made some great runs and has his quickness back."
Sophomore Brandon Radcliff broke the longest run of the scrimmage when he exploded through the line and broke a couple tackles for a long touchdown run.
Sophomore quarterback Will Gardner worked with the first group and continues to get more comfortable at that position. He made a nice read and hit tight end Gerald Christian for a nice touchdown pass over the middle.
Senior outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin was all over the field and was disruptive in the backfield. If it was live on the quarterback, Mauldin would have been credited with a couple of sacks.
"Lorenzo is doing great," Petrino said. "He has great hands. He makes it hard on the tackles because he is so quick with his hands. He is a really smart defensive players so half the time he knows the plays before we run it. It's great to have him in there."
The Cardinals will hit the practice field again on Tuesday at 4:20 p.m.
The Cardinals will hit the field on Tuesday with a single practice at 4:20 p.m.