Ah, Spring is int he air in the Derby City and that means the annual UofL Spring Game, Thunder Over Louisville and the Kentucky Derby are all near. I may be off the norm but my favorite event of the three is by far the Cardinals Spring Game.
Tonight at 7:30 fans will get their chance to see the Cards in their first live game-like action. Louisville is expected to have a high-powered offense and will be looking to create their own fireworks a day before Thunder. The Cards had a couple scripted scrimmages but this will give onlookers a much better glimpse into what we can expect to see this fall.
Petrino met with the media yesterday and informed that it will be four 15-minute quarters and be ran just like a game. The second half might have a running clock. The first string offense will go up against the second-team defense and second-team offense will battle the first-team defense.
Louisville does have some key players out for the spring so some of the younger guys who were not expected to contribute much will now have their time to shine. A couple of younger guys that fans will want to keep an eye on are running back, L.J. Scott, outside linebacker Trevon Young, safety Chucky Williams and defensive end Johnny Richardson. Young and Williams are projected to be runninig with the ones while Scott and Richardson will likely be with the twos.
Projected First-Team Offense:
QB – Will Gardner
RB – Dominique Brown
WR – DeVante Parker, James Quick, Eli Rogers
TE – Gerald Christian
OL – (LT) Jamon Brown, (LG) John Miller, (C) Tobijah Hughley,(RG) Jake Smith, (RT) Aaron Epps
Projected First-Team Defense:
DE – Sheldon Rankins & B.J. Dubose
NT – DeAngelo Brown
OLB – Deiontrez Mount & Trevon Young
ILB – James Burgess & Keith Kelsey
CB – Charles Gaines & Terell Floyd
S – Gerrod Holiman & Chucky Williams
Projected Second-Team Offense:
QB – Kyle Bolin
RB – L.J. Scott
WR – Michaelee Harris, Robert Clark, Kai DeLa Cruz
TE – Keith Towbridge
OL – (from LT to RT) Skylar Lacy, Cameron Fraser, Chandler Bridges, Pedro Sibiea, Joe Manley
Projected Second-Team Defense:
DE – Johnny Richardson (went by DeAsian Richardson last year), Kyle Shortridge
NT – Aaron Ahner
OLB – Stacy Thomas, James Hearns
ILB – Nick Dawson, Lyn Clark
CB – Andrew Johnson, Kevin Houchins
S – Richard Benjamin, Jarrod Barnes
Note: Lorenzo Mauldin, Keith Brown, Ryan Mack, Brandon Radcliff, Michael Dyer, Corvin Lamb, Jermaine Reve and Abraham Garcia are a few of the guys expected to contribute and or start this season but have been limited or have been out for spring practices.
With a veteran offensive line and a new coach, Chris Klenakis, teaching all new techniques, It’ll be interesting to watch the line and see how cohesive they are.
“The biggest difference is all the techniques,” senior Jamon Brown said. “It’s a different system. We did a lot of different techniques last season and to have coach Klenakis come in and be the complete opposite is a difficult thing.”
“Slowly, but surely,” says Brown when asked if he was picking up the offense. “I feel like, offensively, we are putting the pieces together. It’s not easy taking on a new system, and trying to learn it as fast as coach Petrino and the other offensive coaches want us to learn it. I think we are doing a good job and are starting to come together as an offense.”
Gates open at 6:00 and there will be several fun things to do with the family. Everything from live music to great food and games so get the whole gang out there and enjoy the atmosphere.