Offensive Line Coach Dave Borbely met with media this evening along with a few select offensive lineman. Here are a few news & notes after Louisville conducted their third full pad practice.
-Nacho Garcia could be seen in a left arm sling following practice. There were no immediate updates on his status. Borbely said: “I don’t know what happened. They just told me that they thought he would be down and to keep on rolling.”
-It appears that there are position battles galore on the offensive line as the Cardinals look to replace Alex Kupper and Mario Benavides. In fact Coach Borbely said that their were ‘zero’ positions locked up after today.
-From miles away you could hear Charlie Strong voicing his displeasure to players following practice. Jake Smith simply said Strong got a little ‘rambunctious’ following practice. Here are his complete thoughts on how things went today:
“We really don’t know until we look at the film. I know a lot of things didn’t go our way, I lot of things didn’t go the defense’s way. Today guys came out and competed though. We really don’t know how practice was but I know a lot of guys were hitting. It was physical.”
“Guys are making a lot of progress. This is the most intense camp I’ve ever been a part of. The defense, you can really feel them on our side of the ball. I definitely think this is the best the defense has ever been, the best the linebackers have ever been. They’re playing really good ball right now.”
-Borbely called the position battle at RT between Ryan Mack and Nacho Garcia a ‘dead heat’. He says he won’t see separation at the spot until scrimmages start.
-Jamon Brown is adjusting to moving from RT to LT. It’s obviously a more important position because it is Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s blind side. He says the biggest adjustment for him thus far, has been dealing with faster and more talented pass rushers. Which must mean Louisville’s pass rushers are making some nice plays in practice.
-Jake Smith appears to have adjusted to the Center spot nicely, but needs to fine tune his snaps. Despite this, a few other guys like TC Klusman and Mike Romano will get looks at that position.
-The general consensus from the team on the Fan Day was that they welcomed the change. Stating that they’ll enjoy competing in a scrimmage from the fans. They believe that it’s best for the overall well-being of the team, but noted they’ll miss the interaction with the fans.
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