We had our 1st look at Louisville Football in shoulder pads today. The veterans took the field shortly after 2:00 and took an exhaustive amount of reps during the session. Here are a few things we took note of:
-Louisville’s Offensive shuffled the deck quite a bit on Saturday afternoon. There were a ton of combinations used today and it’s clear that the coaching staff is searching for the best group. Aaron Epps was pretty solidly the #1 WT. After that, the shuffle was constant but it appears that Kiola Mahoni took more reps than any player overall. Mahoni took reps at both guard spots and at Center and worked both with the #1s and #2s. Pedro Sibiea also appears to be given a chance to win the #1 Center spot. The snaps were a little inconsistent (but not as bad as they were reportedly yesterday) but Pedro certainly appeared to play the best in the middle today. Additionally on the Offensive Line freshman Kenny Thomas stood out. Playing both Guard and Tackle, Kenny took some reps with the 1st team and while it appears that he’ll be a better guard prospect Louisville may need him at tackle. Kelby Johnson looked OK at the ST spot and Khalil Hunter also appeared solid at the other guard spot.
-Will Gardner took 1st team reps at Quarterback in his day in the rotation, but he also appeared to be the best quarterback on the field during Saturday afternoon. Reggie Bonnafon had some struggles, threw flat footed and just never looked comfortable. Overall the offense definitely looked like they were working through some growing pains.
-Cole Hikutini made several plays in the passing game. He’s definitely a weapon.
-Ja’Quay Savage missed Saturday’s practice after being helped off the field on Friday at the end of practice.
-Cornelius Sturghill wore a yellow, limited-contact jersey. Jaire Alexander ran with the 1st unit and has SSSOOOOO much talent as a CB.
-Practice is open to the public again tomorrow is split 2:15 for the veterans and then 6:30 for the newcomers. Monday & Tuesday will also be open with the two groups coming together for one session starting at 4:20 p.m.
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