Spring Practice #1

Daily Focus – Wide Receivers


The Cards hit the field for the first time this spring inside the Trager Indoor Complex where they completed a helmets only practice.    On Day One the focus is on the Wide Receivers!  There is a lot of experience returning at this position statistically from 2017.  This returning group recorded 163 receptions, 2,566 receiving yards, and 20 total touchdowns.  The three leading receivers from 2017 are all returning (Jaylen Smith, Dez Fitzpatrick, & Seth Dawkins).  Josh Johnson, Corey Reed, & Emonee Spence were all contributors in 2017 and will be counted on to make more big plays this season. There are also new faces on the field this spring that fans will be excited to watch in 2018.  Justin Marshall, Keion Wakefield, & Devante Peete are all off to a fast start in winter conditioning, along with January Enrollee’s Tutu Atwell & Jatavious Harris.  This is one of the deepest position groups entering the 2018 season, and there will be a lot of good competition this spring.


  • #9 Jaylen Smith – 6’4 223 lbs. – Pascagoula, MS – Senior (’17 – 60 rec, 980 yds, 7 TD’s)
  • #86 Devante Peete – 6’6 204 lbs. – Pompano Beach, FL – RS  Junior (Career – 16 rec, 236 yds, 1 TD)
  • #81 Emonee Spence – 6’3 189 lbs. – Pembroke Pines, FL – RS Junior (’17 – 5 rec, 48 yds)
  • #5 Seth Dawkins – 6’3 210 lbs. – Columbus, OH – Junior  (’17 – 42 rec, 642 yds, 4 TD’s)
  • #7 Dez Fitzpatrick – 6’2 202 lbs. – Farmington Hills, MI – RS Soph (’17 – 45 rec, 699 yds, 9 TD’s
  • #26 Chris Taylor-Yamanoha – 6’2 178 lbs – Rohnert Park, CA – RS Sophomore
  • #82 Keion Wakefield – 5’10 182 lbs. – Louisville, KY – RS Sophomore
  • #84 Josh Johnson – 5’11 177 lbs. – Atlanta, GA – Sophomore (’17 – 3 rec, 52 yds)
  • #2 Corey Reed – 6’3 202 lbs. – Fulton, GA – Sophomore (’17 – 8 rec, 145 yds)
  • #18 Justin Marshall – 6’3 205 lbs. – Conyers, GA – RS Freshman
  • #32 Jacob Ables – 5’11 182 lbs. – Louisville, KY – RS Freshman
  • #27 Collin Miller – 5’11 180 lbs. – Casey, KY – RS Freshman
  • #22 Jovel Smith – 5’9 195 lbs. – Louisville, KY – RS Freshman
  • #89 Jordan Thomas – 5’11 160 lbs. – Lexington, KY – RS Freshman
  • #1 Tutu Atwell – 5’9 155 lbs. – Miami, FL – Freshman
  • #8 Jatavious Harris – 6’1 185 lbs. – Milledgeville, GA – Freshman

Coach Petrino’s Practice Notes

_H4I2794 (1)This is a good start to the Spring for us, a good first practice.  This team knows what is expected of them and I like the way they came to work today.  We have to continue to improve on the details of the game of football with things as simple as stance and get off.  The defense worked hard in individual at shedding blocks, running full speed to the ball and tackling.  Offensively the focus was on individual technique with an emphasis on run and play action.

It was good work for our Offensive and Defensive lineman today in inside run even though it was helmets only, I was pleased with the attention to detail on technique and hand placement.

We had a great Blitz period on both sides of the ball.  I was very pleased with how our defense timed up their pressures the entire period.  I was also happy with the poise shown on the offensive side of the ball and the timing between the Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers.

_H4I2824Special teams are going to be a point of emphasis this year, we need to continue to improve in every phase of the game.  Punt was up today, we have to be able to flip the field and set our defense up for success with good field position in this phase of special teams.

Our WR’s and DB’s put in good work in our 1 on 1 releases period, I want them to be more competitive, I want them to line up and compete with a mindset that they are going to win every battle and every play.

Overall it was a good start to the Spring.  We have a lot to improve on and a long way to go.  I am looking forward to today’s practice and seeing how we improve today!


Standout Performers from Day 1

  • Offensive Grinder – Offensive Lineman Mekhi Becton
  • Defensive Grinder – Defensive Lineman Tabarius Peterson
  • Offensive Newcomer – Wide Receiver Tutu Atwell
  • Defensive Newcomer – Defensive Back PJ Mbanasor
  • Offensive Showtime – Offensive Lineman Lukayus McNeil
  • Defensive Showtime – Defensive Lineman Jonathan Greenard

*Grinder = Gives all one’s got every day, influencing others’ work ethic in the process

*Showtime = The specific time to display or execute a performance of great magnitude.

Coach Quote of the Day

img_4132_preview.jpeg“I really liked what I saw on the practice field today!  I thought from the beginning of practice we brought good energy and enthusiasm .  It’s day one and we have to continue to get better every day this spring but this was a good start for the Wide Receivers as a group and the Offense as a unit.”

– Lonnie Galloway – Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers

Off the Field Highlights

Louisville Football placed a school record five student-athletes on the 2017 All-ACC Academic Team.  To be eligible for consideration for the team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his undergraduate academic career.

Petrino Family Foundation Update


On March 9th, standing next to Mayor Greg Fischer, the Petrino Family Foundation and Coach Petrino announced the creation of the City of Louisville Flood Relief Fund. The fund was established with a $100,000 donation from both Bobby and Becky Petrino as well as the Petrino Family Foundation’s #LoveLouisville campaign. The money will be earmarked for families displaced by the flood whose households meet certain income eligibility requirements. Eligible residents will be able to qualify for up to $1,000 for emergency expenses. The Petrino Family Foundation’s #LoveLouisville campaign was started with the goal of spreading more love throughout the City of Louisville. We hope through this fund, the families who are able to receive assistance, will feel some of that love.  For more information on the Petrino Family Foundation please make sure you visit our website.  www.petrinofamilyfoundation.org



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