Spring Practice #7

Daily Focus – Quarterbacks

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The sun shined down on the Cards for Practice #7 inside Cardinal Stadium today.  A perfect day to spotlight the Louisville Quarterbacks.  Jawon Pass takes over the top spot after having a front row seat to one of the schools best QB’s of All-Time, 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.  Puma as he likes to be called saw action in 6 games last season, completing 70% of his passes and throwing for 2 TD’s.  At 6’4 231 lbs. the RS Sophomore also proved to be efficient in the running game by averaging 4.8 yards per carry and picking up another TD.  He is more than ready for his time atop the depth chart in 2018.  There is a battle for reps this Spring behind Pass.  Malik Cummingham Red-shirted his Freshman season after coming to the Cardinals rated as the #1 rated Quarterback in the state of Alabama and the #9 rated Dual-Threat QB in the country.  Also in the mix this Spring is RS Sophomore Sean McCormack.  The 6’5 227 lb. QB garnered All-State honors in the state of Illinois during his High School career before walking on at the U of L.  The position is rounded out by RS Sophomore Clay Bolin a 2015 Louisville Courier-Journal All-State Team member.  You can expect big things from a very talented group in 2018.

Coach Quote of the Day

img_9355.jpg“As a group the Quarterbacks had a good day today.  We have kept improving everyday.  I thought we distributed the ball and got through our reads really well today.  I’m really excited for this group moving forward into next season.”

– Nick Petrino, Quarterbacks Coach

 

  • #4 Jawon “Puma” Pass – 6’4 231 lbs. – Columbus, GA – RS Sophomore
  • #13 Clay Bolin – 6’0 202 lbs. – Lexington, KY – RS Sophomore
  • #15 Sean McCormack – 6’5 227 lbs. – Darien, IL – RS Sophomore
  • #3 Malik Cunningham – 6’1 185 lbs. – Montgomery, AL – RS Freshman

Coach Petrino’s Practice Notes

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The sun was out for Practice #7 today.  I thought we came out and got better in all phases of the game.  This was a sharp and focused practice that had good energy from beginning to end.  I felt like we took the field with a positive attitude and came ready to work.

In Inside Run the Defensive front did a great job of striking off the football, using their hands and controlling the line of scrimmage. G.G. Robinson and Derek Dorsey did a good job of controlling their gaps and getting to the ball.  Linebackers CJ Avery and Dorian Etheridge led a Linebacking core that read their run keys and ran full speed allowing success for the defense.  Offensively we were physical and finished blocks with high intensity.  Kenny Thomas, Mekhi Becton and Kemari Averett all worked well together on finishing blocks and working to the second level.

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The Offense looked sharp in 7 on 7 drills.  Jawon Pass did a great job in distributing the ball to his play makers.  The Offense was able to find a rhythm and locate the open receiver.  Corey Reed, Dez Fitzpatrick, Emonee Spence and Tutu Atwell all showed the ability to make plays down the field.  Defensively  RS Freshman Anthony Johnson continues to improve, becoming more consistent with his technique.

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Team was really good today!  From an Offensive standpoint we were able to complete a high volume of passes through out the period.  I thought our Offensive Line did a good job with their protections in 3rd Down passing situations and they also improved on sorting out blitzes and targeting the right defensive personnel.  The timing of the passing game is getting better, the Wide Receivers are doing a good job on their routes and the Quarterbacks are getting the ball out of their hands on time.  It’s good to see the Running Backs getting involved and catching balls out of the backfield for 1st Downs.  Defensively we need to get aligned properly on every play and do a better job of communicating.  Jawon Pass had 30 completions on 35 attempts today, his best day of the Spring so far!

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Standout Performers from Day 7

  • Offensive Grinder – Offensive Lineman Kenny Thomas
  • Defensive Grinder – Defensive Lineman Derek Dorsey
  • Offensive Showtime – Wide Receiver Corey Reed
  • Defensive Showtime – Linebacker CJ Avery

*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.

 

Off the Field Highlights

MEET WIDE RECEIVER JATAVIOUS HARRIS

Jatavious Harris, a wide receiver who enrolled at U of L in January, joined the Cardinal program from Milledgeville, Georgia where he attended Baldwin High School.  A four-star recruit on ESPN.com, he was a state champion running a 10.6, and a first team 4-A All-State selection.  Jatavious chose Louisville over Florida, Duke, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Purdue, Oklahoma State, NC State, Mississippi State, Minnesota, Michigan State, Miami, Pittsburgh, Maryland, East Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.  The son of Shemeka and Cedeki Harris, Jatavious will be wearing #8 for the Cardinals.

 

Petrino Family Foundation Update

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The Petrino Family Foundation ‘Head in the Game’ Mindfulness program is an exciting, and to most people unexpected, initiative of the Petrino Family Foundation. Created in 2016 as a collaboration with the Family Scholar House, the Mindfulness program was established as a way to help teach youth in our community the importance of being mindful in their every day lives. A growing body of scientific research shows practicing Mindfulness has a positive effect on improving ones mental and physical well being. Children especially can benefit from Mindfulness by improving upon their daily focus and attention as well as helping to teach them to identify and regulate their emotions and feel compassion and empathy for others. Mindfulness can also help to improve your health by boosting your immune system, lowering blood pressure, and improving sleep.

 

Because of these amazing benefits, look forward to this December where we will host the 3rd Annual ‘Super Heroes have Super Minds’ Mindfulness event. Last year’s event hosted around 400 local elementary schooled aged children. This year we expect to hit 500. During the event, each child goes through an assortment of activities all dealing with Mindfulness. Everything from mindful eating, mindful walking and mindful breathing, to yoga and mindful play. It is a free event and includes a free lunch! We are hopeful to add another Mindfulness event this Summer. Make sure to follow our social media pages for updates and how you can get your child involved!

As always for more information on the Petrino Family Foundation please make sure you visit our website.  www.petrinofamilyfoundation.org

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