Spring Practice #8

Daily Focus – Safeties


The safety position features one Senior, Dee Smith who has the most experience (Career: 30 Games Played, 102 Tackles, 2 TFL, 2 INT) in the back end.  Khane Pass (Career: 23 GP, 57 TKLS, 4.5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 INT) and Lamarquez Thomas (14 GP, 9 TKLS, 2 FR) are both returning as Juniors, and both have made an impact on the defense and special teams.  Tresean Smith (13 GP, 34 TKLS, 4 TFL, 1 SACK, 2 INT) returns this season, after a great freshman season in 2017 where he was able to work his way into the starting line up at the end of the year, last season.  We have a few young safeties who all redshirted last year, Kaheem Roach, Lyn Strange, and Jack Fagot, all 3 have had productive springs and are looking to get on the field this fall.


Coach Quote of the Day

img_9906.jpg“With a couple of Safeties returning with experience, I am excited about the group that we have.  There are a lot of young and talented guys that will be able to learn from the experienced guys.  The future is bright at the Safety position!”

– Lorenzo Ward – Assoc. Head Coach/Safeties




  • #11 Dee Smith – 6’1 204 lbs. – Florence, AL – Senior
  • #30 Khane Pass – 6’1 206 lbs. – Columbus, GA – RS Junior
  • #35 Lamarques Thomas – 6’0 180 lbs. – Clinton, MS – Junior
  • #4 TreSean Smith – 6’1 190 lbs. – Hamilton, OH – Sophomore
  • #40 Kaheem Roach – 6’1 197 lbs. – Miramar, FL – RS Freshman
  • #23 Lyn Strange – 6’1 188 lbs. – Leon, FL – RS Freshman
  • #38 Jack Fagot – 6’0 192 lbs. – Lexington, KY – RS Freshman

Coach Petrino’s Practice Notes


This past Saturday finished off the second week of Spring Ball with our first scrimmage in 2018.  This scrimmage was about testing what we’ve practiced for the last two weeks.  The players get put out on the field by themselves and we get to see what they’ve carried over from the previous practices.  Overall I thought we got a lot accomplished.  We had both positives and negatives from both sides of the ball, but I was very encouraged by our progress.


Overall, defensively we played with better effort.  I saw improvement in our execution of the call and we played much better on 3rd down, than we did the previous day.  We were also able to create turnovers, highlighted by Kaheem Roach’s 2 interceptions on the day.  We still need to see more communication and I still need to see our execution in stopping the run.  Like all first scrimmages we also need to tackle better, there were too many missed tackles on Saturday.

Defensive Line

We did a good job at pressuring the Quarterback on the defensive front, for the most part on Saturday.  We have a lot of young guys that are stepping up and getting major reps, it was good to see them compete and be productive on the field.  We need to work this week in improving our technique and the use of our hands and hand placement in certain situations.


We saw a lot of things from this group.  They continue to do a good job of leading the defense and communicating our calls on the field.  Dorian Etheridge continues to lead by example on the field, and newcomers to the position PJ Blue and CJ Avery are continuing to settle in at the position.  They’ve shown a great ability to play full speed and utilize their athleticism.

Defensive Backs

We’ve seen a lot of improvement in this group over the first two weeks.  The ability to create turnovers showed up on Saturday, as they combined for a total of four interceptions and caused a fumble.  Dee Smith led the way in tackles for the secondary.  We will need to improve in our alignments and recognition moving forward, as we get back on the field this week.


Offensively, I was really encouraged by the way we ran the football.  Our Offensive Line blocked the front, our Running Backs hit holes and broke tackles, and our receivers did a great job blocking down the field.  We had some really good long drives, but we were not able to create as many big plays as we needed.  I was not as happy with the passing game as I thought I would be.  We need to improve in all phases, protection, timing of the routes, accuracy of the Quarterback, and catching the ball.  Probably the best thing we did all day was getting what we call Y.A.C.  For the Running Backs that is Yards After Contact, and for the Wide Receivers that is Yards After Catch.


We continue to develop leadership from the Quarterback position.  Puma Pass accounted for 4 touchdowns on the day and did a good job of leading the 1st Team Offense.  There continues to be a good battle for reps between Malik Cunningham and Sean McCormack as both competed hard throughout the Scrimmage.

Running Backs/Tight Ends

Trey Smith had a productive day and showed good vision and patience.  He also finished the scrimmage strong which was good to see.  The group as a whole was very consistent on the day and made plays and moved the sticks for the offense.

Wide Receivers

The veterans in the group continued to put up the solid numbers that we have grown accustomed to.  Emonee Spence and Corey Reed stepped up and had solid days as well.  Freshman, Tutu Atwell, continues to show us that he is explosive and has playmaking ability.  As I said, we need to have the ability to make more big plays down the field and help the offense move the ball more consistently.

Offensive Line

The Offensive Line got a lot of work in on Saturday.  There are a lot of different combinations that were thrown out on the field Saturday, and still a lot of good competition going on at multiple positions.  It was a long day for this group and I was pleased with the effort from this group during the entire time on Saturday.


Standout Performers from Day 8

  • Offensive Grinder – Offensive Lineman Kenny Thomas
  • Defensive Grinder – Linebacker London Iakopo
  • Offensive Showtime – Running Back Trey Smith
  • Defensive Showtime – Linebacker Dorian Etheridge

*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


Jarrett Jackson, a defensive end for the Cardinals from Palm Beach Gardens High School in Florida, is also a student-athlete who enrolled at U of L in January.  Jarrett was an Offensive-Defensive All-American in high school and was ranked #56 out of 300 defensive linemen by ESPN.  He is the son of Charlayne and Jeffrey Jackson, and nephew to Rickey Jackson, a Hall of Famer and one of the best linebackers to ever play the game.  Jarrett was heavily recruited by South Carolina, Texas, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Virginia Tech prior to choosing to join us in Louisville.  He has the size and athletic ability to play a pivotal role in our defense early on in his career with the Cards.

Petrino Family Foundation Update


Many people have come to associate the Petrino Family Foundation with Norton Children’s Hospital, and for a good reason. When the Petrino Family Foundation was founded in March of 2014, it did so with a $1 million dollar pledge to fund a much needed Pediatric Trauma Room. But the relationship doesn’t end there. Many would be surprised to know some of the other ways the two are connected. One of those is the annual Petrino Family Foundation Courage Camp. For the last three years, the Petrino Family Foundation along with the University of Louisville football team, has hosted 100 Norton Children’s Hospital patients, along with their siblings for a half day of football fun. Our Courage Campers will start the day with football drills run by members of the football team, followed by a tour of the facilities, team autograph session, and then wrap up the day with a free lunch. The amount of smiles and laughter you will find through out the day make it easy to forget the children attending are survivors and current fighters of a long hard fought battle for their lives. The Courage Camp is a favorite of not only the Petrino Family Foundation, but also the entire U of L Football Team.

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

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