Spring Practice #9

Daily Focus – Tight Ends


The tight end position has always been a staple of the Coach Petrino offense and you can expect more of the same in the 2018 season.  The Cardinals have one senior returning in this group, Micky Crum (6’4” 255 lbs), brings a lot of playing experience with him this season (27 Game Played, 23 Receptions, 269 Rec. yds., 3 TD’s).  Two younger players we saw a lot last season, and expect even more production from this year are Junior, Jordan Davis (6’4” 255 lbs) and Sophomore, Kemari Averett (6’6” 265 lbs).  Jordan (22 GP, 6 Rec., 95 Rec. yds., 2 TD’s) and Kemari (10 GP, 7 Rec., 79 Rec. yds, 1 TD) are both big athletic targets who can stretch the defense.  Two more names you will see this spring are Jeffrey Banks and Hunter Crowe, both are new to the Tight End position and improving daily.


Coach Quote of the Day

img_0940.jpg“I feel this is a very well rounded group that is multi-faceted in their talents.  This enables us to do a lot of different things to take advantage of their skills.  I thought we had a real balanced practice in both the run and pass game today!”

– Chris Klenakis – Tight Ends Coach


  • #83 Micky Crum – 6’4 255 lbs – Columbus, OH – RS Senior
  • #85 Jordan Davis – 6’4 253 lbs – Clear Lake, TX – RS Junior
  • #30 Jeffrey Banks – 6’2 220 lbs. – Olive Branch, MS – RS Sophomore
  • #11 Kemari Averett – 66’6 265 lbs – Atlanta, GA – Sophomore
  • #80 Hunter Crowe – 6’1 224 lbs. – Shelbyville, KY – RS Sophomore

Coach Petrino’s Practice Notes


Back on the practice field after a hard scrimmage on Saturday.  We need to learn how to come out and start practice with energy and intensity!  I was not happy with the start of practice but as practice went on we did have better focus and intensity.

Half-Line Drill was a good physical period where both sides of the ball are working extremely hard on technique.  On the defensive side of the ball Tabarius Peterson did a good job of setting the edge and playing physical.  It’s a really good drill for the Linebackers and it was good to see Dorian Etheridge, PJ Blue and Robert Hicks playing fast, shedding blocks and getting to the ball.  On the offensive side of the ball it is good to see the improvement of Linwood Foy and Kenny Thomas working together.  Cole Bentley showed the ability to reach an outside shade technique.  And Kemari Averett did a good job at the Tight End position.  He is big and physical and can cover people up, we need to get him to finish on every play!


We worked hard on Special Teams today.  We were able to focus on Punt and Punt Return.  I really believe we should have very good teams play this season with the length and speed of our players.  Our coverage guys that showed up today were Lamarques Thomas, Corey Reed, PJ Blue and Maurice Burkley.  Right now we are rotating guys in at returning punts with Rodjay Burns, Dez Fitzpatrick, Tutu Atwell and Keion Wakefield all getting work.


In the team work period we went back and worked on 1st and 2nd downs.  Offensively we showed improvement on getting the ball down the field and making plays.  We had big plays from Seth Dawkins, Tutu Atwell and Dez Fitzpatrick.  It was also good to see Jawon Pass and Malik Cunningham be more accurate on their deep balls.  Defensively we were emphasizing being sound in our cap control versus the run.  I think we are getting better with our Defensive Tackles and our Linebackers.

I do want to give a SPECIAL THANKS to all of our former players that have continued their support of the Louisville Football Program and the Petrino Family Foundation!!!!


Standout Performers from Day 9

  • Offensive Grinder – Offensive Lineman Lukayus McNeil
  • Defensive Grinder – Linebacker Nick Okeke
  • Offensive Showtime – Wide Receiver Dez Fitzpatrick
  • Defensive Showtime – Defensive Lineman Derek Dorsey
  • Special Teams Grinder – Defensive Back Lamarques Thomas

*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


The Petrino Family would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Fairway Sponsors for this year’s golf tournament.  These sponsors are former players throughout all eras of Cardinal football who have graciously donated to help us raise funds for the variety of causes the Petrino Family Foundation supports.  They have all gone on to successful careers both on and off the field, and continue to give back to our community.  We can’t thank them enough!

Gary Barnidge 2004-2007 Tom Jackson 1970-1972
Deion Branch 2000-2001 Stefan LeFors 2001-2004
Jamon Brown 2011-2014 Sheldon Rankins 2012-2015
Ray Buchanan 1989-1992 Chris Redman 1996-1999
Michael Bush 2003-2006 Kerry Rhodes 2001-2004
Art Carmody 2004-2007 LD Scott 2006-2009
Harry Douglas 2004-2007 Greg Scruggs 2008-2011
Elvis Dumervil 2002-2005 Eric Shelton 2003-2004
William Gay 2003-2006 Kolby Smith 2003-2006
Breno Giacomini 2004-2007 Jason Spitz 2002-2005
Josh Harvey-Clemons 2015-2016 Dewayne White 2000-2002
Colin Holba 2015-2016 Eric Wood 2005-2008


Petrino Family Foundation Update

The Petrino Family Foundation Spring Golf Classic is only 10 days away and we are 1 team away from being Sold Out! As one of our top fundraising events, we expect to raise over $200,000 this year. After spending a night drinking cocktails and hanging out with the Football Coaches at our Coaches and Cocktails Reception, our golfers will play in one of two seasons the following day on Friday April 13th. Our AM session tees off at 8:30am with check in beginning at 7:00am and breakfast provided by Chick-fil-a. When golfers arrive they will be greeted at checkin with their Tee-off gift bag, maybe the top item raved about by our Spring Golf Classic participants. This year’s bag will contain a custom made pullover you can’t find anywhere else, custom made Louisville slugger bat signed by Coach Petrino, custom made golf towel, and more! Coach Petrino will also be driving around and visiting all golfers with a special gift as well. Our PM session golfers will start to show up around 12:30pm while our AM teams begin to wrap up. This time, they will be greeted by the Louisville cheerleaders and Marching Band as they walk in. The PM golfers will start collecting their bags and lunch will be served. Tee-off for the second group begins at 2:00pm. During their time on the course, golfers are surprised with a wide variety of games and challenges. From a Blood Mary/John Daily hole, cigar lounge, and a hole-in-one chance to win an Alfa Romeo and a Rolex, to our multiple competition such as Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, and a Putting Contest. New this year is a #LoveLouisville football throwing challenge where you can test your quarterback arm for a quick advantage over the other golfers. Our prizes are also top of the line as well, with the winning teams taking home custom made Angle’s Envy bottles and a bourbon barrel plaque. It’s a day of fun, excitement, and fundraising!! We bring back 90% of our participants every year for a reason. This is an event you won’t want to miss!!

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


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