LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - UofL football kicked off Spring Practice under first-year head coach Scott Satterfield on Monday. It was the first of 15 sessions that will culminate with an open practice on March 7.
“The one thing that we’ll continue to talk about this whole offseason is attitude and effort, which takes zero talent, and these guys had great attitudes today and showed a lot of effort,” Satterfield said. “We’ve got so much film to work off of today to go back and hopefully correct before we get back out here on Wednesday.”
For the players, it’s chance to get used to an entirely new coaching staff.
“It’s a lot more positive, I feel like a little bit, just taking steps forward, not living in the past, just all that stuff, so I’m excited for the future,” junior wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick said. “I’m excited what’s going on around here, that atmosphere is changing dramatically.”
There are plenty of position battles for a team coming off of a 2-10 season that ended with nine straight losses, but the most intriguing might be at quarterback. Puma Pass started nine games in 2018, throwing for 1,960 yards and eight touchdowns. Malik Cunningham started three games, throwing for 473 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 497 and five scores. Freshman Evan Conley is already enrolled in classes. The Marietta, Georgia, native threw for over 7,000 yards in his high school career. Redshirt freshman Drew Zaubi is also taking some snaps. He is a graduate of South Oldham High School.
“All of them got reps,” Satterfield said. “Right now we have four quarterbacks and so all of them are getting reps. I saw the same thing out of the quarterbacks that I saw out of everyone else. Kind of big eyed. You’re trying to get a feel for everything because this is new to them, terminology, what we’re asking them to do, getting lined up, and we practice fast. So now you’re going from one drill to the next and just when they thought they were getting this drill, we’re to another drill, so it’s kind of like, oh, where am I going now and those type of things. There were some good plays and there were some bad plays, it was a little bit like that at every position.”
The Cards will be back on the practice field on Wednesday.