Cards' scrimmage gets'em ready for Red- White game
( University of Louisville Release) LOUISVILLE, Ky.- University of Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino wanted to get a good look at his football team this Saturday with the second big scrimmage of the spring, and that's exactly what he received on Saturday afternoon under sunny skies at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
Conducting a two-hour scrimmage and running over 140 plays, the Cardinals got a glimpse of where the team is heading into Friday night's 7 p.m. Red-White Game, the sixth under Petrino during his tenure with the Cardinals.
Petrino was pleased with the overall effort of his team, especially late in the scrimmage when fatigue began to set in after the amount of plays run.
"It was a lot of fun out there today," Petrino said following the scrimmage. "We had a good week of preparation for the Auburn game. We did a lot of drill work where we got better individually. I'm starting to see our offensive line come around, which was good to see. I thought the offense got off to a fast start. We limit the defense a little bit in the beginning, but I was pleased."
Sophomore Reggie Bonnafon started with the first group, and was able to show his complete game, as Petrino decided to make it live on the quarterbacks to get a true opinion on each of the quarterbacks competing for the starting role.
All three quarterbacks received a lot of work, and made a number of plays, but Bonnafon certainly is a dual-threat quarterback, and his running ability was on full display Saturday morning.
Petrino, who has had his share of running quarterbacks throughout his career, understands Bonnafon gives the Cardinals a different dimension with his running ability.
"That's where he excels," Petrino said when discussing Bonnafon's ability to run the football. "I don't think it's fair to him to have a quarterback competition if you don't see how much difference that makes. I wanted to see how much different is it when you aren't blowing the whistle as he jogs down the field."
Bonnafon, who made six starts a year ago, knows his is in a battle, but just wants to concentrate on improving his entire game."