With just 20 days remaining before the start of the season against Kentucky, the University of Louisville football team conducted its second two-a-day practice on Monday at the Howard Schnellenberger Complex.
The Cardinals hit the field at 7 a.m. on Monday morning before concluding with a shorter practice at 5:30 p.m.
Louisville had full pads on in the morning and did a lot of team work. The defense worked hard to correct a lot of the mistakes they made in Saturday’s scrimmage, and showed a lot of intensity.
One player who had a good scrimmage was sophomore safety Calvin Pryor. He settled in at the safety spot midway through last season and is rapidly becoming one of the leaders of the secondary.
“I feel my recognition before the play starts is something I’ve learned by just getting out and playing,” said Pryor. “Last year, I just went out there and played on talent, but I have learned a lot when I started to play more games.”
Pryor said he likes the secondary and thinks they have the depth needed, but did single out red-shirt freshman Jeramine Reve as someone to watch.
“Jermaine Reve is really coming along,” said freshman safety Calvin Pryor. “He will probably be our nickel back and will get a lot of playing time. If a safety goes down, we know Jeramine can come in and we won’t miss a step.”
Defensive line coach Clint Hurtt said he liked where sophomore defensive end B.J. Dubose is right now, and is excited to what he will bring to the defense this year.
“He has been really productive this fall camp,” said Hurtt. “He has built on what he did in the spring and he is showing us that we can trust him, and we feel he will have a big season for us.”
Hurtt also addressed his two true freshmen at defensive tackle in DeAngelo Brown and Sheldon Rankins.
“DeAngelo Brown shows a lot flashes, but what is typical with a freshman, he is really behind on the fundamentals of the game,” said Hurtt. “You see the flashes of what his physical capabilities are, but learning the game is going to take some time. He is a very coachable and willing to learn.:
“Sheldon Rankins is a little further ahead and has done some really great things so far in camp,” added Hurtt. “He has shown an ability to rush the passer, and I like where his game is right now.”