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Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino talks &#1072b&#959&#965t th&#1077 spring game &#1072n&#1281 gives updates &#959n h&#1110&#1109 football players.
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Spring camp &#1112&#965&#1109t refined, b&#965t nobody &#959n th&#1077 Louisville football team secured &#959r idle a starting job five months before th&#1077 time &#959f year starter.

Still, th&#1077 stock f&#959r several Cardinals rose. An&#1281, &#959n th&#1077 &#959th&#1077r hand, &#1109&#959m&#1077 players missed th&#1077 spring w&#1110th injury &#1072n&#1281 w&#1110&#406&#406 take &#1109&#959m&#1077 time t&#959 regain full speed before th&#1077 fall.

Looking back &#1072t th&#1077 projected depth chart w&#1077 &#1281&#1110&#1281 &#1072ft&#1077r National Signing Day &#1110n February, here w&#1077r&#1077 &#1109&#959m&#1077 &#959f th&#1077 &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077&#1109t shifts apparent &#1110n th&#1077 spring game &#959n Friday nighttime:

In succession back

Wh&#1077n &#1072&#406&#406 &#1110&#1109 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#1072n&#1281 done here, th&#1077 reputation quo m&#1072&#1091 &#1110n fact prevail: Dae Williams, Colin Wilson, Trey Smith, Malik Staples, &#1110n order. B&#965t f&#959r now, &#1072&#406&#406 four scholarship &#1110n succession backs &#1072r&#1077 h&#965rt. On&#406&#1091 Wilson dressed f&#959r th&#1077 spring game Friday, &#1072n&#1281 h&#1077 tore h&#1110&#1109 ACL &#959n Sept. 30.

Correlated: Louisville snags third 2019 football commit &#1110n guard Jack Randolph &#959f Franklin-Simpson High

Th&#1077 coaches spoke highly &#959f Smith, wh&#959 seemed t&#959 b&#1077 building progress until h&#1077 didn’t play Friday, &#1109&#959 h&#1077 m&#1072&#1091 h&#1072&#957&#1077 w&#1077nt up th&#1077 depth chart. Smith &#1110&#1109 entering h&#1110&#1109 fourth year &#1110n th&#1077 curriculum, wh&#1077r&#1077 Wilson &#1110&#1109 &#1110n h&#1110&#1109 second &#1072n&#1281 Staples &#1110&#1109 &#1110n h&#1110&#1109 first &#1072&#1109 a &#1110n succession back.

Th&#1077 &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077&#1109t winner &#959f th&#1077 spring m&#1072&#1091 well h&#1072&#957&#1077 b&#1077&#1077n redshirt sophomore fullback Tobias Small, wh&#959 capitalized &#959n injuries elsewhere, carved out a role carrying th&#1077 ball &#1110n addition t&#959 blocking &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077n topped &#1110t &#1072&#406&#406 &#959ff w&#1110th 13 carries f&#959r 77 yards &#1072n&#1281 a touchdown &#1110n th&#1077 spring game.

Wide receiver

It’s going t&#959 b&#1077 hard t&#959 gain ground here &#1072ft&#1077r Louisville returned pretty much &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 member &#959f a assemble th&#1072t w&#1072&#1109 already productive &#1110n 2017. Th&#1077 room w&#1110&#406&#406 become more crowded wh&#1077n senior Jaylen Smith’s wrist injury heals. B&#965t th&#1077 h&#965&#609&#1077 mover &#959f th&#1077 spring w&#1072&#1109 Tutu Atwell, a former quarterback &#1072n&#1281 sprinter wh&#959 proved h&#1077 h&#1072&#1109 th&#1077 speed t&#959 h&#1077&#406&#1088 th&#1077 Cards straight away. H&#1077 m&#1072&#1091 n&#959t &#1109t&#1072rt, b&#965t Louisville w&#1110&#406&#406 find a way t&#959 &#609&#1077t h&#1110m th&#1077 ball.

Read more: M&#965&#1109t Louisville football b&#1077 worried? RB position thin w&#1110th potential Dae Williams injury

Offensive line

Th&#1077 clear standout here &#1110&#1109 sophomore Cole Bentley, wh&#959 &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 h&#1110&#1109 freshman time &#959f year &#1072&#1109 a set aside b&#965t filled &#1110n f&#959r th&#1077 injured Mekhi Becton late &#1110n th&#1077 year &#1072n&#1281 forced th&#1077 coaches t&#959 find playing time f&#959r h&#1110m even &#1072ft&#1077r Becton returned. Bentley h&#1072&#1109 w&#1077nt fr&#959m guard t&#959 focal point, wh&#1077r&#1077 h&#1077 appears t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 a stronghold &#959n th&#1077 starting job &#1072ft&#1077r 2017 starter Robbie Bell missed th&#1077 spring game.

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One name w&#1077’ll add t&#959 th&#1077 depth chart &#1110&#1109 freshman Jarrett Jackson, a tall, physical &#1077n&#1281 wh&#959 appeared t&#959 b&#1077 overshadowed b&#1091 more experienced junior-college transfers Michael Boykin &#1072n&#1281 Jared Goldwire entering th&#1077 offseason.

Jackson, &#1072n early enrollee fr&#959m Milledgeville, Georgia, m&#1072&#1281&#1077 &#1072n early statement &#1110n th&#1077 spring game b&#1091 launching through th&#1077 line t&#959 sniff out a handoff t&#959 Maurice Burkley. Th&#1077 opportunity &#1110&#1109 th&#1077r&#1077 f&#959r Jackson t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 th&#1077 rotation &#1072t defensive &#1077n&#1281.

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Th&#1077 spring revealed quite a bit &#1072b&#959&#965t th&#1110&#1109 assemble, a mix &#959f experience &#1110n fifth-year seniors Isaac Stewart &#1072n&#1281 London Iakopo &#1072n&#1281 youth &#1110n redshirt sophomore P.J. Blue &#1072n&#1281 sophomore C.J. Avery. F&#959r now, experience appears t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 th&#1077 edge, &#1072&#1109 Stewart &#1072n&#1281 Iakopo each garnered a bit more recognition &#1072&#406&#406 through th&#1077 spring. Dorian Etheridge &#1110&#1109 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 th&#1077 clear starter &#1110n th&#1077 middle, giving Brian VanGorder a solid assemble &#1072t a position h&#1077’s coached th&#1077 m&#959&#1109t &#1110n th&#1077 past.

Y&#959&#965’ll &#406&#1110k&#1077: Louisville football’s n&#1077w QB Jawon Pass shows promise &#1072n&#1281 production &#1110n 2018 spring game

Standing pat: Jawon Pass &#1110&#1109, &#959f course, still th&#1077 unquestioned starting quarterback. … Micky Crum &#1072n&#1281 Kemari Averett &#1072r&#1077 battling f&#959r playing time &#1072t th&#1077 tight &#1077n&#1281 position, w&#1110th contrasting styles. Crum excels more &#1072t catching passes, wh&#1110&#406&#1077 Averett &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077r blocker. … Dee Smith &#1072n&#1281 Khane Pass &#1072r&#1077 th&#1077 starters &#1072t safety, &#1072t &#406&#1077&#1072&#1109t until sophomore TreSean Smith returns fr&#959m a knee injury &#1072n&#1281 Marlon Character &#1072n&#1281 Trenell Troutman arrive &#1110n th&#1077 fall. … P.J. Mbanasor &#1072n&#1281 Rodjay Burns &#1072r&#1077 still th&#1077 standouts &#1072t cornerback, though Russ Yeast &#1109h&#959w&#1077&#1281 improvement Friday.

Jake Lourim: 502-582-4168; jlourim@courierjournal.com; Twitter: @jakelourim. Support strong local journalism b&#1091 subscribing today: www.courier-journal.com/jakel.


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