LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bobby Petrino said the tempo was nowhere near where he wants it to be and that there is a lot to learn, but that there was also a lot to like about Tuesday's first spring practice for the 2014 U of L football team. He calls quarterback Will Gardner a natural leader and says there appears to be plenty of talent and competition ahead for his Cardinals. Due to the wet conditions, the team worked for over two hours at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
"I was encouraged out there today," said Petrino. "We made a lot of mistakes and we have to take care of the ball. Every quarterback that is out there has to take care of the football, but it was a good start overall. I was pleased."
Petrino likes the fact that Gardner has the respect of his teammates.
"Will is ahead after today," Petrino said. "He has a better grasp of the offense, but he does have to make better decisions, distribute the ball better and be more accurate on his passing. I do like that he is coachable. I like his understanding of the game of football and he has the ability to make all the throws."
Although he saw very limited playing time behind Teddy Bridgewater, Gardner is the only returning quarterback with game action. Redshirt freshman Kyle Bolin and senior Brent Nelson are also competing this spring and Trinity product Reggie Bonnafon will join the fray this fall.
The Cardinals are back on the practice field for spring drill number two Wednesday at 4:00 pm.
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