LANE | Petrino To Give Quick A Second Chance
Coach says the former Trinity star has "work to do" after being cited for marijuana possession and paraphernalia
Friday, June 20th 2014, 12:02 am EDT by
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Along with announcing the formation of his Petrino Family Foundation and a one million dollar gift to Kosair Children's Hospital on Thursday, head football coach Bobby Petrino talked a bit about his U of L football Cardinals. Among the subjects was James Quick. The Trinity graduate and Sophomore Wide Receiver was cited for possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia earlier this month.
When asked if Quick would be part of the team this fall, Petrino said the following. "He's got some work to do. I'm very disappointed in his actions and his decision-making. We're giving him an opportunity to take care of that and it's certainly gonna be hard on him but we'll give him a chance."
Petrino feels like his team has made great strides since the spring season ended April 11th. He's taking advantage of a rule change allowing coaches to get to know their players a little more before fall camp starts.
"It's going great. We've got the majority of our Freshman here. It's a little different because we're able to be part of the summer workouts now so we get to go in the weight room and watch them. We have some quickness and agility drills we're doing but I think our players are working extremely hard and it's exciting to see the team come together."
"We refer to what we call the three P's which is preparation, practice and then performance, " Petrino continued. "So we're in the preparation phase of it which is both physical and mental. The mental part of it is everybody really learning the offense, the defense, the special teams. Certainly, the Freshman and newcomers have to get caught up in that and also working to prepare their bodies in the best shape it's ever been in. Most of the guys have to get bigger, stronger and faster. Some have to get leaner, stronger and faster. We have an excellent strength and conditioning staff which is doing a really good job."
Petrino and his staff will get some time off after this week and reconvene on July 14th to get ready for fall camp and prepare for the season opener, September 1st against Miami.