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BOZICH | 5 Cardinals to watch in Louisville spring football game

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Reggie Bonnafon is one of five Cardinals to watch during the spring football game Saturday. Reggie Bonnafon is one of five Cardinals to watch during the spring football game Saturday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – This has been an interesting week at the University of Louisville football program.

At 7:30 p.m. Monday, an e-mail was sent announcing a press conference on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Made sense. The Cardinals will play their spring game Saturday at 1 p.m. at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Plenty to discuss.

On Tuesday, 21 minutes before the press conference was scheduled to begin, it was canceled. The reason? Last-minute scheduling conflict.

Kevin Miller, U of L’s executive senior associate athletic director, left the Howard Schnellenberger Complex about 10 minutes after the press conference was canceled. Miller said that he and Petrino had discussed future schedules in the coach’s office

End of story? Contract news coming with Petrino? Stay tuned.

The press conference might be rescheduled for Friday. The game will go on Saturday. Here are the names of five players to watch Saturday, guys who have been impressive this spring.

Reggie Bonnafon (receiver) – One observer called him “the best athlete on the team.” Bonnafon has performed like a first-team receiver, showing excellent hands while running crisp routes.

Bonnafon gives Petrino and his retooled offensive staff a legitimate triple-threat – a guy who can catch, throw and run. Bonnafon remains the holder on the place-kicking team, which puts fake field goals in play.

“It’s been pretty fun,” Bonnafon said. “It reminds me of Little League, playing multiple positions.”

D’Angelo Brown (defensive tackle) – Departing lineman Sheldon Rankins remains a consensus choice as a Top 20 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but Brown is determined to ensure that the Cardinals maintain their ability to stuff the run and pursue the quarterback.  Even at 308 pounds, Brown has improved his agility.

Stacy Thomas (linebacker) – Somebody must replace the savvy veteran play of James Burgess, and Thomas showed that he was that guy when he made 11 tackles after Burgess was ejected from the Music City Bowl on the Cards’ first defensive series. At 6 feet 1 inches and 225 pounds, Thomas is an inch taller than Burgess and just as relentless.

L.J. Scott (halfback) – Last season was a strange season for Scott, who never earned more than seven carries in a game for the Cardinals. In fact, Scott had two or fewer carries in seven of Louisville’s 13 games. Many expected more from a guy who averaged nearly seven yards per run as a freshman. Word is that Scott was Louisville’s best overall back during a lengthy scrimmage last Saturday. “Looked great,” one observer said.

Mason King (punter) – Two of the most important decisions that Petrino must make are replacing place-kicker John Wallace and punter Josh Appleby. The place-kicking competition will likely stretch into fall camp. But Mason King, a redshirt freshman from St. Xavier, has shown a strong leg during spring practices.

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