Posted by Chip Patterson
Getting Louisville back to the postseason certainly helped Charlie Strong's first year as head coach of the Cardinals feel like a success. Strong knew coming into the 2011 season that reloading and replenishing that squad was going to be a challenge, especially with 14 players sitting out of spring drills with injury. Since the Cardinals kicked off March 21, eight more players have gone down with an injury and now it is becoming difficult to run a complete practice.
The cause of most concern is on the offensive line, where Louisville is already inexperienced with only one returning starter. Because of the injuries, the Cardinals only have seven healthy offensive lineman. Because there are no other options, Strong was forced to move the practice time to accomodate the class schedules of thoese lineman. Which for Thursday's workout meant practice was rescheduled for 5:30 a.m..
Strong told the media that the injuries have also forced Louisville's spring game on Friday night to be restricted to simple offense-defense drills . With 22 roster players out of pads, and only seven healthy offensive lineman, it is difficult to imagine any other way to display game situtaions for your fans.
The biggest loser in all this is the fans. Strong kept his spring practices closed to media and public, and Friday night is going to be the first glimpse of the 2011 Cardinals. However, little can be drawn from scrimmages that include very few of the faces you will see in the fall.