Thoughts from Louisville practice

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- I stopped by Louisville practice today to get my first summer glimpse of the Cardinals. They were in full pads for the morning session and have another workout scheduled for this evening, marking their first two-a-day of camp.

Here are some quick impressions based on what I saw:

• Let's start with the most pressing issue: quarterbacks. Justin Burke got the snaps with the first team as coach Steve Kragthorpe continues to rotate him and Adam Froman at No. 1. I thought Burke played a little better in the spring, but I've been hearing that Froman has maybe inched ahead so far in camp.

Well, it wasn't a great morning for either quarterback, as there weren't a whole lot of completed passes. Neither one has a great arm, which can be overcome by accuracy and timing. Still, the deep ball just wasn't there today. Receivers had to wait or even come back on those long throws, and wind was not a factor. Third-stringer Zack Stoudt, who has the best arm of the three, didn't get many reps today.

• The biggest depth-chart development is on the offensive line. Junior Byron Stingily is now the starting left tackle, while Greg Tomczyk has shifted over to right tackle. Jeff Adams has been bumped down to second string. The 6-foot-5, 293-pound Stingily was a junior college transfer last year who redshirted for the 2008 season.

Kragthorpe said Stingily has really improved in his understanding of the game and position and has quick feet. But he said that "we're still moving guys around" on the offensive line. The Cardinals had hoped to work huge (6-6, 330) juco import Joe Evinger into the mix on the line, but he's yet to practice because of some academic administrative issues.

• Receiver Scott Long did not wear pads or participate in any contact work. Louisville is trying to bring him along slowly after his offseason knee injury. Long, who was wearing an ice pack on his right knee toward the end of practice, was supposed to practice tonight. The Cardinals are a far, far better team when he is healthy.

• Fellow receiver Josh Chichester also was held out of contact work. First-string fullback Joe Tronzo was in a walking boot.

• The first-string defense had William Savoy and Greg Scruggs at defensive ends, L.D. Scott and L.T. Walker at the tackle spots, Jon Dempsey, Antwon Canady and Brandon Heath at linebacker, Karldell Dunning and Johnny Patrick at corner and Daniel Covington and Chaz Thompson at safety. The defense as a whole looked better than it did at times in the spring, but again the offense struggled.

• Speaking of struggling, the Cardinals' goal-line drill did not go well. The first play was a botched quarterback-center exchange. Then there were a couple of offside penalties. Froman threw a pass to Troy Pascley that was about 5 yards out of the end zone, prompting Kragthorpe to yell, "We're not in Canada!"

• It's hard not to notice newcomer Tim High, a 6-foot-2, 310-pound mountain of a defensive tackle. The junior college transfer played with the second team and looked like he could use some conditioning work.

Mike Fennerty and Cameron Graham were running with the first team at tight end, a position Kragthorpe would like to use. Graham had a tough day catching the ball.

• Kamran Joyer, the former South Florida signee who was released from his scholarship over grade concerns, saw some time on the third team offense. The one time I noticed him, he got yelled at for missing an assignment. That will happen with true freshmen.

I'll have more from Louisville practice a little later on.