Louisville Notebook

By Adam Caparell - April 21, 2007

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville basked in the glory of one of their most successful seasons in program history Friday at their spring game. Reflecting on their win over Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl, the Cardinals handed out individual player awards from their 2006 season during halftime and enjoyed the company of a record crowd.

The Louisville faithful showed their support for the Cardinals and new coach Steve Kragthorpe like never before. An estimated 28,000 fans descended on Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (admission was free), roughly 10,000 better than Louisville's previous record for a spring game.

Players from last year who are no longer on the team that were honored included Nate Harris, Amobi Okoye and Michael Bush. Bush, who's still on the road to recovery from the broken leg he suffered in the Cardinals first game of the season, got the loudest ovation upon his introduction.

Keep It Simple: Kragthorpe did not pull out all the strings with his offense Friday, featuring a rather reserved version of what will be another high-powered Cardinals offense. Kraghtorpe simply didn't want to tip his hand.

"We've got a long time before we play a football game and we had a lot of opponents sitting here watching us," Kragthorpe said.

The former Tulsa coach also learned something new about his team.

"I learned that our guys are very competitive," Kragthorpe said. "Even though we were playing against ourselves our guys really wanted to get after each other."

Posted by Adam Caparell at 12:21 AM on April 21, 2007

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