UofL FOOTBALL | Coaches and Players After First Camp Scrimmage

08/13/2016 04:23 PM

Head Coach Bobby Petrino, senior tight end Cole Hikutini and sophomore cornerback Jaire Alexander each took their turn at the podium following Saturday’s scrimmage. Petrino was generally pleased with his team and they think they’ll head into the season pretty healthy.

Petrino added QB Lamar Jackson had a good day and the receivers made good plays. He added that all the DB’s are getting reps right now. He said his team has drastically improved from this point last season.

Watch Coach Petrino take questions below:

TE Hikutini told the media that he made several plays during the scrimmage but wasn’t able to get into the end zone. He also added that he was playing at 238 pounds last year and has packed on 10 pounds this season, allowing him to hold blocks better. He added that he knows the plays better and is playing full speed.

He said he isn’t the only guy who now knows the system better:

Hitukini didn’t stop complimenting the offense’s progress there:

The senior TE also told the media the offensive line is ahead of where they were last year and can always be found together. Hitukini joked, saying the o-line goes 8 deep in a car to dinner and calls themselves “the union.”

He also discussed how he and the rest of the offense stack up against defenses:

Coach Petrino gave the players Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday off of practice following the scrimmage, something Hitukini said the team is very thankful for:

Jaire Alexander fielded similar questions, saying that the grind of camp tests your mental toughness- but he addressed one about playing different positions. He said he misses offense, but getting to return is a good substitute. He said the best part is “being able to have the ball in my hands. Make an opportunity to make a big play. That’s always fun and exciting.”

Alexander is playing some at nickle and can line up at both corner spots and it’s something he likes doing.

The Cardinals are 19 days away from the season opener.

Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey Gough joined cn2 in August 2016 as a reporter for cn2 Sports. Before that, Lyndsey was a multimedia journalist, reporter, anchor and producer at WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, KY covering both news and sports. Lyndsey graduated from the University of Kentucky in May of 2015 after covering the Cats for 3 years for print, radio, and television for various outlets. She is excited to finally be covering sports full-time again here in the Bluegrass. You can follow Lyndsey on Twitter @lgough_cn2 and send story ideas her way.

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