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 is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at Lyndsey.gough@charter.com.

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