After a short amount of reflection on the 2020 season, Louisville football is back to work as they begin their offseason workouts in preparation for 2021.
It was a huge letdown of a season in 2020, but the work hardly stops in Division I football. The Spring semester has only just begun and already the Cardinals are in the weight room and on the field for strength and conditioning work.
Many freshmen in the Class of 2021 are already on campus and beginning their journey within the program. They will gain strength and condition while diving in to the playbook and other team meetings leading up to Spring football.
It’s more than just a workout
Many of the players from last year’s team likely have a nasty taste in their mouth after a 4-7 finish and no bowl bid to speak of.
Scott Satterfield still has a lot to prove after the swirling rumors of his departure from Louisville sparked in late November-early December. His ability to earn the trust of his players and fellow coaches will be a major key to success for the team this upcoming season. These workouts will be a great opportunity to mend that relationship.
After the disaster that was 2020, this is a great opportunity for the program to reset. They have a ton of returning talent this season and the chance to get in the right headspace entering this year.
There are a lot of moving pieces besides the workouts themselves. It’s a huge time for freshmen to make headway and an important time for Satterfield to fix anything he broke amidst the South Carolina rumors at the end of last season.
Team camaraderie is built during this time
Since Satterfield’s arrival, he has added some competition to the offseason workouts to spice things up a bit. Each “team” has a captain and their own team name.
This program allows the teams to compete against one another for the chance to be the leading vote-getters in the offseason. It is a great way for them to push one another and build upon team chemistry and friendship.
Among the captains are sophomore receiver Jordan Watkins and junior corner Kei’Trel Clark. The “@UofLFootball” social media feed on Twitter provides short clips and graphics like the ones above to promote the program.
Coaches will tell you that this time of year is as important as any other time despite being over seven months away from games transpiring. Just a week in to the program, the team still has a lot of work to do.