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Article By - Daniel Farish
After sitting in the hot sun for a couple hours, I did have a few takeaways, as well as a clip video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM9mCM8pM8E) from the open scrimmage the university so graciously thrust upon us on Sunday:
The defensive line seemed to overpower the offensive line. Teddy was able to get out of trouble but Gardner and Bolin were swallowed up. That being said, the D line is probably the weakest spot on the team. Only one player returns (Marcus Smith) who started every game last season. Louisville had problems stopping the run from time to time last season; let’s hope we don’t see more of the same this year.
The linebackers looked strong, none more so than George Durant and Preston Brown. They closed out on ball handlers quickly and caused havoc on WR’s running their routes. Something else I noticed…for as bad as Senorise Perry wanted to run over someone, these LB’s really, really want to jack somebody up. And not just in a secluded practice; they want to do it in front of thousands of people who are cheering for them.
The secondary is going to be the brightest spot of the defense. FS Calvin Pryor and SS Hakeem Smith look to cause problems for the AAC quarterback’s. Corner Andrew Johnson picked off a couple of Gardner passes and deflected multiple passes from both Gardner and Teddy. Terrell Floyd was held out of practice but it’s not expected to be anything serious.
The biggest issue is going to be stopping opposing RB’s from getting into the second level of the defense. I don’t see a lot of big runs going against the Cards, our LB’s will make sure of that. But for the early part of the season some of these teams will get all they want between 1-5 yards. If defensive coordinator Vance Bedford and defensive line coach Clint Hurtt can tighten up the line, Louisville will become the whole package.