Sep 1, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals defensive tackle Roy Philon (93) and defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin (94) tackle Ohio Bobcats quarterback Derrius Vick (15) during the second quarter at Papa John

Louisville Football Spring Game: Defense

Tonight’s spring will start to shed some light on all the new changes to the University of Louisville football program. We’ve already talked about what to look for on the offensive side of the ball, now lets preview the defense.

New Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham is installing a brand new base 3-4 defense that will probably look a lot different than the past few years. We will likely see some familiar faces in different positions and different areas of the field. One of the most exciting changes that I can’t wait to see the shift of Lorenzo Mauldin to outside linebacker. He will likely me moved around and line up on and of the line of scrimmage and use his size and athleticism to rush the quarterback and drop back in coverage. We wont see LoZo today due to injury, but we will start to see how this defense is going to look.

Coach Bobby Petrino talked yesterday about how the new defensive unit is progressing and what he expects to see. He feels really good about about the front seven, especially the linebackers and singled out Sophomore LB Keith Kelsey as a guy that has impressed him early on. Kelsey has been running with the first team along with Junior LB James Burgess. Returning starter Keith Brown has yet to see the field this spring as he continues to recover. On the line, Coach said that Sophomore DE Trevon Young is a guy that can really get to the quarterback and has been very impressive. Coach Grantham said that Sheldon Rankins has really progressed and has been dominant on the D-line.

The concern this unit is the lack of experience and depth in the secondary, specifically the safety positions. Last year Pryor and Smith were the best safety tandem in the country and replacing that talent will not be easy. One guy to look for is redshirt freshman Chucky Williams who was moved from CB to S and is vying for a starting position.

With so many new things happening with this team, tonight’s game will be really exciting. So many questions and so much anticipation for this new era in Cardinal Football. Coach Petrino returning, a new defense, the move into the ACC, and the best home schedule we’ve ever seen is what lies ahead and I can’t wait.

BigRedLouie will be out in full force tonight and will break down all that we see. To help you keep track of the new Cards out there, here is the current roster and after game will get a better sense for the ever changing depth chart. Now, who’s ready for some tailgating?

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