From ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson, who talks about the different defense that Louisville will play this season.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — There are holes to fill across the Louisville defense, one that quietly ranked as one of the best units in America a year ago.
But that is not the only reason this group is undergoing an entire overhaul during the spring. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has changed the base defense to a 3-4 and started shifting players around to positions better suited for them. The lone returning starting lineman from a year ago, Lorenzo Mauldin, will move to outside linebacker, filling a hybrid rush end role that will better utilize his athleticism.
Sheldon Rankins, a backup defensive tackle the last two seasons, has emerged as a leader at end but can play nose guard, too.
“He’s been dominant,” Grantham said.
Plenty more moves have been made: B.J. Dubose, who has played end and tackle, has found a home at end this spring; Redshirt freshman James Hearns has moved from linebacker to end; redshirt freshman Chucky Williams is leading the charge to start at one safety spot after starting his career at cornerback.
Previous position breakdowns:
Today we continue the position breakdowns for the 2013 football season and focus on the Cornerbacks.
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Talk about a player who shows up in the big-time moments! No matter what Floyd does for the rest of his career here at UofL, he already made one of the most memorable plays in Louisville football history. (HSReplays with the video)
According to his coach Mike Tunsil, freshman Athlete/Safety Chucky Williams has been cleared to play for the Cards this season. Williams is from Hialeah, Florida. He is listed at 6’2 and 180 lbs.
On Monday, Charlie Strong mentioned that 2 freshmen still were not on campus, and that was Williams and Donel Elam. At the time, it appeared that Williams would be cleared eventually and that Elam probably will not make it with this year’s class.
That means Elam is the only incoming freshman that has not made it, so overall the Cards have to be happy that everyone else is clear and ready to go.
At today’s press conference, Coach Charlie Strong mentioned that there are two incoming freshmen that are still not on campus, and they are Chucky Williams and Donel Elam. From what it sounds like, Williams is still working towards taking care of business to get here, but Elam likely will not be apart of this class.