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.
According to this article from goupstate.com, 2014 defensive back Kendall Randolph, from Tallahassee, Florida, has a top 3 of Louisville, Miami, and South Carolina. Randolph is a 4 star prospect on Rivals.com. They rank him as the 11th best cornerback in the state of Florida and the 20th best player overall in the state!
Previous position breakdowns:
Today we continue the position breakdowns for the 2013 football season and focus on the Linebackers. This unit has talent, but not too much depth as far as game experience is concerned. It could be a strength for the Cards this season if some guys can stay healthy, and a key guy can get healthy. Let’s see who we have…
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One of the biggest leaders on this year’s team will be Preston Brown. The senior linebacker from Cincinnati, OH has played in 39 games as a Card. If you are trying to do the math, that is EVERY game since he has been here. He has started in 24 of those games, all 13 last year and 11 as a sophomore.
The train just keeps on rollin! Just when the Cards were stacking up on 2014 talent, a late signee to the 2013 class jumps on board! Former Florida Gator commit James Hearns, a 4* linebacker from Tallahassee, FL had been waiting to sign somewhere after signing day, and today he chose Louisville! He also had offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, USC, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and many more! Holy offer sheet!