The Spring game is almost upon us!! We know there will be a large amount of #CardNation out at PJCS Friday night to watch the star studded Cards. This Louisville team brings back more talent than maybe any other team in UofL history but what about the breakout guys? We got you covered! Here are 5 players on the Defensive side of the ball to keep an eye out for:
#55 Keith Kelsey (SO)
Kelsey played in multiple games last year but with the loss of MLB Preston Brown Kelsey’s role looks to be much larger this season. In the last few weeks of Spring Practice it seems Kelsey is taking that role and running with it. Kelsey has shown leadership vocally and with his play and we expect that to continue Friday night.
#98 Sheldon Rankins (JR)
Like Kelsey, Rankins has also seen the field in the previous years of his career but looks to see more than ever this season. Rankins, who recorded 3 sacks last season from the DT position, will step in and possibly fill the hole left by the uncertain status of SR DT Jamaine Brooks. The 3-4 Defense brought to Louisville by new DC Todd Grantham requires great play from the DT position and Rankins looks primed to do just that.
#20 Richard Benjamin (RS Fr.) &
#22 Charles (Chucky) Williams (SO)
Everyone knows the Cards just lost the best safety tandem that has ever put on the Red and Black in Pryor and Smith. What everyone doesn’t know is the Cards have some pretty good young talent at the Safety position still. That talent pool took a hit when Reve went down with a knee injury but along with Kamal Hogan and Gerod Holliman these two (Williams and Benjamin) will step in nicely. Williams and Benjamin have both turned some heads during spring practice with their ability to tackle and break on the ball (both recording interceptions). It will be interesting to see if one of these guys step up when the lights come on Friday night.
#91 Trevon Young (SO)
The Cards have a dynamic pass rusher on one side of the DL in Lozo Mauldin but who is next in line when he is gone? JUCO transfer Trevon Young looks primed to be that guy. Young, who came in early to get extra practice, has caught on and looks to be flourishing under Todd Granthams 3-4 scheme. The question isn’t IF Young will get to the QB on Friday but rather how many times he will.