Three Takeaways From UofL Football Practice
08/21/2014 07:30 AM
After nearly three weeks of fall camp the UofL football team is getting closer to being the team they want to be going into the season. After talking with several players in post-practice interviews since the beginning of camp, here are three takeaways from fall practice:
1) Offense will be the Card’s strong suit this season. It’s no secret that Head Coach Bobby Petrino loves to put as many points as possible on the board. In years past Petrino has been known for spreading the field and airing things out. While that may happen again this year, look for the Cards to put more emphasis on the ground game, as opposed to simply using the run to set up the pass. With a stable of talented backs, Bobby P and Offensive Coordinator Garrick McGee will spread the carries around and set the tone with the run.
2) Don’t sleep on on the defense While Petrino is primarily an offensive-minded coach, Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham is whipping the cards into shape on the other side of the ball. Grantham will draw up as many blitzes and stunts as he can out of the Cards’ 3-4 defensive scheme and use linebackers Lorenzo Mauldin and James Burgess among others to shoot gaps and harass opposing QBs; as well as to clog the middle in zone situations. The ball-hawking secondary will also be a factor; as Charles Gaines, Terrell Floyd and company will work to contain opposing wide outs and limit the opposing team’s vertical offense.
3) Special Teams play will be key At this point in the year Gaines and running back Corvin Lamb look to be the primary kick returners and both of them can fly.
Expect more than a couple of kickoffs and punts to be taken to the house this season. Kick and punt coverage has been a point of emphasis in fall camp. This is partially because the offense is expected to have a lot of time on the field so the kick and punt coverage has to be tight. The other side of that coin is field position will be key early in the season as the defense works to get out all of the kinks. It is much harder for an opposing offense to drive 80 yards down the field than it is to go say 50 or 60. Look for the Cards to try to pin their opponents as deep as possible to help the defense force more three-and-outs.
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