UofL FOOTBALL | Alexander and Thomas two statistical difference makers on defensive

07/11/2017 11:28 AM

Louisville football has plenty of question marks heading into the 2017 season, and a number of them are on the defensive side of the ball. The Cards lost nearly half of its defensive starters and have a brand new defensive coordinator calling the shots.

But fortunately the team has a couple statistical monsters returning to the ranks for the upcoming year, those being junior cornerback Jaire Alexander, and RS senior linebacker Stacy Thomas.

Pro Football Focus tweeted out this graphic. The national football outlet graded Alexander as tied for the best returning CB in the nation with Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick:

Last season, Alexander earned second team All-ACC honors after proving to be an explosive punt returner and lock down defender. He started all 13 games, led the team with five interceptions, and totaled 39 tackles.

PFF also tweeted out that Stacy Thomas is its highest graded returning linebacker in 2018.

2016 was the first year as a starting linebacker for Thomas. He is credited with 85 tackles last year, seven for loss, and his first career interception. Perhaps the most promising sign heading into 2017, is that Thomas played his best football at the end of the year. He notched six tackles and first career sack versus Houston in week 12, and tied a career-high with 11 tackles and one for a loss versus LSU in the Citrus Bowl.


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