"I think they have more speed to me than they did a year ago, particularly on defense. Their defensive speed appears to be increased quite a bit," Brooks said. "They are playing aggressively on defense.
"Offensively we all know what kind of skilled weapons they have. Our matchup of our defensive front against their offensive front is one of the key matchups in the game. Whether we can contain the run and put pressure on the quarterback will be one of the keys to the game."
The quarterback is former Lexington Catholic standout Justin Burke, a player Brooks and his staff tried to recruit before he signed with North Carolina State and then transferred to Louisville last year.
"We obviously saw him first-hand in high school and he was outstanding and threw for nine million yards and lots of touchdowns," the Kentucky coach said. "I think after almost a two-year period without playing, he played very well in the first game. Understandably he was a little anxious at the start of the game and missed a few throws because he was hurrying. I think you saw some of that from (UK quarterback) Mike Hartline last year."