Position series feature: Jermaine Reve

University of Louisville sophomore Jermaine Reve performed well as a reserve safety last fall, but this season he has a new spot on the field. After making the move in spring practice, Reve is prepared to start at cornerback this fall.

Following a season working as a reserve safety, University of Louisville sophomore Jermaine Reve has successfully made the trasition to cornerback since making the move during spring practice.

Serving as the fifth defensive back in nickelback packages, Reve earned two starts last fall. He made an immediate splash in his first outing, recording three solo stops against Kentucky in week one and capped the 2012 season with four tackles in the Sugar Bowl victory.

"He's an excellent tackler, which is something we need to improve on this year," said defensive coordinator Vance Bedford.

With improved tackling a priority during fall camp, Reve, who finished with 32 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss last season, moved to the top of the depth chart soon after camp opened two weeks ago.

"Right now I'm locked in at corner and when we go to our nickel packages, I'm the nickelback," Reve said.

The move to cornerback provides an opportunity for Reve to be on the field more frequently.

"I like to move around on defense," said Reve. "The coaches like my versatility and I'm ready for the challenge."

The move also means more man coverage and the challenge of one-on-one coverage. It requires focus and the ability to understand an opposing offense. The key, according to Reve, is "being smart. One thing about being on the island, you have to be smart."

During camp, Reve faces the task of defending Louisville's talented group of receivers, the AFROS. Prior to arriving at U of L in 2010, Reve was often faced with the responsibility of facing former Miami (Fla.) Northwestern teammate and current Alabama receiver Amari Cooper.

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