U of L DEs looking to chase a record

The University of Louisville defense is expected to be more aggressive this season and two of the Cardinals have their eyes set on the school's sack record. Cardinal Authority takes a look.

University of Louisville junior defensive ends Lorenzo Mauldin and Deiontrez Mount give the Cardinals' a pair of physical pass rushers.

Mauldin, a junior who just survived a scare after being the victim of a hit and run on his moped, recorded 22 tackles and 4.5 sacks last season in 11 games last season.

While the Fort Walton Beach, Fla., native Mount finished with 26 tackles, four tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks for the Sugar Bowl champion Cardinals.

The M&M ends did some record talking recently.

"We're going to try and take down the whole board I can tell you that much" Mount said, when asked about the U of L sacks records.

Mauldin was confident about his abilities at a recent media day and mentioned a lofty goal that he had for this season.

"I want to try and break Elvis Dumervil's sack record," Mauldin said.

The former All-American had 20.5 sacks during the 2005 season, which then broke the old mark of 17 set in 1993 by former NFL standout Joe Johnson.

"Let's just hope they play that way when it comes to game time," U of L head coach Charlie Strong said about Mauldin and Mount talking records

Even with all of the talk about breaking records, and the already high expectations that have been set on this team both players know there's room for improvement.

"We're trying to improve on running to the ball more, and being more aggressive, and getting to the quarterback, as well as staying in our gaps, and making more plays" Mount said.

U of L defensive coordinator Vance Bedford has said several times during the preseason that his defense will be playing more of an aggressive, up-tempo style this season.

Which means Mauldin and Mount will get a lot of chances. It's uncertain if Mauldin will play in the opener on Sunday against Ohio University, but he said he's "ready to get back in there whenever he can and make things happen."

And chase some records.

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