Dunn clogging up the middle for Cards 'D'

The University of Louisville is 4-0 and the defense is ranked No. 1 nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 6.8 points a game. One of the top performers of that defense has been defensive lineman Brandon Dunn.

University of Louisville senior defensive tackle Brandon Dunn is pretty good at clogging up holes, and being 6-foot-3, and 300 pounds makes it that much easier.

A graduate of Pleasure Ridge Park High School, Dunn has always been a football player and was thrown into the mix at an early age because of his size.

"My dad told me that I was too big to play anything else, and every time he saw me I had a football in my hands," Dunn said. "My mother would always tell me to put the basketball down, and pick up a football. I've always played defensive tackle, so I just love it."

Dunn opted to stay home for college, attending the University of Louisville and as a junior Dunn had a career season in terms of numbers.

As a leader on the defensive line, Dunn tallied a total of 28 tackles, and a pair of sacks. Now as a senior, Dunn wants to top that production.

And he's well on his way. Dunn already has 16 tackles, one sack and four tackles for a loss in just four games for the undefeated Cardinals.

"So far I've been doing a lot of good things, but that's what you expect I'm a senior," Dunn said. "A lot of the credit goes to coach (defensive coordinator Vance) Bedford, because he has put me in a position to make great plays. I've been taking every game serious and I don't waste reps. I go out there and compete like I am a backup."

Not only have expectations been created for the senior defensive tackle on the field in terms of play, but he is also expected to set an example and be a leader on and off the field.

"The younger players are listening, and I don't have to say anything more than once or twice, and when I give them the look they know I mean business," Dunn said.

Added U of L head coach Charlie Strong: "Dunn is probably the most improved player, and he's making a lot of plays. It's just his leadership, and how hard he is playing that drives this defensive line."

Dunn admits that getting a shutout in last week's 72-0 win over Florida International – after missing on blanking an opponent several times - felt good but wasn't one of the main goals.

"Our goals were to hold them under 150 yards total offense, four turnovers, and six sacks," Dunn said.

After what many would call the best all-around performance of the season, the Cardinals have an open week and Dunn said the team will continue to work hard.

"It doesn't really matter if we have a bye week or not, because we love football so much around here," Dunn said. "On Saturdays it's like candy land and the first one to make the play gets the candy."

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