Calvin Pryor a ballhawk for U of L defense

It was a defensive night for the University of Louisville football team on Thursday, holding Rutgers to 240 total yards in a 24-10 victory. The Cardinals had a lot of defensive players with big efforts, but none bigger than Calvin Pryor.

It was no secret there were at least 28 National Football League scouts in the press box watching the Louisville vs. Rutgers game on Thursday night.

Many of those scouts were keeping a close eye on U of L quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is expected to be a top pick in the NFL Draft is he comes out.

But another junior also put on a show, putting his name on the board now.

Junior safety Calvin Pryor had a monster game for the U of L defense from his safety spot, recording 11 solo tackles, three assists, one tackle for a loss and getting one of the Cardinals' four interceptions.

"He was so good back there," fellow safety Hakeem Smith said.

A native of Port St. Joe, Fla., Pryor had a career high with the 14 tackles and his interception was the sixth of his career.

"Calvin Pryor is one of those players who is going to make a lot of plays," U of L coach Charlie Strong said. "I always tell him he's like a linebacker because he wants to play so close to the line. He's done a great job for us."

Pryor was the MVP of a defense that ended up with eight sacks, four interceptions and held Rutgers to 240 total yards.

His interception came in the fourth quarter after Rutgers had narrowed the gap to 17-10. U of L then scored to put the game away.

"Man, we played outstanding," Pryor said. "If they didn't know, now the whole country knows what kind of defense we are. We are going to bring that each and every week we come out here."

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Pryor finished second on last year's team in tackles with 100 and now has 36 in six games this season.

The interception was the sixth of his career and second this season.

"He made himself some money," one scout said after the game.

Pryor's name has been thrown around as a guy who will likely look at entering the draft after this season. He's been listed as one of the top safeties in all of college football by several media outlets and is ranked as the No. 4 free safety in the country by NFLScoutDraft.com.


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