Monday night the University of Louisville hosted one of the biggest games in the program's history. It was their first game as an official member of the ACC, on national television, against 5-time national champion Miami.
Louisville was able to prevail with a 31-13 victory over the Canes, with the defense making a statement in their first outing. Senior linebacker Deiontrez Mount was a key component in the win, recording 5 tackles and a sack, but knows he must stay focused in the short week to prepare for Saturday’s game against FCS opponent Murray State.
“With this quick turnaround any team can be a good match for you,” said Mount, who knows they have to prepare to slow down the up-tempo offense the Racers run.
“Murray State is going to come in here and basically run no huddle the whole game," he said. “We just have to get adjusted to the speed at which they go by.”
Even with an impressive performance against Miami, Mount and the Cardinals defense will look to improve their gap assignments and make sure they contain a Racers offense that scored 73 points in their season opener.
“A lot of guys are outside of their gaps, myself included,” says Mount. “Make sure you’re on your gap whenever you need to be.”
Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrino had high praises for Mount and Mauldin, who both moved to the outside linebacker position this season.
“Well, they played really physical, and versus the run they gave us a lot as far as setting the edge and making the backs have to bow on their running track,” Petrino explained. “They were able a lot of times to stay on their straight track. So what that does is buy us time for our linebackers and safeties to get to the ball; and then their ability to rush the passer.”
But Mount keeps his focus on preparing for an FCS opponent by trying to stay out of the media and not letting people pat him on the back.
“You just can’t listen to that stuff,” says Mount “They play football. We strap on our pads, just like they strap on their pads.”