The University Of Louisville football team will look to rebound from its loss at Virginia last weekend against FIU on Saturday afternoon and for some for some of the Cardinals this will be a homecoming.
The heavy emphasis that the prior coaching staff made on recruiting South Florida, especially Miami, has the U of L roster loaded with talent from the Sunshine State.
Cornerback Trumaine Washington, a true freshman from Miami Killian High School who made his first significant contribution as a Cardinal last week against Virginia, is looking forward to the trip home.
“My family is coming to see me, friends, and my teammates from my high school are coming to see me,” said Washington. “So it just feels great to go back home and play.”
It was Washington’s hard work and physical play in practice that gained the coaches trust to put him in the game last weekend. He totaled four tackles and registered his first career sack in the 23-21 loss to the Cavaliers.
Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham likes having the competition for playing time because it forces players to keep their focus and grind throughout practice.
“He’s (Washington) a guy that has shown up in practice, being physical, making plays on the ball,” Grantham explained. “I think that the more playing time he gets, that will come out, and you will see some production there.”
The young cornerback has been able to learn from experienced players like junior Charles Gaines and senior Andrew Johnson.
“They’re like a coach to me, they coach me up on everything,” he said, “They want me to be like them, and even better.”
Washington will have his work cut out for him this week, as he will face many of the same people he played with in his high school days. He has even been receiving texts and phone calls from his friends telling him how they plan to go at him.
Washington shrugs off the pregame trash talk from friends and remains focused on the field, claiming that when game time arrives, “we’re going to war.”