For the last three games Louisville’s defense has played arguably some of the best passing offenses the ACC has to offer.
Clemson, North Carolina State and Florida State were tests for the Cardinals, but this week the defense gets a major rushing test at Boston College.
The Eagles rushing offense is unlike any other opponent the Cardinals have faced this season. Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy, a graduate-student transfer from Florida, leads the team in rushing.
Defensive back Jermaine Reve discussed the challenges the defense faces when playing against a quarterback who has the ability to make big plays with his legs.
“One of the main challenges is keeping your eyes on your man,” Reve said. “Because when you prepare for a team that’s so much run heavy the time that you don’t keep your eyes on your man you give up a big play.”
Boston College is no stranger to tough competition. The Eagles knocked off then No. 9 USC earlier this season. One of the main focuses in practice this week has been focusing on not only slowing down the shifty quarterback, but also knowing the formations and tendencies of the offense.
“First of all they have a great talented quarterback he’s a very elusive quarterback,” Reve said. “ “They come out with a bunch of different offensive formations, you know they move guys around so you know it’s a lot to prepare for.”
The Cardinals have also been focused this week on making sure there’s no hangover from the Thursday night loss to Florida State.
“Once we got that Thursday our of our system,” Reve explained. “That Sunday it was time to roll. It’s a new week, a new challenge, it’s a whole new team, totally different team from what we played last week, and a totally different team that our defense has seen all year.
“If everyone does their job we all look good, and that is something that we all take in. We want everyone to look good.”