Sturghill better on defense for U of L

Cardinal Authority is counting down the days until the University of Louisville football team starts the season on Sept. 5 against Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Classic at the Georgia Dome. It's 65 days before the game and we take a look at Cornelius Sturghill, who has bounced between offense and defense until this spring when he landed at DB.

As a true freshman from Memphis, Tenn., Cornelius Sturghill wasn’t sure what side of the football he would play at the University of Louisville.

Sturghill was an athlete with multiple positions on his resume.

Now, a year later it appears he’ll stick with defense. Sturghill was listed as a wide receiver late last season but played defensive back during spring ball and the coaches took a liking for him on that side of the ball.

”We’re excited about him,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “We are very pleased with his progress and like where he’s headed.”

Sturghill made several highlight reel plays, including an interception, in the spring scrimmages and the Red-White Spring Game.

He spent last season watching as a redshirt.

”He does a really good job of playing the ball,” Grantham said. “He has really good speed and he understands the routes. I think maybe because he played offense that he understands what we’re looking at.”

Grantham said Sturghill is not a guy that will get criticized in the secondary for not tackling. The 5–foot-11, 189-pound Sturghill is a physical player.

”He made some really good plays for us in the spring,” he said. “He’s a guy on the edge who does a really good job of playing the ball and will come up and tackle you. He’s a nice one for us to have back there.”

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