Grantham: Newcomers will get a shot

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 49 days before the game and here's a look at how defensive coordinator Todd Grantham plans on using the true freshmen.

Less then three weeks before the start of fall camp, the University of Louisville football team has some competition expected for playing time on the defensive side of the ball this season.

And defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said he fully expects that to include some true freshmen.

Grantham, speaking earlier in the week to Cardinal Authority, said the staff was "so excited" about the newcomers and noted he sees a few of them perhaps getting some playing time.

"We are certainly going to give them a chance to compete," Grantham said. "We'll take a close look at them."

Grantham mentioned defensive end G.G. Robinson, cornerback Jaire Alexander, safeties Khane Pass and Dee Smith, linebackers Tim Bonner, Amonte Caban, Jonathan Greenard.

Alexander enrolled in January and participated in spring ball with the Cardinals.

"We are going to find ways to see if they can compete and see if they can help us out," Grantham said. "If they can, then we're going to get them on the field. I've always said if they can play, put them out there because not only can they help you but it makes them even better in year two. The way it is now, you don't keep too many guys for five years anyway."

The Cardinals begins fall camp on Aug. 6.

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