Louisville defense still has work to do

Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, along with junior linebacker Trevon Young, visited with the media following Wednesday morning's closed practice.

The University of Louisville football moved back behind closed doors on Wednesday morning, working for two hours inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Following the seventh day of practice, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and junior linebacker Trevon Young provided a report on the day and overall progress.

Quick Notes:

  • The Cardinals return a number of key members from last season's highly-rated defense and Grantham is pleased by the progress and the leadership that the veterans are providing.

    "They work hard everyday to improve," he said. "Obviously you're going to lean on those guys to make plays for you, be your leaders in the locker room and make your team continue to prepare the way that you want them to. We're fortunate to have those kind of guys with us."

  • Some of the buzz emerging from the first six days of practice has been how difficult it has been for the offense to muster much consistency against the first team defense. While that's pleasing to Grantham, he is quick to admit that his group is not yet game ready.

    "I think we've got work to do," he said. "There's some things that we can obviously improve upon. We've got to continue to work to play the ball down the field. We've got to continue to make sure we secure our gaps relative to our formations, and our responsibilities. We've got to continue to add things because its a long season and there are a lot of different styles of offense you see."

  • Grantham mentioned a pair of younger faces in the secondary that are making a strong impression in camp. Sophomore safety Zykiesis Cannon and freshman cornerback Jaire Alexander, who snagged an interception on a deep ball during Wednesday's work, both received some praise.
    • Former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Devonte Fields has drawn positive reviews by those attending the open practices, as he's, at times, shown how disruptive he can be coming off the edge. As he's become more accustomed to the practice expectations and closer to game shape, Fields performance has improved since fall camp began.

      "Fields is a guy that has worked hard," said Grantham. "He needs to continue to get himself in the kind of shape that he needs to be to be a play-maker. We aren't there yet with him, but he gets better each time that he takes the field. He wants to work. He wants to improve. You see progress in his play. He's got some instincts to him, as far as being to locating the ball, both in the run game and in the pass game."

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