In their first season home game of the season on Saturday, the Louisville football team will be taking on the University of Houston and the most important thing on the teams mind is playmaking - on both sides of the ball.
Following the tough opener against Auburn, what was on everyone’s mind – besides the show put on by freshman QB – was the fact that the Cardinals' ranked defense did not disappoint at all.
But defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was not completely satisfied with the defense and will only expect more from his bunch each week. The Cardinals forced three turnovers against Auburn - which was a good day.
Well, not good enough for Grantham and the defenders.
"We didn’t make enough plays to win the game, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what the score is, you gotta make some plays," he said. "We could have had three more interceptions. We should have had three more interceptions. We have to make those plays."
U of L's defense caused three turnovers in last week’s game with a potential for so many more as Grantham pointed out dropped balls by Chucky Williams, James Burgess and Shaq Wiggins in the contest. With a defense that puts pressure on a quick QB, the defense hopes to make a few more defining plays against the Cougars.
"We could’ve done better, lot of plays left out on the field we could have made, personally I could have made," Williams said. "I could’ve made defense a whole lot better."
Williams was upset at himself for dropping a pass that could have set the offense up deep in its own territory in the fourth quarter. But he said those memories are gone and the focus has been on Houston: "one things for sure, we gotta just keep grinding in practice, doing what we do best and know that it will all translate on the field come Saturday."
So, expect the defense to come to play and perhaps even more turnovers to celebrate.
"We’re ready to get things rolling," Williams said.