The offense often gets the headlines, especially when it gains over 800 yards while scoring 73 points, but during Louisville's spring game on Saturday afternoon, the the first team defense was equally as dominating as their offensive counterparts.
The Red team gave up just one touchdown - a 65-yard run by Malin Jones to open the second half - to the White team during the Cardinals two hour scrimmage in front of over 16,000 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
The White team managed just 181 yards of offense against the first team defense. A dominating pass rush and strong play from the secondary limited the White team to a meager 78 yards passing and snagging three interceptions and five sacks.
Here's our top five defensive performers:
1. LB Stacy Thomas
The junior linebacker looked quite ready to fill the void left by James Burgess. Thomas finished off a strong spring with a team-high seven tackles, including 2.5 for a loss.
2. DE James Hearns
The junior pass rush specialist has drawn positive reviews from his teammates and coaches throughout spring practice and he proved why during the spring game. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound junior registered a game-high two sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss.
3. S Chucky Williams
Seeing time at both free and strong safety, the junior is quickly emerging as a leader among the secondary. The junior finished tied with Thomas with a team-high seven tackles and had a pass break-up.
4. S Josh Harvey-Clemons
The physical safety considered jumping to the NFL following his junior season, but returned to further improve his game and earn his degree. His focus on both is already proving beneficial for all. The senior recorded four stops, including a pair of sacks. He also notched a quarterback hurry and a pass break-up.
5. CB Trumaine Washington
The junior defensive back recorded a game-high two interceptions, returning the two for a total of 33 yards. He also recorded a pair of tackles.