The Louisville players tackled for the first time this camp on Tuesday afternoon. One of the biggest hits of the day came from safety Chucky Williams when he forced a fumble during team drills.
"We're just working out here to get better, that's all," Williams said following the two-hour practice.
Williams started 12 games last fall and finished fifth on the team with 61 tackles. He's added about eight pounds during the off-season without loosing a step on the field.
"I feel great," he said.
A redshirt junior, Williams is among a talented group of veterans in the Cardinals secondary. While a talented incoming class, which includes a pair of freshman and a pair of junior college transfers, has created increased competition, the vets are taking the responsibility of helping the newcomers progress quickly.
"We have a great depth of guys," said Williams. "We have some great guys that came in and as veterans we try to bring them along because we've been in the system longer so we're trying get them caught on the playbook so that can come out there and make plays."
Despite a strong finish in to the 2015 season, capped with a victory over Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl, the Cardinals are pushing for more in 2016. An 0-3 beginning to last season has left a lingering feeling with the team, which is aiming for a better start this fall.
"There's a bit of a chip on our shoulder because we weren't what we wanted last year and this year is an opportunity for us to really go out there and get after it. It's going to take a lot of hard work, trust in each other and coming out here to practice to be ready for anything."