By Jody Demling - Cardinal Authority

Cardinals Authority provides a closer look at the Louisville secondary position

Cardinal Authority is running a position series as a preseason football feature to help you get familiar with the entire University of Louisville roster. Our latest installment provides a look at the Cardinals secondary.

OVERVIEW

(Safeties)

The safety position is loaded for the Cardinals and has one of the top NFL prospects - Josh Harvey-Clemons - and several other players who have the coaches excited about that position this season.

Harvey-Clemons is so versatile that the staff can play him all over the field and he'll be much better this season with other seasoned help at safety. The 6-foot-5 Harvey-Clemons had 85 tackles last season and three interceptions, but two came in the opener.

Junior Chucky Williams is one of the hardest-hitting players on the team and the staff has been raving about his play so far this fall, while junior Zykiesis Cannon and sophomore Dee Smith are also expected to play major snaps.

A newcomer that Bobby Petrino said has "come a long way" is junior college transfer London Iakopo.

(Cornerbacks)

With Cornelius Sturghill out for the season, the Cardinals are a little short in the cornerback position but have a solid leader in Shaq Wiggins and other top performers Jaire Alexander and Trumaine Washington.

Washington started 12 games last season and was an All-ACC performer, while Wiggins had 30 tackles and two interceptions. Junior college transfer Ronald Walker will be in the mix for the Cardinals.

BREAKOUT PERFORMER

Zykiesis Cannon, Junior

Could go a number of ways on this one, but Cannon has been really good in the spring and now into fall camp. He was mainly a special teams player before this season but has really stepped into the role of key performer.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Cannon is physical and versatile enough to play several positions in the secondary.

Cardinal Authority expects a huge season from Cannon as Harvey-Clemons moves around on defense.

SLEEPER

London Iakopo, Junior

The 6-foot, 215-pound Iakopo was one of the most physical players in the junior college ranks last season.

He plays like a linebacker but has the speed to cover down the field and packs a powerful punch. Bobby Petrino said this week he's played well enough to earn some playing time and that's what we expected.

Iakopo is going to work his way into the rotation in the secondary.

EXTRA POINTS

----Louisville returns that players in the secondary that accounted for 14 of the 17 interceptions last season. Washington led the team with four picks, while Harvey-Clemons had three.

----Khane Pass is another redshirt freshman trying to work in for some playing time.

----Lamarques Thomas and P.J. Blue are the true freshmen at safety, while Walker is the lone newcomer at corner.

----Aaron Floyd is a walk-on from Boone County High School. He was a redshirt last season but made a bunch of big plays in two of the open practice sessions this fall.

----Alexander will again return punts for the Cardinals.


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