Cardinals defensive coordinator visited with media following Tuesday practice

Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham updates groups progress

As Louisville's Sept. 1 season-opener against Charlotte is now less than 10 days away, the Cardinals defense continues to prep for the multitude of offensive styles that it will face this season before focusing solely on the 49er's.

"We just continuing to get ready for the whole season and the different offenses that we'll face," said U of L defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.  "You can't wait until game week to start preparing for a certain team.  You've got to be able to have that structure already in place, so we're continuing to do that.  It's getting close to getting ready for the opening game, but we're still a couple days away."

When the Cardinals do take the field on that Thursday night, the defense will feature a large number of veterans, but will include a few new faces that may become impact performers quickly.

A trio of junior college transfers, safety London Iakopo, defensive lineman Chris Williams and cornerback Ronald Walker are all performing well in camp and will be counted on immediately.

"Those guys have done a good job," said Grantham.  "Obviously Ronald being here early has helped him.  He's made huge improvements from spring till now. London is a guy that is very instinctive as a football player.  He's tough and understands the game and where he fits.  He's really become a versatile guy for us. I like his progress, as well."

"Chris has done a good job and has shown up in the team stuff.  He's another guy from being here in the spring has come on and he'll certainly be in the rotation."

Grantham also listed true freshmen safety P.J. Blue, linebackers Malik Staples and Tabarius Peterson as newcomers that could contribute this fall.

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