Spring practice is nearing its conclusion for Louisville, with the Cardinals prepping for the Saturday's Red-White Spring Game to cap off the season that began on March 21.
For the Cardinals defense, the last few weeks have been a period of transitioning to a few new coaches, including new coordinator Peter Sirmon, and the change in terminology that comes along with it. It's also been a time where players were expected to fill new roles and prep to the upcoming season.
"We had some good days and we had some better days," Sirmon said on Wednesday. "It's been great to get out here and get to know the on-the-field personalities. I think different people have improved at different speeds, which is always the case because people are at different levels of their development."
Saturday's final scrimmage will closely resemble real game situations, with the coaching staffs working from the sidelines and players expected to provide maximum effort.
"I'm excited to watch them go out and perform," he said. "We're expecting them to play with great effort and execution."
Instead of game pitting the first and second teams against each other, the roster has been split in an effort to make the game more competitive.
"It's going to be competitive, which will be a great thing," he said.
The transition to the new defensive coaches has been a smooth one, assisted by making the terminology simpler than in years pass to allow the players to make a quick adjustment.
"I want to take pride in keeping it simple," Sirmon said, adding that the goal is to develop the players quickly. "We need to get talented young players on the field and not have to feed and water them for two or three years for them to be prepared."
Check out the video below for the remainder of Sirmon's visit with the media following the team's Wednesday practice session.
Louisville's spring game will kickoff at 1pm. For addition details on Saturday's event, click here.