Shelton sees differences in Cards defense

Eric Shelton has looked better than ever this spring and the University of Louisville's star running back says he sees a significant difference in the defense that tries to stop him everyday in practice.

Eric Shelton knows a thing or two about defense. As one of the top running backs in the country, the Lexington native is used to seeing opponents throw everything but the kitchen sink at him to try and slow him down.

Midway through spring practice, Shelton says he already notices significant improvement in the Cardinal defense since last season.

"I think Coach Cassity has done a great job with them," Shelton said of the defense. "I'm already noticing significant differences in the defense. The safeties and linebackers are doing a great job just coming up and taking holes away."

With eight returning starters, the offense is more or less fine tuning an already potent attack this spring.

"Of course, the offense is trying to sharpen up on what we did last year and just fix the little wrinkles," Shelton said.

And perhaps the biggest reason for Louisville offensive success is it's deep and talented group of running backs, headlined by Shelton, senior Lionel Gates, and sophomore Michael Bush.

"Running back is just one of those things when you're hot that's the one the coach is going to go with," Shelton explained. "Last year I was hot the first couple games and then late in the season Lionel got hot when I was out. So you just have to take advantage of what the defense gives you."


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