Shelton is ready and focused on Miami

The Louisville ground attack will need to be successful on Thursday against Miami and junior running back Eric Shelton will likely see the bulk of the carries.

When the Louisville offense takes the field for the first time on Thursday night against #3 Miami, it will face a defense that currently ranks second in the country and is allowing just 2.6 yards a rushing attempt.

However, in their last outing, a 27-3 win over Georgia Tech, the Hurricane rush defense gave up 162 yards on the ground and an average of 4.4 per carry.

Louisville junior running back Eric Shelton is anticipating a quick Miami defense that may limit his options to the middle of the field.

"That will be hard to," Shelton said of trying to run to the outside against the 'Canes. "I do respect what they do defensively and the athletes that they have. It'll be hard trying to get around the fast linebackers that Miami has. The best to do is to try to run right at them."

The 6-foot-3, 248-pound back has been impressed with all aspects of Miami's defense while watching film on the upcoming opponent this week.

"Their defense looks very good," continued Shelton. "The defensive line plays the gaps well and the linebackers swarm to the ball and they have great corners."

While watching film on Miami, he realized that the Hurricanes do not attempt to disguise anything, rather they just come out and utilize the athletes that they have.

"It's not anything hard, it is just that they play really well," explained Shelton of UM's defense. "If we go out and play our game, we will do well."

After seeing limited carries in the Cardinals two first outings, Shelton has returned to form in the recent wins over North Carolina and East Carolina. Over the two past games, Shelton has racked up 215 yards and 8 touchdowns, averaging 8.6 yards a carry.

While he is impressed by the play of the Hurricane defense, Shelton believes in the Bobby Petrino offense and the importance of starting strong.

"I think it is important that we get the ball and get a drive going and score first. That would get our momentum going."

With the majority of the preparations now complete, Shelton and his teammates are ready for the long layoff to be over.

"I'm ready and I think the team is ready as well," said Eric Shelton. "I'm ready to go right now. I'm loose and focused."

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