For the Louisville secondary, the challenge against 3rd-ranked Miami on Thursday night will be stopping the quick Hurricane receivers, but sophomore cornerback William Gay believes that the unit is challenged daily in practice by a similarly talented group.
"We have great receivers here at U of L," said the Tallahassee, Florida native. "Going against them everyday has really helped us a lot in getting ready for the game."
However, he also realizes that the 'Canes receivers are among the best in the nation and that staying focused on the fundamentals and proper techniques will help the secondary play well during the ESPN televised contest.
"They are speedsters, that's the bottom line," said Gay of Miami's receivers. "They run good routes. They are all blue-chip players, so it's going to be important for us to playing our techniques. Good techniques is where you win the ball game."
Facing a group of receivers that is averaging 12.6 yards per reception will be a difficult challenge for the improved U of L secondary.
"We know that it is going to be a tough battle...it'll probably be the toughest battle that we see this year," continued Gay.
After having an extended period of time to prepare for the game in the Orange Bowl, Gay also says that it has helped with game preparations and building confidence.
"We're confident," Gay said. "Everybody has been competing hard against each other in practice. We have a lot of good players on our offense and this year we have stepped it up on defense, so the coaches really believe in us."
With the majority of preparations now complete, Gay and his teammates appear more than ready for kickoff.
"We'll go out there and play hard. We're ready for this tough battle."