Search for defensive end continues into final days

While the departure of multiple starters in the Cardinals secondary has drawn the majority of attention, the defensive end position vacated by Marcus Jones remains one of the tightest 'competitions' during U of L's spring practice.

While the departure of multiple starters in the Cardinals secondary has drawn the majority of attention, the defensive end position vacated by Marcus Jones remains one of the tightest 'competitions' during U of L's spring practice.

Senior Chad Rimpsey and redshirt freshman Brandon Cox have continued to split time running with the first unit and returning starter Elvis Dumervil has been impressed by both.

"That's a tight competition," said Dumervil, who totaled 10 sacks as a junior. "Chad Rimpsey and Brandon Cox are both good athletes. Whoever ends up playing the best will be over there and I'm sure whoever it is that we will make a great duo."

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino doesn't view it as a competition.

"I don't think that it is really a competition, because we are going to need both of those guys to perform well," said Petrino. "Of course, they both want to start and that's good, because that is what makes them play harder."

Heading into the final few sessions of spring practice, Rimpsey is appreciative of finally having the opportunity to join the Cardinals starting front four.

"I'm feeling good so far," Rimpsey said. "I've waited my time and have played behind some good defensive ends in Marcus Jones, Dewayne White and Elvis Dumervil. I have learned a lot and picked up a little bit from each of them. I just had to be patient."

Playing as reserve Rimpsey recorded 19 tackles, including 3 for a loss and two sacks, but the Oxford, Alabama native knows that he needs to take advantage of the last few days of practice to improve his overall game.

"I'm working on making my pass rush better, but I think that I'm a pretty good run stopper," said Cox.


Brandon Cox goes against Travis
Leffew last week in practice

Coach Petrino agreed with that assessment and indicated that also describes the play of Brandon Cox who saw action in nine games as a true freshman.

"They both do a good job in their recognition of the run and play action," continued Petrino. "Right now we need to see them pin their ears back and go on a 3rd-and-8 type of situation."

The Cardinals will wrap up the spring practice period on Friday night when they play in the annual Red-White Spring Game. Tailgating begins at noon, with the game set for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. The game will be broadcast nationally by ESPN U. Stay logged on to InsidetheVille.com for complete coverage of the 2005 Spring Game.


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