Rod Council preparing for first game action

After watching the action from the sideline during last season's 11-1 run, Louisville redshirt freshman Rod Council is focused on improving before he plays in his first game on September 4th. He recently visited with and discussed his redshirt year, the reason for the change to the team t-shirts, the unity among the cornerbacks and more.

When cornerback Rod Council committed to Louisville over offers from Virginia Tech, Michigan, Notre Dame and others, Louisville defensive coordinator Mike Cassity and cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr., landed one of the nation's best at that position.

Since his arrival, Council, who was rated among the top 50 prospects in the Atlantic Region by, has displayed quick feet and blazing speed. Many expected the Charlotte native to play as a true freshman, but while he traveled with the team, he never recorded actual game time.

Council recently talked with about spending his first year watching from the sidelines, as well as the importance of summer workouts, goals for the upcoming season and more.

What are your thoughts knowing that after a redshirt year, you are finally preparing for game action?

"I'm just glad to be able to play college football really. I'm glad that Coach Petrino gave me the opportunity to come here and play for him. Now I'm coming out here getting ready so I can show the world the talent that God gave me to play."

How difficult was it sitting out for an entire year as a redshirt?

"It was tough because Coach Petrino said that I could come in here and play, but I had something happen during two-a-days that held me back. It all worked out for the best, because I learned a lot and I was able to get stronger, faster and a little bit smarter."

There appears to be quite a bit of talent at the cornerback position. What's the competition like between all of you?

"It's tough every day. We get on each other every day. We have this little thing that we do, where all of us start with towels - it's called 'your lifetowel' - and if you have a good practice you get to keep your towel for the next day. If you don't, you have to give it to the captain, number 21, Will Gay. You have to make a big play to get your towel back."

Talk about the importance of summer workouts.

"It's real important. All of us are coming out here and competing hard everyday...there's no slacking. Like Brian Brohm said, you couldn't tell if any coaches were out here or not, because we are all out here everyday competing hard and studying the playbook."

How does the preseason hype effect you?

"It's kind of motivating us, because we know that everybody is coming after us now. We have to be ready to come out and play hard and take every game one step at a time."

Is that was inspired the creation of the new team t-shirt with a target on the back?

"Well, yeah, but Coach P didn't like those shirts. He said take that off and put a shark on there, because we're not going to be the bullseye, we're going to be the shark and go attack."

What type of goals do you have for this upcoming season?

"I'm just want to go out there and play as hard as I can in every game. Of course, we all want to win a national championship. Anything can happen."

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