Rod Council to start against Oregon State

Louisville's cornerbacks have spent much of their time since the season-opening win preparing for the pass-happy offense of the Oregon State Beavers. U of L corners coach Joe Whitt Jr visited with Inside The Ville following Wednesday's practice and discussed the upcoming challenge.

After allowing 278 yards of offense through the air in the season-opening win at Kentucky, Louisville cornerback's coach Joe Whitt Jr. knows that his group will face a bigger challenge when the undefeated Oregon State Beavers visit Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Saturday.

Oregon State (2-0) will turn to the air frequently. Entering the nationally televised contest, the Beavers are throwing for an average of 340 yards per outing.

"They throw the ball most of the time, so we are preparing for it," said Whitt, adding that his squad's communication - a source for a few breakdowns during the opener - has progressed since the game one victory. "It's improved. When we are sound and playing right, we are pretty good, so we have to take it with us onto the field."

In a move to improve the unit's overall play, redshirt freshman Rod Council, who played in a reserve role against Kentucky, will record his first collegiate start this weekend.

"Rod's going to start this week," said Whitt. "Rod and William Gay will start and Gavin Smart is going to play a lot."

While Council will see increased time on the field, another, Bobby Buchanan, who has been nursing a shoulder injury, will likely remain on the sideline for one more week.

"I don't know if Bobby is ready to play right now," he said. "The two or three weeks that he was out hurt him. He was progressing really well and would be playing if he didn't get hurt."

Whitt said that while he's expecting the corners to be challenged during Saturday's contest, he does believe that his players are up to the task.

"If they throw for a lot of yards, it's going to be the corners that get the blame, just like the defensive line gets it when a team runs for a lot of yards, but that's part of the job," Whitt said. "We never point fingers. We are ready for it, so we're going to buckle up and do our job and we'll do it."

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