Mike Cassity discusses Oregon State

Louisville defensive coordinator Mike Cassity visited with Inside The Ville following Wednesday's practice and discussed Saturday's contest against Oregon State, as well as the on-going competition at middle linebacker.

With the pass-happy and undefeated Oregon State Beavers coming to the River City to face the 10th-ranked Cardinals on Saturday, Louisville defensive coordinator Mike Cassity has spent an increased amount of time working with the secondary this past week in practice.

With the increased work came changes and improved play.

Earlier this week, Rod Council learned that he would start opposite William Gay at corner, while others, such as true freshmen Lamar Alston and Travis Norton have continued to improve and may see game action this weekend.

Following Wednesday's practice, Cassity spent a few minutes with Inside The Ville and discussed the upcoming game against Oregon State, as well the continued competition at the middle linebacker position.

What type of a challenge does Oregon State give to the Louisville defense?

"They throw the football. They have a quarterback (Matt Moore) and say he's new, but he started at UCLA before he transferred and he's a very good player. They also have have one of the best receiver's (Mike Hass) that I have seen since I've been coaching. We'll have our work cut out for us.

Coach Petrino said following the Kentucky game that a lack of communication was to blame for some of the errors. Have you noticed the players improving their communication over the past two weeks?

"Everybody in every coverage has to be on the same page, if not, you void the zone, which was the case in one of the completions in that game. On a couple of those completions we just have to go up and come down with the ball and not let the receiver have it. They have been doing better at doing that the last few days."

Redshirt freshman middle linebacker
Lamar Myles

The competition at the middle linebacker really picked right back up where it left off prior to the first game.

"Well, you've been around good enough to see that we are really challenging that position and I think that will continue until somebody solidifies himself as the clear-cut starter.

"I like what I've seen from Lamar Myles. I like what I have seen Nate Harris do and Matt Sanders is still playing solid.

Has a starter at middle linebacker been named for the Oregon State game yet?

"That's still to be decided. They are all getting the reps and getting to stay out there with the number one defense at times."

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