Postgame react: Earl Heyman

Earl Heyman recorded his first career touchdown when he returned a fumble 30-yards to the end zone and the true freshman defensive lineman spoke with Inside The Ville as he left the field.

Immediately following the Louisville's 61-14 win over North Carolina, as he made his way to the fans waiting to give congratulations, true freshman defensive lineman Earl Earl Heyman spoke with Inside The Ville about his and the team's performance.

You came just short of reaching the end zone against Florida Atlantic on your interception, but you made sure you made it this time.

[laughing] "Everybody gave me a tough time all week about not scoring, so I had to make it up this week. I love this football team. This team has a good personality and great football players. I couldn't have asked for more."

Even as a true freshman, you seem to have the ability to get involved quite a bit and bring even more energy to the team while in the game. What keeps your motor running?

"The desire to win. I hate to lose. It doesn't matter if it's chess, video games or football, I hate to lose. It's my desire to win that keeps me going."

Heyman's fumble return for a
touchdown gave UofL a comfortable
55-14 lead.

You're playing both the tackle and end spot - is there one that you prefer over the other?

"Not really. I'll do whatever I need to do. I really don't mind playing both. I'll play wherever they need me if it helps the team."

How has Elvis Dumervil helped you since coming to U of L?

"We have a chemistry. He calls me 'Little Cool' - he's kind of like my mentor, like a big brother. He has taken me under his wing and he's showing the ropes of college football and what I need to do to succeed. He's a great football player and a wonderful person. I appreaciate him."

What does this type of defensive performance do for the confidence of the team?

"It's a huge moral boost. It's going to do wonders for us going into the West Virginia game. This will help us a whole lot. West Virginia is a good football team and this game will help us be ready. It's an away game and an important game, so we need to practice hard and I think we will come out and perform well."

NOTE: Heyman has seen his time on the field increase with each passing week. After not seeing action in the season-opening win over Kentucky, the Lousiville Ballard High School product has recorded 7 tackles, including two for a loss and a sack on the season. He has also totaled an interception, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown.

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