Postgame React: Adrian Grady

Redshirt freshman Adrian Grady has played well since joining the starting lineup against Florida Atlantic. The defensive tackle spoke with Inside The Ville as he left the field following the Cardinals 69-14 win over North Carolina on Saturday.

Redshirt freshman Adrian Grady came to Louisville with high expectations and just five games into the 2005 season, the Nichole, Georgia native is starting to develop into the defensive tackle that so many had expected.

He recorded his first career start - replacing an injured Amobi Okoye - against Florida Atlantic and also opened the game against North Carolina alongside Montavious Stanley.

Grady spoke with Inside The Ville as he left the field at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium following the No. 19 Cardinals 69-14 win over the visiting Tarheels.

Seem to be playing better each game.

"This was really a big game for my confidence. Elvis Dumervil told me that it's his confidence that he has when he steps on the field that helps him make big plays and my confidence is getting better."

What does a win like this over North Carolina do for the defense going into the West Virginia game?

"We definately have our swagger back after that big loss to South Florida. West Virginia is a tough place to play at - one of the toughest in the country - and we just have to come out and do our thing."

Talk about the difference in your play since you began starting against Florida Atlantic.

"It makes me feel a lot better when I'm starting. I feel like I have to go out there and compete right away, so I just go out there and what I do."

You're not the only young defensive lineman making plays this year.

"Earl has an interception, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a touchdown, so he's doing a lot of stuff for us right now."

It seems as if all the defensive linemen are making big plays each week.

"Elvis is doing a lot of it and we are just kind of playing in his shadow. It's fun to be out there competing and it shows that the hard work over the summer worked."

Have you noticed a change in the team during practice since the loss at South Florida?

"Oh yeah. If we practice well, we will play well. Coach P really pushes and he demands that we practice hard and you see the outcome of the game and how it pays off."

Does your postgame routine change after a big game like this?

"Nothing will be different. We will go in and have our countdown and then we will go out and relax, come back the next day and watch film, probably run some sprints and then start getting ready for West Virginia."

This is the third game in a row at home where the team has scored at least 60.

"We're tough at home. If you come to Papa John's Stadium you have to bring your 'A' game."


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