Holston making a move

University of Louisville redshirt freshman defensive end Jonathan Holston entered spring with the second team, but the 6-foot-6, 240-pounder has seen more and more reps with the first team come his way with each passing practice...

Last August, as the University of Louisville began it's preparations for the 2005 season, defensive end Jonathan Holston made a serious push for possible playing as a true freshman. While the Tallahassee, Fla., native dressed and traveled with the team the 6-foot-6, 240-pounder never saw game action and held onto his redshirt year.

Now into his first spring practice as a Cardinal, Holston is once again making a statement for time along the Cardinals defensive front. Holston entered spring ball with the second team, but with each practice he has seen an increasing amount of reps with the first unit.

"It's going pretty good," said Holston. "I'm learning a lot. I've made a lot of advancements."

However, while it's possible that he could work his way into a spot with the first team, the redshirt freshman said that he's staying focused on himself and not worrying about who may or may not get starting spot heading into fall camp.

"I'm not really concerned about the depth chart," he explained. "Right now it's about me getting better as a player every day. Everyday when we go in and watch film, I look for my mistakes and try to make myself better from that."

"I watch film every time I can," he added. "A lot of people look for the good things on film, but I try to watch for the bad things I do, so I can correct those."

Holston admits that he'd like to have a bigger frame, but said that his quickness off the line of scrimmage puts him at an advantage.

"Probably my speed and reading on the move," he said of his strengths. "You have to read on the move a lot with our defense and I can do that pretty good. I still need to get a bigger body, but I can use my speed."

Learning from '05 defensive line starters Elvis Dumervil, Montavious Stanley and Chad Rimpsey also helped Holston improve.

"They taught me how to step up and play," he said. "You can't sit back and watch everybody else make the plays, you have to get there and do your thing too."

Despite having three new starters along the Cardinals defensive line, Holston said that the new faces will surprise most observers this fall.

"We're going to be pretty good," he said. "We're going to shock some people."


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