1-on-1: S Deon Palmer

University of Louisville junior strong safety Deon Palmer visits with InsideTheVille.com

  • ITV Spring Practice Guide
  • You would be hard pressed to find a Cardinal that put together as strong a spring practice as strong safety Deon Palmer. The junior has made countless pass deflections and interceptions while competing with fellow junior Jon Russell for the top spot on the depth chart.

    The Georgia native began his career at Louisville at the cornerback position, but has since moved strong safety.

    Talk about the progress you've made over the course of spring practice.

    "I was at corner last year and I moved to safety near the end of two-a-day's last year, so I'm trusting the coaching and my techniques right now. Things fall in place for you if you listen to the coaches and use the right techniques."

    You've had about 10 interceptions this spring. Have you been keeping tally?

    [laughing] "I don't keep up with those kind of things."

    With just the spring game left, do you feel that you've had a successful spring?

    "I think overall it has been a successful spring for me, but there is always room for improvement.

    When you look at the film from practice, do you look for the good or the bad?

    "I'm always looking at the bad because you can always be better. No one is perfect - you can always improve on something."

    The secondary received it's share of critisism last year. How do you feel the secondary will perform in '06?

    "We're looking pretty good. We're trusting the coaching, improving our techniques and watching film everyday, so we can get better as a secondary as a whole."

    What's it like to go against the Louisville offense?

    "They're fast. They're extremely fast. You have guys like Harry Douglas and JuJuan Spillman that are fast and that makes you work even harder. I don't think there is a better receiving corp in the nation then what we have here."

    Do you sense that there is more focus this spring compared to a year ago?

    "There is a whole lot more focus this year. Coach is always talking about hustling to the ball, going full speed and finishing the play. We've been focusing on all 11 guys going to the ball - finishing is the main thing."

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