But another Cardinal, sophomore defensive tackle Adrian Grady, also broke his leg against Kentucky. Grady, a 6'3, 290 pound starter, sustained a fracture to the ‘non-weight bearing' bone in his leg.
"He'll be out two to four weeks," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said Tuesday afternoon.
In Grady's place, sophomore Earl Heyman will move back inside after starting at defensive end against Kentucky. Behind Heyman and 6'1, 315 pound senior Amobi Okoye, Petrino said he'll rotate three players who each saw action against Kentucky – junior college transfer Willie Williams, redshirt freshman L.D. Scott and true freshman L.T. Walker.
"Willie Williams played pretty good," Petrino said. "He reminds me of Nate Harris last year. L.D. Scott was very active and L.T. Walker is going to be a great player."
Petrino was pleased with the performance his re-tooled offensive front, a unit that replaced three starters. "We did a nice job run blocking," Petrino said.
Petrino was also pleased with his defensive front, a unit that also had to replace three starters, including NFL Draft picks Elvis Dumervil and Montavious Stanley, though he'd like to see a more consistent pass rush.
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"They did a good job against the run," Petrino said. "We've got to improve the consistency of our pass rush and improve our pass rush lanes. We've got to get more pressure in the face of the quarterback."
The U of L defense performed well, limiting UK's Raphael Little to just 22 yards rushing while holding the Wildcats to a meager 260 yards total offense. Louisville also recorded three sacks and broke up six passes.
If there was a weak link for the Louisville defense, it was the secondary. Kentucky hurt the Cardinals with deep passes downfield, including a 73 yard touchdown to Keenan Burton and an 80 yard score to Dickie Lyons.
"We gave up one missed tackle on the screen," Petrino said. "There was one major bust in the coverage where there was a mistake between the cornerback and safety. The other play, where Lyons stepped out of bounds, we just got beat. But I thought we made a lot of improvement."
Next up for Louisville is a noon game Saturday against Temple. The Owls dropped a 9-3 overtime decision to Buffalo in their season opener last week. The two teams haven't met since the 2003 season, Petrino's first at Louisville. The Cardinals won that game 21-12.
"They fly around on defense," Petrino said. "They're young and aggressive. They do a lot of shifting on offense. We'll have to do a great job recognizing their different formations."