Brandon Heath ready to play

After battling injuries during his first year at Louisville, redshirt freshman safety Brandon Heath is preparing to take the field for the first time this fall.

Brandon Heath is ready. After being forced to redshirt his first season at Louisville due to an injury, the former Florida Top 100 prospect is completely healthy and preparing to take the field for the first time as a Cardinal.

"Right now I'm trying to get a feel for the ball again," Heath said during Saturday‘s media day. "I'm 100% healthy and I feel pretty good."

Heath returned to full practice the second week of spring practice and made an immediate impact, recording an interception and making more than one thunderous hit on his first day back. While the team has yet to practice in pads, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound safety has picked up right where he left off, making a number of impressive plays during 7 on 7 play.

"I'm ready to play after sitting out for a year and it feels good because coach has confidence in me to make plays," he said.

Helping him prepare for what to expect when taking the field this fall is close friend and fellow safety Latarrius Thomas.

"That's very important for us," Heath said of their friendship. "Latarrius and I are roommates and we're very close. Since he played last year, he helps me by telling what it's like, what to expect on the field and on the road. This year we are helping each other out with the playbook."

Despite the presence of a number of experienced vets returning, the loss of multiple players from graduation has caused a few national preseason publications to raise concerns regarding the depth and experience in the Cardinals secondary.

"We take that as motivation," Heath said. "We like to push ourselves. We know that we have some improvement to make, but I think we're all ready to play."

Working against one of the nation's, if not the best, group of receivers in the country continues to play a vital role with the constantly improving Cardinals secondary.

"I think they are the best group of receivers as a whole and they have a great quarterback throwing to them," Heath said. "You can see the secondary getting better by going against those guys every day in practice."

After working without pads for the start of fall camp, Heath says the team is more than ready to start hitting.

"I can't wait to put the pads on," Heath said. "The defense is ready for the pads to be on. We're all ready to get aggressive and get after the ball."

As for his personal expectations for the upcoming season?

"I just want to get my feet wet, win our games and have fun." Heath said. "I know I'm ready."

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