English ready to take reins of defense

New Louisville defensive coordinator Ron English spoke with InsideTheVille.com recently about the Cardinals upcoming spring practice. What are English's goals for the spring? What does he like about the defense he was hired to fix? And will Michigan transfer James McKinney factor into English's plans?

New Louisville defensive coordinator Ron English spoke with InsideTheVille.com recently about the Cardinals upcoming spring practice. What are English's goals for the spring? What does he like about the defense he was hired to fix? And will Michigan transfer James McKinney factor into English's plans?

While we'll publish most of Ron English's comments in the upcoming issue of Inside The Ville Magazine, here are some excerpts to wet your appetite.

English, who takes over for former coordinator Mike Cassity, will work with new assistants Ken Delgado, Bill Miller and Greg Lewis to begin to rebuild the Louisville defense.


Miami transfer James Bryant will be a
big factor in the middle of the defense
this spring for new DC Ron English.

"What we want to bring is mental toughness and a consistency with our work ethic and the way we go about our daily business off the field, too, because it all ties in together," English said. "We definitely want to bring a defensive toughness to the defensive (side)."

While Louisville lost several key players from last year's defense, including all three starting linebackers and starting cornerback Rod Council, English believes he still has enough talent on hand to work with.

"I like the guys up front. We're not super deep but I think we have enough up there," English said. "Now we've got to stay healthy but I think there are some talented guys up front. I think with Ken (Delgado) they'll be really good. He's a great technician and I think he'll have a real relationship with those players. So I think that's a positive there.

"In the back row I think there's some ability. If you look at Johnny Patrick I think he's got some toughness. I think he will continue to get better and I think he's really talented. If you look at Woodny Turenne he's as talented as they get. He's 6'1, he can run. I think he's a guy who is still learning how to play cornerback but in terms of raw, physical ability I think he can play.

"At safety, Bobby Buchanan has played a lot of football so he has a chance to be a good player, particularly with what we ask him to do. He'll be a nickel back for us and I think he'll do a good job for us. It will be interesting to see if Richard Raglin can come along and develop the toughness necessary to be a good player for us. And then Latarrius Thomas is a guy with a ton of ability. If we can get him back healthy we've got a chance. We have some stuff to work with back there."

While English said Michigan transfer James McKinney will participate in spring practice his status for the 2008 season remains unclear.

"James has some things that he has to take care off the field," English said. "If James McKinney is squared away off the field I think he'll help us because he is a talented guy. He would have been in our tackle rotation at (Michigan) before he got hurt. He was a good player. We certainly need him and he's a good kid."

To read about Ron English's philosophy on spring practice, his goals for the spring, his transition from Michigan to Louisville and putting together a new staff, what schemes he'll use next season, his expectations for the junior college transfers subscribe to Inside The Ville Magazine, where you'll find our entire conversation with Louisville's new defensive coordinator.

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