Heyman's switch could boost pass rush

Dexter Heyman wanted to help his team. So the Louisville sophomore recently approached coaches with the idea of moving from linebacker to defensive end to better take advantage of his athleticism - a switch that could boost Louisville's pass rush.

Dexter Heyman played in eight games – starting one – last season as a true freshman. Though he registered ten tackles in '08, Heyman wanted to make a bigger impact on the Louisville defense. So he approached Louisville defensive coordinator Brent Guy recently and suggested a move from linebacker to defensive end.

"Dexter came to me and that's what you want to have happen," Guy said. "His comment was ‘coach, I believe I can help this football team more at defensive end than I can at linebacker right now.' It was totally unprompted by anyone."

Heyman, 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, started the first game of his college career in Louisville's 27-2 loss to Kentucky last season, recording two solo tackles. His move to the defensive line adds much needs athleticism and depth.

Dexter Heyman could boost
Louisville's pass rush.

"That tells you a lot about Dexter Heyman and where he is with being a Louisville Cardinal," said Guy, who replaced Ron English after last season. "He wants to do what's best for the team and that's what you've got to have. We've got to have guys that want to do whatever they can do to help the football team win and that's what Dexter feels like."

With junior Rodney Gnat and sophomore Greg Scruggs established at end, Heyman could quickly become a pass rushing threat at his new position. Heyman thought the move wise because he was struggling to defend against the pass.

"That's what we were starting to feel like but no one said anything to him. Dexter just felt that he was having some trouble with pass coverages and felt like he could put his hand on the ground and be successful," Guy said. "He's 240 pounds and he's done a great job in the weight room. So we were pleased that he stepped forward and did it."

Heyman played with his hand down in high school where he was ranked the No. 36 defensive end prospect nationally by Scout.com.

"He's got speed and quickness but (he) doesn't have bulk like some of our other defensive ends," said Guy. "He's got to learn to play the tight end and stay in the C-gap and play those double-teams. That's tough. But he got natural ability as an edge rusher. He's got good quickness for a guy that puts his hand on the ground."

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