It’s safe to say that one of the main weaknesses for the Louisville football program in 2012 was consistently stopping the run. In a few games the Cards did a solid job at limiting rushing yards, however there six games where they gave up over 100 rushing yards.
Louisville gave up 148 rushing yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry which was towards the bottom of a weak Big East conference.
Charlie Strong said during Louisville’s annual media day in August that the defense needed to improve. With one game now in the books, I’d say the Cardinal defense more than stepped up to the challenge.
One player in particular who really played well was sophomore linebacker James Burgess. “We took a lot of pride in stopping the run,” Burgess said following Louisville’s practice on Wednesday. “We talked about it all week in practice. Blankenship was a really good back. He rushed for 1,600 yards last year and we just focused on stopping the run.”
“The number one thing we stressed in camp was to sto...