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LEWIS | U of L defense still a work in progress

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville Cardinal defensive coordinator Todd Grantham knows he has his work cut out for him as the team prepares to face Auburn’s offense in the season opener on September 5th in Atlanta.

“Our guys have worked hard every day. You see them pushing through. (It’s) not always perfect, but you do see them grinding and trying to do it the right way,” said Grantham following Wednesday morning’s practice at the Trager Indoor Practice Facilty.

U of L wide receivers coach Lamar Thomas said it would take a team effort to replace the production of receiver DeVante Parker, who is now with the Miami Dolphins. Grantham has a similar outlook as he tries to fill the gap left by safety Gerod Holliman, who picked off a school record 14 passes last year. Holliman is with the Pittsburgh Steelers now.

“When you look at these guys (the current Cardinal DBs), I think all of them are working at it to do those kinds of things. We’ll continue to work hard and see if we can make some plays on the ball,” Grantham said.

Wednesday marked the end of two-a-day for the Cardinals.

Junior linebacker Keith Brown has spent the practices getting back into rhythm. He had a season-ending ACL injury in 2013. He was a backup middle linebacker last season but is now moving to outside linebacker.

‘It’s not that different,” said the 2012 Freshman All-American of the move. “I feel like I can be a big part of the defense this year, coming off the edge with my speed and my power. I’m just ready to go.”

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