Louisville expects tough challenge from Gators defense
When Florida and Louisville meet Jan. 2 in the Sugar Bowl, the Cardinals will be facing a Florida defense that has been outstanding all season.
Florida is allowing just 12.9 points per game, the fewest in school history since 1964 (9.8).
Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said today one thing jumps out when watching the Gator defense on film: talent.
"They have great talent, all across the board, and they have depth besides talent,'' Watson said. "That tends to lead to success, because what they do schematically is very good. They've got excellent players really in every level of the defense, first, second and third level. They can really rush four guys. They don't have to put a lot of pressure on you, because they're so good up front. They have lockdown people in the back end. Their safeties are good coverage players. Their linebackers can cover. They have every piece defensively you could ever want."
Louisville junior WR Damian Copeland said facing a defense like the Gators makes the Cardinals put more emphasis on eliminating mistakes.
"I see they are flying around, they are a sound defense,'' he said. "All we can do is control what we can do. We know we can't make many mistakes, can't have any turnovers. The biggest thing is we have to capitalize on our opportunities."