A defense lead by Charlie Strong is often one that sits atop the national rankings in many categories nationwide. Last season Louisville’s defense finished the season 10th in Rush Defense holding eight opponents under 100 yards rushing and four of them less than 70 yards on the ground. The Cards also ended the 2011 season ranked 17th in Scoring Defense as well as finishing 21st in the country in Sacks and 22nd in Tackles For Loss. Below you will see which areas Louisville’s Defense shows up in the top 35 in the country.
Total Defense – 24th
Giving up 321.4 total yards per game.
Scoring Defense – 27th
Allowing opponents to score 18.6 points per game.
Rushing Defense – 34th
Opponents averaging 118.2 rushing yards per game.
Passing Defense – 34th
Many statistics combine to achieve this ranking.
Red Zone Defense – 33rd
Allowing 73% red zone scoring.
Fumbles Recovered – 24th
Six fumbles recovered on the season thus far.
1st Down Defense – 28th
Opponents averaging 17.8 1st downs per game.
4th Down Percentage Defense – 10th
Opponents are 2 for 10 on the season averaging 20%.
As the season progresses I expect many of these rankings to increase as the youth gains experience and the defensive philosophy takes hold. With guys like Strong and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford at the helm, I have all the confidence in the world.