Nearing the end of August the impending football season’s opening depth chart was released. There was a fair amount of chatter about things like the absence of Andrew Johnson from the starting spot, Scott Radcliff starting over Eli Rogers and BJ Butler being reduced to third on the depth chart at defensive end. The starting spot that may have drew some of the most chatter…is rarely talked about now more than halfway into the season.
After Keith Brown having great spring and fall camps many expected to see him start that strongside linebacker spot. Instead, it was junior George Durant. “Who?”, was the original reaction by many. To those of us who had attended some practices it was less the lack of recognition of Durant, but there was still an element of surprise; especially after the high praise that had been given to Keith Brown by the Cardinal coaching staff. Durant arrived to Louisville in 2010 as a walk-on, but was placed on scholarship at the end of the summer.
Skip forward eight weeks and take a look at your season’s defensive statistics paying closest attention to total tackles. Even though he didn’t record a tackle for the UK game, Durant is still tied for sixth on the team in total tackles with 28; accompanied by three tackles for loss and a half sack. That’s more total tackles than Marcus Smith, Lorenzo Mauldin, Brandon Dunn, BJ Dubose and Roy Philon just to name a handful.
George Durant, 6′-0″ 235 lb. Junior Linebacker out of St Petersburg Florida, that’s who. Asked and answered.