When the news broke that Todd Grantham would be joining Louisville’s coaching staff and Georgia fans did everything short of helping coach Grantham pack his belongings into trucks.
Georgia was finished with Todd Grantham’s act merely two years after four of his defensive starters were taken in the first three rounds of the NFL draft. Bobby Petrino needed a defensive mastermind to keep Charlie Strong and Vance Bedford’s painstaking labor from going to waste.
Todd Grantham was the most qualified man for the job, and he immediately brought the racks out to play once he landed in Louisville. Grantham is one of the highest paid coordinators in college football today, and he has earned every penny of his contract so far.
A quarter of the season has passed us by and the Louisville Cardinals rank 12th in the nation in total defense. Opponents average 273.7 yards against the Cardinals and Todd Grantham’s defense has not allowed 300 yards in a single game at Louisville. The Cards have seven takeaways thus far in the season, with five of those being interceptions.
Gerrod Holliman has certainly played up to the level that was promised by Charlie Strong. Holliman forced a fumble and has intercepted the ball three times in three games.
Louisville defense has not forgotten how to get to the passer. Six different Cardinals have tallied six total sacks thus far this season. Lorenzo Mauldin has fit in nicely to his new role of stand up outside linebacker in Grantham’s 3-4 defense.
Mauldin is fourth on the team in total tackles and has made three tackles for a loss to go along with his sack. Louisville’s front seven has not allowed opponents more than three yards a carry this season.
There were many question marks about Todd Grantham and his system after his departure sparked a dixie stampede in Athens. Louisville fans have nothing to complain about in terms of a Strong to Grantham drop off. Grantham is working wonders with Charlie Strong’s defensive players as well as recruiting some stallworth’s of his own.
The thought of a Todd Grantham coached defense holding the opponent down for a Bobby Petrino offense is a scary one for ACC teams moving forward.