The Cardinals return their entire secondary, which Strong hopes will be the strength of the defense. The headliner is first team All-BIG EAST cornerback Adrian Bushell, who registered 50 tackles and one interception. He is a true cover corner, who makes an immediate impact on the outcome of a game. Sophomore Terell Floyd is a physical cornerback who will be better after a year of playing time. He recorded 13 tackles from his cornerback position and on special teams.
Sophomore Andrew Johnson saw considerable action as a true freshman last season and will be the front runner at the other cornerback position. Johnson totaled 25 tackles last season and can be another impact performer. Redshirt freshman Charles Gaines is coming off shoulder surgery and was non-contact for the spring. However, the staff feels like Gaines can add depth and compete for a starting role. Junior Titus Teague is also a candidate for playing time and is a capable special teams player. Junior Hakeem Smith has earned BIG EAST honors the last two seasons, earning first team accolades last season. Smith was tied for second on the team in tackles with 84 and started all 13 games. He is a two-year starter at safety and could be in for a breakout season. Redshirt freshman Jermaine Reve is a player to watch and will see action in 2012.
Sophomore Calvin Pryor stepped in at free safety last season and was the starter for most of the year. Pryor collected 43 tackles and had two interceptions. He is a big hitter and continues to get better with each practice. Sophomore Kamal Hogan made the switch from running back to safety in the spring and showed promise. He will add depth to the position and will also be counted on to contribute on special teams. Freshman Gerod Holliman is another prospect with tons of potential, but missed all spring practice having shoulder surgery. He was a highly recruited prospect and will get on the field in 2012.
Position outlook courtesy of 2012 Louisville Football Media Guide