Charlie Strong address some injuries during his Monday presser this morning. Two injured players who stood out were linebackers Daniel Brown and James Burgess. Brown, an experienced starter, and Burgess, a true Freshman who was getting a lot of playing time, were both critical components of Louisville’s defense. Fortunately Charlie Strong has many options when it comes to replacements.
The name that rings most in fans’ heads is Freshman Keith Brown. Last week in Hattiesburg, when the game was on the line, Brown stepped up, finishing with nine tackles, including eight solo stops. Other players who could replace the injured linebackers are true Freshman Nick Dawson and Junior Deon Rogers. Dawson is a player who probably should be getting more playing time this season, but the death of one of his relatives really set him back this summer. Rogers, on the other hand, is somewhat undersized but has been with the program for quite a while and should understand Strong’ system. These three replacements should be capable of filling the roles of Brown and Burgess, and should not leave any holes in Louisville’s defense on Saturday.