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Louisville Cardinals Defensive Line Improved

While much of the talk surrounding the Big East favorite Louisville Cardinals revolves around head coach Charlie Strong, a young, talented roster and breakout candidate quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, an unheralded unit on the roster may hold the key to a BCS game and national recognition.

The Louisville defensive line is improved. In fact, the gains are so substantial that the coaching staff can’t stop from buzzing.

“This is the best group we’ve had since we’ve been here,” defensive line coach Clint Hurtt said in an interview with ESPN. “We have a solid two-deep where if the second unit had to go out on the field, I don’t feel we’d miss a beat. We have eight, nine guys who can do stuff for us. They’re taking the coaching, and listening to us. But it’s the maturity of the group what you’re starting to see.”

Maturity, talent and health are key for a group that lacked cohesion in those areas in the past.

“The future looks bright,” defensive coordinator Vance Bedford said at media day. “Right now, we have a lot of depth. Our defensive line is moving around. For us to have a chance to be successful this year, we have to win up front. If we can do that and control the line of scrimmage up front with the guys we have, with the depth that we have, I am excited.”

Get to know the following names: Brandon Dunn, Marcus Smith, Roy Philon, B.J. Butler, B.J. Dubose, Sheldon Rankins, Lorenzo Mauldin and Jamaine Brooks.

Offensive coordinators around the Big East will certainly know them before too long.

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Joe Giglio is the ACC and Big East football writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.