James Sample: Defense proves itself at Clemson

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Thirteen unassisted tackles, an assist and an interception for the junior transfer safety from American River College in California in Louisville’s 23-17 loss at Clemson.

“We don’t like being run on or passed on,” he said. “We feel like we have the best defense in the country, and we feel like we proved it.”

UofL’s defense still hasn’t allowed an opposing offensive touchdown since the third quarter of the Sept. 13 loss at Virginia.

A late pickup by Bobby Petrino, he was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, was selected to play in the U.S. Army All America Bowl, and played safety for the University of Washington as a freshmen before being injured.

Emerging as a leader for the defense, keeping UofL in contention, hoping the offense finds its way

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

One thought on “James Sample: Defense proves itself at Clemson”

  1. Glad to see that you also noticed that incredible performance by James Sample Saturday at Clemson. I thought it was one of the best days I’ve ever seen by a UofL defender. James Sample is all heart and the effort he gave until the very end was inspiring to me. His technique in tackling is perfect and he gives you everything he’s got. I love watching that type of player. Thanks Charlie.

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