Chat with Elvis Dumervil
Dumervil has piled up nine sacks in the first two games of 2005, setting a Division I-A record for sacks in consecutive games, and is a major reason the Cardinals are 2-0 heading into this weekend's Big East opener at USF.
Buzzmaster (1:32 PM)
Elvis will be with us shortly, so keep the questions coming and we'll get rolling ASAP!
Elvis Dumervil (1:42 PM)
I'm ready to go and looking forward to taking your questoins!
How do you feel about your chances of your team playing for the national championship?
Elvis Dumervil (1:43 PM)
That's our goal but we take it a game at at a time because we have so many great opponents and see how things fall. We're not worried about that yet.
Patrick from Louisville, KY
How has Mike Cassity helped you since his arrival, with your technique for attacking opposing tackles and tight ends?
Elvis Dumervil (1:44 PM)
He does a great job with the game package, but line Coach Wolf has been the biggest help. He's helped me improve my technique overall and it's transltated.
Alan (San Diego, CA via Louisville, KY)
Elvis, awesome start to the season! You have shown a great variety of moves, what do you primarily attribute your personal success to at this point in the season? Thanks much and Go Cards!
Elvis Dumervil (1:45 PM)
Coach Petrino has brought the best out in me, pushing me to do better. He's not ust an offensive coach, you know.
Shane Berea Ky
Who do you pattern your game after? You remind me of Freeney in Indy
Elvis Dumervil (1:46 PM)
Thanks for the compliment. I wear No. 58 because Derrick Thomas is an idol of mine, but as I get older I try to pick up a lot more tips from Freeney and pattern myself after him a little bit.
Hey Elvis. LOVE watching you play! Do you feel you've taken much more of a leadership role on the defense this year?
Elvis Dumervil (1:47 PM)
I'm a captain and the team depends on me to get people going, and I take that seriously. I'm a little more vocal this year because of that.
Kevin (Louisville, KY)
Elvis, if you had to use 1 word to describe the defense this year, what would it be?
Elvis Dumervil (1:48 PM)
Hungry. We have a bunch of guys who want to go out and get it done.
After both of the first two games, opposing teams haven't had much good to say about you despite 9 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. Does that bother you, or just motivate you even more to keep it going?
Elvis Dumervil (1:50 PM)
Definitley. But people are expecting more out of me now and I like that. A reporter asked me the other day if two sacks would be a bad game and I thought that was kind of funny.
John: Dallas, TX
How did the Florida schools allow you to go out of state to Louisville?
Elvis Dumervil (1:51 PM)
I wonder the same thing. I was headed to Florida before coach Spurrier went to the pros, but Louisville had a gret scheme and Dwayne White was here at that time, and they had recruited me hard so I took a chance and it's worked out.
Tim (Louisville, KY)
Elvis, I've always wondered if you guys get to pick the music before kickoffs? I would assume that it pumps you guys up. Good luck for the rest of the season and GO CARDS!
Elvis Dumervil (1:52 PM)
We don't have anything to do with that, but whover does it knows how to get us pumped up and we like it.
Donnie Louisville, KY
How do you feel about being considered a candidate in the race for the Heisman as a defensive player? Keep up the awesome job!
Elvis Dumervil (1:53 PM)
It's a great feeling but we've only played week two and we still have to play hard and show people what we can do. We also had Brian Brohm on the list and it was great for Loisville to have two names on there.
zipp (The Ville)
How's the hip??
Elvis Dumervil (1:54 PM)
I'm fine, thanks. I had a little muscle pain but I'm okay. Appreciate the concern, though!
As a highschool player how big where you what position did you play, did you expect to be as big as you are now??
Elvis Dumervil (1:56 PM)
I came out of high school at 245 and primarily played defensive end. Most schools wanted to move me to linebacker but Louisville told me I could play end there and that was a big part of me comign there. And that was also the year Freeney went from Syracuse to the pros as a smaller guy so that gave me some motivation. It's all worked out like I thought.
Matty Hundo, The Beans Miami
Whats your brother James and Louis Gachelin up to these days? They still playin ball anywhere?
Elvis Dumervil (1:56 PM)
Elvis, Currently,I notice an unprecedented amount of hype and expectations regarding the team's performance and goal to play for the national championship. Besides never over-looking an opponent, what helps you guys stay grounded and only concentrating on just the game the coming weekend?
Elvis Dumervil (1:58 PM)
It starts with the head man. Coach Petrino does a great job preparing our minds to focus on the right things and not worrying about all that. It all starts there with that man.
BJ (The Ville)
24 sacsks to break the all time single season record. Can you get there?
Elvis Dumervil (1:59 PM)
My goal was 15-plus at the beginning of the year and I'm still shooting for that. I'll just play one week at a time and focus on that and maybe the cards will fall right at the end of the season.
Elvis, do you think being shorter than your "prototypical" DE actually plays in your favor, being able to get under the opponent's pads better for leverage?
Elvis Dumervil (2:00 PM)
Definitley. It helps me a lot. I have the wingspan of someone 6-8, too, so I can use both of those things to give me a good advantage on the rush.
Elvis, if there was one QB in the nation you would most want a sack on, who would it be?
Elvis Dumervil (2:00 PM)
I guess you have to go with the best in the game, so I'll say USC's Matt Leinart. He's at the top and I would love the opportunity to bring him down.
How much does it help you to play against UofL's offensive line in practice? How much does it help them to play against such a good D-line?
Elvis Dumervil (2:01 PM)
It's great for us. That has helped me a lot this year. Both units complement the other real well. It makes things seem a little easier on game day when you've seen tough players all week in practice.
Danny (Floyds Knobs, IN)
Elvis, what's has been your most memorable experience since becoming a Cardinal?
Elvis Dumervil (2:03 PM)
I'd have to say winning the Liberty Bowl last year and finishing No. 10 in the nation. It was great for us, breaking all the records and being the best team in school history. Seeing the rewards for that season was the best.
Campbell (Charlottesville Va)
Elvis, I've lived in Louisville all my life till this year, big fan, what do you think is the most difficult game remaining on your schedule.
Elvis Dumervil (2:04 PM)
Right now it's South Florida because that's who we play this week. Next week it will be North Carolina. We're only thinking about the upcoming game.
After losing so many players last year, how would you stack up this year's defense with last year's? What are the main differences?
Elvis Dumervil (2:05 PM)
We lost a lot of good players but we also have a lot of guys who got playing time last year and were ready to step in this season. That's one of the strengths of our team.
Damon (Miami, FL)
Who is the best player you ever lined up against?
Elvis Dumervil (2:06 PM)
I'd have to say Travis Leffew, our offensive tackle. I face him every day in practice and he's the best I line up against. That is a huge help for me in preparing for games.
Craig Louisville ky
How hard is it for you to bring Mike Bush down in practice?
Elvis Dumervil (2:07 PM)
You have to bring it all against Mike. He's definitley one of the best backs I've ever played against and you have to bring the A game every time out agaisnt him.
Do you see the secondary getting better in practice? They played great on Saturday, although part of that is how good the G-Unit played.
Elvis Dumervil (2:08 PM)
Yes, They did a great job against OSU and most of the sacks I got were because of great coverage that caused the QB to pump fake a lot. They're definitley getting better every week.
Elvis Dumervil (2:09 PM)
Thanks for the questions everyone! I enjoyed it. GO CARDS!!