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Rankins learned a lot, now ready to step up

Sheldon Rankins

University of Louisville junior defensive end Sheldon Rankins learned a lot from last year's veterans and is ready to step up. Rankins has been named a captain for the team.

The defensive line was a major strength for the University of Louisville football team last season. First-round NFL draft pick Marcus Smith, Brandon Dunn and Roy Philon are all gone. Lorenzo Mauldin is back but he's been moved to an outside linebacker slot. So, with those four players all gone from the position U of L coach Bobby Petrino and his staff are looking for a solid leader on the front...

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