Scruggs now an inside man for Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Greg Scruggs says the idea was "a different kind of move."

But if Louisville coach Charlie Strong wanted to move him inside to defensive tackle, Scruggs was on board. Never mind that the junior was listed at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds at the end of last season, making him much more of a defensive end type than a run plugger up the middle.

But Scruggs has put on some weight -- he's now listed at 269 -- and hopes he can be effective at tackle.

"I've gained 15 pounds since January," he said. "I definitely need to get bigger and work on simple things like my striking technique, keeping my foot in the ground and leading with my hands. If I do that, I think I'll be all right. If I stray away from fundamentals or start losing weight, I'm not going to make any progress."

In an ideal situation, Scruggs -- who had 6.5 tackles for loss last season, most among the returning Cardinals players -- would have stayed on the edge. But Louisville lost starting senior tackles L.D. Scott and L.T. Walker from last year's squad, as well as backup Tyler Jessen.

Tim High didn't make much of an impact last year after coming over from junior college and spent much of Wednesday's practice on a stationary bike. Joe Townsend was MIA from practice this week, and Rock Keys isn't currently with the team. Redshirt freshman Roy Philon (listed at 265 pounds) and sophomore Randy Salmon are working at tackle, too, but they're both pretty raw right now.

So Louisville needs bodies at tackle in the worst way, even if that means an undersized guy like Scruggs. He's basically the only veteran at the position right now, although it's new to him.

"It's a different kind of move, but I'm adjusting slowly but surely," he said. "That's what spring practice is for."