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Shoring up defense a focus for Cards as No. 3 Clemson looms

While Jackson's arm and feet seized control of both contests for the Cardinals, they can't be so giving against defending national champion and third-ranked Clemson in Saturday night's Atlantic Coast Conference showdown.

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino believes his defense must become stingier to finally beat the Tigers after losing the three previous meetings by a total of 15 points.

Junior cornerback Jaire Alexander's absence with a knee injury against Purdue hasn't helped and is uncertain for Clemson, though Petrino said he's progressing.

Clemson overcame turnovers to rally past Louisville 42-36 last year, and coach Dabo Swinney doesn't want to give Jackson easy chances with the stakes high again.

Bryant was a rising sophomore last season ready for a starting spot when a foot injury in the summer sidelined him for six games in 2016.

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