This article was written by Kelly Patrick, a contributor with KentuckySports.co.
Continuing with my countdown of the top ten highest rated Cardinal football players I will talk a little about Dexter Heyman:
Dexter Heyman wears jersey #46 and is a 6-3 238 pound Senior linebacker out of Male, High School in Louisville. Coming out of high school Dexter was rated as a three star prospect by both scout.com and rivals.com. Dexter chose to become a Cardinal and follow the path of his older brother Earl Heyman who eventually earned a Super Bowl ring with the New Orleans Saints this past season.
Dexter has outstanding physical athleticism and measurables, he runs a sub- 4.6 40 yard dash and before his sophomore season Ron English (former Cardinal defensive coordinator and current head coach at Eastern Michigan/a guy Cards fans have generally fond memories of) and Steve Kragthorpe (almost destroyed a solid Louisville football program and is now the offensive coordinator for the LSU Tigers) decided to move him from OLB to Defensive End to try and help a defensive line that dramatically needed help, this move really seemed to set Dexter back and he had a very sub-par season (only 4 tackles with 0 sacks) Going into his junior season Dexter was moved back to his original position of Outside Linebacker and had an impressive year compiling 48 total tackles. It was very refreshing for me as a fan of local talent to see a guy who was close to being labeled as a bust follow through with a big season. This switch-back to the Linebacker position will impact the Cardinals defense even more during his senior season and should allow Dexter to be able to maximize his impact for the Cardinals due to his outstanding combination of size, speed, agility and strength.
I look for Dexter Heyman to have a very impressive, even surprising senior season and to be playing on Sundays in the future like his brother did this past season.