Following two seasons primarily as a member of the special teams unit, junior Senorise Perry entered the 2012 season as a full-time member of the Louisville backfield. A high school all-state performer at safety, Perry quickly embraced the responsibility and currently leads the Cardinals in rushing.
Through five games, Perry (6’0, 205) has ran for 458 yards, averaging 5.5 yards, on 86 carries and has found the end zone five times. He’s also hauled in 8 catches for 96 yards.
“I don’t really have a role on the team, besides doing my job, which is rushing for touchdowns and getting big yards,” Perry said following Tuesday’s practice.
He has led the team in rushing in all but one game this season and eclipsed the 100-yard barrier against Kentucky and Southern Miss.
“It’s been a great experience for me.”
Joining Perry in the Cardinals backfield is fellow junior, Jeremy Wright. Wright, who has rushed for 389 yards and 5 touchdowns, has proven to be equally dangerous, giving the U of L ground attack two potent runners.
“It’s always nice to have a two running back set, especially with us both being physical and fast,” said the Summerville, Georgia native. “Whenever either of us get the ball in our hands, we can take it the distance.”
Fighting an 11-point first half deficit and monsoon conditions last weekend at Southern Miss, the U of L offensive attack was forced to the ground. The combination of Perry and Wright fueled the Cardinals comeback and 21-17 victory.
“They did a great job of holding onto the ball and staying aggressive with the run,” said U of L offensive coordinator Shawn Watson. “Senorise, in particular, was very impressive. Jeremy had his spots to, but Senorise found some nice inside seams and made some really good runs.”
At times, it appeared that Perry was skipping across the countless puddles decorating the Southern Miss field. He posted a career-high 118 yards and two scores, including the go-ahead 14-yard touchdown run late in the forth quarter.
“I’ve never played under such conditions in my life,” he said. “We just had to execute, which was tough in that weather.”
With a week off before beginning Big East Conference play at Pittsburgh next weekend, the focus for the undefeated Cardinals remains on improving and focusing on the upcoming game against the Panthers.
“It feels great to be 5-0,” said Perry. “When you are 5-0, you are happy about it, but we can’t worry about that or anything, but focusing on the next opponent.”