Deep backfield performs well in scrimmage

Dominique Brown

The five back running back rotation produced big yardage in Louisville's scrimmage on Monday. Cardinal Authority visited with running backs coach Kolby Smith and senior Dominique Brown for an update.

The Cardinals conducted their first preseason scrimmage on Monday afternoon and the stable of running backs was one of the positives that resulted from the session.

Highlighted by seniors Dominique Brown and Michael Dyer, the Louisville backfield has five that are set to contribute this fall.

Brown, who has over 1,400 career rushing yards, along with Dyer, a former BCS Championship MVP with a pair of 1,000-yard seasons under his belt, are joined by junior Corvin Lamb, sophomore Brandon Radcliff and freshman L.J.Scott.

The group had an outstanding effort during the scrimmage. Instead of just one or two backs receiving the bulk of the carries, the coaching staff utilized each and they all produced.

“Out of all the scrimmage phases that we had, we had close to 300 yards rushing,” U of L running backs Kolby Smith told Cardinal Authority on Tuesday evening.

“We did a great job,” said Brown, the team's leading rusher from a season ago. “We all just worry about being physical. We know that we are going to run the ball a lot, especially in the Petrino offense.”

Smith attributed the groups impressive production to their commitment to learning the offensive playbook and fulfilling responsibilities.

“They know how to work,” he said. “Because they know the game plan they can go in on the chalkboard and draw the play up and talk the same language that we coaches talk. That simplifies the game plan for them.”

The group of backs in the Cardinals backfield provides an array of strengths for Petrino to choose from during the game.

Claiming the role of bruiser, Brown, who says that the goal of each is to “create big plays,” admits that the ground attack, because of the versatility that it provides, could be a group effort.

“He likes all of us,” he said of Petrino. “He gives equal amount of carries. We all rotate with the ones and most of us rotate with the twos.

Especially with the guys that we have. Anybody can go out there and play and we won't miss a beat. It's great to have that versatility in the running back room.”

Questioned if the rushing success enjoyed in the scrimmage could indicate a problem concerning the defense, Smith replied “for our opponents, yeah.”

The Cardinals will continue to work throughout the week before conducting an open scrimmage on Saturday morning at 9:00a.m.

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