Perry's Breakout Performance

Senorise Perry spent his freshman season at Louisville contributing on special teams and bouncing between wide receiver and cornerback. Moved to running back this spring, the speedy sophomore impressed at his new position during Saturday's practice.

Senorise Perry spent his freshman season at Louisville contributing on special teams and bouncing between wide receiver and cornerback.

But with Bilal Powell's departure, and Jeremy Wright's knee injury, Charlie Strong's staff moved the extremely fast Perry to running back this spring. That's proving to be a very wise decision.

Saturday, Perry enjoyed a breakout performance at his new position, starring at running back on the first day Louisville put on pads. Perry broke long runs, took a short shovel pass from Teddy Bridgewater for a score and showed explosive speed unlike any other running back on the Cardinals' roster.

"We played him all over the place because of different needs we had last year, but [running back] is his home and the position he needs to be," said running backs coach Kenny Carter. "We recruited Senorise Perry as a running back when we were at Florida and he's going to do really well. He needs to develop, but he'll be a major contributor for us."

Blessed with breakaway speed, Perry gives Louisville a homerun threat in the backfield.

"When we lost Bilal we knew we needed to get another guy over there that could run," Carter said. "We felt like he brings another dynamic that we needed to have."

"He's so fast," Carter said. "He ran 10.4 during a track meet in Georgia and he's very strong. We recruited him at Florida. I knew a lot about Senorise, that's why I wanted him at running back. He's still got a lot to learn, but he's a guy that can help us. He was a special teams contributor for us last year so he's played football at this level and understands what he needs to do."

Though he's still learning his new position, Perry appears to have the talent to become a major contributor in Louisville's spread offense.

"He needs to learn and understand protection and understand how to run through contact on inside runs," Carter said. "Speed-wise, if he gets on the perimeter he can flat out run. He might be the fastest player on the team."

"It's a different experience from receiver or cornerback," Perry told InsideTheVille.com. "I like running back. I'm pretty sure this is it [my position]. I'm just going to keep working hard at the position. I'm trying to learn from Vic [Anderson] and Jeremy Wright and watching Bilal's tapes from last year. I'm going through a learning process."

Perry bulked up to 202-pounds this winter, and hopes to play between 205-210 pounds next season.

"I bring speed and [versatility]," Perry said. "I have to work on a lot. I have to learn how to get in and out of my breaks. I felt I did good today, but I'm focused on getting better."


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