Strong looking for every-down back

NEWPORT, R.I. – University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong addressed a few areas during Big East media day that he wants his team to improve on before the start of the season. But what area is Strong looking at the most?

How about an every down back?

Strong said he has four capable backs – and noted all will likely see some time – but said the Cardinals would be better served if "one of the four guys to raise his head above the rest and takes the lead."

"It's the strength of our team because we have a large number of running backs," Strong said. "But I want to take one guy and let him go play.

"I would like to see one guy become the guy. We have four running backs and they all have different abilities and can do different things, but we really need one of those guys to step up and be the main guy.

"When we had Bilal Powell, we knew he was our guy. We need to find him."

Strong sees potential with several players, including returning leading rusher Dominique Brown and Jeremy Wright, along with junior Senorise Perry and redshirt freshman Corvin Lamb.

Brown is listed at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, while Wright is 5-11, 205, Perry is 6-foot, 205 and Lamb checks in at 5-9, 205 with running back coach Kenny Carter recently noting "they're all extremely strong."

"All four of those guys have the potential where they can be an every-down back," Strong said. "We need an every down back."

Senior offensive lineman Alex Kupper said he's excited because there will be "so much competition" for playing time in the backfield this season.

"It's fun to watch and it's fun to be able to block for guys who are hungry and want the ball in their hands," he said. "They all four get a long and they're all four good."

Strong said while he wants one guy to emerge that is "may be one or two guys," and said all four candidates have different abilities and styles.

"Senorise is the faster guy, Dominique is the bigger stronger guy, while Jeremy Wright and Corvin Lamb are a combination of both," Strong said. "We have to take one and make him the total package."

Brown rushed for 533 yards and four touchdowns last season after being switched from quarterback, while Wright ran for 334 yards and one TD.

Perry ran 12 times for 40 yards and one TD last season.

Lamb is drawing a lot of chatter from coaches and teammates with Kupper saying, a lot of people don't know about him, but they Will Pretty soon."

Cardinal Authority Top Stories