Position series feature: Senorise Perry

Senorise Perry is one of the three running backs competing for the starting spot on the University of Louisville football team. Check out a feature on the speedy Perry and see what his story is here:

All throughout the preseason, Senorise Perry is the one University of Louisville running back that has created a constant buzz among the coaches and players.

The junior has been just a special teams standout until now. But he had a stellar spring in the backfield and is now battling Jeremy Wright and Dominique Brown for the starting running back position.

And, according to the coaches, there is reason for the hype.

Running backs coach Kenny Carter said Perry led the team statistically during two preseason scrimmages, while head coach Charlie Strong called him "the fastest guy of the (running back) bunch."

"The guy who has grown the most is Senorise," senior lineman Alex Kupper said. "He's always been fast and productive on special teams, but last spring he really developed himself as a running back.

"All those guys are good but he really put his name in there."

The 6-foot, 208-pound Perry, who has only run for 27 yards and one touchdown in limited time from the backfield, said he feels good about how he competed during the fall camp and just "wants to help this team out."

"It's not just me, it's all of us as a group," Perry said. "We picked it up to begin preparation for the season and we've really helped each other out.

"Everyone is trying to separate themselves from the others. But we are all one as a unit. We just go out and compete every day, every play.

Perry said the other two backs, and he also noted freshmen Corvin Lamb and Brandon Radcliff, all have abilities to be the Cardinals' featured back.

"It's been a lot of fun and it's been tough," Perry said. "We're competing every play and it's made our strengths and weaknesses better, working against each other and seeing what we need to do better.

Perry was just a two-star athlete from Summerville, Ga., but came in and as a freshman played in 10 games on several special teams units.

As a sophomore, Perry ran for 27 yards and one TD in limited time but also was a standout again on special teams. He averaged 26.2 yards a return on eight kickoffs, had a blocked kick and made 11 tackles on special teams.

But he made a big-time effort to learn the running back position and try to put himself into position for more playing time.

Perry started with a solid spring and has not tailed off since. He's one of the guys the Cardinals believe they can count on, but he says he still has work to do.

"I have to do a lot more learning of the game," he said. "I need to learn what the receivers and line and quarterbacks are doing, just know every position and every play. I've come a long way but I still have a ways to go."

But what he doesn't have to work on is his speed. He said he was clocked in 4.2 seconds in a 40-yard dash in high school.

Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said speed sets Perry apart but it's not just the speed to hit the outside runs, noting that he's really solid on runs up the middle.

"He has unbelievable speed," Watson said. "He can take any run. He hits the run game so fast that it looks like a sprinter.

"He's a guy that when you think about speed a lot of people think can get outside defense - which he can do. But his real true speed, you see it when we run with him in the inside run game. When he hits an inside seem, it's like a rocket went off."

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