Brown ready to take his spot in backfield

NEWPORT, R.I. – There has been a lot of questions surrounding the group of running backs on the University of Louisville football roster in recent weeks. But one things for certain, Dominique Brown is ready to go after a knee injury.

The University of Louisville football team has a deep group of running backs but there are a few questions heading into American Conference media day.

Senorise Perry, who was a top back last season, is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered against Syracuse, while Corvin Lamb and Brandon Radcliff are young guys with talent. There has also been rumors in recent weeks that former Auburn star Michael Dyer could join the team.

But one player who isn't a question mark just one week before the start of fall camp is junior Dominique Brown.

The former quarterback sat out last season with a knee injury but is healthy and ready to take his spot in the lineup. Brown rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries and also had six catches for 30 yards in the Spring Game.

"We have a great group," Brown said. "But I am ready. I am itching to get out there. I am so excited, but also a little nervous because I haven't played in a while. I'm ready to go. I'm just excited to get back out there."

Brown, who rushed for 533 yards as a sophomore after being turned into a running back, was a full-time running back – and healthy – for the first time in the offseason. He spent the entire spring practice as the top back.

"I was able to watch last year and learn a lot," he said. "Now, I'm a running back and I have been working on nothing but being a running back.

"I think that's made a difference for me, concentrating on that all the time.

U of L offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and running back coach Kenny Carter believe Brown is much better because he's been able to totally focus on being a running back after getting healthy.

"You can tell he's more locked into the offense," Carter said. "You can tell that he has grown up and he has improved. He's more agile and leaner.

"For his size, he's very athletic and that's going to bode well for him in a lot of situations. Dominique has that ability to be (a 1,000-yard rusher)."

Watson echoed those sentiments, noting at this point heading into fall camp Brown has worked his way into being the feature back.

"Because of his spring, Dominique has a lot of confidence," Watson said. "He has grown up and matured. He really worked hard this past spring and has turned into not just a running back, but a grown man back there.

"It's been fun working with him and seeing him progress."

Now, Brown gets his shot in the backfield.

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