Louisville football: Media day notes

The University of Louisville football team held media day on Thursday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Cardinal Authority was on hand and has this notebook full of items from the media day event.

Senorise Perry THE ‘FREAK'

University of Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson called senior running back Senorise Perry a ‘freak' because of his recovery time.

Watson said the only person who could recover faster than Perry from a torn ACL is "Adrian Peterson," noting Perry looks "really good" on the field.

"We said Adrian Peterson is the exception," Watson said. "He's a freak. Senorise asked me last night if he was (a freak), and he's categorized as one now.

"I'm in awe about how fast he has come back."

Perry suffered the knee injury last season against Syracuse. He had rushed for 705 yards and 11 touchdowns – a team-high - in 10 games.

Just nine months later and Perry is back on the field. He said he's not quite 100 percent but noted, "I'm pretty close" after three fall practices.

"The way I worked with Michaelee Harris and my trainers, they helped me et to this point," Perry said. "Working as hard as we did, prepared us for game one. When I got out there and cut like that the other day, I shocked my coaches.

"I had it in my head that all I had to do was go out there and play. I just couldn't worry about anything or think about anything, just play."

Watson said the staff will make sure to watch Perry closely his fall camp.


Watson, Perry and Dominique Brown all talked about the newest addition to the running back room – Michael Dyer – and what he can bring.

Dyer, the former two-time 1,000-yard rusher at Auburn University, arrived in Louisville last Sunday and his first day with the team was the first day of camp.

"Adding Michael to that room has upped the ante and created great competition," Watson said. "It comes easy to him. He's a natural football player."

Watson said it was too early to tell just what Dyer will be able to do but noted he has been "impressed" by the 2011 BCS National title game MVP so far.

Brown, who had been projected as the starter, and Perry said the addition of Dyer has helped the other four running backs because of the competition.

"The competition is tough no matter what," Perry said.

Added Brown: "We've been playing three backs since I have been here. So it's good to have him. It gives us more depth."


Senior Kamran Joyer has been around and has been a solid contributor to the U of L offensive line for several years.

The Tampa, Fla., native has had injuries that have slowed him during his career but he started two games last season, including the Sugar Bowl.

"He has experience even though he hasn't started much," Watson said.

Joyer played center for much of the spring before Jake Smith was moved there. Joyer will start at right guard. But he can also play center and tackle.

Watson said he'll be one of the "swing guys" that line coach Dave Borberly likes to have, meaning he can play one position.


Watson talked about the "depth and quality" in the tight end position but one expected player at that position is not on the field.

Former Glasgow High All-State tight end Hunter Bowles was redshirted last season and is sidelined with a neck injury.

Watson said he wasn't sure when Bowles would return.

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