University of Louisville running backs coach Kenny Carter was recently asked if he'd ever had a stable of backs where he was as confident in three backs.
"How about five?" Carter asked the reporter.
Carter is talking about this year's stable of backs for the Cardinals, including Dominique Brown, Senorise Perry, Michael Dyer, Corvin Lamb and Brandon Radcliff. And he's serious when he said five guys.
"We have good competition there because we have some good competitors," U of L head coach Charlie Strong said. "We have a lot of talent in that room and they are working hard against each other."
U of L has so much talent in the backfield this season that fans might expect to see several of the backs in the starting lineup.
Brown, who missed last season with a knee injury, and Perry, who is just coming back from a knee injury could both start, along with Dyer, who is a former BCS national title game MVP and two-time 1,000-yard rusher at Auburn.
"There's going to be co-starters," Carter confirmed.
Carter went on to note the Cardinals will use 15-20 different offensive sets, making it hard for opponents to know what to defend.
"The more the merrier," Carter said about talented backs. "That's just another formation to dream of. I'm very, very pleased with the depth we have.
"We just have to try and get them each on the field as much as we can."
Carter called Perry, who was the leading rusher last season until his injury, "a freak" and said he is "ready to go," in the opener. He said Brown has "had a solid spring and it's carried over" into fall camp.
With Dyer, Carter said you can "see the flashes, he's a two-time 1,000-yard rusher in arguably the best conference in the country."
Lamb and Radcliff are two of the younger guys and Carter said Lamb "is so fast. We tell him he's like glass. Brandon is still a young puppy but getting better."
With just over a week until the opener against Ohio U., Carter said he knows fans will wonder who will be in the backfield to start.
"I don't worry about a starter," Carter said. "All I worry about is getting production out of the room. When you get in the game – if get 10-12 touches – and you want a 100-yard game, then take advantage of your touches.
"If a guy is in the rhythm. We'll keep giving it to that guy."