Brown expected to get the nod against UConn

The University of Louisville football team plays at Connecticut on Friday night and Dominique Brown is expected to start in the backfield. But U of L coaches will stay with the rotating backs with Senorise Perry and Michael Dyer expected to see time.

Dominique Brown is coming off back-to-back solid games at running back for the University of Louisville football team.

So, Brown is expected to get the start tonight when the Cardinals (7-1) play at Connecticut (0-7) in an 8:30 p.m. game on ESPN2.

But expected to see other backs.

"Dom has run hard," running backs coach Kenny Carter said. "He'll get the nod but we're going to have the back rotation like we have had.

"But if a guy is in there and gets a hit hand, we'll leave him in and let him go."

Perry ran for 100-plus yards against Kentucky and Rutgers, while Brown had 88 yards and two touchdowns against Central Florida and then ran for 125 yards and had six catches for 61 yards and a TD in a win at South Florida.

"It's a goal they all have and are all capable of getting," Carter said of a 100-yard game. "They don't worry about touches, they worry about production."

Brown now leads the team with 484 yards rushing and four TDs, while Perry has 455 yards and five TDs. Dyer has rushed for 223 yards and on TD.

U of L offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said Brown gives the team "some thump" in the running game, which is why he will get the nod early in the game.

"He's such a physical runner," Watson said. "The longer he goes, the stronger he gets and that's a big lift for our offense."

Watson and Carter said Dyer was available in the South Florida game but he didn't get in and Carter said he's "coming a long."

"Again, when a guy is hot, a guy is hot," Carter said. "(Dyer) has been out for a while and because of that pause in his career he has come to grips that he has to transition himself back into it. He's working hard."

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