Brown and Perry have been 'so good' for Cards

ORLANDO, Fla. – Heading into the Russell Athletic Bowl against Miami, the University of Louisville football team will try to establish the running game. The Cardinals have been solid with Dominique Brown and Senorise Perry leading the way this season in the rushing attack.

The University of Louisville football season began with questions of how many running backs the Cardinals would use this season.

The once-stacked backfield saw Dominique Brown and Senorise Perry coming back from knee injuries, while Michael Dyer was a transfer coming in and Corvin Lamb was a young player with a ton of hype.

"We have some options there," U of L coach Charlie Strong said before the season. "We have a few guys who we can rotate in there."

Lamb only played in two games before tearing a ligament in his knee, while Dyer played in seven games but was limited by what was eventually called a season-ending undisclosed injury that required surgery.

So, that's left the Cardinals with Brown and Perry and those two guys have become the workhorses for the team this season. The two will be a huge key for U of L against Miami on Saturday in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

"They compliment each other so well," running backs coach Kenny Carter said. "They're really done a nice job together for us."

Brown has been the man in the latter part of the season, rushing for just under 500 yards in the final six games of the season. The junior from Cincinnati leads the team with 147 carries for 783 yards and eight touchdowns on the season.

"Dominique has really been running hard," Carter said. "Everything just kind of came together for Dominique. He understands the position, he runs behind his pads and he's been getting it done for is."

But Carter pointed out while Brown has been the leader late in the season it was Perry who "led us in the Cincinnati game."

Perry, who injured his hamstring late in the Cincinnati game but is expected to play against Miami, has carried 135 times for 631 yards and six TDs.

The Cardinals are averaging 4.2 yards per carry this season and have had a 100-yard rusher in four of the 12 games. Perry did it against Kentucky and Rutgers, while Brown did it at South Florida and against Houston.

"We expected a lot out of those two guys and they've delivered," Carter said.

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