Radcliff ready to be the main back

Cardinal Authority is counting down the days until the University of Louisville football team starts the season on Sept. 5 against Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Classic at the Georgia Dome. It's 95 days and we have a report on what U of L coach Bobby Petrino thinks Brandon Radcliff can be for the Cardinals.

Brandon Radcliff led the University of Louisville football team in rushing yards last season.

Yes, the same Brandon Radcliff that started the season third - or fourth - on the depth Chart for the Cardinals.

Radcliff had 144 carries for 737 yards and 12 touchdowns and had a first down carry on 13 of the 18 times he ran the ball on third down for the Cardinals. U of L had four backs with 100-yard games on the season.

"Brandon had a great season and came back and had a really good spring," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said. "He's a strong kid and he's such a hard worker. He just keeps improving."

Petrino said Radcliff earned the time in the backfield last season. He started the year behind Dominique Brown and Michael Dyer, while freshman L.J. Scott also picked up some carries.

But by the bowl game, Radcliff was the guy and now he could be the face of the program.

"We really don't separate running backs," Petrino said. "What we tell them each week is you guys come out and tell us who the starter is going to be by your work ethic and how productive you are.

"He earned the job last year by his work in practice."

Petrino said Radcliff's decisive cuts, his quickness and his finishing of every play "really makes him a good back."

"It’s easy for us to see and it's good for his teammates to see why he’s the guy carrying the ball and that's because of how hard he works in practice," Petrino said. "He works hard every single day."

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