L.J. Scott role to increase for Cards

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 90 days before the game and we take a look at L.J. Scott and the bigger role the sophomore running back is expected to have this season.

Brandon Radcliff, a junior and the leading rusher from last season, is expected to carry a bulk of the load as the top running back in the roster for the University of Louisville football team this fall.

But the Cardinals have depth at the position.

Junior-college transfer Jeremy Smith was impressive in spring ball, while walk-on Malin Jones is expected to see some run out of the backfield in coach Bobby Petrino's offense.

And then there's L.J. Scott. The sophomore from Marion, Ohio, had a 100-yard game as a true freshman and played in all 13 games for the Cardinals and scored a pair of touchdowns.

"I just tried to do what I could to help out, whatever coach needed from me," Scott said this spring. "I was excited to be able to get in there and do what I did as a freshman."

But now Scott expects more and so do the coaches.

The 6-foot, 225-pound Scott should step into a bigger role this season. He finished with 201 yards and two TDs - averaging 6.9 yards a carry - and had 126 yards in a game against Murray State.

Scott had a solid spring and showed he was one of the better pass-blockers and pass-catchers out of the backfield. He had a TD catch in the spring game for the Cardinals.

"We're excited for him," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said. "He was able to come in early last year and that paid off. Now he's been through two spring practices and will be helpful this year."

Scott, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a senior at Marion Harding, said he prides himself in making sure he's ready for whatever situation the U of L coaching staff might need him.

"I'm the type of guy that coach Petrino can trust in any scenario," Scott said. "My thing is that I want to make sure he has that trust in me. I want him to know he can trust me when he puts me onto the field."

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