Louisville running backs get high marks

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 85 days before the game and we look at some accolades for the U of L running back group.

The running back position is a strength for the University of Louisville football team heading into the new season.

The Cardinals lost two running backs who put up 100-yard games and another back is still injured, but return two other 100-yard game backs and have several new additions.

"I'm excited," running backs coach Kolby Smith said. "We have a good group. And the thing I like about them is their all different. They all bring something different to the table."

The U of L backfield is getting high marks in the preseason.

Scout.com ranked the backfield as the fifth-best in the ACC - ahead of North Carolina, Clemson and Miami - with analyst Jamie Newberg calling it a "talented group" and noting the "strength and depth" of the bunch.

"We like what we have there," coach Bobby Petrino said. "Brandon (Radcliff) is a good leader, L.J. (Scott) has improved and some of the new guys are going to really help us out."

But Scout.com is not the only place the backfield is getting accolades. At least two other national preseason magazines have the Cardinals' backfield among the top four in the ACC.

Radcliff led the team with 737 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns last season, while as a true freshman Scott ran for 201 yards and two TDs, including a 100-yard game against Murray State.

Northwestern transfer Malin Jones and junior-college transfer Jeremy Smith both had really good springs.

Trey Smith is a newcomer who could get some carries, while the staff is still hopeful James Allen joins the team in July and the injued Corvin Lamb is a question mark.

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