The Next Leroy Collins?

University of Louisville running back Reggie Bradshaw is the fastest of the Cardinals talent-laden ground unit and has been compared favorably to former U of L great Leroy Collins by head coach Bobby Petrino.

Not only is running back Reggie Bradshaw (6'1, 190) the fastest running back in University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino's deep and talented stable of runners, he's also the fastest guy on the entire team!

With 4.3 speed in the forty, Bradshaw reminds Petrino of another talented back he once coached at U of L, former great Leroy Collins, and provides a little something different than the Cardinals other, more physical running backs.

"One thing about him is he's extremely fast," Petrino said. "He reminds me alot of Leroy Collins in that if he gets a little seam he has the ability to take it the distance.

Bradshaw displayed his homerun ability in last Sunday's scrimmage, scoring three touchdowns, including one from 49 yards. In all, the redshirt freshman from Vancouver, Canada, carried 13 times for 105 yards, by far his best performance as a Cardinal.

"Reggie Bradshaw came out Sunday and had a really good day," Petrino said. "We gave him the ball alot more than we did the other two [Lionel Gates and Eric Shelton] because what I want to do is keep them sharp and then get them out of there. I want to give them enough carries where they're sharp and then make sure we get out healthy."

"So Reggie will get alot of carries this spring," Petrino continued. "It was a pleasure to see him do that [Sunday]."

Despite his excellent performance last weekend, he's still likely to come out of spring drills no higher than third on the depth chart. And with injured running back Michael Bush expected to return next fall, Bradshaw will enter the season fourth on the depth chart in all probability. That being the case, Bradshaw seems content to bide his time and wait for his opportunity to come down the road.

"I don't really worry about it too much," Bradshaw said. "Because if I just keep working hard my time will come eventually. I've just got to wait my turn and things will work out."

Bradshaw will work hard to improve blocking and pass protection during spring drills, two aspects vital to a running back's success in Petrino's offense.

"I think mostly just working to pick up pass protections," Bradshaw explained. "And just getting used to the speed of the game. I've got to get my technique down right and everything will be alright."

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