Anthony Allen joins running back rotation

Just five games into his Cardinal career, true freshman running back Anthony Allen has worked his way into Bobby Petrino's backfield rotation. While he had expected to redshirt the 2006 season, the Tampa, Florida native is now hoping for more snaps.

While he had a stellar prep career at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida, which he capped off by earning All-State honors, University of Louisville true freshman running back didn't expect to play much of a role on the 2006 Cardinals squad.

"I thought I'd be redshirting and be up in the stands," said Allen following the Cardinals 44-17 win over MTSU on Friday night. "It feels good, it feels great."

Just five games into his U of L career and the former three-star prospect is third on the team with 174 rushing yards. On Friday night at L.P. Field Nashville against a stingy Blue Raider defense, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound freshman led the team with 70 yards and scored the games final touchdown.

Allen, who averaged 10 yards per carry in the game, picked up a chunk of his yardage when he ran over a number of defenders for his 16-yard touchdown run.

"I like to run the ball down hill," said Allen. "I try to run guys over."

Anthony Allen on his way to the end zone
His physical style of running, as well as his ability to learn the many schemes that help make up the nation's top-rated offense, drew the praise of U of L head coach Bobby Petrino on Friday night.

"He did a nice job," said Petrino. "He's a big, physical guy that breaks a lot of tackles. One thing that Anthony has done such a great job of is learning the offense in such a short period of time. He's very smart and very intelligent. He helped us a lot running the ball in the second half. He's a good pass protector too."

The Tampa, Florida native hopes his on the field performance will translate into increased snaps throughout the remainder of the season.

"I hope so, but I'm still behind Kolby, Strip and Brock, so I'm going to try to work my way up there," he said.

According to the Cardinals fourth-year head coach, Allen already has.

"We're going to have to play all four of them."

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