Spencer preparing for increased role

After fulfilling a key role on special teams the past few seasons, junior running back Sergio Spencer is expected to play a larger role in the Cardinals ground attack this fall.

Through his first three seasons at Louisville, Sergio Spencer has primarily filled a valuable role on special teams and quality depth in the Cardinals backfield. Spencer's role in the backfield became much more important this spring due to the loss of Kolby Smith and Michael Bush to the National Football League.

The 5-foot-10, 192-pound junior found success with his increased role and put together one of the more impressive performances during spring practice. His strong play has carried over into the start of fall camp.

"I think it's going good," Spencer said of the first few days of practice. "I can't wait to start scrimmaging, so we can hit a little bit, but we've looked fast and I think we are doing a good job of learning everything through the first couple days."

Just as has been the case during recent years at Louisville, the Cardinals ground attack will once again be done by committee. Experienced backs Anthony Allen, Brock Bolen and George Stripling, as well as newcomers Victor Anderson and Dale Martin, and others, help create a deep and multi-dimensional stable of rushers.

"I like it," Spencer said. "It gives us the opportunity to go out there and do what we need to do and any of us are capable of doing the job. We're very competitive at running back. I just need to come out and keep playing the way I know how and make sure that I show the coaches that I want to play."

As a child, Spencer, who was an All-State performer at multiple positions during his prep career at Louisville Male, never imagined that he'd be in this position for his hometown team.

"I never really did envision that," Spencer said. "When I was a little kid I would watch Louisville play, but I never did think I would play for them, so this is great."

The Cardinals enter the ‘07 season considered by most as one of the few teams that will challenge for the BCS national championship game, something that Spencer says brings no added pressure.

"I don't think there is," Spencer said. "We have great head coach and coaching staff, so I don't think there's any pressure like that. We're going to go out and win a lot of games this year."

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