LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Charlie Strong says three or four running backs will likely play and get carries in this Sunday's opener against Ohio University. But it will be Senorise Perry getting the start and the first carries, just nine months after a major injury.
"When we trot out there that first play, Senorise will trot out with the first offense," said Strong. "He deserves it."
Perry was U of L's second-leading rusher last season with 705 yards on 5.2 yards per carry. He led the team with 11 touchdowns, including four against Pittsburgh. He played in ten games before a torn right ACL against Syracuse ended his season.
"It's amazing the training camp he's had," Strong continued. "You would have never thought he had a knee injury at all. I held him out two practices and he comes up to me and asked if he could practice. He didn't want to fall behind. Our training staff did an unbelievable job with Senorise. It's just like he hasn't missed a beat at all. He's not afraid to plant on it, not afraid to get his foot in the ground and go from point A to point B, not afraid at all."
Dominique Brown, Michael Dyer and possibly Corvin Lamb are the other running backs expected to see action against the Bobcats. Sunday's opener is 3:30 pm at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.