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August 28, 2012
The Louisville football players may already know who the starting running back will be for Sunday's Governor's Cup game, but the rest of us won't know until Saturday.
"We are going to have one guy that will be declared as the starter, and we will let them know that on Saturday," Louisville running backs coach Kenny Carter said.
But there won't be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back declared. And there likely will be two or three running backs playing against Kentucky.
"Not, it'll just be 'You are the starter,' and everything else will just rotate," Carter said.
Most of the buzz during the early part of camp was about junior back Jeremy Wright. A strong, powerful, do-everything running back, Wright was Louisville's third-leading rusher last season with 334 yards and a touchdown.
But more recently, other sources have said junior power-back Dominique Brown will likely be the starter with Wright and speed-back Senorise Perry coming in after Brown has worn the defense down. A 6-foot-2, 226-pound former quarterback, Brown was Louisville's second-leading rusher last season with 533 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Carter, who has been bullish on the crew of running backs throughout the summer, said the players are taking the competition in stride.
"Those guys are doing good," Carter said. "I am really excited about them. They are continuing to be consistent. They have been from the first day of camp until now."
Whether the starter is Wright, Brown, Perry or even a younger star like Corvin Lamb or Brandon Radcliff, Carter seemed confident about the running game after practice Tuesday.
"If they continue to progress in that manner it will be very, very good for us," Carter said.