College football notebook: Louisville names starting RB for opener vs. Ohio
Louisville coach Charlie Strong said senior running back Senorise Perry will start Sunday’s season opener against Ohio University while stressing that the ninth-ranked Cardinals will use all of their running backs against the visiting Bobcats.
Perry was Louisville’s second-leading rusher last season with 705 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns. He will see his first action since his 2012 season was ended by a torn right anterior cruciate ligament on Nov. 10 at Syracuse.
One of three competing to start — along with junior Dominique Brown, also returning from a knee injury, and former Auburn product Michael Dyer — Perry got the call after an impressive recovery and preseason camp. Cardinals coaches have compared his recovery to that of NFL MVP Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns last season after tearing his ACL in December 2011.
• LSU coach Les Miles is keeping TCU guessing about whether running back Jeremy Hill, the Tigers’ leading rusher last season, will play in the season opener on Saturday night. Miles said Hill will miss some playing time because of his arrest in late April. However, Miles is not specifying how long Hill will be benched and said he would be surprised if Hill did not join the No. 12 Tigers in Dallas for the game against the 20th-ranked Horned Frogs.
• Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley wasn’t particularly surprised to learn he would start Saturday’s season opener against Austin Peay.
But he did acknowledge feeling relieved. Worley, the only quarterback on Tennessee’s roster with any college playing experience, learned he had won the starting job on Sunday night when coach Butch Jones and offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian met individually with the four contenders. Jones formally announced Worley as the starter yesterday.
“Just knowing officially that I’m the starter, there is a sense of relief,” Worley said.
Worley, a junior from Rock Hill, S.C., was competing with redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman and freshmen Riley Ferguson and Joshua Dobbs. Peterman is listed as the second-team quarterback on the depth chart. Jones said he ideally would like to redshirt one of the two freshmen, but he didn’t say whether one was ahead of the other.
Jones said Worley’s experience and ability to take care of the football gave him a slight edge. Worley started three games in place of an injured Tyler Bray in 2011. Worley now must try to replace Bray, who passed for 3,612 yards and 34 touchdowns last season.