The running game at the college and pro level isn’t what it used to be. Having the best ball carrier in the country is still a valuable asset, however the most successful ground attacks usually come from those who have a strong tandem or running back by committee system.
Entering the 2013 season, Louisville was thought to have a very deep backfield with Senorise Perry, Dominique Brown and Michael in the mix. In the end, Brown emerged as the best option while Perry was the back-up. Unfortunately for Dyer, he suffered an injury that limited him to just the first half of the season.
With Brown back and Dyer healthy & motivated, Louisville should have one of the better tandems in the country. Mike Hugeunin of NFL.com says the tandem of Brown and Dyer is the best in the ACC.
Louisville: Dominique Brown and Michael Dyer.
Brown (6-foot-2, 233 pounds), a senior, is a physical, downhill runner who led the Cardinals with 825 rushing yards last season. He also is an effective receiver who could thrive in that role in new coach Bobby Petrino’s offense. Dyer (5-9, 213), another senior, might be the most talented running back in the entire ACC. He began his career at Auburn and was a key component on Auburn’s 2010 national title team. But he has had off-field issues, and his character and maturity have been questioned. At his best, he has great explosiveness and power. The question: Is he going to be fully invested this season? If so, he has a chance to be the starter and to rush for 1,000 yards. In that scenario, he also would re-invigorate his pro hopes.
While I believe Brown and Dyer will get the bulk of the carrier, they won’t be the only running backs that will see action this season. True freshman L.J. Scott enrolled earlier and had a fantastic spring. The staff continues to rave about his upside. Redshirt sophomore Brandon Radcliff is finally healthy and should compete for playing time as well. Corvin Lamb isn’t an every down back, but I’m sure he’ll be used in certain situations as he’s the fastest player on the roster.