UofL FOOTBALL | Petrino likes depth at running back despite injury to Colin Wilson

08/09/2017 02:10 PM

Louisville football has a unique circumstance in the offensive backfield this season: three similarly sized seniors competing for starting tailback.

Reggie Bonnafon, Jeremy Smith, and Malik Williams are all vying for playing time in their final season, and its a great problem to have according to head coach Bobby Petrino. Especially since that depth was in doubt towards the end of last season.

Malik Williams suffered a leg injury against Kentucky in the final regular season game, Brandon Radcliff graduated and is pursuing pro football, and Jeremy Smith suffered a foot injury in spring practice. But Smith and Williams each say they are at 100 percent, and with Reggie’s added experience, Petrino is very confident in the depth he’s found in the ground game.

The young guy Petrino is referring to is freshman rusher Colin Wilson. Wilson is one of, if not the highest rated recruit in the Cards’ 2017 class, and was expected to complete for playing time this season. The injury to his hand will definitely keep him down on the depth chart. Petrino said Wilson underwent surgery, and has not received a time frame of when he could be cleared for contact, but when he is cleared, the head coach is expecting big things.

Garrett Moore

Garrett is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.

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