Notre-Dame, ball carrier Kyren williams is heading to the NFL after two excellent seasons for the Fighting Irish. Substituting a player like Williams won’t be easy, but Notre Dame is returning a very talented backfield and more help is on the way.
WHAT HAS BEEN LOST
Williams was arguably Notre Dame’s best offensive weapon over the past two seasons, in which he recorded back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
In his two seasons as a starting running back, Williams racked up 2,127 rushing yards (5.1 ypc) and 27 touchdowns. Williams also had 77 passes for 672 yards and four other scores.
Williams brought great energy to the game and was a team captain last season. His vision, patience, tenacity and passing ability allowed him to rack up 1,361 offensive yards despite playing behind an average to below average offensive line all season.
There is no doubt that Williams was the emotional leader of Notre Dame’s offense this season, and his performances against USC (138 yards) and North Carolina (202 yards) were two of an Irishman’s best performances. of the last decade.
With Williams deciding not to play in the Fiesta Bowl game against Oklahoma State, the Irish will have the chance to get a glimpse of their running back rotation in 2022.
Williams was a great player, but Notre Dame returns a very talented depth chart that puts offense in position to keep things going offensively.
Here’s a look at the 2022 depth chart, with 2022 eligibility.
Notre Dame’s return depth chart doesn’t have 1,000 career yards, but you can expect that to change after the bowl game.
When considering next season, the Irish might not have a back that gets the 20+ touches Williams has had in the past two seasons. The Irish backfield returns a very diverse and complementary backfield that offensive coordinator Tommy Rees and running backs coach Lance Taylor should be able to have fun with.
Get the second year in progress Chris Tyree a more cohesive role in the offense is a must for Rees and Taylor. It looks like the staff put Tyree into the game either to try to emulate Williams’ work, or to put him in the slot or be able to get some sort of reverse or throw.
The latter is perfect, these are certainly good ways to get Tyree the football in the running game and the passing game, but the staff need to rethink and change the way they use Tyree in the backfield.
Tyree is a different type of runner than Williams. He is more of a single cut player with elite speed. We have to see Rees figure out what Tyree does best, then put him in the game to use those traits more, and Tyree has to learn to be more patient with the football in his hands.
If those two things happen, we could see Tyree explode next season and become again the explosive home run hitter we saw in 2020. I expect the staff to do that based on their attempt to get there. is traveling to this region at the end of 2021.
Tyree isn’t a traditional back, so he needs to focus on how best to use him for at least 8-10 touches per game, which should be the minimum goal in every game.
A back who has all the down skills is currently a rising freshman / sophomore Logan diggs. Tyree absolutely has to be a big part of the game plan in Bowl Game and into 2022, but don’t be surprised if it’s Diggs who is the “rechef” in Bowl Game and next season.
Diggs didn’t get a single snap until Game 6, but he immediately made his presence felt. His combination of size, poise, vision and arrogance is exceptional. Diggs can hammer defense between tackles, he can cause defenders to miss out in space, and it’s a legitimate weapon in the passing game.
With a full offseason in the weight room, he should play harder, be even more effective at pass protection, and he’ll be better equipped to carry more than a full load.
Diggs will have his first chance to take the lead role in the bowl game. It will be interesting to see how the racing game is built around it. Will Notre Dame continue to perform what we’ve seen for much of the second half of the season, or will we see some wrinkles that are perhaps more focused on Diggs’ strengths.
If the staff are ready to adapt the racing game to Tyree when he’s in the game, and Diggs continues to develop his game, this two-shot could be absolutely exceptional in 2022.
Of course, Tyree and Diggs aren’t the only talented full-backs on the roster. We only saw Audric Estime for six litters this season, but the freshman (sophomore) impressed on those limited litters.
Despite his large size (228 pounds) and power, Estime also possesses impressive agility and poise. In a back field with less skill and depth than what the Irish had in 2021, he would have been given a lot more playing time.
I’m not sure if Estime will have a shot at getting more shots against Oklahoma State, but the offseason will give him a great opportunity to work his way into the rotation.
You can’t fault Notre Dame for being excited about what the full backfield will look like in 2022 with a healthy Tyree and more experienced Diggs and Esteem.
i don’t expect C’Bo Flemister to return in 2022, but that decision was not made based on my latest sources.
Notre Dame landed another talented running back in the 2022 class when he got an engagement from Denison High School, TX Jadarian Prize.
Price has run over 5,000 yards in his career and he has the full play that Notre Dame clearly covets. Price has impressive acceleration and he can hit home runs, but what I love about his game is his vision, agility and complementary passing skills.
Content of the Irish breakdown
The alignment of Notre-Dame 2021
Notre Dame 2021 Schedule
Notre Dame 2022 commits Big Board: Offense
Notre Dame 2022 commits Big Board: Defense
Notre Dame scholarship offers 2022
Large Notre Dame 2022 class board
Large Notre Dame 2023 class board
Become a premium member of Irish Breakdown, which gives you access to all of our premium content and our premium bulletin board! Click on the link below to find out more.
Make sure you stay locked in Irish Breakdown all the time!
Join the Irish Breakdown community!
Subscribe to the Irish Breakdown YouTube channel
Subscribe to the Irish Breakdown podcast on iTunes
Follow me on Twitter: @ CoachD178
Like and follow Irish Breakdown on Facebook