Oct. 6, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back George Atkinson III (4) runs for a touchdown as Miami Hurricanes cornerback Antonio Crawford (39) defends in the third quarter at Soldier Field. Notre Dame won 41-3. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

CBSSports Honors Atkinson

CBSSports confirmed what Notre Dame fans already know; George Atkinson is one of the most physically impressive players in college football. Atkinson was included on a list of the 20 craziest athletes in college football. The list includes stars like Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel and Marqise Lee.

CBSSports.com Senior Writer Bruce Feldman wrote:

“The reserve Irish running back has good size at 215 pounds to go with blazing speed. Last year, he ran a 10.36 100-meter dash at the Big East track championships. Even though it was a wind-aided time, it wasn’t much over the legal-limit and shows a gear Notre Dame football fans hadn’t seen much of in a few years.”

Feldman definitely hits the nail on the head with his analysis of the Junior Running Back. However, Atkinson has failed to develop as a technician and a student of the game. This year, he will be leaned on heavily as the Starting Running Back. He will be leaned upon even more early on while Freshman Running Backs Greg Bryant and Tarean Folston develop.

Atkinson has always been a 5-star athlete. He has electrified the Fighting Irish with his kickoff returns and his long touchdown runs. But, it is the tough yards that Atkinson has failed to get. If Atkinson has a success season, it will be because he has learned to run inside with power when it counts.


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