Notre Dame Football: 5 Statistical Predictions For 2014

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Nov 2, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Tarean Folston (25) dives into the end zone for a touchdown as Navy Midshipmen linebacker Cody Peterson (53) defends in the fourth quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 38-34. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Will Not Have A 1000-Yard Rusher

This may seem like a strange prediction since Notre Dame has a wealth of talent at the Running Back position. But, this is exactly why the Fighting Irish will not have a 1000-yard rusher.

Last year, Notre Dame split most of the carries between McDaniel, Atkinson and Folston. McDaniel had 152 attempts. Under Brian Kelly, the Fighting Irish have only had one 1000-yard rusher. In 2011, Cierre Wood parlayed 217 carries into 1102 yards. However, no player has gotten any where near that amount of carries. Theo Riddick was closest in 2012 with 190 carries. Even with that amount of carries, a player would need to average 5.26 yards per carry.

All three Running Backs on the Notre Dame’s roster have the potential to rush for 1000-yards. It will be hard to give the ball to one player. If Kelly sticks with “the hot hand”, a different player could be featured each week in the offense.

Tarean Folston will come closest to a 1000-yards in 2014. Folston Season Projections: 152 attempts, 812 yards and 6 touchdowns