5. Caleb Huntley & Malik Dunner (Ball State)
Ball State is coming off of a horrific 2017 season after finishing 2-10 overall (0-8 in conference), but that is in no way a slight at their running back depth chart.
Huntley and Dunner combined for 1,443 yards and 11 touchdowns on 284 carries — an average of just over 5 yards a carry.
Notre Dame shouldn’t have any issue putting away Ball State early, but if the Cardinals want any chance at making the game close, these two will need to play major roles.
As a true freshman last season, Huntley rushed for over 1,000 yards and carried the majority of the load. He should be even better as a sophomore. Dunner is a converted wide receiver and demonstrated his pass-catching abilities with 18 receptions. 2018 will be his fourth season with the program, and he should continue his upward trend on the roster.
On the Ball State official roster, Huntley is listed at 5’10, 225 pounds while Dunner is also over the 200-pound mark. Both, are physically gifted players and part of a running game the Irish coaching staff needs to game plan for.
Notre Dame could have its hands full with these two talented offensive weapons.