The Notre Dame football team has a dominant duo at running back, and their Game 1 opponents just may have the same in 2021.
In two weeks, the Notre Dame football team will take on the Florida State Seminoles in the opener of their 2021 regular season. The Irish have a lot of talented players returning in 2021, especially on the defensive side of the ball, where they have veterans lining up on all three levels.
On offense, they will lean heavily on a two-headed monster at running back, as both Kyren Williams and Chris Tyree return after a successful 2020 campaign. Their opponent, the Seminoles, also have a two-headed monster at running back to worry about, as the combination of Jashaun Corbin and Lawrance Toafili have the potential to be one of the best in the ACC.
Corbin is entering his second season with the Seminoles, this after starting his collegiate career with the Texas A&M Aggies, and throughout, has averaged five yards per carry. He made eight starts last season for head coach Mike Norvell, racking up nearly 600 all-purpose yards, and within the Seminoles offense, he could be a threat out of the backfield as well.
Toafili was the Florida State’s Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year, this after racking up nearly 500 yards of total offense. In his final game of the 2020 campaign, a blowout victory against Duke, Toafili rushed for a career-high 117 yards, and the most impressive part was the fact that he accomplished that on only seven carries.
If they are both rolling against the Irish, you can expect the Seminoles to feed them, eating up a ton of clock along the way.
Notre Dame football has an early test against Florida State
While Florida State struggled last season, they are not without talent, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Seminoles have these two running backs, both players who can break open a game at any time, and they are still figuring out who the starting quarterback is going to be between McKenzie Milton and Jordan Travis.
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Based on their skill sets, Milton and Travis could both play against Notre Dame, and they both are interesting playmakers. At one point, Milton was one of the best quarterbacks in the country before being injured, and in Travis, we saw last season that he has the ability to make plays with his arm, and his legs.
Despite being favorites, this game could get interesting.