Notre Dame football vs. Virginia: Offensive Grades for 2021 Week 11
It took a few weeks, but the running backs have been in full force lately. That starts with Kyren Williams, who is a dominant running back that excels in all aspects of the game when he’s at the top of his game. A dominant pass blocker, catcher, and returner, Williams also averaged five yards per carry against Virginia and scored a touchdown.
Williams wasn’t alone against Virginia, though. Freshman Logan Diggs was also phenomenal. His day included 7.1 yards per carry, as well as a highlight real run where he hurdled over a Virginia defender. Most Irish fans remember the reverse happening in last year’s semi-final game against Alabama, so it was good to see the roles reversed. Besides Diggs, Chris Tyree has also been working himself back into the rotation for Notre Dame. This comes after missing an extended period of time with turf toe.
Notre Dame’s offense is at its best when the running game is working like it was against Virginia. This takes the pressure off the passing game, which is decidedly more inconsistent than the rushing game. It helps to be able to have a full complement of backs to get the running game going. The Irish have that in spades.