The Notre Dame football team is loaded at the running back position in 2022, begging the question of what they plan to do with Audric Estime.
The 2021 recruiting class for the Notre Dame football team was a solid one, and it included key recruits in the backfield. Both Logan Diggs and Audric Estime were big-time commits for the Irish, and both bring a little something different to the table.
We saw last season what Diggs can do, as he is a do-everything back that can hurt you in the run game, but also through the air. We did not get to see much of Estime in Year 1, but that is going to change in a big way this upcoming season, as he has been turning heads pretty much since the moment he stepped on campus.
Now, entering their second season of collegiate ball, both men are projected to have a big impact on this Irish offense, but what will the plan be for Estime? We know Diggs and Chris Tyree are going to be the ones with the ball in their hands the most, but the big-bodied running back will not be lost in the shuffle.
Notre Dame football needs to feature Estime in a big way
Estime was a higher-rated running back coming out of high school, where he was New Jersey’s Gatorade Player of the Year for Saint Joseph (NJ) Regional High School. Since arriving on campus, he has continued to get bigger, stronger, and faster, and is on the brink of being a superstar running back for the Irish.
In 2022, the focus has to be on getting him as many reps on the field as possible, and hopefully, the Irish can downright dominate teams on the ground. There is a real question mark at quarterback right now, so Estime, Diggs, and Tyree will be tasked with carrying this offense, at least in the early going.
The Notre Dame football program got a huge commitment from wide receiver Braylon James, and he made it known why he chose the Irish.
Truth is, Estime is someone who can run by, and through a defender, and when the yardage is short, he has to be priority No. 1 in terms of getting the ball in someone’s hands. He has the potential to rack up touchdowns in bunches this season, and when all is said and done, he is going to be a top NFL running back prospect.
For now, the Irish need to maximize all the players in the backfield, and Estime is no exception.