Notre Dame Football: Audric Estime finds comfort level in return to South Bend

  • Audric Estime had himself a much better time with Notre Dame football Pro Day.
  • His 40-time was especially a relief to see and likely helped his cause.

Mar 2, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Notre Dame running back Audric Estime (RB10) during the 2024 NFL
Mar 2, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Notre Dame running back Audric Estime (RB10) during the 2024 NFL / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Notre Dame football star Audric Estime knew he needed to help his cause. The man who was one of the best backs in college football this year had an awful NFL Combine. His 40-time was so hellish that there was talk about how unlikely it was for him to get drafted, despite running over, around, and through defenses for most of the 2023 season.

Luckily for him and for Notre Dame football fans who are hoping to see him excel in the NFL, Estime showed out at the Fighting Irish’s recent pro day. After running an impressively slow 4.7 40-yard time, he was able to improve in South Bend by running 4.58 seconds. 

That’s certainly not speed burner-level running. But no one ever thought that Estime was a speed burner. It’s more that Estime has speed and a build that allows him to run people over. There’s a reason he’s been referred to as Baby Bus.

Notre Dame football running back finds comfort in South Bend

Estime’s performance on his Pro Day was a relief. It was also a bit of a surprise considering that most people believe that the track at the NFL Combine is faster. But Estime might have just needed some home cooking in order to feel comfortable enough to do his best.

In talking to Rivals’ Tyler James, it appears the running back did just need to be around places he was familiar with.

“The comfort level was on an all-time high,” the Notre Dame football star said. “I’m back home. I’m back where I did this."

That is of course why so many players want to take part in this kind of thing back on campus. There really is a feeling of being back home. For Audric Estime, the former Notre Dame football running back might have just boosted himself up the draft board because of his comfort.