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- Cierre Wood
- Theo Riddick
The Irish have a proven playmaker at running back in Cierre Wood, who was Notre Dame's leading rusher a year ago. Wood accumulated 1,102 rushing yards on 217 carries last season, becoming the 20th player in school history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a single season.
Right behind Wood will be Theo Riddick, who transitioned from wide receiver to running back during the latter stages of 2011 because of a season-ending injury to former running back Jonas Gray.
Riddick, along with George Atkinson III, will fill the role of a hybrid receiver/running back, a type of player Brian Kelly has deemed crucial in the offense.
Aside from Wood, Riddick and Atkinson, another name to watch out for is incoming freshman William Mahone, a 4-star prospect out of Austintown, Ohio.