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In his positive return against Michigan State, Wood may have found a new role on the Notre Dame offense—the closer.
Late in the game against the Spartans, the Irish needed a long, clock-killing drive that would seal the fate of the Spartans, and the team called on Wood.
Wood responded with an excellent fourth quarter and it was due, in part, to his running that the Irish captured the win. Wood proved to his team that they could count on him.
"I believe in my team, I believe in my coaches," Wood said. "I knew they were going to be me in the right positions, as they did. They trusted me down the stretch, and as our motto says, 'You can count on me.'" (Via Chicago Sun Times)
Last year Wood averaged five yards per carry when he put up 127 yards against Michigan on the road. This year he may not put up those kind of gaudy numbers, but he will be the key to victory for the Irish.
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