Notre Dame Football: How Cierre Wood Going Pro Impacts Irish's 2013 Offense
"I just know that him and his mother discussed it, and it's something he was ready for, and she said she was going to back him up on any decision he made," said Martine Robertson, Wood's stepfather.
Wood was second on the team last year with 742 rushing yards. He also averaged 6.5 yards per carry and scored four touchdowns on the ground.
With that type of production, you would assume that this is a move that will hurt the 2013 Notre Dame offense, but it actually may benefit it. The Irish will be loaded at the running back position with guys such as Amir Carlisle, Greg Bryant and George Atkinson fighting for playing time in the backfield. An extra-talented runner has never hurt, but it would have added another player that was taking carries away from the three main runners.
Bryant should be able to carry a heavy workload in his first season and could be another freshman phenomenon at the running back position.
The former top recruit of the 2011 class also has great hands and can help the Irish in the passing game. Overall, he is a great piece to go along with the power that Bryant provides and should be featured on many highlight-reel plays next year.
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How much the Notre Dame offense is going to improve will rely on the development of quarterback Everett Golson. If he can become that playmaker with the ball in his hands and hurt defenses more with his feet, the Irish should drastically increase last year’s 25.8 points-per-game average.
Even with the loss of Wood, running back is not a position that Notre Dame should be worried about. This is easily one of the deepest backfields in the country, and as long as everybody remains healthy, Notre Dame will once again have a successful ground game.
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