Notre Dame Football: Cierre Wood Looks Like a Game-Changer

Tim Daniel@IrishUnmatchedContributor IIIApril 17, 2011

Cierre Wood now prepares for his first full season as the Starting Running Back at Notre Dame.
Cierre Wood now prepares for his first full season as the Starting Running Back at Notre Dame.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

After a successful Blue-Gold game in cold and rainy South Bend last Saturday Notre Dame football fans have officially began counting the days to Sept. 3rd, the Irish season-opener against South Florida.

Fans chattered about many topics, from how great freshman phenom Aaron Lynch looked, to maybe Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson each have a shot at being the starting quarterback. 

But with this great defense, and even the impressive list of wide receivers to go with those quarterbacks, coach Kelly is still showing a commitment to the running game. That is where Cierre Wood comes in to play.

Cierre Wood ran very well Saturday during the Spring Game.  His stats may not be jaw-dropping but his vision and agility were very impressive.  Wood was able to hit holes really well and also grab the extra yards to help quarterback Dayne Crist.

From what I was able to see Saturday, and from last years performance down the stretch we have a game-changer on our hands. 

With his great vision and smooth cuts, Wood can really help take the focus off the Irish's deep receiving core and grab the yardage to help this team score at will.

Cierre, with his speed, could even be a guy who can be dangerous catching the ball out of the backfield.

It's a strong possibility that Wood may just be this team's top weapon, even with the possibility of Michael Floyd returning.

If Notre Dame wants to win, Cierre Wood definitely has to play well.

What are your thoughts?