Following a 31-24 win at Purdue, the questions about who should get the bulk of the touches at the running back position for the Fighting Irish have been answered.
Despite the speed and shiftiness in space of Amir Carlisle and George Atkinson III, this Irish offense should be pushing Cam McDaniel to the front.
McDaniel, who totaled 56 yards on 16 carries against Purdue, is the downhill running back that Brian Kelly's offense needs. Tommy Rees again proved he can serve as a capable quarterback, and the presence of McDaniel late helped the Irish grab and retain the lead.
Both Atkinson and Carlisle are dangerous weapons out of the backfield. But for Notre Dame, the offense must have a consistent run threat between the tackles. Here is where McDaniel steps in. The junior lacks game-breaking speed, but with his north-and-south running style he rarely makes a negative play and, more importantly, he brings a toughness to the offense.