What You Need To Know About The Notre Dame Football Running Backs Heading Into 2021 Spring Practice
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What You Need To Know About The Notre Dame RBs Heading Into Spring Practice

If Notre Dame's running back room has a boring spring, that's a good thing.

Every major contributor returns. The depth chart feels easy to project. It's an already established position highlighted by a 1,000-yard rusher and one of the team's fastest players. All they have to do is avoid injury, continue to improve their games and get comfortable with a new cast of blockers in front of them.

BlueandGold.com’s preview of each Notre Dame position group heading into spring practice continues with the running backs.

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish football rising junior running back Kyren Williams
Kyren Williams ran for 1,125 yards in 2020, Notre Dame's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2017. (Matt Cashore/USA TODAY Sports)

Analysis

Notre Dame spent the last three springs without much clarity surrounding its running back picture. It found capable lead backs in Dexter Williams (2018), Tony Jones Jr. (2019) and Kyren Williams (2020) each time, but building a sustainable rushing operation is a lot easier when the Irish don’t need to resort to finding late-career emergences from an unproven cast of characters every spring and summer.

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