Notre Dame is looking rather thin at running back entering the spring after Josh Adams declared for the 2018 NFL Draft and then Deon McIntosh and C.J. Holmes were dismissed and graduate transfers might provide a temporary solution for the Irish.
There are a number of experienced running backs who can go the graduate transfer route this offseason and, while they’ll ultimately have to adjust to a new system and earn their roles, they certainly look like players who can help given their history.
So here are 3 graduate transfer running backs that could provide valuable depth for Notre Dame in 2018.
Michigan State running back Madre London
Madre London has been a solid reserve running back for the Michigan State Spartans for the past three years and he announced last week that he’d be seeking a graduate transfer. And he could use that opportunity to show the Spartans that he was deserving of more carries.
London could bring 243 touches worth of Big Ten experience to a Notre Dame roster that returns very little experience. And he’s produced an admirable 1,024 yards from scrimmage and 9 touchdowns with that workload.
Even if he only worked in a similar role for Notre Dame, he’d be of extreme value to their offense. Of course, there’s also the potential that he evolves into their top back, which would make it a home-run signing for the Irish at the direct expense of a rival.
Clemson running back C.J. Fuller
C.J. Fuller actually began the 2017 season as the starter for Clemson but was inevitably passed by Travis Etienne and Tavien Feaster on the depth chart. This offseason, he didn’t see a path to playing time and inevitably announced his intentions to transfer.
In three seasons working out of the Tigers backfield, Fuller ran for 599 yards and 4 touchdowns on 147 carries. He also added 18 receptions for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns all for one of the most talented teams in the country.
Etienne and Feaster are incredibly dynamic backs who provided a lot of sizzle to the Clemson offense, so Fuller being surpassed isn’t necessarily indicative of a lack of talent. And Fuller could certainly help the Irish as either added depth or as potentially a top back.
Cal running back Tre Watson
Tre Watson is probably the highest-risk, highest-reward player on this list. He ran for over 1,380 yards and 8 touchdowns while adding 37 catches for 379 yards and 5 touchdowns as a receiver in Sonny Dykes’ Air Raid offense at Cal before a season-ending injury cut his senior year short.
Armed with that medical redshirt to give him another year of eligibility, he announced his intention to transfer last month, according to Justice Delos Santos of DailyCal.org. He’ll graduate in May and be on campus with his next program in the summer.
However, the risk comes in with the injury. It’s unclear what his return timeline might be, so he may not even be ready to go by the time the summer roles around and that will put him at a significant disadvantage to see playing time where he might wind up.
Yet, if healthy, there’s no doubt he could help Notre Dame.
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