Notre Dame running back Josh Adams stands at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds. That’s rather big for a running back. So big, in fact, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday he plans to have his defense practice tackling defensive linemen in order to prepare for Adams’ unique size.
O says #LSU is going to practice tackling defensive linemen to get ready for Notre Dame RB Josh Adams
— James Moran (@SmartestMoran) December 12, 2017
Combine that size with an offensive line containing a pair of All-Americans, and you’d have a formula for one of the best running games in the country. That proved to be true for Notre Dame in 2017, as the Irish finished the regular season ranked seventh in the country, averaging 279 rushing yards per game.
Adams was obviously a big part of why. He ran for 1,386 yards, which is ranked third-most for a single season in Notre Dame history. If he gets 52 more yards against LSU, then he’ll move into sole possession of the single-season record. Adams also averaged 7.26 yards per rush and scored nine touchdowns.
One thing of note, though, Adams rushed for a majority of those yards early in the season. In the final four games, he rushed for a combined 217 yards and reached the 100-yard mark just once. Adams averaged 3.68 yards per rush in the final month of the season after gaining 8.39 yards per carry during the first eight games.
It will be interesting to see if Notre Dame can find its dominating ground game with Adams again or if LSU’s unusual practice technique will prepare them for the big back.
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