Notre Dame RB Josh Adams showing historic ability to break away for long runs

Notre Dame running back Josh Adams has established himself as a star this season, largely thanks to his average of over 9 yards per carry.

Some research by Lou Somogyi of Notre Dame’s website shows that Adams’ ability to break away for the long ball is unprecedented among Notre Dame rushers.

Through six games this season, Adams has recorded six separate runs of 59 yards or longer. In his career, he’s had 11 such carries. Since 1964, only one Notre Dame running back, Reggie Brooks, has recorded even half as many carries as 50-plus yards as Adams.

In his four-year career, Brooks had six.

Somogyi’s research showed that it hasn’t just been Adams that has broken off huge runs lately for the Irish. In six games this season, Notre Dame as a team has had eight rushing plays go for 50 or more yards, with quarterback Josh Adams and running back Dexter Williams each providing one.

That is unusual. Last season, the Irish had four such runs in 12 games. Across eight seasons from 2002 to 2009, Notre Dame had a total of three runs go for 50 yards or longer.

This year’s Irish had three such runs (plus a 46-yarder) in one game — Week 3 against Boston College.

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