Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly: Josh Adams is ‘a stud’

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly praised running back Josh Adams on Saturday.

Following the Fighting Irish’s dominating 52-17 win against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, in which Adams rushed for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 8 carries, Kelly invoked the name of arguably the best running back in college football when talking about Adams.

“He’s a stud,” Kelly told reporters. “I mean, look, (Saquon) Barkley is a great player at Penn State, but you know, Josh has got to start to get some kind of national recognition for the kind of season that he’s having. He is a load. He’s a big, physical runner who gets in the open and then runs away from people. So this is a special back who’s having a special year.”

Adams, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound junior, moved into the school’s Top 10 list for career rushing yardage during Saturday’s game, an indication of what has already been a strong three-year career for the running back.

Adams ran for 835 yards and 6 touchdowns as a freshman in 2015 and had 933 yards and 5 scores on the ground as a sophomore in 2016.

Going into Saturday’s game, Adams had 499 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns on 65 carries, an average of 7.7 yards per carry. He racked up 161 yards rushing against Temple and had a career-high 229 yards rushing against Boston College.

Now, through five games this season, Adams has rushed for 658 yards and 4 touchdowns. He’s averaging 9 yards per carry and 131.6 yards per game. He also has 8 catches for 69 yards.

Adams’ 658 yards rushing ranks fourth nationally — behind only Stanford’s Bryce Love (1,088), San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny (823) and Jeffery Wilson of North Texas (666). He ranks seventh in rushing yards per game and 12th in yards per carry.

As a team, led by Adams and quarterback Brandon Wimbush, Notre Dame is averaging 301.4 yards rushing per game, which ranks seventh nationally, after averaging 163.3 yards rushing per game a year ago. That figure ranked 80th nationally.

Kelly was asked Saturday about Notre Dame’s run game and what has allowed the Fighting Irish to be so good on the ground week after week.

“We’ve got really good players that we want to feature, and commitment that I made to change the focus of the offense towards a much more physical approach to running the football,” Kelly said. “And we’ve got really good players. So making sure that we, you know, utilized our strengths, and our strengths are we’ve got two guys on the left side that are going to be playing on Sundays as well as a very good center, right guard, and our right tackles are coming along, as well, five tight ends and physical backs.”

“You know, maybe I just woke up one morning, hit my head and came to my senses and said, let’s go to our strengths and run the football.”

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