Sunday, December 9, 2012
Scouts: ND gets a three-down RB
By Billy Tucker
The Irish have the 27th-ranked rushing attack in the country and, while productive, they would arguably be more prolific with one featured back to rely on all season instead of the one-two combination of Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood. The two backs have combined for more than 1,600 yards this season, but neither boasts more than a 75-yard per game average and a strong load-back presence. A three-down back who can get into a weekly groove could make this well-balanced offense more effective.
Notre Dame might have its answer in Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage), a 200-pound ball of muscle with the size, speed and strength combination that allows for great inside and outside production at the high school level which should translate well into college. While he is certainly powerful with solid explosiveness, we feel Bryant’s quick cutback running skill-set will also allow for a smooth transition into this zone blocking Irish offense that likes to create vertical creases for its backs to attack. Bryant is strong, balanced and deceptively elusive. This could be the ideal spread offense for him to take advantage of less numbers in the box with his ability to slip that last tackle in the second level. Bryant can continue to work on polishing his hands and receiving skills as the screen game and quick outlets to its backs are a big part of this Irish offense, but he is ready to contribute.
This was a huge need for the Irish as Wood And Riddick are both seniors and George Atkinson III fits more of the complementary speed and hybrid type of role, not an every-down back like Bryant who we feel will be in the mix early for high carries.