Riddick bringing added dimension to Notre Dame backfield

There's a noticeable change with Theo Riddick this spring and it's not that he's moved back to running back from wide receiver.

The Notre Dame junior is much bigger. He's bulked up since the Champs Sports Bowl but it's not affecting his speed. He's still bursting out of the backfield.

One problem--that extra size is giving him maybe too much confidence when he gets by the front seven.

"We don't give him a scholarship to run over safeties," Irish coach Brian Kelly says with a smile. "He did a great job getting to the safety, then he tried to run the safety over. Running backs are supposed to make the safety miss."

With that said, Kelly is excited for what Riddick brings as a weapon.

"He really gives us such great options with matchups coming out of the backfield," Kelly explains. "Running the football--he's got that background now as a receiver. It really puts him in a great position to help our football team."

Riddick will split time in the backfield this fall with returning starter Cierre Wood and George Atkinson.


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