Notre Dame Loses Starting Tailback for the Season

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In the last few days, Notre Dame’s 2010 season went from disappointing to an absolute nightmare. Two weeks ago, Tight end Kyle Rudolph, arguably the team’s best player, was lost for the season with injury.

On Wednesday, the Declan Sullivan tragedy occurred. Saturday saw the loss of starting QB Dayne Crist for the season. And after the loss to Tulsa, the smallest program in FBS college football (who also possess the worst pass defense in the nation), Head Coach Brian Kelly announced that starting tailback Armando Allen, who’s 6th all-time in school history on the career all-purpose yardage list, will no longer play another down at Notre Dame.

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Meet Armando Allen: Notre Dame Starting Tailback (Video)

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Head Coach Brian Kelly brings a new spread-option style offense to Notre Dame, and many skill position players are licking their chops. It is believed this new pass-first system will open things up for the running game by spreading opposing defenders out. And the running backs in this system will no doubt also become “receiving backs” as they’ll be called upon to catch more passes than in the pro style system under Charlie Weis.

Starting at tailback for ND this is fall is 5’10” 205 lb senior Armando Allen, who is second all-time on the school list for receptions by a running back (102-695-3). He should make a good fit in the new system. His career rushing numbers read 362-1,630-6-4.5 per carry, with a career high 139 rushing yards versus Michigan last year.

By Paul M. Banks

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