Notre Dame tailback Cierre Wood suspended for first 2 games

The Irish’s travel squad to Dublin, Ireland will lose another returning starter, as starting tailback and leading rusher Cierre Wood has been suspended for the season’s opening game versus Navy. He joins quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese at home in South Bend when the Irish open the year across the pond.

Multiple sources have confirmed.

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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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