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Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 7 Audric Estime, sophomore running back, No. 2 on the shortened depth chart

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Measurements listed: 5 ft 11 ½, 228 lbs.
2022-23 Eligibility: Sophomore Estima has three seasons of eligibility left after appearing in 12 games last season, albeit mostly on special teams.
Depth Chart: Injuries pushed Estim up the depth chart this offseason. If all backs were healthy he would be #3 or maybe even #4 on the depth chart but with a sophomore Logan Diggs (upper lip) absent for at least some time in September and an early enrolled freshman Jadarian Price (Achilles) Estim will take to the field in Ohio State as a junior-only stand-in this season. Chris Tyree.
Recruiting: Estime committed to the State of Michigan three months before the early signing period in December 2020, a decision that seemed firm despite offers from Iowa State, Virginia Tech and Texas A&M. Notre Dame then offered him a scholarship two days before the start of the signing period, and by the end of the week, the established four-star recruit and number six runner in the country had changed his mind. joining the Irish.

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CAREER FOR TODAY
Estim may have played in 12 games last season, but he made all 18 offensive snaps. In seven of them he ran a total of 60 yards.

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2021: 12 games; seven rushes for 60 yards, including six carries for 61 yards against Georgia Tech.

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In the Blue-Gold game that concluded spring training, Estim had 13 carries for 59 yards.

NAME, IMAGE, SIMILARITY

QUOTES
The next time a quote is offered regarding Estim that doesn’t refer to its size or ability to break grips, it will be the first time.

Just a week after he became head coach of Notre Dame, after watching just a couple of practices where he also vaguely managed offense, Marcus Freeman could not but recognize these aspects.

“Audric did a good job,” Freeman said in mid-December. “He is a big, physical runner. Yesterday he punished a couple of people.

After the spring finals, the runners coach Deland McCullough also mentioned the obvious.

“Audric impresses with his ability to break tackles, his attention to detail, the fundamentals and technique he works with, his great attitude,” said McCullough. “Such a big guy, he didn’t show much today, but this guy can run very good routes.”

Estime may display this route at another time. It will be clear if the offensive coordinator Tommy Rhys focuses on the painful aspect of Estim’s game early in the season.

WHAT WAS FORECAST A YEAR AGO
“It is worth considering the fourth running back of Notre Dame in recent seasons. Unlike most quick stats, it’s hardly skewed by the fact that the Irish have enjoyed such a mobile quarterback in the last three seasons, because when an offense turned into a running back four places lower on the depth table, it was usually a moment or situation in the game Jan Book anyway, he didn’t put his body on the line.

“Because of Jafar Armstrongstruggling with a return to full health in 2020, Notre Dame didn’t really use a fourth running back last year, but in 2019, Jamir Smith finished with 42 snatch attempts and Flamister had 48, both nominally behind Tony Jones and Armstrong on the depth chart. In 2018 Avery Davis (still running back at the time), 22 carries in nine games.

“Estim will have some freshman chances, especially since his style bears some resemblance to Smith and Flemister. What he will do with them will be a big question considering he is unlikely to match his last line of high school stats, averaging nearly 10 yards per carry.

“…Forecasting Estim’s debut campaign, 30 carries for 170-180 yards and two touchdowns would be a decent starting point. …

“(Kyren) Williams will be heading to the NFL after this season, and with Tyree able to take the lead in 2022, (K’Bo) Flemister would be best off moving elsewhere for one final year, one in a lead role.

“Suddenly, Estime will move from the fourth row perk to 1B in the depth chart. This modest forecast for 2021 will double to triple by 2022.”

FORECAST FOR 2022
If Estime proves it can handle the first drops and bear the brunt of double-digit carries every week, then Notre Dame’s prospects for 2022 will increase. If Estime can’t handle this load well, the Irish offense simply won’t have enough players in the skill position to be productive all season long.

A full Diggs return by the end of September could soften the impact of the struggling Estim, but the lack of depth in running back is likely to catch up with Notre Dame over time.

It may seem like an exaggerated standard for a sophomore with seven career successes, but such is the radical nature of the Irish runners room at the moment. Tyree, Estim, and future freshman Gi’Bran Payne are the only healthy ball handlers coming into play. beforeseason. Tyree and Estim have to handle the workload between the two of them to start the season, as well as lay out some routes for several receivers of Notre Dame. (You can’t blame the Irish coaching staff for putting Tyree in a red jersey before the start of the season to protect him from injury.)

Only in September Estim should get at least 25 carries. If he gets more, then it can be assumed that he catches the first downs and outruns the defenders, as his physique suggests. At this point, Diggs’ need will decrease and he can be sure that his shoulder is completely healthy before the transfer.

Too little has been seen of Estim on the pitch to predict how his season will play out, but just one look at the Irish depth chart makes it clear what impact he will have, one way or another.

ON THE WAY TO
Runner expiration will make Tyree consider the NFL after this season, but regardless of his choice, Estim’s role should rise in 2023.

If Tyree returns for his senior season, fewer carries will bolster his future pro prospects, meaning Notre Dame will look to Estima and/or Diggs to back up defensemen.

Frankly, the Irish would always prefer to lean on three runners and turn to a fourth for a sweep, highlighting the current misgivings in the position.

NOTRE DAME 99-TO-0
From Blake Groupe to Braden Lenzi, the off-season countdown begins anew
No. 99 Blake Group, kicker, transfer of the State of Arkansas
No. 99 Riley Mills, junior guard, player who now plays more in the end.

#98 Tyson Ford, early freshman, quarterback hired as a four-star endgame.
No. 97 Gabriel Rubio, sophomore, quarterback, still “wide like a Volkswagen.”
No. 92 Aidan Keanaaina, a young defender who tore his cruciate ligament in March.
#91 Josh Bryan Sophomore Kicker
#91 Aiden Gobaira, Freshman Enlisted Quarterback, Four-Star Rookie
No. 90 Alexander Ehrensberger, junior defender, the German project is nearing completion.
No. 88 Mitchell Evans, sophomore tight end
No. 87 Michael Mayer Jr. Tight End, Likely All-American
No. 85 Holden Stace New Rookie Tight End
No. 84 Kevin Bauman, Jr. Tight End
#83 Jaden Thomas, Sophomore Receiver, Four-Star Former Rookie
#80 Kane Burrong, sophomore who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
No. 79 Tosh Baker, one of four young Irish strikers.
#78 Pat Coogan, sophomore at center, is recovering from a meniscus injury.
No. 77 Tai Chan, offensive tackle starter, former four-star rookie.
No. 76 Joe Alt, Sophomore, Beginning Left Tackle
No. 75 Josh Lagg, sixth year hitter, likely starting right back.
#74 Billy Shrout, early enrolled forward freshman after foot surgery.
#73 Andrew Christophic, senior forward turned defenseman.
#72 Caleb Johnson Sophomore Offensive, Former Auburn Bail
No. 68 Michael Carmody, junior offensive line mate.
No. 65 Michael Vinson, Long Bass, “Milk”
#65 Chris Smith Defensive Tackle Harvard Transfer
No. 59 Aamil Wagner, an established four-star freshman forward.
No. 58 Ashton Craig New Freshman Center
#57 Jason Ademilola, fifth-year quarterback, after shoulder surgery.
#56 Joey Tanona, early-listed hitter with a concussion.
No. 56 Howard Cross, senior quarterback with heavy hands, and that’s good.
No. 55 Jarret Patterson, Year Five Offensive Linesman, Three Year Starting Center, Captain
No. 54 Jacob Lacy, senior quarterback, is now lighter and in the starting lineup.



Source: irish.nbcsports.com

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