ND RB Josh Adams declares for NFL draft

Submitted by goblue12 on January 5th, 2018 at 12:53 PM

Per his instagram account. 

Of note since we open up the season at South Bend. A lot of production to replace... 1430 rushing yards with 9 rushing TD's

As it stands right now ND is going to be replacing 4 of 5 starting O-linemen, top WR (St. Brown), top RB, top 2 TE's (Smythe, Weishar). While on the defensive side they lose a couple of contributors on the D-Line (Bonner, Hayes, Trumbetti), and their 3 starting LB's.

 

Comments

ChiCityWolverine

January 5th, 2018 at 1:37 PM ^

2016 Wilton Speight before breaking his collarbone against Iowa:

2,053 yards
64.5 completion %
8.9 YPA
15 TDs
3 INTs

We'll never know how he would have played with a fully healthy 2017. But this is an entirely unfair take. And despite a couple disastrous plays against Ohio State, he stepped up and made big throws under pressure when this fanbase had very little faith an injured version of him could.

He was no Heisman contender, but damnit that version of healthy Speight was enough to make us at legitimate Top 5 team when paired with our nasty defense and far superior special teams (a factor that gets overlooked when considering the dropoff this year). That level of QB play would have at the very least gotten us  a 9-3 year (likely with a bowl win as well for a third consecutive 10-3 season).

Der Alte

January 6th, 2018 at 10:26 AM ^

Adams is a real loss for ND: over 1400 net yards last year, about 7 yards per attempt. But the next leading ND rusher was QB Brandon Wimbush, who ran for over 800 net yards in 2017, and scored 14 TDs. Passing? --- not so great. Only a 49.5% completion percentage with 6 INTs. But he did throw 16 TDs, almost as many as he rushed for. 

Anyway, think Brian Lewerke, who was also his team's second leading rusher. Wimbush and Lewerke are two dual-threat QBs who pose a threat to any defense. 

TK

January 5th, 2018 at 1:07 PM ^

I don’t think that’s accurate. I looked at a depth chart and some of those seniors are redshirt juniors who will probably be back.

DualThreat

January 5th, 2018 at 1:10 PM ^

I mean, I get it, we're coming off a crappy season and we're the away team.

But the talent on our team I think is a slight notch above ND's when it comes to current players (based on 24/7 recruiting rankings)...

2016:  M = ranked 8, ND = ranked 15

2017:  M = ranked 5, ND = ranked 10

All in all though, I'm guessing the line will be ND - 6 or so.  Sound about right?

 

TK

January 5th, 2018 at 1:17 PM ^

They aren’t losing 4 OL either. I think only 2. 2 guys will be back for a 5th year after some googling. I’m less concerned with our D in that matchup and more concerned that our offense will really struggle against a veteran D on the road to start the year.

Brandon_L

January 5th, 2018 at 1:50 PM ^

Will have 8 months to prepare for Notre Dame. I would hope with everyone coming back that Harbaugh will have a pretty solid game plan going into this game.