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Atkinson Just Scratching the Surface

Junior running back George Atkinson either scored a touchdown or rushed for in excess of eight yards on 33 percent of his 51 carries last fall. Why is it Irish fans seem to focus on the other 34 attempts?

Sixty carries does not a career make. It is, however, apparently a high enough number to judge a college backup in the internet age. As a sophomore in 2012, George Atkinson carried the football 51 times. He scored on five of them, or as many as leading rusher Theo Riddick did on nearly 140 more handoffs, and finished with 378 yards and a 7.1-yard average, also best on Notre Dame's 12-... Recommended Stories