When the Irish lost three starters on offense two games into the season, many questioned whether the Irish offense would be able to cope. Furthermore, Deshone Kizer would be making his first start at QB for the Irish, and his debut was the story of the week leading up to the game. After a nice day against Georgia Tech, however, Deshone Kizer was somewhat hard to find in stories about the game. This is exactly how Irish fans should want it. Instead of Kizer, the story of the Irish offense this season has been about a dynamic running back and a home run threat at receiver. As long as the Irish can line up Will Fuller and CJ Prosise, the Irish offense has the potential to score from anywhere on the field.
While Irish fans expected Will Fuller to have a great 2015 season after a strong 2014, few could have expected this start to the season. As a sophomore, Fuller surpassed 1000 yards receiving and had 15 TDs, but his performance flew under the nationally due to a disappointing finish to the Irish season. Through three games this year, Fuller has been even better than his sophomore self. His 6 catch, 131 yard, and one TD afternoon against Georgia Tech was arguably his least impressive game of the season. Fuller is tied for first nationally with five receiving TDs, and is fifth nationally with just under 400 receiving yards. He's also done it against tougher competition than any player tied or ahead of him on both lists as the Irish are one of the only teams in the country to have played only P5 opponents thus far. While his play hasn't been perfect, he's a threat to score from anywhere on the field. Fuller is much more than just a deep threat, however. Fuller has been a complete receiver for the Irish this year. His first TD of the season was on a deep crossing route, and he's taken screen passes for long gains as well. Although he lacks experience, having a dynamic weapon like Fuller takes a ton of pressure of a young QB like Kizer.
Lining up next with Kizer in the backfield, CJ Prosise has looked nothing like a converted WR trying to play running back. Through the first three games of the season, Prosise is fifth in rushing nationally with 451 yards, and has fewer carries than all but one of the players ahead of him. CJ also had the third longest run of the young season on his 91 yard TD run Saturday against Georgia Tech. A good running game takes some heat off the QB, and Prosise has been the focal point of a strong Irish ground attack. Furthermore, considering his background out wide, Prosise can also be a viable receiving threat out of the backfield. While he hasn't shown it much thus far, don't be surprised to see the RB serve as a safety valve for Kizer, especially with the Irish inexperience at the tight end position. Lastly, Prosise can be a legitimate receiver if the Irish want to empty the backfield and go five wide. The gives the Irish offense even more options in the passing game. With these two great weapons (not to mention other WRs like Corey Robinson, Chris Brown, and Torii Hunter Jr.), OC Mike Sanford job both is a little easier. If a defense wants to try and slow down Prosise by bringing up a safety, they have to live with single coverage outside on Fuller. Likewise, if they want to double cover Fuller, the Irish O-line will have one less player to block to spring CJ for a long gain. When both are clicking, they can make a young QB's highly anticipated debut an almost non-story. This is exactly what Irish fans should hope for the rest of the season.