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Bagpipe Monday: Why Is Josh Adams Such An Underrated Running Back?

The answer might be in the number, “3.”

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It seems a bit foolish, doesn’t it? A running back who has rushed for over 1700 yards for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish over the past two years is considered to be “underrated.”

And that’s exactly what Josh Adams is this season.

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It would be one thing if we were just talking about the national media or college football fans in general, but even our own fanbase takes Mr. Adams for granted, and has one eye fixed on someone different.

Earlier this year, there was some asinine article published on another site that suggested Josh Adams didn’t have enough top-end speed to be the feature back. That’s right ... the player that holds the record for longest touchdown run in Notre Dame history, might not be that fast.

C’mon man.

It’s ridiculous, but I think I understand why some people just aren’t on the Josh Adams hype train. It all has to do with the number 3.

  • Josh Adams was a 3-star recruit.
  • Josh Adams wears number 33.
  • Josh Adams’ high school was a 3-word school (Central Bucks South).
  • Josh Adams was third on the depth chart to start his freshman season.

That’s all the proof you need!


What kind of season will Josh Adams have?

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  • 41%
    Doak Walker finalist
    (195 votes)
  • 17%
    Darius Walker
    (81 votes)
  • 38%
    2015 CJ Prosise
    (178 votes)
  • 2%
    Makes you realize Autry Denson’s record is safe
    (14 votes)
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Seriously, though, there is some weird combination of things that has people looking past Josh Adams. He’s a 6’2, 225-pound running back with speed, and 24 games of experience.

How is this even a thing? Why is Josh Adams so underrated?

Man, I don’t even know, because right now it feels like he might be too good to be true.

Other Notre Dame running backs should see a fair share of carries, but the workhorse that moonlights as a thoroughbred will be dynamic this season, and perhaps make a run for the Doak Walker Award.

Sorry, the Heisman requires at least 3 TD passes - OH MY GOD....

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