The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2019 season.
#8 Jafar Armstrong, RB
Jafar Armstrong is a junior academically and a sophomore in eligibility. He hails from Lee’s Summit, MO and Bishop Miege High School. He started on the team in his first season (2017) as a part of the scout team. Then, last season was the first time he saw the field. He ended up actually becoming a big part of the running offense from the get-go. Jafar started in the first game of the season last year because Dexter Williams was serving the first of his four-game suspension.
As Jafar is returning for this coming season, he will be joined by fellow returned Tony Jones, Jr., who also saw significant minutes last season. Additionally, C’Bo Flemister and Jahmir Smith are upcoming sophomores looking to back up some of this talent at the running back position. Jafar will look to add more to his 377 yards from last season, hoping to make the impact of a very significant rusher.
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Because once Jafar started last year and kicked off the season with two touchdowns, we knew he would be trouble for teams as he walked in.
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Tony Jones, Jr., Jafar’s running back comrade, is a Boston Terrier, so we are going with the Terrier breed here with Jafar. Plus, like when he was representing the Irish as the team being “nomads” (runners), Clashmore Mike was the Notre Dame mascot and an Irish Terrier. So many levels and connections here.
Again, Armstrong will be more than likely splitting time as RB1 with Tony Jones, Jr. However, he does have the capability to show he can be the guy getting the ball on the ground. He had a pretty productive 2018 season, and he had a strong spring ball showing. Look for Jafar to increase his yardage and amount of carries from last season. He will help the team and potentially take a back seat to Jones, Jr. when needed, but you should expect to see Jafar Armstrong flying up and down the field next season.
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Jafar literally kicked off the season against Michigan last year. First drive, first TD. Beautiful.