Notre Dame RB Kyren Williams is in elite company this season
Notre Dame’s Kyren Williams has become of the nation’s best all-purpose running backs.
Williams is one of four running backs in the entire country who has at least 875 rushing yards and 300 receiving yards through 10 games.
— Saturday Road (@SaturdayRoad) November 14, 2021
Missouri’s Tyler Badie, Kansas State’s Deuce Vaughn and Oregon’s Travis Dye are the other players to reach that benchmark.
He’s on pace to produce 1,137 rushing yards and 400 receiving yards, assuming a 13-game season for the Fighting Irish. Only two Power 5 running backs hit those thresholds in 2019 — Clemson’s Travis Etienne and LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Williams has already set a career high in receptions (36) and is nearing a new high-water mark in rushing yards, receiving yards, total touchdowns and yards from scrimmage.
In some ways, Williams has become the focal point of Notre Dame’s offense. The Fighting Irish don’t have a dominant No. 1 receiver, funneling a large percentage of Jack Coan’s targets to Williams and tight end Michael Mayer.
Williams has nearly 600 more scrimmage yards than any other Notre Dame player. His 13 touchdowns are more than double that of his next-closest teammate.
He’s proven to be explosive, too. His 91-yard touchdown run against North Carolina was a key factor in Notre Dame’s eventual win over the Tar Heels.
OH. MY. GOODNESS. KYREN WILLIAMS 91 YARDS TO THE HOUUUUSE 🚀
— 247Sports (@247Sports) October 31, 2021
Williams has been remarkably steady all year long. He has at least one rushing touchdown in six consecutive games and has caught multiple passes in all but one contest this year.
If Notre Dame does reach the College Football Playoff — and its odds are improving with each passing week — then Williams will be a big reason why. He’ll also be the player Notre Dame leans on the most offensively in a theoretical semifinal matchup.
Notre Dame hosts Georgia Tech at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.