Notre Dame is promoting Josh Adams' Heisman Trophy campaign with trucker hats, a website and social media accounts. On the website — aptly named 33Trucking.com — there is a quote from Irish offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey.
"Josh isn't going to do the talking for himself, but Josh Adams is one of the best, if not the best, running back in the country."
I'm happy to do the talking for him.
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Adams is a former four-star 2015 recruit from Warrington, Penn., a suburb of Philadelphia, where he terrorized overmatched opponents with a combination of power and speed. Three years later, he's doing the same thing for the Irish, racking up 1,251 total yards (1,169 rushing) and nine touchdowns this season.
While he ranks behind Bryce Love in total rushing, Saquon Barkley in total yards and touchdowns, Baker Mayfield in hype and Jalen Hurts in team record, Adams has arguably the most complete résumé of any candidate.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound back ranks third nationally among running backs in yards per attempt (8.9), first in yards per attempt after contact (5.6), second in 150-yard rushing games (five), first in 60-plus-yard runs (seven) and first in average rushing yards vs. teams currently ranked in the AP top 25 (148.7).
Adams has at least one 30-yard run in all eight games, only one game with fewer than 100 rushing yards in which he's had at least 10 carries and has 393 yards in Notre Dame's last two games, both blowouts over ranked teams.
Where his receiving numbers sit behind Barkley, his efficiency sits ahead. Where his streak of 100-yard games sits behind Love, his quality of opponents sits ahead. And where his fewer opportunities sit behind almost everyone, his reliability sits in line, if not above, them all.
No one needs to dub Josh Adams the Heisman front-runner right now but he is certainly deserving of more hype and consideration.