Theo may replace Gray in backfield
Freshmen Cam McDaniel and George Atkinson III could help fill the void left by Jonas Gray's season-ending knee injury when No.22 Notre Dame visits No. 4 Stanford on Saturday. Running back turned receiver Theo Riddick may also return to his former position if he recovers from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the past two weeks.
While the specific nature of Gray's injury was still not known, coach Brian Kelly all-but confirmed that the senior will miss the remainder of the season.
"The MRI will probably confirm a significant knee injury," Kelly said.
Gray, who has scored 12 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards per carry, injured his knee in the third quarter of Saturday's 16-14 win over Boston College at Notre Dame Stadium.
Gray and Cierre Wood have been among the nation's top running back tandems but there is little depth behind them on the roster, which may necessitate another position switch for Riddick, who had 34 catches for 362 yards and three touchdowns before injuring his hamstring in a victory over Wake Forest on Nov. 5.
"We're in a one-game season when it comes to Stanford," Kelly said of the season finale. "We'll sit down as a staff and first of all see what Theo is able to do physically and then decide whether he can go into a running back position and help us out. We haven't made that decision but we'll certainly consider it."
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