Commitments Build Depth: RB

Notre Dame will only have four scholarship running backs on the roster heading in 2011. While Cierre Wood is expected to get the bulk of the work as the returning starter, this is a position where the competition will be heavy for those behind Wood. IrishEyes takes a look at how Cam McDaniel fits into Notre Dame's plans moving forward.

IrishEyes looks at how fits into the 2011 depth chart: Unlike the 2010 season where Notre Dame had a wealth of experience at running back, the competition for playing time at running back in 2011 will be wide open. The team's leading returning rusher, junior tailback Cierre Wood, will likely get the bulk of the carries next season, but running backs coach Tim Hinton will need more than Wood. Vying for the No. 2 spot behind Wood will be freshman Cam McDaniel will battle senior Jonas Gray and sophomore Cameron Roberson for playing time.

At 5-foot-10, 192 pounds, McDaniel is a player that is solid in all three phases of the game, running, catching and blocking. He is can run inside and well as outside and has enough speed to beat people to the goal line. McDaniel is a slashing runner that will keep his pads square and run north and south. He isn't going to be a player you pound the ball with, but he is a durable running back.

Although his running style is different than Wood's, McDaniel will likely be used in similar situations in Notre Dame's offense, so his minutes will likely be limited in 2011. The quickest way to the field for Cam will be returning kicks or punts. Based on Notre Dame's poor numbers in that area last season, there is a very good chance the Irish coaching staff will use Cam to ignite the Notre Dame return game.

As a senior, McDaniel carried the ball 301 times for 1,906 yards and 32 touchdowns. He also caught 40 passes for 492 yards for three touchdowns.

Cierre Wood led Notre Dame in rushing last season with 119 carries for 603 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and three touchdowns.

Jonas Gray saw limited action last season. His career stats in 22 games; 75 carries for 309 yards (4.1 yards per carry).

Cameron Roberson did not play as a freshman, but was awarded the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year. Top Stories