01/07/2013 - Scouting the Notre Dame running game: Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood have been the workhorses with 880 and 740 yards, respectively. But George Atkinson III has also contributed some big plays, including five rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Everett Golson has also been adept on the ground, rushing 89 times for 305 yards and five TDs. The Irish are 27th nationally with a 202.59 yards per game average. - The Sports Xchange
12/16/2012 - 2012 FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT FIRST TEAM: RB Theo Riddick (Sr.), Notre Dame, has been selected First Team All-Independent for the 2012 college football season by members of a nationwide media panel, which includes equal representation from each of the independent institutions' coverage markets. - Notre Dame football
11/27/2012 - Week 13 Rewind: On a day of breakout performances, none was more significant or put forth on a greater stage than the effort Notre Dame running back Theo Riddick enjoyed against the USC Trojans in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, sending the Irish to their first ever BCS Championship game. Riddick, who had signed with the Irish as a running back but spent most of his sophomore and junior seasons at wide receiver, was the focal point of Notre Dame's attack Saturday night, rushing for career high 146 yards on 20 attempts, including a first quarter touchdown that set the tone for the Irish's 22-13 victory. Evading would-be tacklers with slippery lateral agility and spin-moves, as well as simply running through them with determined, physical running, Riddick averaged a gaudy 7.3 yards per attempt. He also caught three passes for another 33 yards. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/27/2012 - Week 13 Rewind: Scouts weren't surprised by Riddick's versatility or effort in this contest. As Dane Brugler pointed out in his preview of this game, Riddick is tough and finishes his runs. It was surprising, however, to see the Irish lean so heavily on the senior running back as he and junior Cierre Wood had shared the workload much of season. Wood came into the contest averaging 7.1 yards per game, himself, but was limited to just 20 yards on eight carries in this contest.
With a lanky build, Riddick (5-11, 200 pounds) does not possess the ideal frame for consistently handling the ball 20+ times in the NFL. His willingness to turn it up inside for the tough yards, however, as well as his surprising elusiveness and reliable hands out of the backfield could make him an intriguing rotational back in the NFL. Best of all -- at least from the perspective of NFL decision-makers -- he's shown his ability to rise to the occasion and might be had a relatively cheap price considering his current position on NFLDraftScout.com's rankings of the top running backs in the 2013 draft class. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/24/2012 - The Fighting Irish punched their ticket to Miami. Theo Riddick rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown, Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals, and No. 1 Notre Dame secured a spot in the BCS championship game with a 22-13 victory over Southern California on Saturday night. Everett Golson passed for 217 yards as the Fighting Irish (12-0) completed their first perfect regular season since 1988, earning a trip to south Florida on Jan. 7 to play for the storied program's first national title in 24 years.
Although they did little with flash on an electric night at the Coliseum, the Irish woke up more echoes of past Notre Dame greats with a grinding effort in this dynamic intersectional rivalry with USC (7-5), which has lost four of five. Notre Dame's hard-nosed defense appropriately made the decisive stand in the final minutes, keeping USC out of the end zone on four plays from the Irish 1 with 2:33 to play.
After spending more than a decade looking up at the Trojans, the Irish are back on top of this rivalry with two straight wins in Los Angeles. The school of Knute Rockne, the Four Horsemen and Paul Hornung has new heroes now, from inspirational linebacker Manti Te'o to coach Brian Kelly, who took the Irish from unranked to start the season to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the first time in 19 years. Te'o, the Heisman Trophy hopeful, had a key interception against USC and became the second Irish defender with three 100-tackle seasons. - AP Sports
10/23/2012 - OCT 22 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: RB THEO RIDDICK, NOTRE DAME...He runs with balance and toughness, lowering his pads and finishing with determination. Riddick lacks elite speed to run away from defenders, but he has quick feet to make sharp cuts and hold would-be-tacklers off balance. He probably isn't much more than a third day pick and change-of-pace type of weapon at the next level, but his versatility to be effective at both running back and receiver will be enticing and worthy of a mid-to-late round draft pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/23/2012 - OCT 22 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: RB THEO RIDDICK, NOTRE DAME...After his junior season last year, Theo Riddick looked like a possible later round draft pick, producing solid statistics at the wideout position. However, the Notre Dame coaching staff moved Riddick back to running back this past spring, the position he was projected to play out of high school. The move was highly scrutinized because junior Cierre Wood was already entrenched as the starter at running back, leaving one less weapon at receiver on offense. But Riddick has blossomed as a senior in the backfield with a team-best 451 rushing yards through seven games, including a career-high 143 yards on the ground in the win over BYU. He didn't find the end zone against the Cougars, but he averaged 9.5 yards per carry and made several crucial runs to put the Irish in position to take the lead and then protect it. Riddick doesn't have prototypical size for the position (5-10, 200), but he has springs in his legs and keeps the gears turning, continuing to pump his legs and refusing to go down. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/22/2012 - Theo Riddick is Notre Dame's smallest running back but Brigham Young learned he's got no shortage of power. The 5-11, 200-pound Riddick ran for a career-high 143 yards against a Cougars defense that entered the game third in the nation against the rush. More importantly, Riddick sparked a ground game that ground out 270 yards, with his housemate, Cierre Wood, getting 114 yards and George Atkinson scoring the go-ahead touchdown as the Irish rallied for a 17-14 win Saturday. "As a team, this was special," Riddick said. "We showed that we can run the ball." He got no argument from Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. Riddick "just ran really hard, north and south, physical," Kelly said. "That gives energy for everybody. The o-line sees a guy who's really pounding it in there. He got us that energy we needed." Notre Dame (7-0), off to its best start in a decade, has a big game ahead against No. 10 Oklahoma next week, although it looked for a while the importance of that game was in jeopardy. The Cougars (4-4) fell to 0-3 on the road as they surrendered a season-high 270 yards rushing. The Cougars drove to the Notre Dame 31 late, but Riley Nelson was sacked for a 9 yard loss. Moments earlier Cody Hoffman was wide open for what would have probably been a touchdown, but Nelson's pass wasn't close. "We were one or two plays short from being able to come away with a victory," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. Riddick had runs of 55 and 27, the two longest rushes of his career. - AP Sports
09/22/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: QB Everett Golson is on target for his fourth straight start. Last week, he went 14-of-32 for 178 yards with no interceptions and a 36-yard touchdown strike to John Goodman. "He did some really good things, but we've got a long way to go," coach Brian Kelly said. "He needs to continue to stay on task, Everett, and continue to develop each and every week." RB Theo Riddick leads with 198 rushing yards, while George Atkinson III checks in with 144 yards. Both have a two rushing touchdowns. RB Cierre Wood bolstered the backfield in his return following a two-game suspension. He rushed 10 times for 56 yards last week at Michigan State. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Irish offensive line, led by T Zack Martin and C Braxston Cave, played with cohesion against Navy. "I think the thing that stands out with this group is that all five, including the tight ends as they attach themselves, really work well together," coach Kelly said. "There's not a lot of missed assignments and miscommunication." Notre Dame's first-team offense was a perfect seven-for-seven on third downs. Tyler Eifert had four catches for 22 yards and a touchdown and has receptions in 21 straight games. Theo Riddick helped picked up the slack with 107 yards in 19 carries and two touchdowns while George Atkinson III added 99 on nine carries and also scored twice. Notre Dame will try to exploit Purdue's relatively inexperience linebacker corps. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Theo Riddick has successfully transitioned from slot receiver to running back and rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns last week. George Atikinson III barely missed 100 yards rushing against Navy and also scored twice. - The Sports Xchange
08/05/2012 - Several WRs on the Notre Dame roster must step up to fill the void left by Michael Floyd, a first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals. Theo Riddick, a senior scatback, may be the chief beneficiary of Floyd's departure. A more chiseled Riddick packed on 15 pounds in the offseason, according to the South Bend Tribune. Riddick looks to improve on a 38-catch junior season, third on the team in receptions. "I never lost my confidence," Riddick told the Tribune. "That was a major thing." When Notre Dame opened preseason camp Saturday, sophomore Everett Golson took the initial snaps during on-air drills without a defense. Golson earned the chance after outperforming junior Andrew Hendrix and freshman Gunner Kiel in the spring, coach Brian Kelly said. But Hendrix may have had the best performance of the trio Saturday, according to Kelly. Riddick lauded Hendrix for his decisiveness while making audibles. Junior Tommy Rees didn't participate in the on-air drills. Rees is suspended for the opener against Navy in Ireland. The Irish needed to take care of a minor paperwork issue involving senior RB Cierre Wood, Kelly said. The matter kept Wood out of Saturday's practice. - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com