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Adams Hauls In Maxwell Semifinalist Honors

Oct. 30, 2017 – Long Drives, Reliably Delivered

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — Notre Dame running back Josh Adams, the leading rusher for the fifth-ranked Irish football team, was named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award on Monday, Oct. 30, by the Maxwell Football Club.

Adams has established himself as a candidate for the Maxwell, as well as Heisman Trophy and Doak Walker Award, by emerging as one of the best running backs in the country. He has eclipsed 100 rushing yards in six of eight games this season, going for over 200 yards in a pair of contests and ranking among the nation’s leaders in several categories.

Most recently, he ran for 202 yards and a TD against No. 14 NC State, leading the 7-1 Irish to a 35-14 victory. The Wolfpack entered the game with the nation’s sixth-ranked rushing defense and had not allowed a 100-yard rusher all season.

The effort pushed him over 1,000 yards for the season faster than any player in Notre Dame history (by carries) and made him one of 10 players in FBS to hit the 1,000-yard mark by the end of October. Among those 10 players, Adams has the fewest carries. He has ripped off a run of at least 70 yards in each of the last four games, the only player in the country to do so since at least 1996.

Adams’ National Rankings

Category FBS Rank Rank Among RBs Number
Yards/Carry After Contact 1 1 5.6
Rushes of 60-Plus Yards 1 1 7
Rush Yards vs. AP Ranked Teams 1 1 502
Rush Yards/Carry 3 2 8.86
Rushing Yards 5 5 1,169
Rushing Yards/Game 6 4 146.1
All-Purpose Yards 8 6 156.38
Rushing TDs 21 12 9
Total TDs 30 15 11

The Maxwell Award

The Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year named 18 semifinalists for the honor on Monday, along with 18 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player. The field will be narrowed through a vote of Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA head coaches, sports information directors and selected national media.

Three finalists will be announced on Nov. 20, before a second round of voting and announcement of the winners during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 7 on ESPN.

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See Adams & The Irish

Notre Dame’s next outing is a 3:30 p.m. ET showdown with Wake Forest on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Notre Dame Stadium. Tickets are available, starting at $45, by visiting