Notre Dame running back Logan Diggs enters transfer portal

On3 imageby:Tyler Horka04/27/23

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The Notre Dame running back room took a hit Thursday. Rising junior Logan Diggs has entered the NCAA transfer portal according to his social media post.

Diggs, who led Notre Dame with 165 carries in 2022, thanked the Notre Dame coaching staff for the opportunity he had to wear the Fighting Irish uniform for two years in addition to the teammates who had his back every step of the way.

“You guys allowed me to chase my dreams and treated me like one of your own in the process,” Diggs wrote, ”and I cant thank you guys enough.”

Diggs had 822 rushing yards last fall, which ranked second on the team behind fellow rising junior Audric Estimé’s 920. Diggs also caught 10 passes for 211 yards and 2 touchdowns. That receiving yards total led all Notre Dame running backs.

Diggs has been plagued by injuries the last calendar year. He tore his labrum in the 2022 Blue-Gold Game. He had shoulder surgery and was not cleared to fully participate in practices until mid-August. He missed the game against Cal in Week 3 of last season after only recording 4 and 7 carries, respectively, in the first two games of the year.

This spring, Diggs missed practice time with a lower-body injury. He did not play in the Blue-Gold Game last weekend. The only two scholarship running backs who did were Estimé and sophomore Gi’Bran Payne. Estimé had 5 carries for 20 yards. Payne had 11 for 51.

Diggs fell ill with COVID just before the start of the 2021 season. He said repeatedly that he felt he would have played more that year if not for that setback. He had 52 carries for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns. He caught 6 passes for 56 yards and another score.

Estimé is now the unquestioned lead back in the Notre Dame offense. Payne could end up translating his No. 2 spring reps into a No. 2 permanent role with senior Chris Tyree fully focusing on wide receiver. Tyree made the position switch this spring after serving as a running back his first three seasons in South Bend. He had 100 carries for 444 yards and 3 touchdowns as a junior.

Payne only has 2 carries for 5 yards to his name at the college level. Behind Estimé, Notre Dame is likely to employ a by-committee approach with Payne, sophomore Jadarian Price and incoming freshman Jeremiyah Love. Price is nearly ready to return from an Achilles injury suffered last summer. Love was one of the highest-rated overall recruits in Notre Dame’s class of 2023.

Diggs, a Louisiana native, brings two years of eligibility and 217 carries for 1,052 yards and 7 rushing touchdowns to his next stop.

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