C.J. Prosise was a fairly unknown name heading into the 2015 college football season, but he has broken out onto the scene over the last three weeks. Notre Dame Fighting Irish star quarterback Malik Zaire went down with a broken ankle that ended his season, so Prosise has been given the task of carrying the load for the Fighting Irish offense.
Throughout the last three games, Prosise has totaled 502 yards and six touchdowns on 54 carries.
Those numbers show just how dominant he has been with the playing time that he has received. Now the question becomes, can Prosise make a run to get into the Heisman Trophy watch as the season moves forward?
At this point, ESPN has not added him to their Heisman watch which includes 13 players.
That shouldn’t be a concern, however, because he will continue getting the type of carries that will allow him to put up huge yardage throughout the remainder of the season.
Due to the fact that he was not a huge name coming into the 2015 season, it will take more time for analysts to take notice of him than it would a player that was expected to contend for the award in the first place.
Prosise definitely is in the type of system that could take him into Heisman contention. Notre Dame is going to continue pounding the rock to help take pressure off of sophomore quarterback DeShone Kizer. Kizer has been a very solid quarterback since replacing Zaire, but they have to have a much better balance between the pass and run.
Perhaps the biggest thing that Prosise has going in his favor is the experience of being a senior. That is huge for him as the media begins honing in on him and the pressure continues to rise for him to have big games each and every week. Prosise knows how to prepare much better than he would have in his first couple of years and has already become a major leader on the field for his team.
Expect to see Prosise continue putting up massive numbers each and every week and to force his name into the Heisman conversation over the next couple weeks as Notre Dame makes their case for the College Football Playoff.
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