Trey Sermon has hit the transfer portal and Notre Dame should consider taking a look.
Sermon is a grad transfer from Oklahoma with immediate eligibility and had some explosive moments during his time in Norman. He was injured last season but had an impressive Sophomore campaign.
During 2018, Sermon had over 1,150 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had a rushing long of 60 yards and a receiving long of 51. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry and 15.1 yards per reception on 12 receptions. All of this to point out that Sermon is an explosive back with the ability to make the big play. In 2019 he had 54 carries for 385 yards and four touchdowns before getting injured.
I’ll get it out of the way now, Sermon to Notre Dame is very unlikely. Notre Dame is already up against it with the scholarship limit. They also have a host of young but talented running backs on the roster. However this doesn’t totally rule him out.
Jafar Armstrong keeps flashing potential but is often injured. The problem is the way Armstrong keeps suffering injuries. He missed a portion of last season on a lower abdominal injury and he also suffered a knee infection. It isn’t his fault, some players just have bad luck or trouble staying healthy. While he is isn’t expected to give you 300+ carries a season, he is expected to be a major player in the offense this season because of his obvious talent.
Behind Armstrong is a few younger guys with less experience. They have had moments that flashed but Flemister, Kyren Williams and Jahmir Smith all lack real experience. There is also Freshman phenom, Chris Tyree for 2020. Tyree is the fastest recruit in the 2020 class and is the best APB in the country. However most knocks are his lack of size to be ready for day one carries in college. This doesn’t mean Tyree won’t see time in his Freshman season, just that he isn’t going to be the feature back Notre Dame needs.
This brings it back around to Sermon. Notre Dame struggled running the ball at times last season. The offensive line struggled with run blocking and Tony Jones wasn’t always a consistent runner. When the run game stalled, the offense was stuck in neutral.
Looking back to the years with Dexter Williams or Josh Adams is proof of how desperately Notre Dame needs a quality running back. Trey Sermons has a little bit of Dexter Williams in him that Notre Dame could compliment Armstrong and the rest of the backs. Sermon is slightly bigger and faster compared to Williams. He also has the tools to be the perfect fit and give Tommy Rees a boost in year one running the offense.