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Riddick came to Notre Dame as a running back, then primarily played wide receiver for two years and returned to the backfield this season. He said he never complained, said he never wondered which position better suited him.

Whatever it took to win was fine with him, Riddick said.

“What can I say? I feel like I’m at ease,” Riddick said. “Everything slows down tremendously and I think it’s just helped me.”

Ask anyone on the Notre Dame offensive line how Riddick has handled his return to running back, and they’ll say they believe he’s hitting his best stride at the perfect time.

That being, title game.

“He’s been unbelievable,” offensive lineman Zack Martin said. “Especially in the last three or four games of the season, he’s been great. To have a guy like that behind you, he’s fun to block for.”

That probably can be said for Wood and Atkinson as well.

“It’s a credit to all three of them that they’ve stuck with it and prepared hard every week, and some weeks they’ve gotten more touches, but that’s the nature of the beast,” said Chuck Martin, the offensive coordinator. “But we’re very fortunate to have three very talented kids at that position.”