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George Atkinson | Running Back

Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/29/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210

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Raiders signed Notre Dame RB George Atkinson III.
Atkinson (6-foot-1, 218) is a tight-hipped speedster who clocked 4.48 at the Combine after rushing 93 times for 555 yards (5.97 YPC) as a junior. He surprisingly went pro a year early despite failing to ever earn Irish feature back duties. Atkinson had only 10 catches in his college career, and is so painfully straight-linish that we expect him to max out on special teams. He did score twice on kickoff returns as a freshman in 2011. Atkinson is a low-ceiling, one-dimensional talent. Sun, May 11, 2014 02:23:00 PM

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NFL Media draft analyst and NBC Notre Dame football broadcaster Mike Mayock believes Fighting Irish RB George Atkinson "is draftable if only as a kick-returner."

Atkinson was reasonably effective as a rotational back in 2013, toting the ball 93 times for 555 rushing yards and three touchdowns, but his real gift is moving and shaking in the open field. Atkinson, who entered the draft after his junior year, was the primary kick returner in each of his three seasons on campus. He should hear his name called at some point on the draft's third day. He didn't request input from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.
Sun, Feb 23, 2014 04:15:00 PM

Notre Dame junior RB George Atkinson will declare for the NFL draft.

Atkinson missed the school's bowl game due to a suspension. He claims he was texting during a team meal, but no official reason was given. We wouldn't expect a team to use more than a third day pick on Atkinson. He rushed for 555 yards and three touchdowns on 93 carries this season.
Wed, Jan 8, 2014 02:37:00 PM

Notre Dame junior RB George Atkinson will miss Saturday's bowl game due to a suspension.

Atkinson reportedly violated team rules. Junior cornerback Jalen Brown has also been suspended for the game. Notre Dame has more NFL talent that Rutgers, but this is a drop off from where the program was a year ago. Atkinson did request input from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.
Sat, Dec 28, 2013 10:16:00 AM

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly requested a draft evaluation for junior RB George Atkinson.

It isn't surprising that Kelly sought counsel for both TE Troy Niklas and DL Stephon Tuitt, but it's a tad perplexing that Atkinson would consider jumping to the pros early. The junior back leads the Irish with 6.0 yards per carry, but he hasn't touched the ball more than eight times in a game since Notre Dame took on Arizona State. He'd be a nice niche back to have off the bench at the next level, but Atkinson isn't likely to ever start long-term in the NFL. He'd be best served returning to campus for his senior season.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 02:17:00 PM

Notre Dame junior RB George Atkinson III will open the season as Notre Dame's kickoff returner.

This is obviously a job with which Atkinson has great familiarity. He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in 2011. Atkinson only missed the Oklahoma game last year and rushed for 361 yards and five TDs total, including 123 yards on 10 carries against Miami. An agile speedster, Atkinson was named second-team Freshman All-American by Phil Steele after the 2011 season. We expect the former Top-100 recruit to be amongst college football's most consistent return men this season.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 01:52:00 PM

As expected, Notre Dame sophomore RB George Atkinson III will play Saturday against Pittsburgh.

Atkinson missed last weekend's game with flu-like symptoms. The sophomore has rushed for 301 yards and four touchdowns. He is also frequently used as the team's kick returner.
Sat, Nov 3, 2012 02:42:00 PM

Notre Dame sophomore RB George Atkinson will reportedly not play against Oklahoma on Saturday due to flu-like symptoms.

Atkinson did not even travel to Norman with the team. The school has yet to confirm the report. Atkinson has seen a steady workload all season as a backfield option, but expect Cierre Wood to handle the lions share with Theo Riddick seeing a handful of snaps.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Oct 27, 2012 09:27:00 AM