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    George Atkinson III

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Stockton, CA

    High School:
    Granada

    Height / Weight:
    6-1½ / 220

    Position:
    Running Back


    11/02/2013

    Notre Dame Outlasts Navy, 38-34

    Irish average 9.0 yds./play (a high since '98) in 10th straight win in game decided by TD or less.

    09/28/2013

    No. 22 Notre Dame Falls To No. 14 Oklahoma, 35-21

    George Atkinson III runs for 148 yards, but Irish have seven-game winning streak vs. OU snapped.

    04/20/2013

    Notre Dame Defense Dominates in Spring Game

    Defense tops offense 54-43 in front of 31,652 fans on a chilly day for the annual Blue-Gold game.

    04/20/2013

    Spring Game Quotes

    03/19/2013

    An Interview with Brian Kelly

    The Irish Head Coach Gives Updates on the Team's Offseason

    05/15/2012

    2011-12 Athletics Highlight Video

    Debuted each year at the OSCARS - the year-end highlight video provides a look back at all 26 varsity sports competed at the University of Notre Dame and is created in cooperation with the Student Welfare and Development Office and LeSea Broadcasting.

    04/24/2012

    FB: ICON 39 - Blue Gold Saturday

    Irish Connection returns to take you inside Blue-Gold Saturday with the Notre Dame football team.

    04/21/2012

    FB: Blue Gold Game (1st Half)

    04/21/2012

    FB: Blue Gold Game (2nd Half)

    04/21/2012

    FB: Blue Gold Game (Highlights)

    Highlights of the 2012 Blue-Gold Game.

    11/30/2013

    Notre Dame vs. Stanford (USATSI)

    Notre Dame vs. Stanford (USATSI)

    11/02/2013

    Notre Dame vs. Navy (USATSI)

    Irish average 9.0 yards per play - a high since 1998 - en route to 38-34 victory.

    09/28/2013

    No. 22 Notre Dame vs. No. 14/12 Oklahoma (USATSI)

    George Atkinson III runs for 148 yards, but Irish have seven-game winning streak vs. OU snapped, 35-21.

    09/14/2013

    Notre Dame at Purdue (USATSI)

    Daniels keys fourth-quarter comeback in sixth straight win over Boilermakers, 31-24.

    09/07/2013

    Notre Dame at Michigan (USATSI)

    The Irish fell 41-30 in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 115,109.

    GEORGE ATKINSON'S PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS

    Single-Game Average Per Rush (Oct. 6, 2012 vs. Miami, Fla., 12.3, 6th)

    Single-Game Kickoff Return Yards (Oct. 22, 2011 vs. USC, 178, 3rd)

    Single-Season Kickoff Return Touchdowns (2011, 2, t-1st)

    Single-Season Kickoff Return Yards (2011, 822, 2nd)

    Single-Season Kickoff Returns (2011, 35, 3rd)

    Single-Season Kickoff/Punt Return Yards (2011, 822, 4th)

    GEORGE ATKINSON'S CAREER HIGHS

    Points scored: 12, vs Navy, Sept. 1, 2012

    Touchdowns: 2, vs Navy, Sept. 1, 2012

    Rush attempts: 10, Miami, Oct. 6, 2012

    Rush yards: 123, Miami, Oct. 6, 2012 (10 carries)

    Rush TDs: 2, vs Navy, Sept. 1, 2012

    Long rush: 56, vs Navy, Sept. 1, 2012

    Receptions: 1, Stanford, Oct. 13, 2012; BYU, Oct. 20, 2012; at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011

    Receiving yards: 10, at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011 (1 receptions)

    Long reception: 10, at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011

    Total offense attempts: 10, Miami, Oct. 6, 2012 (10 rush,0 pass)

    Total offense yards: 123, Miami, Oct. 6, 2012 (123 rush,0 pass)

    All-purpose yards: 178, USC, Oct. 22, 2011

    Kick returns: 5, vs Florida State, Dec. 29, 2011; Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011; USC, Oct. 22, 2011

    Kick return yards: 178, USC, Oct. 22, 2011 (5 returns)

    Long kick return: 96, USC, Oct. 22, 2011

    Tackles: 2, at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011 (1-1)

    SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012): Saw action in 12 games for the Irish (did not play at Oklahoma) ... crucial on special teams and offense ... ranked third on team with 361 rushing yards ... tied for second on the team in rushing touchdowns (five) with Theo Riddick ... led team with 7.1 yards-per-rush average ... added two receptions for four yards ... as a kick returner, known for his speed and agility ... recorded longest kick return of season vs. USC (Nov. 24), racing 39 yards ... had 22 kickoff returns for 441 yards ... averaged 20.0 yards per kick return ... had two touchdown runs against Navy (Sept. 1) in the season opener in Dublin, Ireland ... the first was a 56-yard rush, with the second coming from Navy's three-yard line ... posted first career 100-yard rushing game against Miami (Oct. 6) ... finished with 123 yards on 10 carries against the Hurricanes ... his 12.3 yards per rush average (with a minimum of 10 rushes) ranks sixth in single-game school history ... added his third touchdown of the season on a 55-yard run against the Hurricanes ... had a pair of 50+ yard scoring runs during season.

    FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Played in all 13 games for the Irish, proving to be a key asset on special teams ... returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns ... tied school record for most kickoff returns for TDs in a season ... named second-team Freshman All-American by Phil Steele and was an honorable mention All-American by SI.com as a kick returner ... averaged 26.1 yards on 35 kickoff returns and ranked 19th nationally ... the 915 kickoff return yards were the most in a season in school history and the 35 kickoff returns were second most in Notre Dame history ... first TD return was an 89-yarder vs. Michigan State ... second TD return was 96-yarder vs. USC ... the return against the Trojans was the fifth-longest in Notre Dame Stadium history and the longest since Julius Jones went 100 yards against Nebraska on Sept. 9, 2000 ... became first Irish player since Allen Rossum in 1997 to have a pair of kick returns for TDs in a season ... became first freshman with two kickoff returns for TDs in a season since Raghib "Rocket" Ismail in 1988 ... averaged season-best 35.6 yards a return against USC, returning five kicks for 178 yards and a TD ... also registered over 100 yards in a game against Michigan State and Air Force ... averaged 26.1 yards a return on the season ... notched rushing TDs as a reserve running back in games against Air Force and Navy ... also recorded nine tackles on special teams to tie for third on team.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated 89th on Rivals.com list of top 100 players nationally ... rushed 172 times for 1,669 yards and 17 TDs in 2010 as running back, wide receiver and defensive back for Granada High School in Livermore, Calif. ... top games featured 206 rushing yards on five carries and three TDs vs. Castro Valley (and a 60-yard punt return for a TD), plus rushing games of 202 yards vs. Amador Valley (TD runs of 26, 68 and 71), 178 vs. Livermore and 177 vs. College Park (also 157 receiving yards in that second-round playoff game) ... named Bay Area News Group athlete of the week after win over Amador Valley ... 41-16 win over Castro Valley included a 79-yard TD run and three Atkinson TDs in the first 90 seconds of the game ... also caught 27 passes for 678 yards and six TDs, including five for 167 and two TDs vs. Sierra ... made 23 tackles and broke up 10 passes as free safety on defense, helping team to 8-5 record after loss to power De La Salle in California high school North Coast Section Division I playoff semifinals as Matadors reached playoffs for first time since 2005 ... scored game-wining TD in second overtime in first playoff game vs. Freedom ... scored on plays of 68, 55 and 65 yards in playoff game vs. College Park ... first-team pick as utility player on all-metro squad ... played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl and served as captain of West team ... first-team all-East Bay Athletic League pick for 2010 at running back and a second-team all-league pick at defensive back ... third-team all-East Bay in 2010 as utility player as selected by Bay Area News Group ... played in Holiday Classic between Sacramento and Bay Area standouts ... selected for Team USA vs. The World all-star game in Austin, Texas ... carried 106 times as junior in 2009 for 965 yards and 10 TDs, caught 13 passes for 260 yards and one TD and had 295 yards in kickoff returns ... scored four TDs in 2009 opener vs. Antioch and later rushed 11 times for 200 yards (TD runs of 65, 80 and 20, plus a 95-yard kickoff return for a TD) vs. Foothill ... second-team all-EBAL defensive back as junior ... had TD runs of 51, 14 and 23 yards as sophomore in 2008 in 56-15 victory over Livermore ... standout in track who earned medals in California state track meet in 100 (third at 10.66) and 200 meters (fourth at 21.46) as sophomore in 2009 ... father is former all-pro Oakland Raider defensive back George Atkinson Jr. who played professionally with Raiders from 1968-77, helped Oakland to Super Bowl XI title and now is part of Raider radio broadcast team ... twin brother Josh will be a junior in 2013 ... played for coach Tim Silva at Granada High School ... son of George Atkinson and Michelle Martin ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in film, television and theatre.

    Atkinson's Career Statistics

    Rushing Receiving Kick Returns
    Year G-S Att Yds Avg TD LG Rec Yds Avg TD LG No. Yds Avg TD LG
    2011

    13-0

    9 27 2.1 2 15 1 10 0.8 0 10 35 915 70.4 2 96
    2012 12-3 51 261 30.1 5 56 2 4 0.3 0 4 22 441 36.8 0 39
    Total 25-3 60 388 15.5 7 56 3 14 0.6 0 10 57 1356 54.2 2 96
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