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  • Single-Game Rushing Yards by Freshman (Nov. 28, 2015 at Stanford, 168, 1st)
  • Single-Game Rushing Yards by Freshman (Nov. 7, 2015 at Pittsburgh, 147, 3rd)
  • Single-Game Rushing Yards (Sept. 16, 2017 at Boston College, 229, 4th)
  • Single-Game Rushing Yards by Freshman (Nov. 14, 2015 vs. Wake Forest, 141, 5th)
  • Single-Game Average Per Rush (Sept. 16, 2017 at Boston College, 12.7, 6th)
  • Single-Game Rushing Yards by Freshman (Sept. 26, 2015 vs. UMass, 133, 9th)
  • Single-Game Rushing Touchdowns (Oct. 21, 2017 vs. USC, 3, t-10th)
  • Single-Season Rushing Yards by Freshman (2015, 835, 1st)
  • Single-Season Combined Rushing/Receiving Yards Per Game (2017, 156.4, 1st)
  • Single-Season Rush Average Per Game (2017, 146.1, 1st)
  • Single-Season Average Per Rush (2017, 8.9, 1st)
  • Single-Season Average Per Rush (2015, 7.1, t-5th)
  • Single-Season 100-Yard Rushing Games (2017, 6, t-6th)
  • Single-Season Rushing Yards (2017, 1,169, 11th)
  • Single-Season Combined Rushing/Receiving Yards (2017, 1,251, 11th)
  • Career Average Per Rush (2015-, 7.2, 2nd)
  • Career 100-Yard Rushing Games (2015-, 14, 4th)
  • Career Rush Average Per Game (2015-, 89.0, 4th)
  • Career Combined Rushing/Receiving Yards Per Game (2015-, 98.6, 5th)
  • Career Rushing Yards (2015-, 2,937, 6th)
  • Career Combined Rushing/Receiving Yards (2015-, 3,254, 6th)


  • Heisman Trophy Candidate (2017)
  • Walter Camp FBS Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 29, 2017)
  • Doak Walker Award Watch List (2017, 2016)
  • Maxwell Award Watch List (2017)
  • Notre Dame captain (2017)


  • Points: 18, USC, Oct. 21, 2017
  • Touchdowns: 3, USC, Oct. 21, 2017
  • Rush attempts: 27, vs. NC State, Oct. 28, 2017
  • Rush yards: 229, at Boston College, Sept. 16, 2017 (18 carries)
  • Rush touchdowns: 3, USC, Oct. 21, 2017
  • Long rush: 98 vs. Wake Forest, Nov. 14, 2015
  • Receptions: 6, vs. Georgia, Sept. 9, 2017
  • Receiving yards: 60, vs. Georgia, Sept. 9, 2017 (6 receptions)
  • Receiving touchdowns: 1, at Texas, Sept. 4, 2016; at Pittsburgh, Nov. 7, 2015
  • Longest reception: 44, vs. Syracuse, Oct. 1, 2016
  • Total offense attempts: 28, vs. NC State, Oct. 28, 2017
  • Total offense yards: 229, at Boston College, Sept. 16, 2017 (229 rush, 0 pass)
  • All-purpose yards: 238, at Boston College, Sept. 16, 2017 (229 rush, 9 receiving)


  • Midseason Second Team All-American (Sports Illustrated)
  • Ranks sixth all-time at Notre Dame with 2,937 rushing yards
  • Quickest back in school history to 2,000 career yards (by carries)
  • Averaging 8.9 yards per carry, third in the nation and second among running backs
  • Quickest back in school history to 1,000 single-season yards (by carries)
  • Sixth nationally with 146.1 yards per game
  • Ranks fifth in the nation with 1,169 total rushing yards
  • Paces an Irish rushing attack which averages 317.9 rushing yards per game, second in the nation among non-option teams
  • Eclipsed the century mark for the 14th time in his career against NC State, finishing with 202 yards rushing and a 77-yard TD run
  • Finished with 191 yards rushing and three TDs vs. USC
  • Was the first Irish player since 2015 to score three rushing TDs in one game, while becoming the first to do so against the Trojans since 1992.
  • Has broken the 100-yard mark in six of eight games this season (including five before halftime)
  • Has broken the 200-yard mark twice this season (just one 200-yard rushing game off the single-season school record)
  • First Notre Dame player to register five games with at least 150 yards rushing
  • Ran for a career-best 229 yards at Boston College, joining Brandon Wimbush to become the only Irish duo to both run for more than 200 yards in the same game and becoming the first RB to rush for over 150 yards against the Eagles since September 2014
  • Has 12 rushes of at least 35 yards, eight rushes of at least 50 yards, seven rushes of at least 60 yards and four rushes of at least 70 yards
  • Only FBS player with a TD run of at least 70 yards in four consecutive games over the last 22 seasons (1996-17)

  • Broke the 100-yard mark on just his fifth carry against Miami (Ohio), setting a career-best for quickest to the century mark
  • Earned the game ball in the season opener against Temple after rushing for 161 yards and two TDs


  • Played in all 12 games and started nine contests (did not start vs. Texas, Nevada and Duke)
  • Led the Irish in yards per carry (5.9), rushing yards (933), rushing yards per game (77.8), carries (158) and ranked second in rushing TDs (5)
  • Fumbled just once in 179 touches (158 carries and 21 receptions)
  • First running back in school history that totaled at least 800 yards on the ground in each of his first two seasons
  • Averaged 103.4 rush yards/game and 7.5 yards/rush over the final five games of the season
  • Only three running backs in school history have rushed for more yards over their first two years in an Irish uniform (Allen Pinkett, 2,037; Darius Walker, 1,982; Autry Denson, 1,941)
  • Rushed for 100 or more yards on four different occasions (Nevada, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and USC), including each of the last two contests of the year
  • 52 of his 158 carries went for a first down or touchdown
  • Averaged 5.9 yards per carry on first down
  • Averaged 6.5 yards per carry on second down
  • Recorded 11 rushes of at least 15 yards and six carries of at least 20 yards
  • Three TD runs of at least 41 yards and two TD runs of at least 67 yards


  • Played in all 13 games and started three contests (Wake Forest, Stanford and Ohio State)
  • Led the Irish in yards per carry (7.1), ranked second in rushing yards (835) and rushing yards per game (68.2), and ranked third in carries (117) and rushing TDs (6)
  • His 835 rushing yards are the most by an Irish freshman in school history (bested previous record held by Darius Walker, 786, in 2004)
  • Rushed for 100 or more yards in three of the team's last five games
  • Equaled school freshman record with four 100-yard rushing games (UMass, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and Stanford)
  • Holds three of the top five and four of the top nine single-game rushing performances in school history by a freshman, highlighted by his freshman school-record 168 yards at Stanford (Nov. 28)
  • Set a Notre Dame record, and tied the NCAA freshman record, with a 98-yard TD run against Wake Forest (Nov. 14)
  • The 98-yard TD run was the longest play from scrimmage in the nation
  • Although did not meet the minimum of 10 carries per game (just 13 carries short) to be included in the NCAA leaders, his 7.14 yards per carry average would have ranked fourth in the nation
  • 32 of his 117 carries went for a first down or touchdown
  • Averaged 7.5 yards per carry on first down
  • Recorded 22 rushes of at least 10 yards and eight carries of at least 20 yards
  • Three TD runs of at least 60 yards and two TD runs of at least 70 yards
  • Scored a pair of TDs in his collegiate debut (Texas), including a TD on his first ever carry
  • Rushed for 168 yards on 18 carries at Stanford (Nov. 28), highlighted by a 62-yard TD run
  • The 168-yard effort bested the school freshman single-game record


  • Named to USA Today American Family Insurance All-USA Pennsylvania Football Team as offensive player of the year and running back
  • Selected as running back on Pennsylvania Football Writers Class AAAA all-state team
  • Philadelphia Inquirer all-Southeastern Pennsylvania second-team running back as senior
  • Rated 199th player nationally on Scout 300 list
  • Rated 18th running back nationally by 247Sports and 27th by
  • Rated 290th player nationally on Tom Lemming's Top 300 list
  • Named to PrepStar All-East Region squad as running back
  • Rushed for 1,623 yards on 208 carries with 25 touchdowns and 7.8-yard-per-carry average as senior in 2014
  • First-team running back on all-Suburban One League Continental Conference team in 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Rushed 257 times for 2,085 yards and 28 TDs as sophomore in 2012 as Central Bucks South finished 10-2 and advanced to Pennsylvania District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinals
  • Philadelphia Inquirer all-Southeastern Pennsylvania first-team running back as sophomore
  • Third-team Pennsylvania Class AAAA all-state pick as sophomore
  • Enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in psychology


Josh Adams
Josh  Adams


Warrington, PA

High School:
Central Bucks South

Height / Weight:
6-2 1/8 / 225

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