Bishop Dwenger graduate Remound Wright has the perfect running back to model himself after at Stanford in Stepfan Taylor.
Taylor, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound senior, is a powerful runner, who has produced for the No. 17 Cardinal (4-1), which travels to play No. 7 Notre Dame (5-0) on Saturday.
But it is not Taylor's statistics that have caught Wright's attention the most. It is how Taylor handles his success.
"The biggest thing for me watching ST has been his work ethic in the weight room, and the way he handles success," said Wright, who run for 25 yards on seven carries this season after redshirting last year. "If you had watched him the week after beating USC and him like being the best player in the country that week (Taylor ran for 153 yards and scored a touchdown in a 21-14 win over USC on Sept. 15), you wouldn't have even known it.
"He just went right back to work like he had never even scored a touchdown, like he had never even tasted success. That is what I've learned the most from him, and that is what I hope to mimic going forward."
Notre Dame hopes to stop Taylor on Saturday. Last year, the Stanford back ran for 118 yards, and the year before that, he ran for 108 yards.
The Irish know it will be no easy task to slow down Taylor, who has run for 555 yards and five touchdowns this season.
"He's fast, he's strong, he's a powerful runner, and he keeps his legs moving, which makes it hard for opponents to bring him down," linebacker Manti Te'o said. "I played against him my sophomore year, and the strides he's made to improve his game have really shown. He's doing really good."