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No going back

Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell can't help but think of what might have been every once in a while.

The freshman was recruited to Notre Dame as a running back before switching to corner and being thrust into the starting lineup after Lo Wood was lost before the season because of an injury.

And while Russell has thrived at corner, 50 tackles and two interceptions, he does wonder what it would have been like to play on offense.

But he also realizes that he probably wouldn't have been playing this year if he stayed at running back.

"I always think about what it would have been like to play running back, but it would have been tough because Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick are having such a great season," Russell said. "And George Atkinson III, we have a lot of great running backs, and it would have been tough to have more of an impact at running back than I did at corner this year."

Russell may think about offense every once in a while, but he said he doesn't hope to return to offense at Notre Dame as he wants to continue to grow as a cornerback.

"Honestly, if coach said I could go back to running back next year, I wouldn't do it," Russell said. "I'm enjoying corner a lot. I just see myself at corner. I just see myself being a good corner one of these days if I just keep working on and keep a good line in my head and continue to be coachable.

"Corner is a great spot for me, and I really enjoy it."