As the list of injured Notre Dame players has grown by the game, Tarean Folston got healthy.
The freshman running back, who carried 18 times for 140 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown Saturday against Navy, dealt with a litany of injuries from the time fall camp opened in August.
Folston began fall camp with a "severe" calf injury, according to coach Brian Kelly, then dealt with hip flexor and hamstring injuries. Only recently did Folston get over all those knocks, and coupled with improved fitness he was able to carry eight times on Notre Dame's 11-play, game-winning drive against Navy.
"He's physically at a hundred percent," coach Brian Kelly said Sunday. "His conditioning level is high, and he's really obviously put himself in that position where he's worked hard at his conditioning level. His strength is up, and that's why he was able to handle the load he did in the fourth quarter."
After the game Saturday, Folston credited his improved conditioning to the nature of Notre Dame's practices.
"We have very intense days," Folston said. "As long as you go full speed every play, I feel like practice will get you in condition more and more each day."
Perhaps those injuries prevented Folston from going full speed on every play until recently, though. Either way, Notre Dame would seem to have a pretty nice weapon at their disposal after Folston's emergence against Navy.