Kelly not surprised at Riddick's opportunity in Detroit

Kelly not surprised at Riddick's opportunity in Detroit
September 21, 2013, 12:45 pm
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Theo Riddick's big break could come as soon as Sunday.

The former Notre Dame running back and sixth-round pick of Detroit could see some playing time on Sunday if Reggie Bush can't go for the Lions (he's listed as questionable), according to a few reports. He'd likely see a few carries behind backup Lions back Joique Bell if that scenario unfolds.

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That Riddick, who rushed 190 times for 917 yards and caught 36 passes for 370 yards last fall for Notre Dame, could get an opportunity just three weeks into the season didn't come as a shock to his former coach.

"I think his versatility from my understanding in talking to their coaches in particular, his position coach, that ability to catch the football and run the football definitely helped him," Brian Kelly told reporters on Thursday. "I think more than anything else, his professionalism, the way he came to work every day, somebody that can run on his own gas -- you never have to worry about Theo Riddick in terms of where he's going to be.

"He's just in one sentence, a kid you can trust and count on, and it doesn't surprise me that he'll have success."