In his second season, Notre Dame running back Audric Estime did not yet have a receiving touchdown to his name. There has been so much focus about his emergence as the Irish’s top running back that it hardly has been prioritized as a discussion. Regardless of how you felt about it, the topic no longer exists. That’s because on the Irish’s first drive against Navy, he caught a pass from Drew Pyne on third-and-8 for a 30-yard touchdown reception:
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) November 12, 2022
Estime continues to impress in a season when not everyone had their eye on him at the beginning. There’s no telling how much better he’ll get as he has at least another season to go in South Bend. That’s why no one will be surprised by anything he does as a junior as well as the rest of his sophomore season. Irish fans have come to expect it, but they’re still excited to see him do his thing as evidenced by these tweets:
Beautiful route by Estime.
Pyne underthrew Lenzy by about 4 feet. Great adjustment to keep the drive alive by Braden Lenzy
— Tim Flynn (@tim3773) November 12, 2022
Angelo Di Carlo
Navy's top 10 rush defense held ND to just 1.8 yards per carry on that opening drive but the Irish exploited Navy's poor pass defense.
Drew Pyne was 4-4 passing on that 1st drive for 58 yards, highlighted by the touchdown pass to Audric Estime.
— Angelo Di Carlo (@angdicarlo) November 12, 2022
Drew Pyne makes a great play under the pressure, by dumping the ball off over the middle to Audric Estime before the blitz got to him. Irish offense gets it done through the air to go up early in Baltimore. #NotreDame
— Liam Farrell (@MrLiamFarrell) November 12, 2022
Drew Pyne beats a 0 blitz on third and long on a good blitz-beater call Tommy Rees. Audric Estime was gone as soon as he shook the DL on that angle route.
The Irish open with 6 called passes on a 9-play drive to start the game. Probably not what Navy expected.
— Patrick Engel (@PatrickEngel_) November 12, 2022
Drew Pyne to Audric Estime!!! Touchdown Notre Dame!!! ☘️☘️☘️
— Greg Slusarski (@gregslusarski02) November 12, 2022
Steve Wolf Sr.
— Steve Wolf Sr. (@stevewolf44) November 12, 2022
Estime is such a solid player
— Caleb Neel (@caleb_neel) November 12, 2022
NICE!!!!! That’s what you do!! They blitz, you simply throw it right behind them. Audric Estime for a 30-yard TD reception right up the middle! #GoIrish☘️
— Joseph Rymasz☘️☘️ (@TouchdownIrish_) November 12, 2022