Amir Carlisle has been on both sides of Notre Dame-USC rivalry
BY LAMOND POPE Sun-Times Media October 20, 2013 12:16AM
Updated: November 21, 2013 7:04AM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Amir Carlisle was wearing a USC jersey the last time the Trojans played at Notre Dame Stadium. Now he’s part of the running-back rotation for the Irish.
Carlisle was coming off a knee injury and wasn’t able to play offense in the 2011 game, which USC won 31-17. He participated on special teams but didn’t return a kickoff or a punt.
‘‘I remember the energy going into that game was very high,’’ Carlisle said. ‘‘It was a great experience.’’
Carlisle had 118 rushing yards for the Trojans in 2011. He transferred from USC to Notre Dame last season.
Carlisle said it was a ‘‘weird dynamic’’ facing his former team for the first time Saturday, but he stressed there was no added pressure.
Carlisle has 196 rushing yards for the Irish, but his carries have been limited recently. He had three carries for nine yards against Michigan State, three carries for 13 yards against Oklahoma, two carries for eight yards against Arizona State and three carries for 12 yards Saturday.
‘‘I just try to capitalize on every opportunity I get,’’ he said. ‘‘At the end of the day, when your number is called, you need to get on the field and make a play.’’
Fox steps back in
Dan Fox returned as a starter at inside linebacker after Jarrett Grace suffered a season-ending leg injury against Arizona State.
‘‘You ask him how he’s doing, he says, ‘Great,’ ’’ Fox said. ‘‘It was really just a sad thing to see him on the field like that, a real bad situation. In a situation like that, all you can do is be there for him.’’