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Notre Dame’s George Atkinson III out for game against Sooners

Stephanie Kuzydym Published: October 27, 2012

Notre Dame will play without one of its top running backs and kick returners in Saturday’s game against Oklahoma.

George Atkinson III did not make the trip to Norman due to flu-like symptoms, according to ESPN.

The sophomore running back is one of the Irish’s top playmakers, averaging a team-best 8.1 yards per carry (301 total yards in 37 touches). Atkinson has scored four touchdowns for the Irish, including touchdowns that were 55 and 56 yard carries.

Atkinson has also returned eight kicks for the Irish for a total of 155 yards. Last year, as a true freshman, Atkinson returned two kickoffs for a touchdown.

No. 5 Notre Dame (7-0) takes on No. 7 Oklahoma (5-1) in Norman at 7 p.m. CT.