SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Senior Dexter Williams has been through countless ups and downs during his four years at Notre Dame.
Injury, suspension, an arrest, the emotions of helping his ailing mother - all of it has weighed down Williams at times. He has emerged just the same as the workhorse running back for the third-ranked Fighting Irish, and a key reason Notre Dame has legitimate hopes of making the playoff.
In a 42-13 rout of Florida State last week, Williams piled up a career-high 202 yards on just 20 carries, becoming the first running back to surpass 200 rushing yards against the Seminoles since 1982. Nicknamed "Juice" by his teammates, he had scoring runs of 58 and 32 yards.