After the Notre Dame game, Rodriguez was asked a lot about the amount of touches Denard had and whether or not he wanted to see the running backs get involved more often and be more productive. His response was that Notre Dame was doing a lot of things that forced the ball into Denard's hands, which, huh? After watching the game over and over again, I found a few plays that the running backs were actually given the ball (it only happened 13 times all game) and saw that this may not have been the case.
Example 1: Notre Dame neutralizes zone read
Michigan did earlier in the game. It's a chess game and Notre Dame won this time. Shaw doesn't get off without any blame in this game, though.
Exmaple 2: Shaw makes a bad read
This is the kind of play that you can turn to when Rodriguez says that each running back shows flashes of brilliance but needs to be more consistent. On both of these plays, Shaw probably had a gap on the right side of the line but instead decided to cut the ball upfield into defensive help. It also shows that Notre Dame looked to get the ball out of Denard's hand on at least a few plays, but through a combination of good defensive play calling and poor running back play, these were neutralized.
In the coming weeks, I expect more chances for Shaw and Vincent Smith to get looks like this. They need to make the correct reads and, if they do, defenses will be forced to be more balanced.