Notre Dame Athletics | December 13, 2017
University of Notre Dame graduate offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey and senior offensive guard Quenton Nelson were named First-Team All-America by the Associated Press Monday.
McGlinchey and Nelson are the first pair of Notre Dame offensive linemen to garner first-team honors in the same season by the AP since guard Nordy Hoffmann and center Tommy Yarr in 1931. They’re the first Irish teammates to receive such recognition from the AP in the same season since offensive tackle Aaron Taylor and safety Jeff Burris in 1993.
McGlinchey and Nelson, who were each also named first-team All-Americans by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, spearhead an offensive line that paves the way for the third-best FBS rushing attack in yards/carry (6.37), 12th-best in rushing TDs (35), eighth-best in total rushing yards (3,349) and seventh-best in rushing offense (271.9 rush yards/game).
Notre Dame has rushed for at least 300 yards in seven of its 12 games this season. The Irish lead the nation in rushing TDs (nine) and rank third in rushing yards (877) against AP top-25 opponents. Notre Dame also leads the nation in rushing yards (2,253) and ranks second in rushing TDs (23) in games against FBS teams with a winning record. The Irish are the only FBS team with at least 2,000 rush yards and at least 20 rushing TDs this season against FBS teams with a winning record.
Notre Dame is the only unit in the country to average over 250.0 rush yards/game with at least seven games against FBS teams with a winning record (and Notre Dame's played nine). The Irish average 250.3 rush yards/game and 5.84 yards/rush in its nine games against FBS teams with a winning record.