Notre Dame Athletics | December 16, 2017
University of Notre Dame senior offensive guard Quenton Nelson became the 34th unanimous All-American in Notre Dame history when he was selected to the 2017 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America Team Wednesday. He is the first Irish offensive lineman to earn such an honor since tackle Aaron Taylor in 1993.
Nelson was a first-team All-American on all five teams the NCAA recognizes to calculate unanimous standing. He was previously selected to the All-America squads by the Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, The Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Associated Press.
Nelson is Notre Dame's sixth-ever unanimous All-American offensive lineman -- joining the likes of tackle Joe Kurth (1932), tackle Ed Beinor (1938), guard Dick Arrington (1965), center John Scully (1980) and Taylor (1993).
Nelson, Notre Dame’s 2017 Monogram Club Most Valuable Player, spearheads 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 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.