Notre Dame left guard Quenton Nelson is a unanimous All-American, and left tackle Mike McGlinchey was one first team finish away from earning the same honor.
Those are spectacular feats on the surface. But dig into the record books, and they look even more impressive. That’s because you have to go back more than 70 years to find the last time a school had two players from the same position group be named unanimous All-Americans:
How rare if both McGlinchey and Nelson had been unanimous All-Americans?
The last time a school had multiple unanimous selections from the same position group in the same season?
Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis, Army
— Michael Bertsch (@NDsidBertschy) December 13, 2017
Oh, so close. The Sporting News placed McGlinchey on its second team; he was a first-teamer for the other four official outlets. Regardless, that’s incredible stuff, and speaks to how rare it is to have a duo that’s so dominant. Proof of their effectiveness is in the rushing numbers.
Congratulations to McGlinchey and Nelson, who will likely be first round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft.
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