Notre Dame offensive linemen Alex Bars and Sam Mustipher make up the core of an offensive line that’s looking to remain one of the best in the country after losing Quenton Nelson, Mike McGlinchey and offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.
And that pair is so important to the Fighting Irish retaining their Joe Moore Award (top OL in the nation) form, that Bars and Mustipher were actually part of the interview process for hiring a new offensive line coach, according to a report from Matt Fortuna of The Athletic.
Mustipher reportedly came off extremely well during the interview process, guaranteeing the coaching staff and Notre Dame brass that the players wouldn’t allow their habits to be changed with the coaching change. The Irish would eventually promote offensive analyst Jeff Quinn, a former Buffalo head coach and long-time Brian Kelly assistant at both Central Michigan and Cincinnati.
And the Irish offense needs that continuity and consistency up front as they look for playmakers to pick up the slack for Equanimeous St. Brown and Josh Adams’ early departures to the NFL. Not to mention, Notre Dame is also embroiled in a quarterback battle that figures to drag out through the spring.
So not having to worry about the offensive line would be a major plus for the Notre Dame coaching staff.
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